Baja Sea Kayaking

A seven day, six night wilderness retreat in Baja California 

January 17 - 23, 2023

RETREAT TEACHER: Susie Harrington

COST: $$1,850, plus dana (donation) for the teacher.
Information about Retreat Dana
If you have any questions about Baja, travel, paddling, or other logistics, please contact Sea Trek at 415.332.8494 or ST007. These retreats are similar to their Classic Islands trip, with one additional night on the islands, and much of that trip information is applicable.

Retreats begins and ends in Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Direct flights available from L.A., Phoenix, and Dallas or Tijuana 4-5 days a week. We ask that you fly in the day before the retreat and fly out the day after the retreat. With some late afternoon flights it may be possible to fly out the same day if you prefer (though we recommend staying if your schedule allows). Please check with Seatrek if you are considering same day fly out.
    Kayaks floating on clear blue water

    Paddling in the Sea of Cortez provides a unique opportunity to explore the power of a silent meditation retreat while immersed in the beauty and wildness of the Sea of Cortez. We will participate in an age-old tradition of going into the wilderness as a support for spiritual practice and inquiry. Immersed in this coastal wilderness, we will use meditation practices to increase our receptivity to the interconnectedness, preciousness and beauty that surround us. Through our enhanced openness and quiet, we have the opportunity to explore deeply the truth of our own nature. We will be in a supportive community as we explore this inner and outer journey. And our community will most likely be inter-species as we interact with the numerous other animals that live in and around the Sea of Cortez—fish, dolphins, whales, manta rays, birds, and the many other creatures of these remote islands.

    Meditation circle

    This is a Buddhist meditation retreat and will be held in Noble Silence and requires a commitment by each participant to this practice. Keeping noble silence for seven days in the wilderness is in itself a powerful practice. This retreat welcomes those new to meditation practice and those with experience. All are welcome! On this retreat we will emphasize nature as our teacher, providing us with a special opportunity to open to the Dharma. The peace that comes from spending time near and on the water will provide a natural support for cultivating tranquility and joy in our hearts and clarity in our meditation. Sitting in the beauty of the sea and the surrounding desert gives us ready access to rapture, that quality of delighted interest and awe, and one of the seven factors of enlightenment. In many retreats, we're asked not to look around. In this retreat, we'll be encouraged to look around a lot and to delight in what we see.


    Each day will begin with a sunrise sit, and continue with additional sitting, paddling and walking meditation practices. There will be an opportunity for deeper exploration through instructions, talks, group sharing and individual meditation instruction. There will also be time for swimming, snorkeling, exploring, and simply resting in the wonder that surrounds us.


    Mexico’s Sea of Cortez has been known throughout the world as “The World’s Aquarium”. Jacques Costeau originally gave this name because it serves as a nursery for so many marine species. Though we may see whales (often in the distance), it is the pods of dolphins and their delightful play that are more often part of our days - sometimes curious, sometimes shy, always jumping, spouting and often quite nearby. Above the waters surface, the sea birds soar and dive, and often perch and call from nearby rocks – pelicans, cormorants, herons, boobies, and many others. And when you put on a mask and fins and join the watery world, the ocean is teeming with tropical fish, and the full range of underwater animals and plants. Wetsuits, fins, masks and snorkels are all provided.


    Sea Trek is pleased to provide high quality roomy tents, wetsuits, snorkeling gear, and dry bags. Each person will have their own tent (regardless of whether you might be doing the retreat with a friend or as a couple). If it is your goal to travel to Loreto with “Carry On” only to eliminate any luggage or connection delays, we do offer rentals for sleeping pads and bags. You will simply need to bring clothing and items of a personal nature.

    This is Baja, so a few changes of beach wear, some warmer extra layers for evenings and early mornings, some town clothes, and a sun protective long sleeve shirt and pant are all that you will need in the clothing department. Daytime temperatures are in the 70's, it may dip into the 50’s at night. For footwear, you will want water oriented sport sandals or booties that protect the bottom and sides of your feet for paddling, tide pooling and general water time. A light pair of walking or running type shoe is very good to have for your non-water time on the islands. Heavier hiking shoes are overkill for the terrain we encounter on our route.

    We’ll send you a thorough clothing and personal item list list when you sign up.