Destination / Location
Loreto, Baja California Sur
March 7-14, 2020
- Kayaking around the islands near Loreto
- Led by Mark Coleman/Awake in the Wild
- Breathtaking natural beauty throughout your trip
- Experienced guides steeped in local knowledge
- Opportunities to meditate in peaceful natural environs
Week long Kayak and Mediation with Mark Coleman
Sea Trek is happy to offer an Insight meditation and sea kayaking retreat in the pristine wilderness of the Sea of Cortez. When you go on this trip, you get the same experience as our Classic Islands trip, but with a focus on mindfulness meditation within the beauty of nature.
Meditation practitioner Mark Coleman has been practicing Buddhist meditation since 1984. He is a Spirit Rock Meditation Teacher and has been teaching Insight meditation retreats in nature since 2002, based on his book, Awake in the Wild: Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-Discovery. With Mark on this retreat, you have an experienced outdoors man and meditation guide who can help you see how immersion in nature is a profound way to cultivate awareness, joy, peace and insight.
This mindfulness retreat will be held entirely in serene silence. We will cultivate mindful awareness through sitting, walking and movement meditations (meditating approximately 6-8 times during the day. Mark will guide practices each day to deepen a contemplative relationship to nature. He will also offer talks and group and individual meetings to support participant’s meditation practice. There will also be time to explore the natural surroundings in a contemplative way through paddle boarding, swimming, snorkeling and walking in this spectacular setting.
This trip is ideally for experienced mediators, who have already attended a silent residential mindfulness based retreat. If you have not sat a retreat, Mark will need to review your application.
When you arrive at Loreto’s airport, we are there to transport you to our quiet hotel in the desert mountains. We’ll come together in the afternoon for a thorough orientation. Your guides will answer any questions you have, and share the flow of the coming days.
The day begins with breakfast, and then a short stroll down to the waters/beach edge where you will receive a basic kayaking lesson and our safety orientation. Afterwards, we all pack our kayaks with our personal day gear, leaving the rest for the support boat, and make the three-mile crossing to Isla Danzante. On the paddle, after getting comfortable with our paddling we go into silence.
We then set up our first camp on the island after lunch. We will camp on this beach for 2 nights. In the afternoon Mark will give a more complete orientation to meditation in nature orientation, silence and the mindfulness practices he’ll be sharing through the week. After lunch there is some time to rest, bathe, swim or explore the water through paddling and snorkeling, all within the context of mindful awareness before welcome together to meditate again and hear a Dharma talk from Mark and practice some more. We then have dinner and meditate under the moon and stars.
Every day we will enjoy exquisite, serene and often breathtaking sunrises. We wake up at dawn and meditate while the sun rises over the Sea of Cortez creating a splendor of colors in the sky and on the water. As the sun rises it casts light on the jagged promontories of Isla Danzante, which is a sight to behold. Then we all practice some Qi Gong together, some simple mindful movement exercises and then much awaited hot coffee and tea, and another meditation before breakfast. This is one of 3 more intensive meditation days, where we spend the morning diving deeper into sitting and walking meditation practices. Mark will meet with everyone to discuss meditation practice in small groups. The afternoon / evening unfolds similar to Day 2.
After paddling along the coast of Isla Danzante, we make a second beautiful crossing, this time to Isla del Carmen, located northeast of Danzante. We will do some floating meditations on the water as we cross. Keep an eye out for pods of dolphins during the crossing, or even a whale! We then set up our second camp on the tip of this beautiful, wild and rugged island after lunch. We will camp on this beach for 2-3 nights. After setting up camp on Isla del Carmen after lunch, the afternoon and evening unfolds like in Day 2.
After enjoying another exquisite, serene and often breathtaking sunrise we practice Qi gong and meditate up on a beautiful desert mesa. Then we enjoy another have a hearty breakfast. This is the second of intensive meditation days, where we spend the morning diving deeper into sitting and walking meditation practices. In small groups Mark will meet with everyone to discuss meditation practice in small groups The afternoon / evening unfolds similar to Day 2.
Another day on Isla de Carmen will give you additional time for deeper appreciation of the to contemplate the natural beauty all around you. The waters of the Sea of Cortez are breathtaking, often appearing a light turquoise color, and the desert landscape all around provides a stark yet pleasing contrast.
We have spent two nights on Isla del Carmen, so in the morning we’ll paddle again to set up camp at a new location, on a beautiful wide beach facing wildly rugged mountains. There’s more opportunity for exploration and awe as sunset changes the colors on the rock faces of the Sierra de la Giganta range. After setting up camp after lunch, the afternoon and evening unfolds like in Day 2.
After a week in silence to support the meditative process, with several periods of meditation daily as well as time for discussion, talks on the themes of meditation in nature and opportunities for one-to-one work with the Mark Coleman your whole being will be replenished in the spirit and awe of nature. Today will be a day to reflect on your experience, and drink in the last days of this rich and unique environment. This is the last of the more intensive meditation days, where we spend the morning diving deeper into sitting and walking meditation practices. Mark will speak meditation practice and taking the practice back into our lives back home. The afternoon / evening unfolds similar to Day 2.
We watch the sun rise over the Sea of Cortez one last time, making fiery colors briefly appear on the turquoise-hued water and we bid goodbye to this magnificent piece of the planet. We’ll have breakfast, pack up, and paddle back 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 or snack, it’s back to the airport, your head filled with the past week’s experiences, your heart looking forward to your next adventure
All Sea Trek Baja trips start in the quaint little town of Loreto, located on the Baja peninsula about 600 miles south of San Diego. In most cases there is only one inbound and outbound flight a day, so our afternoon/evening meeting on day 1, and our end of trip logistics are built around that timing.
Some people choose to drive to Loreto down Federal Highway 1, but the easiest way to get there is to fly into the international airport. Direct flights are available from Los Angeles and Tijuana, or you can fly through one of the nearby Mexican cities. Talk to us for more information on traveling to Loreto.
Meditation Teacher Mark has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1984. He is a Spirit Rock Meditation Teacher and has been teaching Insight meditation retreats since 1997. He also leads wilderness meditation retreats from Alaska to Peru, integrating mindfulness meditation with nature. Mark is author of Awake in the Wild: Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-Discovery. He is a counselor/ life-coach and mindfulness consultant to corporations. He’s an avid outdoor enthusiast and passionate about combining the forces of meditation, silence and nature. www.www.markcoleman.org