Shaka Shakti

Retreats for Women - Crafted with a lot of love, salt & soul

How Shaka Shakti was born...

 Empowering women all across the world through Yoga, Surf and Empowerment workshops, online community and global retreats. 

 I have been extremely fortunate in my life to have come across incredible women, from all over the world, that have helped pave the path I am on now. These women have in some way all supported me, loved me, nourished me, healed me and taught me skills that I will treasure forever. They pushed me to be brave, to love harder, to breathe slower and to dream bigger.    

Shaka Shakti was born out of my hunger to offer that same support system on a global scale to women all over the world. 

And what better way to do that then through sharing a journey of self discovery through Yoga & Surfing. Two practices that have filled my heart with so much joy and given me such beautiful insight into who I am and what my purpose is. 

Through Shaka Shakti it is my life long mission to create a platform for women to grow and evolve into whoever they want to be! 

Much love my sisters, 

Kirsten xoxo

Our community still stands

Retreats cancelled this year due to travel restrictions

It is our priority to keep our ladies safe therefore our Retreats in Sri Lanka and South America will be cancelled for the rest of the year. However our online community still remains! 


A retreat that uses the ancient practice of Yoga to help all women embrace and harness their full Shakti. 

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Ladies, now is the time to get your shakas out and experience the thrill of sliding onto pristine waves in some of the most authentically beautiful surf rich places on earth. 

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Our mission is to create a sacred and safe container for women to truly be themselves and in turn feel empowered. 

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Give back to yourself

As women, as mothers, as sisters, as partners, as workers we give, give, give - sometimes to the point where we feel there is nothing left. So on a Shaka Shakti Retreat this is your time to receive. 

Meet the team


Our Founder Kirsten Nielsen is an internationally recognised Yoga Alliance E-RYT Yoga & Meditation teacher and with a passion for all aspects of Yoga she has completed trainings worldwide totalling over 2000 hours as well as her current study, a diploma in Yogic practices & philosophy. 

Moving across the world from London to the Gold Coast Australia, Kirsten found a new love and a new realm of mindfulness through surfing. Although she still firmly considers herself a beginner, the lessons of patience and connection to Mother Earth from Yoga has allowed her to savour every moment in the water.


Surf Coach Shae is passionate about finding ways to increase connection and awareness in the body, to care for it in ways that feel good. Whether through embodied movement like surfing, nutrition, mindfulness or spiritual energy, Shae guides you to find deeper connection and expression.

As a Surf Coach, Dietitian, Yoga teacher & Reiki healer, Shae focuses her work around supporting women of all shapes, sizes and abilities to trust in their amazing uniqueness and to fully enjoy life.


Sarah started practicing yoga during her final two years of high school - first as an outlet to move her body, and later as means to tame her forever wandering mind. Never did she think that one day she would herself be a teacher, but life continued to guide her toward sharing the pearls of wisdom the practice had gifted her with. 

Now, Sarah is passionate about guiding her students to cultivate strength, flexibility, balance, ease and an openness to explore the depths of this human experience through thoughtfully sequenced vinyasa, pranayama and meditation practices - with pearls of the practice’s wisdom threaded throughout. 


Coming from a far Nordic country blocked off from the ocean swells, Laura fell in love with surfing while traveling the world and living on the Gold Coast. She believes in the healing power of the ocean to help tap into our creative source within. Surfing has become her daily outlet for empowerment, freedom and expression, and she’s passionate about encouraging other women to get in the surf and express their unique creativity in and out of the water while creating a safe space to simply have fun!

Laura will join us as a Surf Coach on our retreats as well as hosting empowerment and creativity workshops.


Maddy born and bred on the east coast of Australia lives and breathes the ocean. Alongside her successful ocean inspired jewellery business Mahole, she Life guards on the Gold Coast and Surf Coach’s in Hawaii. This busy queen is all about focusing her efforts towards women empowerment through surfing as well as ocean conservation.


Originally from London, Katy made the leap across a few oceans in 2016 to pursue a more inspired life in the beautiful Gold Coast. Since then she has set up her own freelance marketing + website consultancy business and has worked alongside hundreds of female entrepreneurs, helping them to grow their businesses online. Katy is a big believer that there is so much more to life than the 9-5 and loves to help empower other women to pursue their biggest goals and dreams.

Katy will be helping us behind the scenes with all things marketing and web development to get the Shaka Shakti community flourishing online.


Lee is a fun loving, adventurous soul who has spent most of her 20’s pushing her self out of her comfort zone while travelling the world. Her open mindedness has led her down many exciting paths such as living, working & traveling in a van across the entire Americas. Her passion for authenticity, community & connection is what makes her a perfect fit to our team of empowering women.

Lee has come on board as our retreat coordinator for North & South America and she will be using her skills in digital content creation to capture and convey the emotion and energy shared at our retreats.

Vicky Jay

Vicky Jay is a feminist photographer and film-maker who together with her husband runs an international production company called Drishti Studio that specialises in the health and wellness industry. Vicky’s personal brand, focuses on women’s rights and inclusivity, and her mission is to share women’s stories authentically and powerfully through imagery and cinematography.

We are so lucky to have this ray of sunshine apart of our team.


We are always on the look out for passionate, inspiring and adventurous women that want to join our growing team!

If you are a surf coach, yoga teacher, photographer or content creator then get in touch! We would love to hear from you. 


"Absolutely loved this amazing retreat! I felt so well taken care of with such high quality yoga in a beautiful hotel, idyllic location and great food! I will definitely go again!! 

Willeke Denslagen

Yoga with Kirsten will take you to a place of intense hypnotic bliss - she's a confident and strong teacher and has a way of guiding you through a flow seamlessly, its both soothing and joyful and will stay with you for hours after a class and months after a retreat. Dying to get back. 

Nicole Merryful

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