I didn’t know what to expect, knowing I hadn’t been to El Salvador. El Zonte was one of the most beautiful places I have been to in my travels. Then there is Puro Surf. The staff, the accommodations, the surf program is one of the best in the world, and the food is love.
The last Surf Sweat Serve retreat changed my life in so many ways. Pixie creates a space that encourages wellness, community, fun, daily activities and options to move our bodies, explore, surf ‘til we drop and of course, we danced, and played and sometimes just chilled the F out. Peace of mind and relaxation was so needed for me too, and I took well advantage of that.
Never in a million years did I think I would have my life forever changed. While on the last SSS retreat at Puro, Amigo would rescue me. A beautiful stray dog captured our hearts and I swore he would never go back to the streets again. He’s been my husband and my best friend now since we brought him back to the states. This memory will live in my heart forever. ..and what a love Amigo is.
I would have never imagined that I would be bonded and best friends with so many I had met for the very first time on the retreat. There is just something about the space, the safety and encouragement to be our true selves encouraged by Pixie, and the opportunity to leave the pressures of our daily lives behind, and give in to the exhale and to open ourselves to another human.
I can’t wait for the next retreat!!!! Feels like I’ll be going back home!!!
Puro Surf is a magical place run by the nicest people of all time. I made friends with both the Surf Sweat Serve crew and the Puro Surf peeps while on a SSS retreat.
I showed up completely on my own without any friends. I was also the only person from NYC. I never felt alone though. I conquered my fear of surfing, made friends and remembered what feeling awesome is like. I'm so glad I got out of my comfort zone and did this trip!
I went into my first SSS retreat not knowing anyone and expecting to spend most of the time by myself, joining the group only for key activities. Instead, I met some of the most amazing people, developed life long best friends (and more!) and spent the days laughing, connecting and having the time of my life. Puro is a gorgeous slice of heaven and the staff took amazing care of us. The yoga was juicy, the food was delicious and the surfing was my favorite part!
COSTA RICA 2017
COSTA RICA 2017
"Upon prior experience of group trips, I booked this retreat expecting to take away a few great memories, some cute Instagram pics, and ultimate relaxation. I didn't expect to take away the cathartic, transformative week that I was provided. Pixie's fitness adventure retreat nourished me, challenged me, and left me feeling more whole than I could have imagined.
Secluded on the pristine grounds of Rythmia, the lodgings provided the ultimate escapism for complete mental relaxation and clarity. With Pixie at the helm leading board game nights, group discussions at family style dinner, and processing playgrounds, camaraderie immediately ignited between everyone on the trip.
Furthermore, the fitness adventures like surfing, horseback riding, and zip lining grew our bonds even deeper; getting to cheer on and partake alongside in everyone on the trip overcoming various fears of heights, or the ocean, or challenging our inner athlete, led to a unique spiritual nourishment, and physically spent but fulfilling evenings. Pixie and Surf Sweat Serve provided a connection to the beauty of our surroundings, to our own mental and physical presence, and most importantly to each other, fourteen seemingly strangers that left as a tribe, which is something you cannot put a price on.
Rande and Ryan, who accompanied Pixie as part of the Surf Sweat Serve team, and the staff of Rythmia were the perfect compliment to our host. They extended the same energy, graciousness, and excitement for each individual and each experience that Pixie had.
All in all, the retreat, the atmosphere, the people Pixie attracts on her trip, culminates into the best summer camp type experience that you never knew you needed.”
To say that the Surf, Sweat, Serve retreat was life changing, would be an understatement. This is the first time in my 15 year career I took time to honor my mind, body and spirit and throw caution to the wind. It started with my trust in you. Knowing your attention to detail, understanding your holistic approach to wellness, mindfulness of each of our individual needs, your adventurous spirit, and your boundless love of the water, animals, the environment, giving back to the community and your outward encouragement of self love, it was undeniable for me to not say yes. I surfed and zip lined for the first time in my life, which was a total blast. Communed, played, danced with the beautiful local people, animals and the waves, and every day looked forward to whatever amazing adventure, or self care, yoga, run bike, massage, colonic, rest and relaxation that was to come. ..but most importantly, you brought together a group of the most incredible humans that I am now bound to for life. The joy, the spirit, the love, the laughs, tears, breakthroughs will never be forgotten. For all of this, I thank you, and I of course, can't wait until the next retreat.
With heart, soul, love and gratitude,
I’ve known & loved Pixie for a few years, when she said I’m doing a retreat I jumped in the chance to go. Of course as soon as I said that I became fearful that it was going to be a Uber fit people with non stop workouts the entire trip. How wrong I was!!
Pixie & Surf sweat serve greeted us all with warmth, joy & her infectious excitement—this set the mood for our Journey!
From day one there were laughs & delicious food-not uncommon to have 2 breakfasts;).
Costa Rica & Surf Sweat Surf hosted us for a week of awe, love, adventures & most importantly nurtured a community amongst us travelers.
I could speak of the surfing and how I am a natural, I’ll probably be on the competition circuit next season but that isn’t the only take away from this trip.
For me the most important & special were the friendships cultivated from kindness.
We all stretched our limits be it fear of heights, swimming difficulties or fear of ocean etc... & we were cheered on/supported by our new crew of friends. Magnificently this community grows stronger now that we’re back home into our regular lives.
I don’t think OGSSS would’ve been possible if our leader hadn’t created the space for this. Pixie & her team thought of the details so we could revel in the gifts this retreat had offer. Seriously, don’t get me started on the arrival goodie bag!!
I will signup tomorrow if SSS announces a new retreat. #communityoflove
Where do I even begin? I've wanted to go to Costa Rica and learn to surf for years, so when I found out Pixie was hosting her first Surf Sweat Serve retreat, I knew I had to go! I won't lie, I was nervous to book it because I didn't really know anyone else who was going. But I am so glad I stepped outside of my comfort zone and did! The trip was amazing! Pixie (and her team) did such an amazing job at planning and organizing everything! Booking my travel was very easy, as she provided flight options, hotel confirmations and shuttle information. She was also thoughtful enough to send out a packing list and breakdown of activities. Now lets talk about the accommodations, Rythmia was beautiful and just such a special place! The staff was friendly and super accommodating, the food was clean & delicious. I should mention, I’m not a Vegan or Vegetarian and I loved it! EAT the banana muffins, you’ll thank me later. I also took advantage of Rythmia’s spa & cleanses, took a yoga class, rode bikes to the beach AND had a life changing experience with plant medicine. And all of that was just on hotel grounds! We went to Tamarindo for surf lessons with some amazing locals, ziplined through the rain forest, rode horses through the jungle to the beach and did a day of service with a beach cleanup. I couldn’t have asked for more fun adventures! But what I really loved most though was getting to bond with the other people on the trip. I feel like I made 15 new friends, people who I am so grateful to now have in my life. We all stepped out of our comfort zone, in one way or another, and conquered fears. We supported one another, encouraged one another and most importantly had fun together. My abs were actually sore from laughing so much! Long story endless, I had the best time on the Surf Sweat Serve retreat and I can’t wait for the next one! Pura Vidaaaa
I wanted to take the time to provide my feedback regarding the surf sweat serve trip that was organized over the summer. The trip far exceeded my expectations in so many ways. First, the activities were well thought out and organized in a fashion that flowed with the right cadence. I loved all three activities of surfing, zip-lining and horse back riding, and it was clear that there was a lot of preparation because everything moved effortlessly. As the leader of this trip, you have an incredible gift of bringing a group together and creating a "bonding feel". This was evident in the small workshops that we had in the evening which helped all of us connect more, open up and appreciate each other. In fact, as soon as I was added to the email list of "Surf Sweat Serve, I began to feel an incredible sense of community and you created that feeling. This sense of community was amplified on the trip especially during the beach clean up when we were able to give back to the locals. All in all, the trip was perfect, I had plenty of time to relax in the pool or the spa with the multiple massages that were included, I felt spiritually renewed due to the workshops or the incredible yoga classes and the location was breathtaking. If you are looking for a retreat that touches every aspect of "FUN" this is the trip for you! Thank you so much for informing me of this trip, and when the next trip is being planned, let me know because I'm ALL IN!
Thank you and Much Love,
"This has been a year of major shifts and discovery for me. One of the most sound decisions I have made this year was to attend the premier @SurfSweatServe Retreat hosted by Pixie Acia at the Rythmia Life Advancement Center in Costa Rica. As a Serial Marketer turned Life-Coach, this unique hit ALL of the marks for me! The retreat was nothing short of magical and extraordinary. I took a leap of faith and flew several miles away from my family to be met with kindness, adventure, limitless potential for growth and lots of fear-busting challenges. The combination of sun, surf, charitable initiatives enhanced by clean food, spiritual awareness and beautiful, soulful people has proven over and over exactly what I needed. My heart was reawakened, my soul was soothed and my body was challenged every step of the way. I absolutely LOVED the retreat, affirm venturing again and again and recommend anyone hungering for real adventure, with authentic people in a beautiful and nature rich surrounding commit to a @SurfSweatServe Retreat without hesitation!”
- Lisa Silvera