As individuals, we have all seen first-hand the profound impact that surfing and mindfulness have on mental health, and the role that connecting with others with similar experiences plays in wellbeing and recovery. SeaChange Retreats offers a unique approach to cancer recovery, and we are stoked to be able to deliver this with a great team.
Dr Helen Reynolds, Specialist Clinical Psychologist, Surf Instructor and RLSS Lifeguard
Helen is a Clinical Psychologist, Surf Instructor and RLSS Lifeguard. She has worked in the NHS for 11 years with children and adults with a range of mental and physical health difficulties, delivering specialist assessments and therapy. She has also worked with the Wave Project for the past 4 years as a Surf Instructor for their Surf Therapy and Beach School projects. Unable to resist the call of the ocean any longer, Helen moved to Newquay from London in 2016, and vows she is never leaving! Bringing together her passion for evidence-based clinical intervention, whole-person wellbeing and her love of surfing, Helen will be alongside you every step of the retreat, cheering you on with energy and compassion.
Dannie MacLennan, Project Coordinator
Our Project Coordinator Dannie has been living and surfing in Newquay since 2010. A former Surf Instructor and Lifeguard, she is a passionate volunteer for the Wave Project, providing surf therapy to young people with anxiety, autism and physical disabilities to help improve their confidence, health and emotional wellbeing. Hailing from the Highlands of Scotland, she graduated from Glasgow University with an MSci in Mathematics & Physics and now works as a freelance web designer, balancing work with her loves of surfing, travel, hiking and yoga. Dannie’s enthusiasm and charisma, balanced with her organisational wizardry underpins SeaChange Retreats success. No request is too big to accommodate, and Dannie’s ease and energy will make everyone feel right at home from the moment they arrive.
Dr Bhavna Oza (MBBS, BSC, MRCP), Qualified NHS Doctor and Trainee Yoga Instructor
Bhavna is a doctor training in the field of medical oncology. She is also completing clinical research aimed at advancing the treatment of people with kidney cancer. In her spare time she is a keen sportswoman and enjoys hobbies including playing squash, running and is currently training to be a yoga teacher. With her mantra ‘It’s never too late to learn’, Bhavna takes every opportunity to escape with her surfboard to the coast in the pursuit of beginner waves. Bhavna’s passion for promoting the physical and psychological benefits of staying active after cancer is supported by a growing body of clinical evidence in the field of exercise oncology. Working with Dannie and Helen perfectly dovetails Bhavna’s medical expertise with her infectious enthusiasm for exercise and wellbeing. She looks forward to supporting you holistically through your journey after cancer.