Surf, Snack, and De-Stress at Samudra Retreat in Western Australia

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If you want to detox, de-stress, and recharge your batteries a vacation to Samudra Retreat in Western Australia’s Margaret River may be just what the doctor ordered.

The retreat is three hours drive from Western Australia’s capital city, Perth, but it feels a world away from the big smoke. It helps to center its guests with three key things: surfing, yoga, and food.

Don't feel daunted if you’ve never tried any of the physical activities before; there are classes for beginners as well as seasoned surfers and yogis. Samudra founder Sheridan Hammond leads the Astanga yoga classes, passing on all he learned while practicing in India. He runs hour-long classes twice a day for guests to calm their minds and flex their body. Women's surfing champion Lisa Archer leads the surf classes at the local Smiths, Yallingup, and Indijup beach breaks. Surfing may seem very different from yoga, but Archer insists there's a natural synergy between them. She spends time teaching beginners the techniques they need on the sand before hitting the waves.surfer Once you've worked up an appetite head to Samudra's café, helmed by head chef Danny Angove. He dishes up vegetarian dishes which are much more luxurious than rabbit food. All meals are made on site using organic and biodynamic ingredients grown in Samudra's own garden. This is food that's good for your taste buds and your body. Samudra's guests stay in beach shacks at Smiths Beach Resort. Despite their rustic names, these shacks are quite luxurious. Each has outdoor barbecue and dining areas, and stunning views of the Indian Ocean. A six-night yoga and surfing retreat at Samudra starts from $2245 per person. It might sound expensive at first, but that price includes twin-share accommodation, all food, activities, and local transport. It's rare to take a vacation without all those sneaky extra expenses after all!

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