Earth Journey

Earth Journey: Practices into Nature's Wisdom

We gather to inspire our lives and renew our planet!



We will learn sustainable practices to transform

and reweave our lives back into Nature

The Eco-Arts & myths of creation guide our journey to manifest a new relationship with self and the world  


SkyMountain Institute and La Duna invite you to

a unique immersion into Nature's Wisdom!

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 11-18, 2019

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

FEES: $900 - 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 February 16-17 $230

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Get a FREE extra night with meals when you register until 12/31/2018!
La Duna Sky Mountain Earth Journey Retreat Sunset Palapas
La Duna Sky Mountain Earth Journey Retreat Ecoart
La Duna Sky Mountain Earth Journey Retreat Dunes

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.
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.


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.


Spend one more night at La Duna and on Day 6 escape to appreciate more of the natural beauty of our surroundings.

Beaches of Balandra Bay

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, kayak or paddle board in the crystal water, relax and unwind before heading back to La Paz for an afternoon stroll.



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

Lunch (ceviche y quinoa salad), agua fresca & beer.
Snorkel gear
Additional night at La Duna, dinner and next day breakfast.