Cold Water Surf Special! December Cornwall Retreat
This winter we can’t wait to run our Cold Water Surf Retreat.
Surfing in Cornwall in winter is exhilarating and if you think it might be too cold…worry not, on our Surf and Yoga Retreats in Cornwall we provide top quality 5 mm winter wetsuits, gloves, hoods and boots to keep you toasty. We have hot water bottles, tea, coffee and hot chocolate ready for you after surfing, then back to our lodge for hot showers, the hot tub and full relaxation in the 5* spa! Get a good dose of cold water fun without sacrificing comfort….
For your body, a sudden and drastic change in temperature constitutes an attack –and, whilst “attacking” your own body may not sound like a good thing, there is no harm in keeping it on its toes. In fact, quite the opposite.
Scientists from the Czech Republic immersed willing subjects in cold water for one hour, three times a week and monitored their physiology. They found significant increases in white blood cell counts and several other factors relating to the immune system. This was attributed to the cold water being a mild stressor which activates the immune system and gives it some practice.
Winter swimmers and surfers talk a lot about the ‘high’ they get from cold water – a feeling of wellbeing that’s so encompassing that it becomes quite addictive (who doesn’t want to feel truly good, at least once a day?) The cause? Endorphins.
Endorphins are the body’s natural pain killers and, in the case of a cold dip, it uses them to take the sting away from your skin.
The cold will also stimulate your parasympathetic system, which is responsible for rest and repair, and this can trigger the release of dopamine and serotonin. These neurotransmitters are a vital part of keeping us happy and low levels of them are linked with depression. Couple this effect with the endorphin rush as you take the plunge and it should make for a warm glow and a wide smile when you re-emerge from the winter surf in the beautiful wild Cornish waters.
Being hot brings blood to surface. Being cold sends it to your organs. Both extremes work your heart like a pump. That’s why the whole sit in the sauna, roll in the snow, sit in the sauna thing makes people glow. But why is increased blood flow good for you?
Well, it helps flush your circulation for starters, pushing blood through all your capillaries, veins and arteries. It will exfoliate your skin and flush impurities from it, thus helping your complexion. Evidence also demonstrates that your body adapts to the cold with repeated exposure and this may improve your circulation, particularly to your extremities – no bad thing in the winter months.
You could get these benefits by switching between the hot and cold taps in your shower (or the sauna, snow, sauna thing) but that doesn’t sound nearly as fun as a weekend of splashing around the Cornish coast followed by a hot tub and massage at our luxury lodge.
Surfing is great exercise but there are some extra benefits from doing it in the cold, surfing in cold water will make your body work twice as hard to keep you warm and burn more calories in the process. For this sort of exercise, fat is your body’s primary source of energy and the increased work rate will increase your metabolism in the long run. After our surf sessions we will refuel on the most nutritious locally sourced Cornish food in our lovely lodge prepared by our wonderful private chef.
It has been proved that catching waves works like a medicine and helps to deal with depressive symptoms, negative thoughts, insomnia, irritability, anxiety and bipolar disorders, and self-destructive behaviors.
Surfing clears your mind and acts as an emotional stabilizer. Its Zen effect soothes the mind and balances your emotions.Surfing is used as a treatment for PTSD, autism, depression and anxiety.
It is the perfect weekend escape for those looking to learn to surf and wanting to unwind in beautiful location get some Vitamin D and beat the winter blues.
Our cold water surf and yoga weekend is the perfect for beginner surfers or those who’ve always wanted to try. With over 6 years running amazing retreats in Cornwall we provide expert coaching from experienced surf instructors, we’ll get you up and surfing and enjoying your time in the water. Combined with 4 yoga classes morning and evening, delicious food and staying in a luxury Lodge in a Spa Resort it’s the ideal escape to re-charge before the festive season starts.
Fully hosted trip, this trip is made for solo travellers who are looking to meet like minded women and have fun on a friendly supportive retreat.
* Sunday evening dinner at local restaurant, guests pay for what they’d like off the menu
50% deposit to secure your spot
Remaining balance due 8 weeks before retreat
Travel by train the closet train station is Bodmin Parkway. From there we can arrange a transfer for around £30-35, this can be split between the group.
You can also fly to Newquay! We can arrange a transfer from the airport for £20-25.