frequently asked questions

about LSY retreats



frequently asked questions

about LSY retreats

Do I have to be a surfer to join?  Or a hardcore yogi?

Neither!  Whether you love yoga, surfing, or just looking for a week away to relax, one of our retreats can work for you!  You can surf daily and not do yoga, or vice-versa.  Our guests are usually a bunch of beginner surfers,  a handful of hardcore surfers, beginner yogis looking to improve their practice, regular yoga practitioners, and beach bums looking to hang out.  

What is included in the price and what is not? 

Varies per retreat, but usually the price includes accommodations, yoga twice a day, meditation once a day, most or all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner unless otherwise noted) and access to a beautiful beach front location. Some retreats such as Sayulita, Barbados and Nicaragua also include surfing instruction and board rental in the price.  We also usually do a welcoming event or dinner and a workshop.   Airfare tickets are not included in the price.  

How will I pay for the retreat? 

A non- refundable deposit is required to hold your spot, which goes towards your balance.  After securing your spot, you may pay in installments as needed.  The entire balance is due one month before the retreat.  Refunds are no longer available 14 days prior to the retreat. 

What is a day like? 

For most retreats, we start the day with a meditation and/or yoga class, and head out to surf or do other activities after breakfast.  All classes are timed according to the tide schedule to ensure the most out of the surf.  We have lunch mid-day, and a yoga class or meditation in the evening before dinner.  After dinner, some go out, some stay and relax and have margaritas, and some go to sleep to take advantage of the location and catch some morning waves.  

Can I come alone?

About half of LSY guests come alone.  The rest come with family members, friends and their significant others. 

What will the yoga and meditation be like?

Love Surf Yoga seeks out the best of teachers around so do expect to deepen your yoga practice. Each week will include a nice mix of vinyasa, alignment, therapeutics and restorative.  The week usually starts with challenging vinyasa classes as we warm into our new tropical space, and we transform into a vinyasa/yin/restorative blend as we get a more tired from surfing and doing other activities. All the carefully planned classes will have a philosophical theme for the week, and there is at least one 30 minute meditation a day.  

What will the surfing be like?

Every break is different, and every day is different, so expect to be on your toes the entire week! All the locations we choose are beginner breaks, so they are friendly, smaller waves, but there has been times that we get a huge swell out of nowhere!  The surf instructors will guide you through the ins and outs of these breaks for all the surf instruction is always provided by a local surf school and our handpicked guides.  



about love Surf Yoga

our mission and teachers

about love Surf Yoga

our mission and teachers

Patricia Pinto, Founder

Patricia Pinto, Founder

Love Surf Yoga curates unique yoga, wellness, surf and adventure retreats for all levels with an emphasis on yoga and surf.   Each yoga class, surf lesson and activity is handpicked and instructed by the best in the business.  LSY aims to make each retreat an enriching experience, and we are sure we do a great job since about half of our guests make Love Surf Yoga their go-to for their vacation plans.  We aim to provide with excellent quality yoga, beautiful locations, and world class, empty surf breaks. 

We are big on responsible tourism, always hiring the best local talent and aiming to support each location through our two growing programs-  our volunteer retreats and our Board Swapping program.     

We also created a destination 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, certified by the Yoga Alliance, so if you've been wanting to deepen your practice while being on the beac you can join us too.  Our next training is on July 2019 in Nosara, Costa Rica. 

You don’t have to be a surfer or even a yogi to come to hang out. There are many packages to choose from. Join us for our next trips to South Africa, Osa Peninsula, Barbados,  Rincon, Santa Marta, Sayulita, La Saladita, North Shore of Hawaii, and many more on the works!



Patricia Pinto

Founder of Love Surf Yoga

Co-Founder of Lila Flow Yoga 200-hr YTT

Lead Yoga, Pilates and Meditation Teacher

Patricia Pinto, Founder of Love Surf Yoga, is a Brooklyn based yoga and Pilates teacher with an obsession for all things beach and surf.  As an avid surfer, she has traveled the world in search for the best, friendliest breaks and the best surf instruction, from Asia, South and Central America to the East Coast and the Caribbean.  As a full time yoga teacher, she has studied with some of the best teachers in New York City and Hawaii for over 10 years.  Combining her passion for surfing, responsible travel, and the mindful lifestyle of yoga, Love Surf Yoga was born.

Read her full bio here.

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Taryn Vander Hoop

Co-Founder of Lila Flow Yoga 200 hour YTT

Senior Yoga Teacher

A lifelong student of movement, Taryn is a dancer, choreographer, and international yoga and dance teacher known for her long unique sequences and encouraging spirit. She helps her students find joy in movement and freedom and ease in the body and mind.

Taryn received her 200-Hour yoga certification from Yoga Effects, and 300-Hour yoga certification from Laughing Lotus Yoga Center, Aerial Yoga Training from Om Factory, and is a Yoga for Cancer (ycC) certified teacher. Her recent accomplishments include leading 200-hour teaching trainings for Om Factory worldwide, teaching at the Korean National Yoga Conference, Union Square Summer Thursdays, and leading two yoga retreats to India with participants from all over the globe. Taryn also started Om Factory's first satellite Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training program at Rutgers University, which she co-teaches with Blair Ritchie.

The practice of yoga has transformed Taryn's mind and body and she has been able to translate much of her yoga practice into her daily life. By finding her exhale on the mat, she was able to release tension from her body throughout the day and in her dancing. Mantra and meditation practice enhanced her focus, confidence, and performance on the many stages of life. The list goes on and on. Yoga has given Taryn more than she ever could have imagined and her mission is to help people find confidence and joy in movement and fullness and mindfulness in daily life. Her aim as an educator is to help her students see fewer limitations and realize more possibilities, both on and off the mat.

To read more about her, please visit her website here.

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Hannah J. Simmons

Senior Yoga and Barre Teacher

Hannah Jean Simmons, southern CA native, found her passion for yoga, as a way to move, breathe and connect with her best friends. She ended up falling so in love with it, she got 200 hour power yoga certified 7 years ago. She then spread her love over Orange County CA, and has been teaching in New York the last 3 years.

Her favorite part of yoga is the awareness you can bring to your physical body, to tune into what your mind and soul need to be in the present moment. She has never found a more impactful way to serve and connect with community, which has brought her so much joy for others and herself. Music is a huge influence in her teaching to guide where the body should fire up and cool down. Her flows are creative, with a bit of vigor, but the cool down and surrender is just as sweet. Being from southern CA, she has special relationship to the ocean and its many ways of healing and peace. She can’t wait to combine it with the power of yoga and community with the Love Surf Yoga retreat in Colombia! 

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Tiffany Marie Chandler

Senior Yoga and Meditation Teacher

Tiffany has completed a 800-hour certification through Jivamukti Yoga School in New York City, and has been teaching full-time in studios across New York and Brooklyn, as well as internationally. Her classes are influenced by the many teachers she has studied with, including Sharon Gannon, David Life, Rima Rani Rabbath and Nichole Nichols (Narayani).

In addition to the physical and philosophical practices of yoga, Tiffany has spent the last several years studying Tibetan Buddhism with many renowned teachers, most notably and personally, Dr. Miles Neale. In 2016, under the guidance of Neale, Tiffany completed the Nalanda Four Year Program in Sustainable Happiness, a certificate program which illuminates the psychology and neuroscience underpinning ancient techniques and practices of Indo-tibetan Buddhism.  

For class schedule, please visit her website here.


ABOUT our founder

ABOUT our founder

I turned to exercise right after September 11, 2001, when I worked a few blocks away from the World Trade Center and while studying Art History. After the attacks, the downtown health and fitness community was giving away free yoga, Reiki and gym passes for those affected locally, and thankfully, I took full advantage.  I gained about 30 pounds due to post-traumatic shock, and I relied on yoga and running to help me deal.  This changed my life!  

I received my first certification of yoga back in 2008 in a classical Power Yoga form from the lineage of Baron Baptiste Power Yoga.  Since then, I have completed over 700 hours of training through various styles, including Kula Yoga Flow advanced teacher training, Conquering Lion teacher training (Jivamukti lineage) Kundalini, Pilates mat, Barre, and Pilates Reformer/Cadillac training.  I am also Level II Reiki certified.  Lastly, I am currently enrolled in a therapeutic-based Pilates apparatus training, a training that consists of more than 600 hours of anatomy and movement training, through Erika Bloom Pilates Plus.  

In addition to my yoga practice, I am an avid surfer.  I have combined my passions of yoga and the water by creating my retreat company Love Surf Yoga and also by teaching Stand Up Paddle yoga.  I was the first SUP yoga teacher in New York City, teaching at the Rockaways following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy and as an effort to rebuild our local surf break.

I teach aligned and energetic vinyasa flows with attention to anatomy, pranayama, and precise alignment, with fun music and some meditation.  I also teach super strengthening and therapeutic Pilates classes.  Join me!