My daydreams these days eventually wind up sailing back to Hawaii, that glorious paradise emblazoned with memories of sun melting into water. Somehow in this place, motion becomes free of constraint. On a SwellWomen Surf, SUP, and Yoga retreat in Maui this summer, my body rejoiced in the doing away with work routines, chores, and chairs, and heartily took every opportunity to move freely in the presence of some wonderful, adventurous women. Here are some of the images from a day in the life of a swell woman.

Early mornings at surf school
Waxing the boards

Heading down to the waterEnthusiasm


Surf school begins


Loading up the boards

Majestic setting for afternoon yogaimg_8199

img_8219Our fearless leaders, Lulu Agan and Meredith Cameronimg_8233Catamaran cruise

All cleaned up


Given the opportunity to flow between activity and rest, togetherness and solitude, sun and shade for a glorious week, I would gladly return in a heartbeat. We were each brought together by this desire for retreat, for balance, for adventure. Led by the energy and spirit of wonder woman Lulu Agan and yoga guru Meredith Cameron, we returned from our week of revelry refreshed and revived by the courage and grace of the women around us. I highly recommend this sumptuous adventure with SwellWomen.

Group surfing shots by Maui Digital Images. Catamaran photos by Kristell Fonseca.  All other photos by Sarah Connette and Marybeth Campeau.