Awake in the Wild Nature Meditation Retreat in the Southern Baja Mountains
February 17, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - February 23, 2020 @ 10:00 am PST
This silent retreat is grounded in the practice of Mindfulness – the capacity to be present to ourselves and our environment. Participants will learn to bring this receptive presence to develop a contemplative relationship with nature. By cultivating an inner quiet and curious spirit we can learn from nature as a perennial teacher. The natural world reveals timeless Dharma teachings that support a natural letting go and a wise relationship to all experience.
Participants will also discover how meditative time outdoors leads to beautiful states of joy, peace, wonder, love and connection with oneself, each other and the larger web of life.
On the retreat there will be guided nature-based meditations, mindful walks, Dharma talks on meditation and nature and group meetings with the teacher. There will be time to relish in the silence outdoors and to explore the wilderness of Tsegyalgar West both in solitude and as part of the group.
To support a depth of meditative awareness, complete silence is maintained throughout the retreat except during meetings with your teachers and group discussion.
This workshop is appropriate for beginners and experienced meditators who are curious about meditation, mindfulness and how to deepen your insight practice and open your connection to the mystery of the natural world. Be prepared for unexpected delight, mystery, silence and illumination.
About Tsegyalgar West
Tsegyalgar West is a retreat center of the International Dzogchen Community, a global organization established by the Tibetan teacher Chogyal Namkhai Norbu. It is also a huge wilderness area in the heart of the San Jose del Cabo area mountains, roughly 45 minutes by car from the closest city of San Jose del Cabo. Hiking trails cover the property, leading you to gorgeous views and local natural treasures. You can expect to see ancient white fig trees growing out of granite rock boulders and sculpted arroyos (river beds), which bring fresh spring water down the mountain and create a system of underground aquifers. Weather permitting, you can bathe in the natural pond created by these springs. At the edge of the property you can explore a National Heritage Site of painted rocks from the Indiginous Pericú, who created a painted hand and chevron patterns roughly 20,000 years ago.
Click here to view Tsegyalgar West in Google Maps.
If you venture away from the retreat center you are sure to encounter the beautifully traditional Mexican mountain pottery sold locally at various ranchos or in town. The pots are traditional used for cooking, water jugs, and bean pots and are great for roasting.
The staff at Tsegyalgar will be happy to recommend local spots for you to discover.
The retreat will begin with registration starting at 4 pm on February 17th. Please plan to arrive between 4 and 6 pm, so that you can get settled in a bit before dinner and orientation. For those of you flying into San Jose del Cabo airport and wishing to take a shuttle in or carpool, please schedule a flight that arrives no later than 3 pm on the 17th.
The retreat will end at 10 am on February 23rd. Please schedule your return flight for after 12:30 pm to allow for traffic with the shuttle and time to check in.
Tsegyalgar West is located north of the San Jose airport, which is about 45 minutes away.
You have a choice in accommodations between a casita (a small cabin) or camping on one of the spots about five minutes away from the casitas.
For those of you who choose a casita, towels and linens are provided. The casitas have flush toilets, showers, and limited electricity. There is not cell phone coverage in the area and wifi access is extremely limited; we recommend that you leave your cellphones turned off or at home. Casita pricing is based on shared accommodations. If you do not have a person you wish to share the casita with, a roommate will be assigned to you. There is a small possibility of claiming a single occupancy casita, though we will not know for certain until closer to the retreat. Those who wish to be placed on the wait list for a single can indicate that upon registration.
For those of who wishing to camp, you will need to bring your own tent, gear, linen, and towels. There are hot showers next to the camp sites and a dry composting toilet. This is the best option for those who want a guaranteed room by themselves.
Meals will be simple, seasonal, vegetarian fare catered by a local chef. The retreat menu has not yet been finalized, but, for an example, here is the menu the chef used last year.
While we will try to accommodate simple dietary needs and allergies, those with very specific requirements may need to supplement their meals by bringing their own foods.
Prices include accommodations (for casitas) or a spot for accommodations (for tents, the tent is not included), all meals at the retreat, and the retreat fee for Mark.
Casita Double Occupancy Spot – $1200
Tent Camping Spot (1 person only) – $800
Tent Camping Spot (2 people shared) – $475 each
Registration is a two-part process.
A deposit is due to secure your spot in this workshop. The deposit amount for a casita is $500, for a tent spot for only 1 person is $350, and for a tent spot shared by 2 people is $175 each. The deposit can be made through this website.
The full balance is due November 15, 2020.
The second part of registration is a questionnaire that will help us prepare for your time in Baja. Please fill it out as completely as you can.
Cancellations and Refunds:
If you find that you cannot attend the workshop, please let our administrator, Jen, know as soon as possible and she’ll try to fill your space. She can be reached at email@example.com. If she can fill your space, she’ll refund your payment, minus a $150 administrative fee which is non-refundable. No refund will be offered after January 1, 2020.