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“For to witness majesty, to find yourself literally touched by it—isn’t that what we’ve all been waiting for?” David Sedaris, Humorist
Baja Gray Whale Inspiration & Wellness Retreat
San Ignacio, Baja, Mexico: March 6-12, 2023!!*
Why We’re Doing This
F.U.N. is a Fundamental Universal Need. Every single human culture and even throughout the animal kingdom, PLAY and FUN are REQUIREMENTS of life. To develop our brain, to grow, to learn, to survive through the worst moments, we must play.
You see kids playing in war zones and in extreme poverty because they MUST. It is the same for adults, but many of us have forgotten this F.U.N. Without it, we are not living fully and cannot contribute as abundantly to our world, the ones we love and to our own highest good.
Experiences in the glories of nature are the fastest route back to our essence—our F.U.N. and to heal what has come before. These experiences become embedded in our cells (literally) and then can be called upon afterwards to bolster us through the storms of life.
Having also worked in wild dolphin assisted therapy and seen profound changes in people with physical and emotional challenges and their families (I had to see it to believe it first!), I was ever changed by knowing there is something special about connecting with dolphins and whales that changes you profoundly.
On our last Gray Whale retreat in 2019, one of the participants connected with her joy again and overcame her fear and she went on to achieve ALL of her goals within the subsequent year, something she had been unable to do before. The connection with the whales helped her connect with her own F.U.N. and her joy propelled her forward in her life. That's what it's all about!
Come, re-claim your joy—or claim it for the first time. It’s waiting for you!
“Profoundly humbling experiences are good for our souls.”
David Neiwert, Of Orcas and Men
What YOU Get Out of It?
F.U.N. is the vital essence that many of us need to re-claim, along with our JOY and EASE.
What do you need to:
Where in your life do you need Inspiration? You will be improving, heightening, and inspiring your motivation, your ease, and the fullness of your heart’s desire.
Bring it! Your stuckness, the parts that are hard to accept in yourself--they are welcome. There’s an answer for you in this magical, natural place and in your connection with the whales, the story they offer you, the F.U.N. work you will do while with our group and on your own while alone.
When your mind, body and spirit are brimming with joy and in alignment, your goals, needs, and challenges can be met with more EASE. Let nature and the power of connecting with wild Cetaceans fill you, connect you back to your best self, if even for the first time.
Nothing brings us into alignment with our true essence faster than peak experiences in nature—connecting with something larger than ourselves (literally), with majesty, magnificence and an awe-inspiring story.
This retreat is also a perfect opportunity for improving family bonding and connection through fun, joy and mutual support and help. I have seen families transform how they interact and feel about each other during and after nature based experiential retreats. It’s a great way to kick start a new family dynamic!
Group coaching/inspirational sessions and one personal/individual coaching session is included in the cost of the retreat, including follow up by email after we depart!
Why Do the Whales Do This?
This mystery is even more of a reason to come to Baja. NOWHERE IN THE WORLD do whales deliberately, actively and determinedly approach humans and WANT to be petted, kissed, hugged and played with. The 40 ton mothers gently approach the pangas (small fishing boats that seat about 10-12 people) with their calves which weigh 2000 pounds at birth but are much larger by the time they start visiting people.
There is a mysterious story here with the whales that can change lives. We will be using this phenomenon as we focus on our own goals during the retreat.
And then they brought their babies to us….They look us in the eye. They roll over for tummy rubs. They blow in your face. They seem to try to shoot water right at us and you can almost hear them laughing while we yell out and laugh. They want you to pet them all over, even inside their mouths. They put on glorious displays of leaps, tail slaps, breaches, spy hops, rolls, bumps and more. The mothers literally push their babies up to the boats. Sometimes they leave them there to play and go take a break.
Every moment, not knowing what will happen, except that you are perfectly safe, is pure thrill. Anticipation heightens all of your senses and you see even more sharply the beauty in the lagoon, the small movements of the other animals on sea and land. This place, the lagoon and the land around it, holds magic, from the glorious sunsets to the beauty of the dry desert scape. It’s the only way to describe it.
Even better, we will be there during the time of the FULL MOON--a time for transformation and letting go of what does not serve you anymore in your life.
Jeanne Teleia is a licensed Psychotherapist and for 25 years has specialized in experiential therapy, play therapy, and Healing and Wellness Retreats with Wild Cetaceans
Holistic Wellness, Life and Family Coach
Cetacean Inspiration Retreat Creator and Facilitator
Writer, Author and Educator on a variety of health and wellness topics
Cetacean (Whales and Dolphins) Naturalist, Guide and Geek and perhaps most importantly,
Seeker of F.U.N. and ‘Happiness Locator’ for others.
Why San Ignacio Lagoon?
San Ignacio may not be the biggest lagoon of the three the whales generally visit but it is the best protected and regulated, the most relaxed with and the most respectful of the whales. There are amazing sunrises and sunsets, star filled nights and crystal clear days. March is the best time to go since it is getting warmer and the nights are perfect for moon gazing.
I have learned about all the whale areas and visited almost all of the camps in San Ignacio Lagoon. The camp I have picked is the best camp of all of the ones I have experienced as far as the food, the comfort of the boats and the rustic but completely comfortable cabins or a beach house. In addition, the commitment to stewardship of the desert environment is taken very seriously, while still being able to cater to the needs of a large variety of international visitors. I have done the extensive research and footwork needed and we are ready.**
** Most food preferences and restrictions can be accommodated. Phew, because I have plenty of them ;). Contact me for more information.
Click on the jumping dolphins for more information!
Everyone wants to kiss a whale, and most everyone gets to!!
Looking into the eye of a whale close up will change you forever!
Other natural wonders at the Lagoon are as abundant as the whales. A great place to explore and learn about. Lagoon Time by Steven Swartz is a highly recommended book!
My constant travel companion and Intrepid Explorer, Winnie the Pooh.
A view from the pool of the beautiful La Mision Hotel in Loreto where we will stay the night before and after the camp at San Ignacio Lagoon. Lots of amenities and a great base from which to explore the Sea of Cortez and other natural wonders around Loreto if you choose to stay additional time. Contact us for more information!
A massive Gray whale skeleton is right on the beach at our camp!
Clear days and nights in our super eco/green camp!
Enchanting sunsets at San Iganacio Lagoon!
Cozy, clean rustic cabins at the Lagoon with sinks and toilets, with showers nearby. The beach house has a full bathroom.
With SIX whale watches scheduled on our retreat, you are sure to get to touch, hug and kiss a Gray Whale!
Contact me at Jteleia@gmail.com or call (719) 212-1254 TODAY to register!
Terry Pinney is the author of “Dolphin: Angels of the Sea” and brings her knowledge and expertise in Wild Dolphin Assisted Healing, helping children with special needs and their families from around the world.
Speaker at the International Symposium on Dolphin Assisted Healing Therapy and numerous talk show guest including ABC’s 20/20
Creator of a ‘Dolphin Dreams and Meditations’ CD and video, she travels the world bringing her knowledge and love of Cetaceans to others, and she has an uncanny ability to call Cetaceans.
Full of joy and a warm and loving heart space, just like her dolphin and whale friends.