Creating Balance in Life: Surf & Yoga Adventure

April 23, 2016

In today's society, work-life balance is almost non-existent: We work just about every waking hour and, in doing so, sacrifice the things that we say are important to us — our health, personal relationships, and having fun! This adventure combines an optional 45-minute yoga class with an introduction to surfing lessons and a Creating Balance in Life workshop led by MSA's Chief Adventure Officer, Michael Bennett, Ed.D., to not only give you a chance to have some fun, enjoy nature, and make new friends but also to take time to reconnect with yourself and your priorities. You will be guided through a series of reflection activities and group discussions that will help you come up with an action plan for bring more balance — and happiness — into your life!

Want to learn more about this Adventure? Click the button below and MSA will contact you within 24 hours to discuss! 


PROGRAM BASICS

  • Date: April 23, 2016
  • Time: 8:30AM—1PM
  • Location: Venice Beach, CA
  • Sweat Factor: Moderate
  • Program Price: $125/pp
  • Optional Yoga Class: $25/pp

 

IS THIS PROGRAM FOR ME?

This program is for you if you are craving more balance in your life: All you do is work, eat, and sleep (occasionally). You enjoy spending time outdoors, trying new things, and meeting new people. You have always wanted to take surfing lessons, but haven't had the time (stupid work schedule!). Most of all, you are ready to take ownership of your life and begin crafting the life (and lifestyle) that you want!

 

ACTIVITY LEVEL

This program has been rated MODERATELY challenging. Activities on this adventure include a yoga class and surfing lessons.

 

ITINERARY IN BRIEF

  • 7:30AM: Optional Yoga Class on the Beach
  • 8:30AM: Breakfast + Intros + Intentions
  • 9:30AM: Surfing Lessons w/ Go Surf LA
  • 11:30AM: Lunch! 
  • 12PM: Creating Balance Workshop
  • 1PM: Program Ends

 

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Optional morning yoga class led by Yoga With Mary
  • Intro to Surfing Lessons with Go Surf LA
  • Inspirational workshop facilitated by Muddy Shoe Adventures

 

WHAT YOU'LL GAIN

  • A renewed and more empowered perspective on your life
  • A deeper understanding of self and others
  • A detailed vision of the future that you will create for yourself
  • An action plan for making that vision a reality
  • Tools to hold yourself accountable for actions you commit to

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

The following items are included in the price for this Adventure:

  • Breakfast: Coffee, bagels, fruit, protein bars
  • 2-hours of surfing lessons (including board and wetsuit)
  • A delicious and (moderately) healthy lunch 
  • Inspiring group conversations
  • Time for personal reflection
  • A 30-minute follow-up call with Michael

 

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:

The following items are included in the price for this Adventure: 

  • Transportation to/from program location
  • Personal items or snacks
  • Tips for MSA program leaders (optional)
 

YOUR PROGRAM LEADER

MICHAEL BENNETT, ED.D.

Michael is a seasoned traveler, organizational consultant, and coach who has helped dozens of people transform their lives through his coaching and adventure programs. His own struggle to find rewarding and meaningful work inspired him to launch MSA in 2011. Michael earned both his MBA and Ed.D. at Pepperdine University.


TESTIMONIALS

I participated in MSA’s surfing adventure and it was awesome! Not only did we learn how to surf, we learned about the importance of having balance in life (and surfing!). I had the opportunity to meet new people, challenge myself, and engage in insightful conversations about life and what it means to be fully present and engaged with the life you are living. I would and will recommend Muddy Shoe Adventures to all my friends. It was a great adventure that I think everyone should experience!
— Katie from Pasadena

Ready to bring more balance into your life?



Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find answers to come of the more frequently asked questions about this Finding Balance in Life Adventure. If you have questions that are not answered here, please contact us!

 

WHERE & WHEN ARE WE GOING TO MEET?

For those taking the optional yoga class, we'll rendezvous near the Venice Pier by 7:30AM. The exact location will depend on surf conditions and weather. We'll send out specific directions the week before the program. If you are not participating in the yoga class, meet the yogis there no later than 8:30AM for some breakfast and the start of our program!

 

HOW LONG IS THIS ADVENTURE?

The program officially begins at 8:30AM and should end sometime around 1:00PM ... So 4.5 hours.

 

IS THIS ADVENTURE DANGEROUS?

No! You are in great hands with Mary Wiggins of Yoga with Mary and Peter from Go Surf LA. This yoga class will be a relaxing and meditative experience, and so while you will get in a good workout, there is little to no danger involved. 

Surfing can be physically demanding, and there have been shark sightings off the CA coast in recent years, so be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. With that said, we will be in shallow waters, so it is extremely unlikely that we will encounter any sort of problem. Nevertheless, our surf instructors are trained in CPR and First Aid, and MSA Team Members in attendance have Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder Training in the unlikely event of a serious injury.

 

DO I NEED TO BE IN AMAZING SHAPE TO PARTICIPATE?

No! You should be in good enough shape to be able to participate in an hour-long yoga class, you will need to carry a surfboard and paddle into the waves (which can be surprisingly tiring!), and clearly you need to be able to swim, but other than that, we have had people with varying degrees of fitness attend our adventures with great success!

 

WHO ELSE IS GOING WITH ME ON THIS ADVENTURE?

Muddy Shoe Adventures' clients tend to be younger, usually in the 25—45 year old range, although we have had participants who have been in their 70s attend our surfing program! The group is usually a 50/50 mix of males and females, and group sizes tend to be in the 6—8 person range. In addition to your fellow surfers, 3—4 MSA Team Members will accompany you on this program.

 

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

We'll send out a packing list in the week leading up to the adventure, but some of the most basic items you would want to bring include: Comfortable clothes for yoga, a swimsuit, towels, beach blanket, sunscreen, and a change of clothes. 

 

WHAT KIND OF PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES ARE WE GOING TO DO?

Like most Muddy Shoe Adventures, this Adventure consists of a mix of facilitated group conversations and personal reflection activities. On ALL of our programs, we do our best to create a safe and supportive environment for you to really dive into your work and your process of self-exploration and self-discovery. 

 

WHO IS LEADING THIS PROGRAM?

MSA Founder Michael Bennett will be leading your Surf & Yoga Adventure Adventure. Michael has been coaching clients for over 10 years, and his playful and interactive coaching and facilitation style fits this program perfectly!

 

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE QUESTIONS THAT ARE NOT ADDRESSED HERE?

Simple—CONTACT US! We're always happy to talk to you about any additional questions, concerns, or ideas you have about your program.