The Surfer’s Journey program is a research based multi-modular curriculum and immersion that follows the theme and ten research-based principles of The Surfer’s Journey. It was created to develop transformational heroes:
Fearless cause-driven leaders who wake each day to inspire, teach, and improve all they touch, no matter the cost. That’s you!
The program uses the tenets of surfing, transformational leadership, and mythology to challenge and teach the individual to step beyond the confines of his or her present context of burnout-wipeout, to begin a journey to re-discover their natural nature and true calling.
Most transformational leadership programs teach the student to change their behavior by saying and doing this and that, but never ask what they believe or what stirs their spirit. You and I know there is too many burned out individuals going through the motions, paddling in the direction they’re told, deaf to the subconscious scream. And the days pass.
Rather then telling and molding, The Surfer’s Journey program focuses on an experience-based inner journey of self-transformation to rediscovery of and develop of the beliefs of a driven visionary: The transformational hero who dares to paddle beyond the cove to battle the monsters for the good of others, despite the sacrifice.
Physician and leadership professor Dr. Don Kennedy wrote the original text as a doctoral dissertation in the convention of the fables of mythological heroes. As required in phenomenological research, Dr. Kennedy, who left his medical practice as a result of burnout, traveled and surfed and became the character in the story which was published as The Surfer’s Journey: The Path to Transformational Heroship.
This one tenet of immersion in a different culture, such as Costa Rica, coupled with the ten principle-based activities, is the core intent of the program. This allows each individual the freedom to experience their own unique transformation then take that rebirth back to share, help, and teach others to do the same.