It’s That Time Again!


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    • Marci on January 28, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Had such a great time at the October retreat and excited for the upcoming April retreat. On Saturday night we had a huge crowd, lots of tasty food, coffee, dessert and an excellent speaker. Relaxing, fun, gorgeous scenery — very peaceful!

    • Merrilea East on January 28, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    The retreat in October 2018 was such an amazing time. Everybody pulled together and made it a memorable retreat. Thank you to the Host Tracy Spencer and rest of the committee for all of your work in making this event happen.

    I think the two parts I enjoyed the most were the peacefulness of the location and the camaraderie with good friends. I will definitely be going in the Spring and every year that I can thereafter. 🙂

    • rik on February 2, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    I am looking forward to the spring retreat. I’m grateful for the opportunity to review the steps with like minded people and to do it at the beach. The shares at the meetings and the fellowship before and after are a big plus for my program. Thank you to the Surf Retreat Committee for keeping this going.

    • Carol A. on February 20, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    Hi “U” Guy’s – It’s time to “Step Up Your Game”. If your program is lacking in FUN then you have not experienced this gathering. We come from all over California. Many of us have been getting together here for over 25 years and always look forward to seeing Old friends and meeting New ones. We may all work different 12 Step Programs but all have the same Common Cause, to live a Clean & Serene Life! EVERYONE IS WELCOME. We share our experience, strength and hope at our meetings then spend our free time just hanging out together by the beach, campsites and telling stories around the firepits. If you can not join us for the whole weekend… make it a Day Trip. Come early Saturday for our meeting – bring a jacket and warmer clothes for BBQ and Speaker Meeting in the evening. Fellowship awaits YOU. ” AS WE WALK THE ROAD OF HAPPY DESTINY.” The Secretary Of Fun

    • Guy Loften on March 28, 2019 at 5:25 am

    Been 3 years 2 homes and now 2 kids, so looking forward to seeing and being with you folks.

    • Sheri D. on April 15, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Another great retreat for the books! I’ve been blessed to be able to participate since 1992 and I always leave refreshed and revitalised. Lots of fellowship, sunshine and serenity. Remember friends “We are not a glum lot”. Make reservations by THIS WEDNESDAY for the next retreat October 17th-20th-2019. Hope to see you there!

    • David H on April 16, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Spring Retreat 2019… another great weekend with the nicest, coolest , Rad, funnest, politest, most welcoming and funny folks in So Cal!!! I’m grateful to be able to attend…awesome to hang out , sk8 a couple hills.. pet almost every dog in the place… schralp a couple waves.. although on a body board till my knee replacement is fully healed… eat a chili burger and a piece of cake with about a hundred folks that have walked out of Hell right along with me … and help me to “just hit the pillow tonite sober “! Eat a custom made s’mores from my new bro Dustin’s Son … as he told me about standing up on his first wave!!! Meeting another bro’s son … code name “Turn up”… Rich and Dallas and Froggy and Will and Josiah and Kai and Matt and Rev Jimmy and all the cool chicks like Heidi and Lori and Alexa and the cool surfer girl from the LBZ with her sons the Benihana boys.. and all the folks that just showed up to The Surf Retreat … it takes a Village to keep this idiot Sober … if I didn’t mention you it’s cuz it lights out time and I’m weary… but if we had a hello or a howzit or a hug or a handshake… you helped me get another couple days in the Light and I sincerely Thank You SHAKA TILL OCTOBER

    DAVID H… HuntingtonBeach…

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