Hi, welcome to SURF LIFE. My name is Rick Cowley.
I help inspiring motherf*ckers check off more dreams.
Two major events in my life have been going through leukemia when I was 21, because I discovered many lessons including the fact that this life is temporary and I want to live by purpose~presence~dreams. The other was when I was 34 and I ran my first free yoga surf retreat for young adult cancer survivors because I started to share those lessons with other people, which taught me about one of the sweetest feelings in life: fulfillment.
I wish I knew what to say here to convey what people get from my retreats and courses, but I’m not a marketer or a businessman or a website copywriter. Actually, I would like to say please have a look at the testimonials… it’s the only shit on this site I didn’t make up. These testimonials help keep me on track when I feel discouraged or doubt myself. They’re like gold for me. Deepest thanks and love to every person who’s come on the adventure with me.
Bali Yoga & Surf Retreats
The 2014 Bali Yoga & Surf Retreats are Dec 26 – Jan 2, Jan 3 – 10, Mar 30 – Apr 6, Jul 13 – 20, and Sep 14 – 21. These yoga surf retreats are not really yoga surf retreats; they are profound inner and outer adventures for living a fulfilling life.
These retreats are a mix of surfing, yoga and the most important questions in life — otherwise known as The FulFILment Course. Plus a lot of other good things that happen when you bring together groups of inspiring motherf*ckers — moments of deep spontaneous connection as well as moments of crystal clarity as well as ADVENTURES such as cliff jumping, snorkeling, swimming with manta rays… that kind of thing.
We stay on the small island paradise of Nusa Lembongan. Beginner surfers and beginner yogis are no problem.
When I was creating these retreats I just asked myself: What would be so fun and inspiring that I would pay to do it? And I created that.
The FulFILment Course
The purpose: to help you orient this temporary life around what inspires you.
The motto: check off more dreams
The FulFILment Course is a collection of my favorite writing exercises, discussions and meditations for orienting your life around what inspires you. Some of the materials have been originally inspired by books and then tweaked by me and my participants. Some I discovered myself. The Course has been refined and improved during 17 SURF LIFE Retreats (the Course is the heart and soul of the Retreats).
The FulFILment Course is delivered in 5 one-hour sessions over the phone once a week, with writing and doing homework in between each session. The FulFILment Course is like getting cancer but more fun.
You can do the FulFILment Course as part of a group course or you can do it in private one-on-one sessions with me over Skype.
I also do a one hour FulFILment Weekly Group Coaching Call to support you in steadily living more and more of what you love. (To participate in these calls you have to have completed a Bali Yoga Surf Retreat or the FulFILment Course.)
I’m not a photographer. I mean, I don’t know anything about the technical side of photography. I just like taking pictures of beauty. I think this is actually a major way I’ve created a life of being in such beautiful places; I get excited by beauty and I photograph it… I shower it with my attention and appreciation, and the Universe gives me more and more.
This project began over a year ago: going through all my tens of thousands of photos and choosing my favorites. Then choosing my favorites of my favorites. Then choosing my favorites of my favorites of my favorites. Then writing on them. I love making these!
Facebook and Instagram
I’ve been asking for a while for a way to use Facebook that’s fun and fulfilling and has some positive impact. Still waiting! But once in a while you know how you see a post that does positively impact you? That’s what I intend to do. And recently it’s felt like less of a waste of time… and I hope the images and messages I post inspire someone.
The F*ckit List
The F*ckit List is the most powerful tool I know for positive life change. I love it. I made a template that you can print out to get you started. It costs $4.95. Buy it, do it, and see what happens.
(If you’re doing a Bali Retreat or FulFILment Course with me, don’t buy it, I’ll email it to you.)
First off, are you B R E A T H I N G ?
After breathing deeply, this is how I like to start new things that feel important and maybe a bit daunting too (like this website):
I say, ”This may scare me, but…”
or “I may get this wrong, but…”
or “This may be too simple, but…”
or “I may look like an idiot / asshole, but…”
“HERE GOES ANYWAY.”
*** By the way, most of the shots on this site were taken by me during my Bali Yoga Surf Retreats.
Welcome to SURF LIFE. We discriminate.*
If you are just browsing my site or if you want to purchase some products (coming soon), feel free, I won’t discriminate against you.
But if you are considering coming on a SURF LIFE Bali Retreat…
My life and my minutes are precious and I want to spend time around people that inspire me, so there is an application to come. Also, I’ve run enough SURF LIFE retreats now (15) to know what kinds of people are going to get benefit from this experience, and what kinds would get more benefit from a spa yoga surf retreat. We discriminate against people who are addicted to struggle and suffering; complainers, victims, blamers, liars, people who shy away from their dreams, people who live by excuses, people who don’t want to take full responsibility for their life experience. In short, people who are controlled by The Fear.
If you are one of these people and you somehow show up on a retreat I am fairly certain that you won’t have a very good time, and it won’t be because of me, it will be more because you will be spazzing out about the simple, important questions that I will ask you, and mostly because Bali has some magic that puts in your face whatever you are afraid to look at. People who want to take responsibility LOVE it. People who blame others HATE it. It is what IT IS… Bali.
* We do not discriminate about sex, sexual orientation, race, height, weight, eye color, hair color, skin color. These things don’t matter.
My name is Rick Cowley. I created the SURF LIFE Bali Retreats in 2012.
Two major events in my life have been going through leukemia when I was 21, because I discovered many lessons including the fact that this life is temporary and I want to enjoy it. The other was when I was 34 and I ran my first free yoga surf retreat for young adult cancer survivors because I started to share those lessons with other people, which taught me about one of the sweetest feelings in life: fulfilment.
One of my favorite things that a guest has said to me was around day 4 of a Bali yoga surf retreat,
“I’m still trying to figure out if you’re an introvert or an extrovert. I think you’re more of an introvert.”
That statement actually helped me be peaceful with my swinging moods — I can be a moody dude and sometimes I’m happy to be in front of people, sometimes I don’t want to talk to anyone, sometimes I want to give everyone around a good long hug, sometimes I don’t want to look you in the eyes. But I’ve done enough retreats to know that EVERY MOMENT IS PERFECT.
So basically, if you come on a retreat and I get all serious and distant for a little while, don’t take it personally. I’m an introvert (mainly).
SURF LIFE is all about aligning with the magical flow of life where you follow what feels inspiring, you play, you co-create, you keep it simple, you TRUST life, and synchronicities happen daily. (I LOVE synchronicities… like signs we’re on the right path.)
The three main elements of how we SURF LIFE are:
Purpose ~ Presence ~ Dreams.
SURF LIFE is about tuning in to your highest guidance and your deepest desires. It’s about co-creating WITH life, aligning with powers much greater us. It’s about waking up excited in the morning for what you are going to do that day. It’s about trusting every little thing about life, about your life.
The best acronym I’ve come up with so far is:
Sliding in Unison with Reality Fearlessly and Laughing Incessantly Frees Everyone.
2014 dates are Dec 26 – Jan 2, Jan 3 – 10, Mar 30 – Apr 6, Jul 13 – 20, and Sep 14 – 21.
Prices start at USD $2195.
If you’d like to follow what I’m up to you can like my Facebook page and get some almost daily inspiration.
Contact me if you’d like to come on a SURF LIFE retreat in 2014 or if you have any questions.
If somehow these few words move your heart, and if the photos on these pages spark your inspiration, then come, you are ready for what I have to offer. If not, all good, there are so many other experiences, other yoga surf retreats and seminars and personal growth programs out there, keep looking till you find one that does move your heart and spark your inspiration.
Maybe it will inspire the shit out of you too. Universe knows, we’re full of it.
How It Began
If you’d like to see how the SURF LIFE Retreat began, watch this video made during my first ever retreat, thanks to Kingsley Haxton of Greentone Films.
You can also check out the page about how the SURF LIFE Retreats began.