2016 Women’s Retreat

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Location: Zuma Beach, Malibu

Date: Thursday, August 25th – Sunday, August 28th

Vision: Imagine a perfect weekend at the beach, surrounded by fascinating people. Together you learn, play, encourage and challenge each other. You have deep conversations and more laughter than you can remember! You are relaxed and happy, free from every worry and responsibility. Everything is taken care of for you. Your job: find your bliss.

This weekend is something new: you’ve given yourself the gift of a weekend alone, you’ve decided to open yourself up to your friends, your team, your colleagues more vulnerably. You surf and discover that every wave is different. It reminds you how important it is to notice the changes in your world to make decisions powerfully. You are connected to yourself from your core, and you realize you can do anything. You don’t have to change to be happy. Who you are is perfect. Be more you.

The sea beckons to you: “play more.” You find yourself snug and warm in a wetsuit splashing around in the water with the people who were once unfamiliar and now are dear friends.

If someone saw a photo of the moment, they would imagine you to be younger, the ocean has washed the years away. Frolicking in the surf like a pod of dolphins, laughing, splashing, totally free, completely present and soaking in the day, you see that this weekend has changed your life.

When you change, the world changes with you. You said yes to this, and it’s glorious.

Imagine what is possible now. Infinite options begin from a place of joy.

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


  • You own a business. You’re in charge of everything and everyone. You need a pause break and new insights to improve your performance and grow your people.
  • You hold a leadership position in an organization. People rely on you. You see opportunities to grow and you need support to support your people. You need tools to implement to solve problems more effectively.
  • You are in transition. Kids are growing up and moving on. You are beginning to write your next chapter. You need inspiration and a renewed experience of yourself.

You will meet and connect with a community of women who will bring out the best in you. You will be supported in defining and transforming into the best version of yourself. You will surprise yourself. You will be delighted. You will return to your spirit and you will do life differently.

Details: We provide …

  • concierge service to help you find perfect accommodations for your beach party weekend.
  • world-class individual and group surf lessons with wetsuits, surf boards, ocean safety and personalized instruction Saturday and Sunday
  • cocktail welcome reception Thursday evening (location TBD)
  • dinner on the beach Friday evening
  • gourmet catered beach picnic lunch Saturday
  • healthy snacks and beverages provided throughout the beach party
  • celebration dinner Saturday evening (location TBD)
  • nourishing post-surf beach breakfast Sunday morning
  • professional photography of your beach party + surf experience
  • an extraordinary community of support and encouragement
  • coaching, leadership development, mindfulness meditation, personal growth and more fun than you can imagine

No prior surf experience required. Many attendees will be first time surfers.

Some are afraid of the ocean. We stay with you from the sand to the surf.

We are 100% committed to your safety, growth and enjoyment!


Thursday 8.25

Welcome Reception 6-8pm – Location Malibu TBD

Cocktails + Conversation

Beach Casual Attire


Friday 8.26

Beach Party Begins 4-7pm – Zuma Beach, Trancas Lifeguard Tower

Talking Story + Dinner + Leadership Games

Layered Activewear


Saturday 8.27

Beach Party Continues 8am-4pm – Zuma Beach, Trancas Lifeguard Tower

Surfing + Meditation + Beach Blanket Bingo or Similar

Layered Activewear + Swimsuit (Wetsuit Provided)


Celebration Dinner 6-9pm – Location Malibu TBD

Beach Chic Attire


Sunday 8.28

Beach Party Finale 8am-12pm – Zuma Beach, Trancas Lifeguard Tower

Connection + Commitments + Surfing + Surprises

Layered Activewear + Swimsuit (Wetsuit Provided)

Founders:  Karen Pery and Gary Mahler created Into the Fire.

Karen maintains a thriving executive leadership coaching practice serving CEOs, business owners, and powerful recovering perfectionists based in Los Angeles.

Gary runs a global executive coaching practice seeing clients in Vancouver, Hawaii and Japan. Honest and direct, Gary offers a mindful approach to life transformation.


Early Bird rates available through August 1, 2016. Generous incentives offered for groups to enroll together.

Contact Karen or Gary to discuss your participation in this exclusive and intimate women’s weekend. karen@karenpery.comrestart@garymahler.com