Into the Fire Surf Retreat


Life is busy. Overwhelming. Stressful.

It’s your job to maintain at a high level to take risks and never fail, look stupid or be incompetent. People count on you.

How do you balance the demands of your life with the dream of how you want it to be?

How do you escape from the worry and fears that threaten to take over, that keep you on the never ending treadmill of tension and doubt?

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We believe there is a better way to live.

Hit the pause button and reset. Make time to re-experience yourself.

You can have everything you need, know exactly who you are, and connect to what you want to happen.

Come to the Into the Fire Surf Retreat. Learn to surf with a supportive group of people, enjoy the freedom to play, find breathing space, and transform your life.

Do Life Differently.

Into the Fire Surf Retreat. Malibu, California.


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“In the months since the surf retreat my life has undertaken a complete remodel. A renovation. A demolition and rebuild might be more appropriate.  I found the love of my life and we are going to be married on the shores of Lake Superior almost a year to the day of that beautiful surfing adventure in Malibu. I left my job and sold my house so that I could launch my own business. But most importantly, I think, I have found a better way to live life.

Do this. Your future self is depending on it. Really.” – Julia, Minneapolis

“What I realized during this experience was that life is really all about enjoying life!!” – Tera, Santa Clarita

The Into the Fire Surf Retreat shifted my mindset in the sense that I’m re-inspired to tackle things that I had given up on. I feel like I was able to get over that wall and I feel more equipped to deal with other barriers, both professionally and personally,  that may be holding me back.” – Claudia, Pasadena

Learn to surf?  I don’t even know how to swim!  Yes, I’d say I threw myself Into the Fire. Reflecting on that amazing day, I became aware of a transformation that occurred in both myself and the group.  Nervous anticipation led to required participation which finally culminated in active contribution with a desire to share personal experiences for the benefit of the group. These lessons in leadership were nurtured deliberately yet gently by Gary and Karen and I was implementing them with my team Monday morning! The setting of the workshop was brilliant because I can recall the lessons learned simply by closing my eyes and visualizing the sand and the surf. Brilliant stuff! I can’t wait for the next Into the Fire Session!” – Kelvin, Vancouver

Gary and Karen at Into the Fire Sessions Surf + Leadership Retreat 8/25/12

Gary Mahler and Karen Pery created the Into the Fire Surf Retreat to help people do life differently. Join us.