Earth Journey Retreat

FEBRUARY 2018 RETREAT: Earth Journey, Practices into Nature's Wisdom

La Duna Ecology Center and Sky Mountain Institute invite you to a unique immersion into the web of life!

La Duna Sky Mountain Earth Journey Practices into Nature's Wisdom February 12-17/2018

We gather to re-inspire our lives & renew our planet.

By learning practical skills to transform and weave our lives together with art and conservation, we uncover grounding truths based on lasting sustainable practices that take root in nature, allowing us to be fully engaged in a more participatory way of life.
The myths of creation will guide our journey.
Together with the natural beings of our surroundings, we will create a new relationship with our own self and the world.

We embody Gaia to understand, we understand to heal.

Sky Mountain Institute Logo La Duna Ecology Center is focused on nature education, wellness retreats, green technologies, environmental education, and
research.We work closely with Alianza Keloni, a local conservation non-profit with science and research programs based at our Center.

Sky Mountain Institute LogoSky Mountain Institute is a nonprofit educational, research, and training center founded in 1981, dedicated to exploring the relationship between the creative arts and the healing of self, family, community, and planet. We work directly with children, groups, and communities to build learning environments that realign us with a sustainable human-earth presence. As an institute, we develop programs and materials to assist in this process.

La Duna Retreat Spring 2018

We Will:

  • Assemble a personal kit of practical tools to restore balance in life and our inner-connection with all living beings
  • Weave together permaculture practices and scientific knowledge with the eco-arts and indigenous knowledge, in a unique habitat of desert and sea-life.
  • Draw inspiration and knowledge from expert ecologists, educators, and artists to obtain practical skills for transformation and resilience.
  • Cultivate a renewed Earth vision for inspiration and restoration of self and others

Sky Mountain Institute can provide 12 CUEs for MFTs and LCSWs, and 25 hrs towards our Earth Leadership Certificate Program.

WHEN:  FEBRUARY 12-17, 2018

WHERE: La Duna Ecology Center - La Paz, Baja California Sur - Mexico

FEES: $900 USD - Includes 6 days of retreat, all instruction and materials, all meals while at the La Duna, airport or city transfers from La Paz on the same shuttle on day 1 and on day 6.
Some scholarships available based on a sliding scale and application.

Save your space with a Non refundable deposit $300

Optional Nature Tour and Extra Night $230

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Get $50 discount on Full Retreat Price when you register until 12/16/2017!
La Duna Sky Mountain Earth Journey Retreat Sunset Palapas
La Duna Sky Mountain Earth Journey Retreat Ecoart
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Our Team

Gabriela Flores
Director of La Duna Centro Ecológico, Gabriela brings her experience as an environmental educator together with her Sharing Nature and Expressive Arts Certifications, and her love for the healing arts, to offer at La Duna deep Nature and Self-immersion experiences that help us refocus and rekindle our soul intentions.
Stephanie Rousso
Marine biology scientist.She has held various positions within both state and private institutions in the U.S. including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service directed towards environmental policy and ecosystem conservation. She runs her own nonprofit ProFaunaBaja and Alianza Keloni dedicated locally to the protection of habitat for sea turtles, youth leadership, SAVE tourism, and sustainable fisheries projects based at La Duna.

Lali Mitchell, Ph.D., MFT
As Program Director of Sky Mountain Institute, Lali brings her experience in Ecopsychology, Depth Psychology, and Community Studies to her work in the expressive arts. Her training in Jungian and Archetypal psychology, as well as her work as a multi-media artist and writer, enriches her approach. She is also in private practice working with individuals and families.
Alden Hough
Alden Hough is a Permaculture Designer & Educator, and also Program Director of Sky Mountain Permaculture, where he teaches people how to regenerate the Earth and live more sustainable lives. Alden is one of the founding members of the San Diego Pollinator Alliance, a graduate of the Center for Agro-Ecology and Sustainable Food Systems, and has a Geology degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has dedicated his life-path to organic gardening practices, regenerating the soil, social justice, and acting as if the earth really matters.

Expressive Arts & EcoArts

La Duna Retreat Spring 2018 Expressive ArtsExpressive Arts & EcoArts give us access to the hidden language that exists within our embodied engagement with Gaia. This powerful medicine allows us to connect with ancient wisdom that belongs to us collectively: the Old Soul voice that cuts to the essence and weaves us back into the Earth. We will use journaling, clay, collage, movement, natural objects, music and poetry to make visible our experiences.

Permaculture

La Duna Retreat Spring 2018 PermaculturePermaculture design is a path for directly using and learning from the patterns in natural ecosystems with the good of Nature and all of its inhabitants in mind. We will build a solar still to convert salt water into
drinkable water, learn practices to restore natural soil fertility and expand our understanding of living in harmony with Gaia.

OPTIONAL NATURE TOUR AND EXTRA NIGHT

Spend one more night at La Duna and on Day 6 escape to appreciate more of the natural beauty of our surroundings. We support RED our tour operator supporting education and local communities. You can too!

Whale sharks and hidden beaches of Balandra Bay

Whale sharks are the true “gentle giants” of the oceans. The largest fish on the planet, these gentle beasts return yearly to the coast just off La Paz. We will pick you up by boat and arrive to the area where whale sharks come to feed. If you are lucky and feeling adventurous, grab your snorkel and mask and get in the water to see the whale sharks up close.

The trip continues to Balandra Bay, a natural protected area and home to pristine beaches, mangroves, and stunning scenery. 
Here we’ll have a tasty lunch (dietary restrictions taken into account), explore the nature trails, snorkel in the crystal water and relax and unwind before heading back to La Paz.

Price:  Extra 230 USD - 5 PAX minimum - Add it to your Retreat Registration

Includes:
    Lunch (ceviche y quinoa salad), agua fresca & beer.
    Snorkel gear
    Certified Naturalist guide
    Medical trip insurance
    Additional night at La Duna, dinner and next day breakfast.

Early Bird Discounts available until 12/31/2017! REGISTER