World Healing Exchange - Baja Mexico
AWB World Healing Exchange Program
Baja, Mexico (Sea of Cortez) Kayaking Trip: A deep pilgrimage into the heart of the wild five elements and ancient nature practices of the sages
- Explore an amazing marine park dense with wildlife and beauty; and visit the local fishing villages where we will offer clinics to the community
- Learn practices of the ancient Taoist sages, creating deep and powerful connection to nature, for your self and your practice
- Experience the profound raw nature of this incredible region, as we learn more about the 5 elements of Chinese Medicine, while embracing them all around us
- Learn about plants of Baja from an herbalist who has lived among them, and understands the spirit and physical level of plant medicine
- Commune with the gray whales who come very close to humans, where we will continue our ancient sage practices (with the whales)
- Spend deep time with others in your profession; and learn the way of council which you can use for all your relationships in life
- Rejuvenate yourself and your practice
The focus of this trip is on connecting deeply with the natural world. We know that a healing power far greater than any of us runs through nature, and through us. We’ll use our days on the water to bring attention to our experience of the elements (water, wood, fire, earth, metal). The elements of nature offer us a profound experience and understanding of both balance and imbalance—what they look like, how they feel in the body and in the group/community – and what it means to live in harmony.
Our schedule includes meeting local healer, Maya Serena, including an afternoon of plant-based conversation with Maya, a transplanted New Mexican herbalist and body worker, who continues her traditional healing practice and outreach from her base in Loreto. Maya has extensive knowledge of local medicinal plants. She will lead us on a medicinal plant walk in the arroyo adjoining her remote palapa on the Playa Quemado, where we will camp on the first day of our kayak trip.
We’ll paddle by kayak to two islands (Carmen and Danzante) within the Loreto National Marine Park and have layover days on both. Our pace will be relaxed, providing both “classroom” time and ample time for personal exploration and reflection, walking the beach, snorkeling, star gazing and just being in this amazing environment. We will also be offering a day trip to see whales in the Pacific Lagoons.
During our time in Loreto we will conduct acupuncture clinics for the community at a government health office that has hosted us in the past, and invites the whole community to join in the clinic. We will also travel to a local fishing village called Ligui/Ensenada Blanca where we will treat villagers who have been negatively impacted by a luxury time-share hotel that has been built in the area. Maya Serena has been working in this village and will take us there and explain the conditions. We will also do treatments with each other, out in nature, using this methodology and honing our skills.
Diana Fried, LAc, AWB Founding Director
Jessica Bolding, LAc, AWB Board Member
Maya Serena, local guide & herbalist
CREDITS: Up to 40 CEUs/PDAs (pending) NCCAOM, CA, TX, FL
Credits include optional one-day training for those who have not been to an AWB training, or would like to go again at ½ price, on March 8th)
This trip is open to all health care practitioners and those exploring their own deep healing.No previous kayak experience necessary (ease with being on water, ability to swim, and some physical competence are required).
For More Information and To Register visit https://acuwithoutborders.org/whe-baja-2020/Sea of Cortez
- Event Start Date: 03-08-2020
- Event End Date: 03-17-2020
- Event Start Time: 1:00 AM
- Event Duration: 10 Days
- Event Topic: Acupuncture & Herbs
- Organization: Acupuncturists Without Borders
- Instructor: Diana Fried