It doesn’t get any better than this! Join us for our return to one of our favorite places!
Step away from your daily routine and travel to one of the most vibrant, diverse and wild settings on Earth. Come make a journey that will leave you feeling renewed, inspired and grateful. And learn how to create an intimate, personal connection with Nature that can guide you through the decisions, dilemmas and transitions in your life.
As you may know, WR founder, Dave Talamo, guided sea kayaking trips with Sea Trek of Sausalito, CA in the 1990’s, including 4 seasons as a lead guide down in Baja. It’s a dream come true for him to bring a group back to this glorious place and to do so in this retreat format.
You will experience….
- Day trip to Magdalena Bay to view the “Friendly” Grey whales and calves.
- 5 days kayaking and paddle boarding in pristine islands in a National Marine Park
- Opportunities for exploration, including hiking and snorkeling
- Seek refuge in solitude and silence in this amazing place of desert, sea and sky
- Take short ‘wilderness medicine walks’ to step into an intimate conversation with this wild, abundant landscape about the questions, needs and dilemmas of your everyday life
Isla del Carmen and Isla Danzante are two of the five islands that make up the Loreto Bay National Marine Park. The campsites boast rugged coastal vistas, each more beautiful than the last, and the animals around the islands can include dolphins, whales, sea turtles, large rays, and over 800 species of fish. Birds are diverse and abundant.
For five days, you will kayak around the two islands, discovering their secrets with assistance from our experienced, professional trip leaders. A Panga provides support, carrying our gear and allowing you to focus on having a good time. Stand up paddle boards and snorkeling gear are both available, and both worth using: the tranquil waters of Loreto Bay make for great paddling, and the Sea of Cortez has been called “the world’s aquarium” due to the immense variety of life forms you can find in it.
The retreat will have periods of silence and solitude on the land to support the reflective process. There will be morning meditation and/or yoga. And there will be time for group council practice, exploring how to enter into personal conversation with the wild landscape and other nature connection practices. And, of course, there will also be free time to paddle, swim, snorkel and enjoy this spectacular setting.
The kayaking portion of the trip will be guided by Sea Trek. Their philosophy and approach (below) very much aligns with our own:
“At Sea Trek we make sure to hire guides who know the area and work together well. We think of ourselves as one large family, and whether you are slicing your kayak through the bay’s turquoise waters, relaxing at a camp in an island paradise, or exploring the abundant lifeforms in or out of the water, you will feel that family spirit.”
When: Feb. 17-22, 2018. (Fly in on Feb.16th and fly out on Feb. 23rd)
Where: Trip begins and ends in Loreto, BCS, Mexico. Complimentary travel planning support available through Sea Trek.
What’s Included: Airport pick up when you come in the day before the start of the trip, whale watching at Magdalena Bay, group camping gear, tents, kayaking gear & instruction, snorkeling gear and all food (except for dinner the night before & one dinner and breakfast after the trip). Sleeping bags and pads available for rent.
Fee: $1995. A 20% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your reservation. Final balance is due 60 days prior to your trip start date.
Hotels: You are responsible for booking your own hotel rooms while in Loreto. Sea Trek will connect you with their complimentary travel planners to help you find and book the hotel and flights that meet your needs. You will need to book a hotel room for the nights of Feb. 16th and Feb. 22nd.
Day 0 When you arrive at Loreto’s airport, we are there to transport you to your waterfront hotel. Spend the afternoon exploring the town’s history and visiting its shops, then we’ll meet at 6:00pm for a thorough orientation. Your guides will answer any questions you have.
Day 1 The day begins with breakfast at our favorite local café. We then take a van from the hotel to Magdalena Bay, located on the Pacific side of the Baja Peninsula. We board our panga, and for the next 3-4 hours watch mother gray whales and their young swimming together under the guidance of our resident naturalist. The whales often get close enough to touch you, or look you in the eye. Lunch at a local restaurant in the fishing village of Puerto Lopez Mateo is included, and afterwards we head back to the Sea of Cortez to begin our kayak adventure.
Day 2 After breakfast you’ll take a van to the launch at Puerto Escondido, 16 miles south of Loreto, where you will receive a basic kayaking lesson. Afterwards, we all pack our kayaks with our personal gear, leaving the rest for the Panga, and make the three-mile crossing to Isla Danzante. We set up our first camp on the island. Much of this trip takes place near an area known to scientists as “The Blue Whale Triangle” due to the large numbers of blue whales sighted in the area, so keep an eye out throughout the week!
Day 3 The sun rising over the Sea of Cortez and casting its light on the jagged promontories of Isla Danzante is a sight to behold. Your guides will point out Los Candeleros Islands, small rocks jutting above the water that serve as a home to cormorants, boobies, and ospreys.After paddling along the coast of Isla Danzante, we make a second crossing, this time to Isla del Carmen, located northeast of Danzante. Keep an eye out for pods of dolphins during the crossing, or even a blue whale! After setting up camp on Isla del Carmen, the afternoon is yours to spend as you wish. Stand up paddle boards, snorkeling equipment, and relaxing chairs are all available.
Day 4 After a hearty Mexican breakfast, it’s time for a day trip! We explore the coves around Isla del Carmen, and eventually make an afternoon stop at a secluded beach, which you are free to explore via hiking, paddle boarding, or snorkeling. Upon returning to camp for the night, your guides prepare a feast of yellowtail, herbed rice, mixed green salad and tortillas.
Day 5 We have spent two nights on Isla del Carmen, so in the morning we’ll cross back to Isla Danzante to set up camp at a new location, this one surrounded by massive rock formations. There’s more opportunity for exploration and meditation among these rocks, and another delicious meal as the sun sinks beneath the turquoise-colored waves., and at night you will have the opportunity to paddle out and view bioluminescent sea creatures beneath the waves.
Day 6 The sun rises over the Sea of Cortez one last time, making fiery colors briefly appear on the turquoise-hued water. Bid goodbye to this magnificent piece of the planet. We’ll have breakfast, pack up, and paddle back across to Puerto Escondido for the take-out, where a van will be waiting to take us back to Loreto. Once we’ve all showered and enjoyed a final seaside lunch, it’s back to your hotel to unwind or explore the town of Loreto, your head filled with the past week’s experiences, your heart looking forward to your next adventure.
On your kayak retreat, you will have the chance to:
• Get close-up visits with the grey whales in their nursery at Magdalena Bay
• See dolphins and whales from your kayak or beach camp
• Snorkel amazing onshore and coastal reefs
• Enjoy gourmet meals prepared and served by your guides
• Take refuge in solitude and silence at this remarkable union of desert, sea and sky
• Take short ‘wilderness medicine walks’ to step into an intimate conversation with this wild, abundant landscape about the questions, needs and dilemmas of your everyday life
To Register Now go to Sea Trek’s Website at https://www.