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About Us

Who we are

Welcome to Grateful Surf Yoga & Ayurveda ~

Your Partners on the Path to Holistic Wellness

Our Vision: A Journey to Inclusive Well-being

Grateful Surf Yoga & Ayurveda emerged around the Pacific Oceans in 2014, driven by a vision to make the profound gifts of yoga and holistic health accessible to everyone while fostering connections within the community. Our journey began with a passion for empowering individuals through the transformative practices of Yoga & Ayurveda.

Addressing the Gap in Holistic Wellness

For years, individuals facing unique challenges, such as disabilities, aging, or recovery from illness or injury, struggled to find tailored holistic wellness services. The frustration of limited options and a lack of understanding spurred us into action. In 2016, Grateful Surf was born with a singular mission - to be a beacon of healing and provide VIP personal retreat services to both visitors and residents alike.

Our Dedicated Team and Tailored Services

Understanding the diverse needs of our clientele, we've assembled a team of dedicated professionals from various backgrounds, creating an environment that nurtures individualized care. Our value proposition lies in the tailored services we offer – empowering clients to overcome physical and emotional challenges. Grateful Surf stands out by providing a comprehensive range of private retreat services, including yoga, ayurvedic consultations, and massage therapy, all delivered by compassionate caregivers and experienced yoga teachers.

Commitment to the Overlooked: A Holistic Approach

What truly sets us apart is our unwavering commitment to those often overlooked in the wellness industry – individuals with disabilities, elders, and those on the journey to recovery. We address their specific pain points through personalized treatments that not only alleviate struggles but also contribute to overall health and well-being.

The Grateful Surf Experience: A Transformative Journey

At Grateful Surf, our clients don't just receive a service; they embark on a transformative journey towards holistic wellness. Our track record speaks volumes, having supported thousands of individuals over the years, witnessing lives evolve, and enhancing overall health and well-being.

Your Well-being, Your Journey

In a World where wellness takes center stage, Grateful Surf Yoga & Ayurveda is the answer for those seeking more than a generic solution. Join us on this personalized journey, where every session is crafted with care, and every individual is treated with the specialized plan and unique understanding they deserve. Your well-being is not a luxury but a necessity, and at Grateful Surf, we make it accessible to all. Experience the difference – choose Grateful Surf for a life-changing retreat tailored just for you.

Our Sessions

will support you

  • Heal your heart from stored trauma

  • Disconnect and release toxic relationships and connections

  • Achieve your health & wellness intentions

  • Find comfort and security within

  • Be inspired and explore your creative self

  • Enhance your sense of personal power

  • Connect with your intuitive self

  • Embrace your divine purpose



Karla Sutherland,


Ayurvedic Practitioner, Yoga Teacher, Surf Coach 

An avid outdoor adventure guide (raft, ski, kayak, climb, mountain bike, surf, adaptive sports, and kids camps..) and mom, my journey in Wellness Therapies began over 12 years ago when I felt myself drawn to massage, physio, and yoga for well being;  An alternative lifestyle to my super stress filled life with careers as a whitewater rafting guide, professional kayaker, backcountry ski guide, and infantry section commander, Operations Manager for the Adaptive Ski and Snowboard Program for Whistler Blackcomb, Employment Counsellor for People with Disabilities, retreat operator, and Director of a Birthing Centre.


In my sessions, I encourage students to move inward and into the true self heightening intuition and inner guidance, leading to fulfillment and peace. I believe in the body's innate ability to heal with a positive mental outlook and our practices help you achieve long lasting peace. I am honoured to assist you in any way I can. 

Karen Love
Host, Yoga Teacher
Santa Teresa, Costa Rica 


An Australian artist,

designer, yoga teacher, surfer

and founder of Om and Love.

Back in 2011, fed up with routine, I packed up from what I knew to be real and safe, to travel the world.


With only a backpack and a pure will in my heart, I pursed my dream to become a yoga instructor. I met an amazing girl, Esperanza, which in spanish means Hope. We became great friends. One evening, from the off cuts of a wedding dress I had altered for her, we wrapped the material around each other's wrists, to remember our connection.

Travel and life’s journeys we meet, connect and farewell those with whom we share a special bond. What we have left in our hearts are the memories we hold so close.


As I continued through Latin America, I adorned the bracelet with painted ceramic beads from Peru, shells from the pacific and sacred seeds from the Amazon. My bracelet emerged into a unique memory of places traveled and friendships formed; With this concept, Om and Love was born.

I travel, share my passion, and teach. I try to do my best to make those around me smile and I give great hugs too!

The gratitude I hold for you in my heart is deep and special.

I do this for you. I do this for love. I do this to show people that YES, it is possible to be good and to do good. To live from the heart and to live with passion


Dream your dreams as big as you want to and go out there and take the steps to reach them. I want you to om. I want you to love. 

I want you to colour your world.

I see you. I love you. I believe in you.

Courtney Fletcher

Yoga Teacher Trainer


Hi, I’m Courtney, an ex-gymnast, spinally fused, 18-year yogi, Ashtangi, trained in India, with a gypSEA soul whose practice draws from hatha, kundalini and vinyasa. My heart-centered approach evokes an understanding of interconnectedness through a focus on self-love, nature and seva (service). The intention being for my students to discover the light within that ignites their path to inner peace, the connection which opens the heart to universal love.

After 10 years as a competitive gymnast, lower back surgery brought my athletic ability to a halt. Looking for a way to ease the pain and regain strength and flexibility, I discovered yoga and immediately fell in love with the practice, quickly learning its transformational power over the mind and path to freedom. Embarking on this journey meant a lifelong quest for self-knowledge, love, and humility. In 2010 I volunteered in India and earned my yoga teaching certification. My time in India inspired me to establish my own NGO, Kids’ Foundation for Uniting Nations which connects and inspires kids around the world to initiate positive change through service. Check out more about Courtney and her offerings here :


Jessica Kruse 

Ayurvedic Practitioner, Retreat Host


Jessica Kruse is an Ayurveda Practitioner, Remedial Massage Therapist, E-RYT 200 & YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider) and S.I.T (Subconscious Imprinting Technique) Practitioner who has studied across the globe. She’s continued to apprentice and mentor with her first teacher of Ayurveda Dr.Jaisri Lambert (NAMA) since 2008, meanwhile receiving a unique apprenticeship of advanced clinical studies with renown Ayurveda physicians Dr. Kesari and Dr. Ramkumar at Vaidyagramain India and with Dr. Vasant Lad in both the USA and India over the past decade. Jessica specializes in Ayurvedic pulse reading, diet and lifestyle consultations & counselling, Ayurveda cuisine, Ayurveda Yoga Therapy, Turiya Therapy (Marma Chikitsa), Clinical and Ayurveda massage therapy, holistic aesthetics & beauty treatments.

Jessica leads retreats and Pachakarmas. She holds a diploma of Remedial Massage Therapy 2200 hours, is a SATTVA Yoga Teacher and an Alexandria Professional Qualified Body Sugaring Practitioner and most recently graduated from the Subconscious Imprinting Technique Practitioner training with the Empowered Healers Academy .  The synergistic integration of S.I.T – a science based healing system designed to uncover and release repressed emotions and unresolved trauma that’s contributing to chronic physical symptoms in your life – into Jessica’s life and tool belt is undoubtedly taking her own and others healing to the next level. Learn more or book a session:

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