The World’s Most Transformational Beach Party

ocean groupVISION

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

You are given opportunities to gain awareness of your beliefs and behaviors and see how & where you get in your own way. You are challenged to take risks and fail safely, to notice and savor the present moment, to expand from your strengths, and to embody your best self.

You will enjoy mindful appreciation of the people and world around you in a once in a lifetime catalyst for personal and professional growth.

You will experience deep listening and hear your own wisdom guiding you to create the life of your dreams. You will learn tools and techniques to return to yourself again and again. You will stretch, breathe, laugh, play, surf and transform your life.

Hit the pause button and reset. Rediscover yourself at the beach.

You will do life differently.


“Perfection.” – Shannon, Oakland

“It wasn’t really about the surfing that much after all…what was more important was the fact that I felt like I could do anything I set my mind to.” – Ellen, Calabasas

“Run, don’t walk to sign up for this retreat. It will change everything about you. I used to hate the ocean, now I love surfing, I started playing roller derby, I decided to get my Master’s, and most importantly, my kids think I am awesome now, too.” – Lena, Woodland Hills

“So profound and personal that words can’t describe. People need to get their asses there.”

“I can face my fears in the ocean.”

“Let go and let it unfold.”

“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 Beach Party to help people awaken to the amazing adventure of their lives. For more information, please join our mailing list to receive updates. See you at the beach!