What we are all about?

Thu, 12 Nov 2020 12:50:31 +0000

I wanted to let you know about us, if you are considering booking a retreat with us for 2021, it might be interesting to have a little read to see what we offer.

In a nutshell, we are about:

  • You, our guests, providing you with the BEST time (activities, food, hosting, accommodation and all round experience).
  • Taking care of every detail - you just come and relax and we will sort everything out
  • Luxury - fabulous rooms, food, spa, quality activities in small groups, all abilities and diets catered for.
  • Welcoming - come on your own, we are friendly, supportive and we can’t wait to meet you, we guarantee you will make new friends with lovely likeminded women
  • Hi I am Sarah, I set up Ride on Retreats over 7 years ago as I wanted to create a lovely retreat experience for women who wanted to get away and experience a new activity such as surfing or stand up paddleboarding with other likeminded women. I wanted women who are coming on their own to feel welcome and to be looked after and to have a truly relaxing break from their daily lives and to feel confident coming alone and know that they will be truly pampered by a great welcoming team.

I had just got divorced after a 10 year marriage and wanted to learn to surf, I was in my early 30s at the time and wanted to find a ‘learn to surf holiday’ that was bit more luxurious than a hostel for 18 year old partying backpackers. I couldn’t find anything on offer at the time and was nervous about travelling on my own for the first time. After taking a break from my busy career in Human Resources, I set off around the world on my own, at first I was super nervous and thought “what am I doing?” travelling alone, away from all my friends and family, having quit my job and feeling pretty anxious following my complicated divorce. After a month or two though I loved it and started to learn to surf, I surfed my way around Bali, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Costa Rica and then came back to the UK and took my surf instructor qualification and moved to Cornwall where I set up Ride on Retreats. I decided to set up the retreats so women could come and experience the freedom of a retreat on their own, try new exhilating activities whilst being fully hosted and look after in a fun supportive environment and doing something for themselves.

We run long weekend retreats in Cornwall as well as week retreats in Portugal. Our hosts are with our guests all the time to ensure they have the best time and all needs are taken care of. Most of our guests are complete beginners and have never tried surfing or paddleboarding or yoga before so our activity sessions are tailored to individual’s ability and the experienced instructors are always welcoming, friendly and supportive. If you have tried the activities before our instructors will help to improve your skills and give you new things to try so you get the best out of your retreat with us.

Over the years of running retreats in Cornwall and Portugal Most of our guests come on their own and enjoy meeting a group of likeminded women. One of our hosts Jodi in the video clip here explains why she loves hosting our guests and this little film gives you an idea of what we are all about.

I now live in Portugal and host our retreats here whilst Jodi lives in Cornwall and looks after all our guests there, we love meeting new people, hearing their stories and seeing the enjoyment and rejuvenation they get from coming and having some time out with us. The days are structured on retreat so that there is plenty of time for relaxation as well as scheduled meals and activities throughout the days. We also love that most of our guests come again and again with us so we have formed really great lasting friendships, one of our repeat guests Elinor who joined us on our three previous retreats joined us again this October in Cornwall, she also explains in this short video why she likes coming on retreat with us.

I now have a 3 year old son Leo, and understand now the pressures of motherhood and how important ‘me time’ is for us all. We offer you this on our retreats to recharge and relax, we will organise all the details for you so you just need to show up and enjoy.

For those guests who are Mums too and perhaps don’t want to or can’t leave their babies or children whilst they come on a retreat, you are also very welcome to bring your child with us. We will look after you whilst you fully enjoy your retreat whilst our amazing staff look after your children. There is a full creche and private babysitters at both our locations in Cornwall and Portugal so their needs will be taken care of whilst you get on with enjoying your surf, yoga and relaxation time. We can plan their daily schedule with you so that you are happy they are having the best time according to your preferred routine whilst we make sure you have the best time. Once the little ones are asleep, we have a babysitting service with lovely experienced childcare professionals who will babysit in or just outside your room (whichever you prefer) whilst you enjoy dinner in the restaurant with your new retreat friends.

Obviously 2020 has been a massively challenging year for everyone and we are hugely grateful to still be running. We have all our 2021 dates for Cornwall and Portugal now live on our website and have achieved the Visit England ‘Good to Go’ badge for our Covid safety protocols on our Cornwall Retreats. We will keep numbers small to only 5 guests per retreat this coming year to provide an even more personalised and welcoming retreat. In Portugal again we will do the same so we will take a maximum of 5 guests plus the host making 6 in total per retreat to ensure you have the best experience possible. The sunny Algarve where we are based in Portugal is one of the most beautiful places in Europe to learn to surf and our 5* villa on the Spa Resort here has the Portuguese governments highest safety and cleanliness awards. After the uncertainty of 2020 and lockdowns we understand how important it will be to have a fabulous weekend or holiday to look forward to and we are so looking forward to hosting you for a brilliant retreat in 2021.

In a nutshell, we are about:

You - our guests - providing you with the BEST time (activities, food, hosting, accommodation and all round experience).

Taking care of every detail - you just come and relax and we will sort everything out

Luxury - fabulous rooms, food, spa, quality activities in small groups, all abilities and diets catered for.

Welcoming - come on your own, we are friendly, supportive and we can’t wait to meet you!

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