Take two waves and call me in the morning: International Surf Therapy Organization brings ocean healing into the mainstream

Take two waves and call me in the morning: International Surf Therapy Organization brings ocean healing into the mainstream

by Ryan McDonald

Carly Rogers was told there was “no way” she would be able to pull it off. Jamie Marshall was told, “I don’t know what you’re going to do here.” And Joel Pilgrim was told that he was “just a surfer who wants to get paid to go surfing.”

The last one wasn’t entirely untrue. Pilgrim, the founder, and CEO of the Australia-based surf therapy charity Waves of Wellness, has spent more than two decades surfing. And it was his personal experience in the water that in 2016 led the mental health occupational therapist to launch an organization built around a belief in the healing power of the ocean.

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International Surf Therapy Symposium

International Surf Therapy Symposium

By Cash Lambert

Surfing feels good. No secret there. Coming out of the water feeling better is a pretty universal reaction. But in recent years, the research and testimonials are showing that it’s more than a feeling — surfing is actually a healer.

Defined by the International Surf Therapy Organization (ISTO) as “the evidence-based, clinically-guided and structured use of surfing as a therapeutic vehicle in the prevention and treatment of social, behavioral, health, economic, and other global challenges,’” surf therapy can remedy many different afflictions — special needs, PTSD, trauma, mental health, social challenges… In fact, surf healing is currently prescribed in the UK through an organization called the Wave Project. Advocates from the ISTO conference are aiming to make it a type of prescription in other countries, including the U.S.

Children diagnosed with autism, veterans struggling with PTSD, teenagers living in extreme poverty… Every day, we hear stories of desperate lives being changed for the better through surfing. Those with mental illnesses find solace by riding waves of healing — due in part to the many surf therapy organizations driven by the belief that, as the adage goes: If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.

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Valentine’s and Random Acts of Kindness Day

Valentine’s and Random Acts of Kindness Day

Random Acts of Kindness Day
February 17th

Random Acts of Kindness Day is celebrated on February 17th. It’s a day when everyone has the opportunity to do something nice for a complete stranger, a family member, a friend or a coworker. This can be as simple as paying for the coffee of the person in line behind you, paying someone’s meter or just by saying “Good Morning with a smile”.

The holiday originated in New Zealand as a day celebrated on September 1st, but has since become an international holiday in February. It is also a part of Random Acts of Kindness week—started by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.

Several studies have shown that kindness is indeed contagious. When a person does an act of kindness for another person, it makes the person receiving it more likely to do an act of kindness for someone else.

A Time To Give Back

A Time To Give Back

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Welcome to Our New Sponsor Kai

Welcome to Our New Sponsor Kai

We are so honored to announce Kai as our newest sponsor for 2019. The famed fragrance company will donate a portion of proceeds from sales in 2019 to the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation. Kai has been a long-time supporter of JMMF, from the 2012 BeneFiesta to the upcoming 2019 BeneFiesta on May 18, 2019.

We look forward to an exciting and fragrant year with Kai and send them our love and appreciation.
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