ONBOARDSUP YOGA RETREAT AND CLASSIC ISLANDS – SKIFF SUPPORTED
SUP Yoga Retreat in the Sea of Cortez with Leigh Claxton
SUP, Yoga, Meditation
DESTINATION / LOCATION
Loreto, Baja Mexico
2020-(October 27-Nov. 1)
2021-Spring date TBD)
- A stand up paddle board adventure for experienced paddlers
- Daily opportunities for yoga and meditation
- Chance to see whales, dolphins, other aquatic life
- Local, professional guides and experienced yoga instructor with ONBOARDSUP
- Beautiful campsites and delicious meals
- Panga support throughout trip
STAND UP PADDLE BOARD TRIP WITH YOGA, MEDITATION
This stand up paddle board trip combines paddling and adventure with yoga, making for a unique experience that is well worth trying out. While people of all yoga skill levels are encouraged, it’s best to have some experience on a stand up paddle board before attempting this sort of trip.
Each morning, you will have the opportunity for sunrise meditation, and each day there will be time for yoga. Much of this yoga will be “on-board”—in other words, you will be performing the yoga while also balancing on your paddle board.
On the trip, you will eat fresh foods, and be given time to explore and admire the overwhelming natural beauty around you. Your instructor, Leigh Claxton, has years of experience with both yoga and outdoor adventures, and will be a great help guiding you on this journey.
Upon your arrival to Loreto airport, you will be driven to our trip launch site. You will board a Sea Trek support boat, and will be transported to your first beach on the islands. A beautiful camp will be waiting, ready for you to settle in and take a deep breath. After you get organized, enjoy a bite to eat and then get ready for your first OnBoardSUP Yoga Class with Leigh.
We greet the rising sun with a guided meditation as rays of light hit the Sierra de la Gigantas and reflect onto the calm, glassy water. The nearby Los Candeleros Islands can be seen, 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.
After another sunrise meditation session and 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 for an afternoon of snorkeling and sunbathing. Upon returning to camp for the night, our guides prepare a delicious feast of fresh, local foods.
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 water.
After a sunrise meditation, we’ll spend the day swimming, snorkeling, and paddling out for a Drifting Yoga session in a remote and beautiful cove. There is so much to explore and see. We will finish the day with a special dinner celebrating our last night out on the magical islands. Afterwards, we can spend the night star-gazing, telling stories, and playing games.
As the sun rises over the Sea of Cortez one last time, there’s time for another sunrise meditation and OnBoardSUP Yoga session. After that, we’ll have breakfast, pack up, and enjoy the day paddling back to Puerto Escondido for the take-out. After saying good bye we will take you to the airport so you can fly out that day or to your hotel if you decide to extend your stay.
This trip begins at Loreto. Located on the lower part of the eastern gulf coastline, this town has long been a destination for people seeking a wilderness adventure.
While many people with the time and patience enjoy driving into Loreto from San Diego via Federal Highway 1, the easiest way is to fly into the nearby international airport. Alaska Air/Horizon flies directly to Loreto from Los Angeles, and AereoCalafia offers direct flights into Loreto from Tijuana. You can also try reaching the town by flying to La Paz or Cabo, and getting a connecting flight or other form of transportation from there. Contact us for more information on traveling to Loreto.
Leigh Claxton has worked in the outdoor and indoor recreation industries for more than 20 years. Stand Up Paddle is a natural passion of hers. Having been raised in Southern CA, Leigh spent many weekends surfing in Mexico, diving for lobster dinners and sleeping under the stars on the beach.
She has been leading outdoor adventures for 17 years, and has recently added the components of meditation and yoga into her trips. Sharing her knowledge of the outdoors and taking full advantage of all there is around, she opens new dimensions and realities for many who might not have previously been open to mind/body traveling.
Hotel accommodations are not included in the trip package. Most clients will fly in on the day the trip starts, and be taken straight out to our first island camp. If you choose to fly in a day or so ahead of the start day of the trip, you will need to have booked accommodations to cover those nights. At the end of the trip, we expect to deliver most clients directly to the airport for their flight out that same afternoon. If you choose to stay on in Baja for a day or so, you’ll want to be sure to have accommodations booked.
You’ll be provided a detailed, official packing list upon reserving a trip with SeaTrek, but you may wish to keep the following list in mind while you prepare:
“Sea Trek Baja trip. Organized by Steve, led by Juve and Sarah as close to perfection as possible. Petting wild baby whales, paddleboarding across a glass like Sea of Cortez, sleeping under the stars. The perfect celebration with good friends, great fresh food and too much wine. This is a GREAT trip!!!!”Elizabeth S.Mill Valley, CA
“This is a terrific place to rent kayaks in marin but even better they also organize snorkeling, kayak, camping trips in Loretta Mexico in the Baja. I just took a trip there with my friend and it was a trip I'll NEVER forget. Turquoise waters , mind blowing snorkeling, The best guides , really cute panga drivers that cook delicious healthy meals. We felt reborn when it was finished. I can't recommend it enough. Loreto is a sweet authentic Mexican town.”Kathryn S.Sausalito, CA
“Sea Trek did a great job in organizing this trip, from meeting us at the airport, getting us set up at our excellent hotel on the water in Loreto, taking us out to Magdalena Bay to see the Gray whales, and organizing the kayaking and camping in Loreto Bay.”
“Everything was first class with Sea Trek in Loreto. The scenery was spectacular. There were times it felt surreal and we said to each other “are we really experiencing all this beauty?” The food was awesome — lots of it and great tasting. In addition everything was safe and clean with regards to the food. The guides were excellent.”
“I highly recommend taking the courses offered by Seatrek since they'll help you enjoy your kayaking experience that much more. I also think anyone who can, should go on their trip to Baja Mexico. I went a few years ago and still talk about how incredible an experience it was. The trip involves camping on beaches in the Sea of Cortez for a week. The guides will cook for you and you'll see a ton of marine life, I even had dolphins come up and swim beside me while I was snorkeling.”Bryan B.Brooklyn, NY
“This is a trip I’ll NEVER forget.pristine turquoise waters, a large variety of fish species to see, knowledgeable guides, whale watching and tasty food prepared by our guides.”kstrietmannSausalito, California
“The Sea Trek staff were excellent! Art and Grey were our guides; Talo was the Pangorero (drove the support boat) and Steve made sure everything done in the background was both perfect and seamless.
We couldn’t have asked for more knowledgeable, accommodating and entertaining guides and staff. With prime attention to safety and comfort, this supported expedition was appropriate for our group of paddlers whose kayaking skills ranged from novice to expert. The food was outstanding – with local fish periodically caught in the afternoon and served fresh for dinner.
We would highly recommend this Sea Trek supported kayaking expedition for anyone considering exploring the Sea of Cortez and the coast of Baja Sur California, Mexico by kayak.”trekayakGreenbrae, California
“The Classic Island and Whale Watch tour was an incredible experience. The guides were pleasant, organized, knowledgeable, accommodating, and excellent chefs! Each individual in our group was asked what they were most interested in doing/seeing during the tour and our guides delivered. We have already recommended Sea Trek to friends and family.”Greg