About Rick Cowley

I am on a mission to help people live fulfilling lives through bringing their important dreams into reality.

I was diagnosed with leukemia at 21 years old; it was one of the best things that ever happened to me. In 2010 I ran the first SURF LIFE Retreat in Australia– a yoga & surf retreat for young adult cancer survivors, to help them be empowered by their cancer experience and to live lives of purpose, presence and dreams. I ran five of those retreats between 2010 – 2012. In 2012 the Flow of Life moved me to Bali and my dream of getting paid to be myself and do exactly what I love became a reality when I ran the first Vision Quest Bali Retreat open to the general public. I have now run 17 Bali Retreats.

I was raised in San Diego, CA by parents who get more and more amazing every year! I have traveled the world surfing.  I speak Spanish and Indonesian. I lived in Australia for 8 years before moving to Bali in 2012. I am the father of two beautiful, powerful, next-level kids (4 and 9 years old) who were born at home in Australia. I love surfing and yoga I appreciate this adventure of being alive.

My Life is amazing :) Join me for the ride!


Surfing at Ulu Watu around 2002


Group shot from my 8th Bali retreat in Jun 2013


My son (3) helping out me out during a yoga session on the Gold Coast of Australia, 2013



My daughter (10) and I at Seven Mile Beach, Australia, 2015.


Here’s a clip I made for Nahko and Medicine For The People’s “Budding Trees” music video. Bali, 2013.

Here’s the final video. It felt so good to give back to these guys. Their music has given me so much inspiration and is a daily staple on my retreats.



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