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Postcards from first surf camps in Lagos 2018/2019

PURIFICATION 

Do you know this feeling when you are already on holiday, but only with your body, and the soul needs a moment, a day, maybe a few, to reach and really rest and enjoy fully?  I have it on every trip. This time, however, something unexpected happened to me. Ocean waves took me – literally;) and cleansed: my body, soul, the whole man. And they made me happy immediately and thoroughly. I felt like I was washed out in happiness. After the first session, waiting for the second, I looked at the ocean for two hours with a smile on my face and no single thought in my head. Who would have thought that the oldest water sport would satisfy a modern man striving to meet immediate pleasure? However, when it comes to surfing itself, it’s not so fast at all.  I met myself on the waves persistent, not giving up, stubborn as hell. I met myself respecting my physical limitations and a new pace of learning. But I also met myself demanding, expecting, which took away fun and lots of energy.  The primary, wild and uncompromising ocean required more. Physical effort? Also. But above all, he reminded me of focusing on what is inside of me, the feeling of self-confidence when external circumstances are not favorable – aggressive people, someone’s definitive emotions, unforeseen situations – destabilizing waves can symbolize all of these. And you are like a rock, you have this confidence and a clear task to do: 0 two additional paddles, 1. stand up on your hands 2. put your back foot on the board 3. put your front foot on the board and 4. stay low. Simple! And yet it required many attempts, waves on the face (though apparently pure „ajons” of happiness), fatigue, „you bitch” directed to the wave, but above all fun to finally stand on the board every time and even surf several times in white foam. All it takes is one ride on a surfboard, and you’re hooked. It’s all you want to do.

CAMP 

Welcome to the jungle! A large villa with surf „tattoos” on the walls, a swimming pool, and lots of places for chill, yoga and arbor for massage with the scent of white roses. The Baraka Bar with lounges lined with polyamide kites and boards on the walls is the heart of the whole camp. Don’t expect luxury, refurbished, designer rooms. Perfectionism is boring, not true, it covers something. And this is completely not in the nature of the surfers. Here it is authentic, imperfect, artistically – medium rare. Every day someone comes, someone leaves. Stories, constant jokes, joys or doing nothing at all. Your everyday life is embraced at the highest level. You feel well loooked after, listened by the support team – it’s strange to write this way about them, because these people are your mates right away. Oli, Sabinki and Beka are very efficient, they gracefully and with all their heart manage the whole surf caravan. I felt like a home full of freedom, magic and air.

SHARING SURF LOVE

When you travel alone, all it’s up to you. You see more, feel more intensely, you are more attentive, open to people and, above all, you decide by yourself. You create your own experience. However, when you recommend a place to someone or even take people with you, you take responsibility. I had no doubt that the people who decided to come with me (and they were not my friends who contain all the mistakes and misses) will be more than satisfied. I did not suspect, however, that they would leave in delighted, changed with transforming experiences. There was everything: surrendering after the first day, beginner’s luck, impatience, patience, steadfastness, fight with the waves, surrender to the waves, talk with the waves, shattered ego, big and small victories, lots of laughter and joy. I watched it all with delight. I experienced a lot on the waves and despite a lot of mindfulness and space I lacked the time to gather and stay with those experiences from the waves, to meditate them. I have a deep conviction that surfing shows vividly how are you in your life. What areas require attention and care. This is the deepest form of meditation known to me. The waves, in addition to cleaning and making the whole person happy, can be diagnosis for: the level of self-confidence or peace that you have in yourself; it is also possible to ruthlessly smash the ego or expose beliefs, limitations, expectations. That is why I want to serve an even more complete experience on site, so that everyone could leave with a wider and deeper insight into what they really experienced and what they can do with it. This is why my camp will be combined with surf thinking – self love coaching method. As surfing is a very deep immersion in oneself, while staying in a group.

The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.
Jean Wallace

Surfing as a resilience practice

Being in the unknown is what we all experienced a lot last year. What we can do is to learn how to live with unpredictable. There are many ways, methods to strengthen our ability to adapt, recover, be more agile. But surfing can really shake all fears out of us and teach that when we focus on our internal kingdom, when we take care of our heart and soul, not only our mind and body (with last two we start to do pretty well) then we can really be more resistant and resilient to the waves of life that we face.

How can surf retreat influence your business?

I do not want to write that the effectiveness, commitment and motivation of your team will increase, and the KPIs will soar, because those kind of sentences make me a bit sick;) but if you need them, I will put it in one sentence: you will shape and strengthen the most desirable competence in the upcoming years:

RESILIENCE

defined as: the ability to adapt to constantly changing conditions, the speed of recovering from strong life experiences, mental capacity.

By the way I can also take you on the best resilience program (with slow jogging) provided in PL: https://sylwialewandowska.com/resilience/

During surf retreat you will experience being together in a completely different way than everything you know so far, connecting on all levels: physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual. You will learn many lessons that you can apply to running your business. And, of course  you will have a lot of fun together too.

The ancients knew what we have forgotten: play Is part of what makes us human. Working too hard doesn’t necessarily lead to increased productivity or happiness or sense of community. Play is essential part of human evolution, because it opens up doors to creativity, spontaneity and visions of new ways of being in the world”. And this is the point that the magic can happen for your business life…

‘The best environment to practice resilience and acting in the unknown is…the ocean’

A good time for such a retreat is some transition threshold for the team: new boss, new project, merger, etc.

Let’s connect so as to co-create compelling retreat for your team. I will embrace your team context. Maybe we will even design a completely different flow of the program for your team.

Just let your people go surfing and see what happens…

Aloha Spirit

Aloha Spirit” is the coordination of mind and heart within each person. It brings each person to the self.

Aloha is a philosophy of life. It tells that we should live in harmony with ourselves, with our surroundings, with nature and with the Earth. We are all part of Nature.

Aloha is the basic principle of Hawaiian life to this day, which has been enshrined in state laws as the legal basis for living in Hawaii. This means that people holding high government positions such as mayors, judges and other officials are even obliged to treat residents in accordance with the Aloha philosophy.

From chapter 5 of Hawaii revised status

 

 

Aloha” is more than a word of greeting or farewell or a salutation. ’

Aloha” means mutual regard and affection and extends warmth in caring with no obligation in return.

Aloha” is the essence of relationships in which each person is important to every other person for collective existence.

Aloha„, the following unuhi laulā loa may be used:
Akahai„, meaning kindness to be expressed with tenderness;
Lōkahi„, meaning unity, to be expressed with harmony;
ʻOluʻolu” meaning agreeable, to be expressed with pleasantness;
Haʻahaʻa„, meaning humility, to be expressed with modesty;
Ahonui„, meaning patience, to be expressed with perseverance.These are traits of character that express the charm, warmth and sincerity of Hawaii’s people. It was the working philosophy of native Hawaiians and was presented as a gift to the people of Hawaiʻi.

Aloha” means to hear what is not said, to see what cannot be seen and to know the unknowable.
In exercising their power on behalf of the people and in fulfillment of their responsibilities, obligations and service to the people, the legislature, governor, lieutenant governor, executive officers of each department, the chief justice, associate justices, and judges of the appellate, circuit, and district courts may contemplate and reside with the life force and give consideration to the „Aloha Spirit”.

Aloha allows everyone to maintain a balance between mind and a loving heart. The mind is always faster than the emotions and the heart. We very often receive a lot of different information, make quick decisions without communicating with the heart, without listening to the voice of the heart and without consulting the emotions coming from the belly. In addition, we eat fast, drink fast, and we are in a hurry all the time. We do not pay attention to the past day and our emotions. Our life can be compared to a fast train, which is constantly in a hurry somewhere and no one really knows when it will arrive or where. That is why Hawaiians call Europeans „Haole” – people without breath.

Given the above that emotions are always slower than the mind, we should let the emotions accompanying events interact. We should focus on slowing down the pace of life, listening to our interior. Only then will we start to live in a different way, see things that we have not seen so far, hear thoughts that we have not known so far, come solutions that are very positive for us.

 

  Aloha means to hear what is not said, to see what cannot be seen and to know the unknowable.