Kuda Villingili collaborates with The Wave Project to bring surf therapy to Maldives

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Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives partners with UK-based charity, The Wave Project, to bring Kuda Villingili’s Soul Searching at Chickens Retreat to Maldives, from 26th July to 26th August 2024. Kuda Villingili is located near the famed surf spot Chickens Break that holds swells that range from 3ft to 10ft and provides wave rides up to 500m long.  

The Wave Project strives to transform the lives of young people by proving how spending time in the sea, surfing and having fun in the water makes a measurable difference to young people’s health and wellbeing. This summer, the Wave Project will be leading surf retreats during their residency at the resort. 

The retreat will explore how these ‘blue spaces’ can provide an impact on the mental health and wellbeing of young people, focusing on outdoor activities in the Maldives. With a focus on mindfulness and breathwork as well as excursions from surfing and paddle boarding to yoga and meditation, guests are invited to immerse themselves in blue spaces. 

Recognized by the NHS and prescribed by doctors to children, surf therapy has become an established form of therapeutic support in the UK. Spending time in nature, especially in  ‘blue spaces’, is proven to reduce the production of stress hormones, cortisol, and epinephrine. This, combined with the benefits of physical activity and the satisfaction of learning a new skill,  makes surfing an unconventional and exciting new method of treatment.