Mad To Live Retreats guest Carly's experience of the Costa Rica stop!

I pin down the girls on their last night of the retreat for a natter about what they made of the trip.


Mad To Live Retreats guest's Olivia & Lucy's Portugal experience! 

Mad To Live Retreats guest Lucy's round-up of the Portugal stop!

"My fondest holiday memories growing up were all about outdoor activities and adventure. I might be older now (36) but haven’t grown out of wanting those same things!  No longer will I have to struggle with the boredom of a conventional holiday and have already booked onto my second Mad to Live retreat. The company, activities, environment and food exceeded expectations on every level, I have made some great friends and wonderful memories. Thank you Sophie!."
Costa Rica Retreat Victoria Pendleton (CBE), UK


"Mad To Live has changed my life in so many  ways and I can’t even express what an amazing time I’ve had... on all my retreats :)" Portugal Retreat, Jess, USA - 3 Retreats in one year!


"For me, in all honesty, the people we met, the new experiences we faced together, the honesty, the new friendships, and the opportunity the retreat gave each and everyone os us to be completely vulnerable with a group of strangers, all like minded and genuine, was absolutely life changing. It reminded me how resilient I am as a woman, more importantly though that I want to live my entire life Mad To Live". Portugal Retreat, Kat, UK

"Having the opportunity to meet new incredible women from all over the world.  Making huge progress and gaining confidence in my surfing skills."
Portugal Retreat, Courtney, New York

"I totally fell in love with surfing.  It’s given me goals for my fitness and strength, but also opened up a new areas of interest."
Portugal Retreat, Nicola, UK

"We rode, ran, swam, surfed, hiked, biked, bended, stretched, jumped, and it all made us feel PUMPED! I think the best thing about it all - as well as being able to do it all in nature, was the fantastic, unbeatable feeling of physical capability".                                Portugal Retreat, Poppy, UK

"The food was INCREDIBLE & I loved that I was able to maintain all of my healthy eating habits throughout my entire vacation, without feeling like I was missing out on substance. I had the most amazing time on this retreat & would absolutely do it again in a heartbeat!"
Portugal Retreat Lissette, New York


"It was my best week ever... I came in with “nothing” and I went out full of good memories and endless friendship!" Portugal Retreat, Sara, Spain

"I stood up on way more waves than I could have ever imagined! Soph is the raddest chick possible to be around when adventuring and exploring new and exciting activities. Aside from being a bad ass all around athlete herself, she empowers all around her, espeically women, to strive for more and achieve all their goals, physically and mentally. She should add “Life Coach” to her resume." Portugal Retreat, Lucy, Rhode Island

"Highlights? Oh my god. E.v.ery.Thing!  The wonderful women I met, the surfing, the rock climbing...the food, the atmosphere.  The support from you and the other girls...everything!"  Costa Rica Retreat, Stephanie, UK

"Sophie my love, you inspire women to be powerful and united...This experience shaped me in ways I never thought possible. In a way, I came to Portugal fearful and left fearless. I can’t thank you enough for daring to create such an amazing thing. "        Portugal Retreat, Nastazia, Cyprus 

"For me this was an excersise in pushing myself out of my comfort zone and being more open to new challenges with new people. Box massively ticked...You have such a lovely team of people who clearly go above and beyond to accommodate everyone. I would recommend to any of my friends to go on one of your retreats. I had such a fun time. " Portugal Retreat, Charlotte, UK


"Each activity was unreal, and I like to think I threw myself at it with everything I had. Things that I might accomplish in the space of a year, never mind a week. Bucket list halved in such a short space of time!" Portugal Retreat, Bec, UK

"Highlights? Meeting all the rad babes!  The house was lovely and cannot forgot the food cooked by Rachel which really made the trip.  Of course learning to surf!  The instructors where really helpful and fun!" Portugal Retreat, Holly, UK


"One of my favourite things about the retreat was the people who took part, all very different and very similar at the same time. All with amazing, different stories to tell each other. We had a lot to learn from each other and all supported each other massively. Another highlight of the retreat was being able to try new fitness techniques. Whether it was different ways to train parts of your body or trying something completely different, for me boxing. Which I have now taken up- SHOUTOUT TO YOU SOPHIE FOR THE AWESOME EYE OPENER!!"
Portugal Retreat Lily, Portugal

"Being in the water with Sophie E was just so good - constantly being fed little corrections and bits of advice was so beneficial. The retreat also kick started my health and fitness regime and has motivated me to keep up that level of fitness activities and reminded me of the joy of keeping fit and doing awesome outdoors activities!"                            Portugal Retreat, Carly, SurfGirl Magazine, Cornwall


"Thank you so much, you chicks are amazing and gave me so much more than a ‘holiday’" Portugal Retreat, Fiona, Ireland


"The retreat was a really amazing experience."
Portugal Retreat Claire, Ireland

"I loved the house vibes, felt like we all just lived together!!"
Portugal Retreat Emma, New Zealand

"There are moment's in life that really shape you, this was truly one of them...Highlights? Meeting 4 incredible women I now want to see every year!".  Costa Rica Retreat, Carly, UK