Founder Sandra Gartland brings together (12) years of event planning and women's surf program development, with world class instruction and high performance equipment to produce the world's most innovative surf and yoga program for women.
"For the last ten years of hiring and training surf instructors as well as teaching surfing, I have a wealth of incredible women to choose for my staff. Each of my Sol Sisters have over ten years of teaching experience in surf camps around the world and are excited to share their passion of the sport and life with you."
- Sandra Gartland - Founder
Our resident yogi, Meg has been practicing with her mom ever since she can remember. She presently works for CorePower Yoga in San Diego where she teaches classes and leads various advanced training programs. Megs relaxing voice, intense program and smooth style will inspire you to reconnect your mind and body. When Meg relocated from Northern Cal to sunny San Diego she dropped into the surf scene and has been shredding ever since.
- Meg Tuazon Yoga and Surf Instructor -
MICHELLE (Mish) BOWMAN
Our 411 of surfology- swells, tides, weather, traffic and news. Mish has been surfing for 13 years and teaching surfing for 6 years. She's traveled all over the world in places such as Indonesia, France, Hawaii, Costa Rica and Mexico. When the surf's flat Mish loves to fish, snowboard, mountain bike, and practice yoga. She's also an avid photographer and football fan. Having grown up in San Francisco she also appreciates the art of cooking and fine wines. Mish is a marine biologist working for an environmental consulting company in San Diego.
- Mich Woo Surf Instructor/Photographer -
Karla is our true drop of Aloha on the staff. She is a local Hawaiian from Kona, massage therapist, master yogi and ripping surfer. She has been teaching surfing, practicing yoga and working as a massage therapist for the past ten years. She resides in Konaq with her Aussie husband Tara and beautiful daughter Sahara who travel the globe for surf and adventure. Karla's serene voice and magical touch will be sure to wash awayany stress in your life. We are lucky to have her join us at Sol Sessions.
- Karla Seville Massage Therapist/Yoga Instructor -
Zen Jess is a breath of relaxation. Her yoga will start off each morning and her hikes and bike tours will finish your day. Jessica has been working as a full-time yoga and surf instructor while she travels and emerges herself into different cultures. Originally from Seaside, Oregon, Jessica moved to Mainland Mexico to teach English, five years ago and hasn't stopped traveling since. Jessica's endearing manner will keep you calm in any situation.
- Jessica Burgett Yoga Instructor/Hike and Bike Guide -
Lise worked in Canada in early childhood education until she had her first surf lesson in Tofino. Six months later she traded her snowboard for a surfboard and moved to San Diego where she spent enough time in the water that she reached instructor status in no time. Now a professional surf instructor, Lise spends 6 months of the year in SD and the other 6 in Costa Rica. Her true passions are traveling the world on the search for great new places and waves.
- Lise Quan Surf Instructor/Activities Director -
If you never had a mom that did it all, well you can borrow mine for a week. Rosina is the glue that holds us all together at sol sessions. Her cooking is gourmet, everything from scratch, Italian family style with a modern healthy twist. From her homemade scones and breakfast bakes, to her variety of creative local salads, to her grandmother's secret recipes from Italy, she will never become predictable in the kitchen. You will often find her sharing her recipes and getting ideas from you for new ones. Bring your will power because my only complaint to date is... "I ate so much food because your mom's cooking is just too good to pass up."
- Rosina Kiley House Chef/Mom -
Kemi, our renaissance women, is originally from Morro Bay, California. She relocated herself to Mainland, Mexico over 6 years ago to create her own surf adventure company and to be closer to her true passion, the ocean. She is a ripping surf veteran, soul surfer to the core. She is a massage therapist, yoga instructor, seasoned lifeguard and experienced boatman. Not only has she extensively explored the whole of Mexico's coastline, she has spent numerous years traveling around the world in search of perfect waves. Kemi has a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Administration with an emphasis in Outdoor. Story- time with Kemi will amaze you. She is truly an inspiration to anybody that is lucky enough to cross her path.
- Kemi Vernon Massage/Surf/Yoga Guru -
Kat is our quintessential massaging gypsy. Kat's been practicing massage therapy for 12 years and is very familiar with the sore muscles we all have after a good day of surf. She recently moved the the city of Roses, Portland Oregon, and is enjoying exploring the epic waves of the Oregon Coast. When she's not working with Sol Sessions or doing massage, she can usually be found coming up with new zany film projects, surfing, riding her bike, or planning the next great travel adventure.
- Kat Kellogg Massage Gypsy -
Kelly Walsh/Danielle Duffy
Nila Kelly Walsh recently joined the Sol Sessions Team bringing 14 years of Yoga Experience to the local community. Our latest addition to the staff, Nila is a certified Amrit Yoga Teacher and is certified in Amrit Method Yoga Nidra, an Integrative Relaxation Technique. Teaming up with Pilates Teacher Danielle Duffy, this awesome duo own and operate Elevation Studio on Block Island. Nila and Danielle expertly guide students to rising to their potential and feeling good inside and out. Nila Kelly's intention is to draw on her experiences as a musician, yogi, traveler, dog-lover and all things ocean to lend a guiding hand in helping others awaken to their own authentic transformative awareness. BUT dont let them fool you, Danielle keeps the town dancing at night while she DJ's at the local pubs and Kelly is our token rock star on the staff- visit Kelly's website and you will see what we mean. http://www.kellywalsh.com
- Kelly Walsh Yoga Instructor -
- Danielle Duffy Pilates Instructor -