No previous kayak experience necessary
(ease with being on water, ability to swim, and some physical competence are required)
The focus of this trip is on connecting deeply with the natural world and bringing ALIVE the five elements inside us and around us. We know that a healing power far greater than any of us runs through nature, and through us. We’ll use our days on the water to bring attention to our experience of the elements (water, wood, fire, earth, metal). The elements of nature offer us a profound experience and understanding of both balance and imbalance—what they look like, how they feel in the body and in the group/community. We will learn the deep spirit level teachings of the Five Element tradition with a special focus on the Spirit of Acupuncture Points, offering us insight into ourselves, our community, our patients and life itself. Our educational program will include teachings from the Five Element tradition, five element qigong, meditation and group circle time, as well as community-style clinic preparation, running clinics, and debriefs . You will be revitalized, refreshed and transformed by your time in this enchanted place.
Our “campus” for the week will be the stunningly wild and beautiful islands of Baja California. A World Heritage site, UNESCO claims that the Islands of the Gulf of California are the richest and most varied of any island-sea property on the Heritage list. We’ll paddle by kayak to two islands (Carmen and Danzante) within the Loreto National Marine Park and have layover days on both. Our pace will be relaxed, providing both “classroom” time and ample time for personal exploration and reflection, walking the beach, snorkeling, star gazing and just being in this amazing environment.
We are likely to see the blue whales, dolphins, sea lions, magnificent frigate birds, brown pelicans, blue-footed boobies and tropical fish such as the king angel, that all make their home here. Part of the Sonoran Desert, the plant life is rich and varied and offers seasonal home to canyon wrens, hummingbirds, warblers, cardinals and more. All are teachers for us in the wild.