Healing Retreat
for CHILD sexual abuse Survivors

Los Colibris Casitas:
todos santos, MEXICO

February 23-28, 2020

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On this retreat, survivors of child sexual abuse (rape or sexual assault experienced before the age of 18) will connect with the healing power of nature on the spectacular Baja California peninsula in Mexico. You will have the opportunity to connect with your inner child through energetic embodiment, be in community with other survivors, and develop practices to bolster your resilience. We will examine questions and engage in dialogue about how to create a path for yourself that is aligned with a vision for collective healing and wellness and a world without rape culture.

Throughout our time, we will be inviting you to engage in playful and creative practices (including whale watching, surfing - no experience needed! – guided hikes in the desert landscape, and a Mexican cooking class), balanced with practices to help you get centered and grounded (including Qigong and meditation). You will receive an Intuitive Healing Session based in Traditional East Asian Medicine (TEAM) and have time for solitude on the beautiful grounds of Los Colibris Eco-Lodge (including a pool and hot tub!). All scheduled activities are optional and we encourage you to participate as feels best for you.

This retreat is open to anyone who has survived child sexual abuse AND identifies as: a woman (cisgender or transgender), a transgender man, a non-binary person, or a cisgender man who is gay, bisexual, pansexual or queer. We acknowledge that child sexual abuse cuts across all gender identities and sexual orientations, while also knowing (as publicized by the American Academy of Pediatrics) that gender non-conforming children who are assigned-male-at-birth are up to six times likelier to experience this violence. We also acknowledge that perpetrators of this violence span the gender spectrum, but are most often cisgender men. We are committed to creating a healing retreat for survivors who are grappling with not only the sexual violence they survived, but also the violence they may navigate in the form of white supremacy, patriarchy, heterosexism and/or transphobia.   

This offering is designed for survivors who have already confronted their trauma through traditional methods like therapy and/or counseling and are seeking to: go deeper on their journey through new modalities and in new settings, strengthen their connection to the natural world, connect with other survivors, and learn to wield their survivorship as a tool for social justice and collective healing. We are inspired by the growing body of neurobiological research that illuminates the ways humans are hardwired for resilience, and find hope in the fact that we can learn to re-shape our bodies, spirits, communities and the world at large after trauma.

No experience necessary; just an open heart and willingness to connect with your most sacred and authentic self, other survivors, and Mother Earth. People without surfing and/or hiking experience and non-swimmers are welcome.

On this six day adventure to Mexico, you will:

  • Have the opportunity to be playful, curious, and cultivate joy.

  • Build with other survivors who are on a journey to consciously heal from child sexual abuse.

  • Go whale watching, surfing, hiking, and take a Mexican cooking class in the spectacular Desert-Ocean Landscape of Baja California, Mexico.

  • Recharge and reconnect in the sacred space of Los Colibris Casitas

  • Engage in a variety of contemplative practices, including daily ritual, guided meditation, journaling, and Qigong. 

  • Participate in workshops to help you gain a different relationship to your own survivor story.

  • Mindfully examine the legacy of trauma in your life, and activate your personal power to create change (in your life and in the world).

  • Cultivate resiliency through a deeper connection with yourself, the natural world, and other survivors.


Photos left to right: Views of the pool and hot tub with ocean as the backdrop. Room with ocean view. Aerial photo of the pool and hot tub area.

Photos left to right: Views of the pool and hot tub with ocean as the backdrop. Room with ocean view. Aerial photo of the pool and hot tub area.

Our intention is for you to go home feeling renewed from nurturing an intimate connection with your inner child, the natural world and other survivors, while being grounded in your
vision for a better world.

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GUIDES:
Amita Swadhin
Irene Bailey
Misako yamamoto


Once you register, we will be in touch to schedule a 30-minute video chat to get to know each other and answer any questions you may have.

We are happy to help with travel arrangements to and from Mexico.


START
February 23: Shuttle from Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) to Los Colibris Hotel in Todos Santos

END
February 28: Shuttle from Los Colibris Hotel in Todos Santos to Los Cabos International Airport (SJD)

INCLUDED
•All Meals
•All Accommodations (Private bed in 2-person room)
•Surfing Instruction and All Gear
•Whale Watching Boat Tour
•Mexican Cooking Class
•Desert Cliffs Walk
•Guided Qigong, Meditation, & Deep Conversation
•Intuitive Healing Session
•Transportation To and From Airport
•All Tips (for guides and hotel staff)

YOU PROVIDE
•Airfare To and From Mexico ($350 to $700 estimated)
•Travel Insurance (required: $100 to $250 estimated)
•Hotel Before or After Retreat $75 to $150 estimated per night
•Yoga Mat
•Journal/ Notebook & Pen
•Small Backpack
•Water Bottle
•Headlight or Flashlight

A detailed clothing and equipment list will be provided.

PASSPORT REQUIRED.

Price: $2,800
until November 30th

***Price will go up to $3,000 December 1st

EXTRA COSTS
•Airfare: estimated $350 to $700
•Travel Insurance (required): estimated $200 to $400
•Hotel Before or After Retreat (may be necessary depending on where you fly from): estimated $75 to $150 per night

Limited to 14 Participants.

*Payment Plans Available.
*Limited Scholarships Available.
Contact us for more info.


View from Los Colibris Casitas.

View from Los Colibris Casitas.

Whale Watching.

Whale Watching.

Useful Information

+ Arrival Plan

You'll arrive at the airport in San Jose del Cabo where you will be met and transferred the 90 minutes to Todos Santos and Los Colibris Casitas. Upon arrival we'll get you get settled into your lovely rooms, then we'll have a gourmet taco welcome dinner. During dinner your guides will host a trip briefing, outlining the adventures to come. Dinner will be our first meal together. If you are arriving early to Mexico, you will need to meet us at the airport for the shuttle or arrange your own transport to the hotel.

+ Entry Requirements

All United States citizens and permanent residents visiting Mexico must have a valid US passport and/or permanent residency card to enter the country. You will fly into San Jose del Cabo (SJD). On your plane flight to Mexico the airline will give you two forms,one for immigration and one for customs. You must fully complete each form. When you disembark at the airport, you will first go through immigration and present your passport and completed immigration form. If you have the correct documentation, they will welcome you to Mexico and put the bottom part of the immigration form in your passport. This is your tourist visa for the duration of your stay in Mexico, and you must present it when you exit the country. If you lose it they will charge you a fine to replace it. You will then go through baggage claim and, after that, customs. Here you will present your completed customs form. Guides and drivers are not allowed into the waiting area, so you must exit to the outside by heading right through the sliding glass doors and head to transportation umbrella No. 5. You will see your driver holding a sign with your name on it.

+ Banking and Currency

The currency of Mexico is the Mexican peso (MXN). Current exchange rates can be found at http://x-rates.com. Dollars are widely accepted throughout Baja Sur, and many, but not all, locations accept credit cards, mainly Visa and MasterCard.

+ Climate and Weather

The weather from November through April is generally perfect, with highs during the day in the mid to upper 70s and lows at night in the upper 50s to mid-60s. There may be windy days that can have an impact on certain adventures, and there is the occasional rainy day in those months as well. May and June are a bit warmer during the day but still delightful, and the truly warm weather starts in mid-July. Hurricane season is exactly the same as in the eastern United States, and officially runs June to November. However, most storms tend to occur August to mid-October. You can check weather forecasts for Todos Santos at: https://weather.com/weather/today/l/MXBS0126:1:MX

+ About Todos Santos

About 50 miles north of Cabo on the Pacific side of the Baja peninsula is a pueblo magico called Todos Santos – All Saints. The underground springs make the town a true desert oasis, thick with palms, lush with lagoons and filled with the birds they attract. There are seemingly endless miles of pristine beach – home to 5 of the 7 turtle species found in the world, host to surf breaks that make the town one of the best surfing destinations on the Cape, and a favored whale watching spot of gray whales on their annual trip to Baja because they can get so close to shore. There are vast orchards of mango trees and fields filled with strawberries, chilies and herbs. Todos Santos may be a tiny town but it is filled with Mexican and expatriate artists, chefs, musicians, fishermen, photographers, surfers, sculptors, farmers, film-makers, potters, spiritualists, naturalists, adventurers, explorers, yogis and more, in pursuit of their passions.

+ Departure Plan

We will offer a group shuttle to the airport. Our final meal togther will be breakfast.

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