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A series of inspiring women in the surf & wellbeing space

meet Frances, the author and founder of Fern Magazine

We will be releasing articles throughout the winter season as part of our series 'The Water Women' - about women who are leaving their impact, making noise in the surf and the wellbeing space. But before we launch into our first article with Brydie Watson, we want to introduce the beautiful soul and story teller who has allowed for each one of the inspiring women to tell their stories.

The curator of Fern Mag, Frances Borg is a creative, photographer and a writer who's work is lead by curiosity. Now showing all those who chase the life of adventure and dreams that it can all be so possible.

Photo taken by Claire Vandermeiren

With 5 issues of Fern Mag released, it is now turning digital to reach a wide audience of inquisitive and travel chasing souls. If you have not read Frances' work, do yourself a favour and subscribe to her platform.

Being part of the generation paving the way for a new future where location and financial freedom are intertwined, often we can get lost grappling at our why when it can be a challenge. Frances words have been inspiring us and so many others to chase their version of a bigger life and know that whatever that is - it is possible and will unfold beyond your dreams. So who is a better person to dive deeper into inspiring females in the surf and wellbeing space through 'The Water Women' series than Frances Borg.

Updated: Dec 18, 2022

WOW, We have had a lot happen this year! If you have been following us since the birth of this retreat, we have expanded rapidly over 9 months.

This year we have held 10 retreats with over 100 women from all around the world. Our retreats have completely transformed their lives, some have created a new life by getting out of their comfort zone, leaving a job that no longer serves them, or stepping into a new community.

This year, we transformed from Gypsea Retreats to Gypsea Co, which provides us an opportunity to become more than just retreats. We have now added merchandise, 4-day & 1-day retreats, and are in the process of designing sustainable surfwear.

Gypsie and Rina have become ambassadors for Rusty Women's, the biggest leading WA surf brand. The Rusty Team has also supported our small business by co-creating a Water Women graphic design for our Gypsea Merchandise; T-shirts, caps, and stickers. We are so grateful for their ongoing contributions and collaborations to bring ideas to life!

For our first year of business, we have already expanded to 2 locations; Exmouth and Yallingup for our 4-day retreats, and we held a 1-day retreat in Perth this month.

The business has expanded so quickly this year, that Gypsie and Rina desired another team member to support the foundation of the business. Whilst in Bali, we were fortunate to connect with Phily Jen, our Virtual Business Assistant, operating from Bali, Indonesia. Her input to the business has been nothing short of amazing, keep tuned as we will soon be hiring more frother facilitators.

Gypsea 2023 - What’s Next?

We are going, GLOBAL baby!!!! 2023 April & May we are holding 2 retreats in Bingin Bali Indonesia, and in October & November, we are going to Lombok. On the horizon we have Mentawai being planned, this will be for our intermediate girls looking to be challenged on the reef breaks.


Updated: Dec 15, 2022

Gypsea Co is a Women's Surf and Yoga Retreat based in Australia & Indonesia since 2021. The business is founded by 2 empowering women who share a powerful passion for bringing women together to create a safe space and dedicate time to disconnect from the daily grind to reconnect with themselves and other like-minded women.

The founders are Gypsie & Rina;

Gypsie Thomas has a Marine Tourism, Photography, Health, Fitness, and Surf Instructor background. She loves to be surrounded by the ocean, and beautiful nature and is always inspired to experience and understand the precious moments of life.

Rina Schulte holds tertiary degrees in Exercise & Sports Science, International Business, and Secondary Education and teaches reformer pilates, surfing, and yoga. She loves to meet like-minded women and connect deeply with Mother Nature under the sun.

Their friendship blossomed in 2021 when they spent 2 weeks together helping out on a private charter boat to surf, spear, and free-dive on a once-in-a-lifetime sailing experience to Scott’s Reef off Broome, WA. They found themselves having the same passion, point of view of life, surfing, yoga, peaceful mindfulness, and wanting to create a women's community together.

Back in Exmouth, they spent weeks re-aligning their ideas to create Exmouth’s first Women’s Surf and Yoga Retreat. Their desires blossomed to provide women with opportunities to recharge the body, mind, and soul with positive energy and reconnect with themselves.

With their confidence and knowledge, Gypsea Co was born and has been helping 76 women connect with their inner souls and nature and inspire them to change their lives through unique experiences.

Gypsea Co has expanded to a whole new level, very soon we will be launching our very own Surf Suits, designed with sustainable fabric to make you feel comfortable and sexy. We also have a new team member Phily from the land of gods, Bali! Here is a little about her:

Phily Jen is always passionate, eager to learn, and loves to be surrounded by open-minded and empowering women. She helps and supports Gypsea Co to expand by building the foundation of the business, Phily holds a Journalism and Broadcasting Degree. She helps with designing, developing, improving, extending, and assisting while the business operates around the world. She likes to read, be creative, be positive, participate in volunteering activities, travel, language and culture exchange.

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