Blessings of All the Saints
Todos Santos, Whales and Stars
We will stay in the town of Todos Santos, a "Pueblo Majico", located on the powerful ley line of the Tropic of Cancer. There, we will play on the vast and pristine, white sand beaches of the Pacific Ocean, visit artisans' shops, and enjoy the perfumed air in this desert oasis. Each year, in February, there is something magical happening along the Pacific coast of Baja: the grey whales from the oceans gather to birth and nurse their babies in the protective lagoons along the coast. There we can resonate with these amazing beings.
Blessings of All the Saints
Todos Santos, Whales and Stars
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Todos Santos, literally means, “All Saints!” The town is so enchanting that it is called a Magical Town. It is a lush oasis in the Baja Desert, at the edge of the mighty Pacific Ocean. The dry air carries the perfume of tropical plants and the people are friendly, as they go about their daily business. The town has a long history of settlements and ancient writings can be found in the caves of the nearby Sierra Laguna Mountains.
Todos Santos is not really a resort town, it is home to a bustling community of people. For the last decades, artists and craftsmen from around the world have been moving there because they enjoy the great climate and ambiance. Art, film and performance festivals are held at the town square and in the arts center. Another fact about the town is that it is located on the Tropic of Cancer, exactly the same latitude as Luxor in Egypt and other power spots around the world. With the gathering of the grey whales in the area during the winter months, there abounds a wonderful feeling of happiness.
It is no accident that while watching the whales play at sunset last year, a huge angel appeared over the ocean and blessed us all with joy. (Please see picture to the right.)
We will fly into Cabo San Jose airport, near Cabo San Lucas and be driven up to Todos Santos. After checking into our hotel, we will explore the little town, have dinner and perhaps catch a performance. That evening, we will go to the beach to have our first ceremony. We will say goodnight to the sun as it sets over the Pacific Ocean and honor the great beings, whales, sea turtles and all the creatures living there. During our time in Todos Santos the new moon will be blessing our travels and we will be able to see the Milky Way and all the constellations. Sitting on the soft sand, listening to the breaking waves, we will attune with the radiant light of the stars. With sparkling clarity and no light pollution, it is amazing what we will see on a beautiful desert night.
Look at the stars! Look up at the skies!
Oh look at the fire-folk sitting in the air!
The bright boroughs, the circle citadels there!
~ Gerard Manley Hopkins
The next morning, after a leisurely breakfast, we will head to Las Palmas, a beautiful sandy beach for a morning meditation circle and ceremony. During this ceremony we will honor the waters of the world and offer our healing energies. With a spring fed lagoon and stream that leads into the ocean, this is a nesting ground for numerous varieties of birds. We will take our time exploring this lovely area. For lunch, we will go back, the short distance to Todos Santos. Afterwards, we will explore the art galleries, and cultural history of this quaint town. Later that afternoon we will go to the beach where we can watch the whales, who, some say, carry with them the history of Mother Earth and are in charge of keeping peace here. We will have dinner in town at one of the many restaurants that feature delicious, locally grown, organic produce.
After breakfast the next morning, we will go to Cerritos Beach. This is a great beach for swimming and beach combing. Some of us may want to take a surfing lesson (on your own, but with our applause from shore) or have a soothing massage on the beach, lulled by the sound of the waves. We will go back to Todos Santos for a while in the afternoon for lunch, relaxation or shopping. Later we will go to the beach that the whales love, gathering in a circle to meditate and commune with them. Lee will help us to hear their messages. Then we will go back to town for another delicious dinner, perhaps with fresh seafood.
After a great breakfast, our adventurous spirits will have the morning option of going back to Cerritos beach, for more swimming, surfing and massage, or staying in town to explore the cultural center, church, galleries and artisans’ shops. Perhaps the Mercado will be happening on the streets. The afternoon will be on your own to relax or explore the town and we will be treated to an early dinner, maybe some delicious Mexican food. Afterwards, we will go back to the whale beach. There, we will meet with a local who has ancient star knowledge and he will share Mayan stories of the constellations. We will close with a ceremony to celebrate the new moon, on the beach in the starlight, with the whales around us in the ocean.
“Whales are singers, composers and poets, whose songs travel across entire oceans. Whales sing in an emotional language, older than speech, that deeply resonates with us.”
~ Roger Payne, from A Life Among Whales
Optional Trip extension to Ignacio lagoon.
After our Todos Santos adventure, we will be offering an additional, optional journey to San Ignacio Lagoon where the mothers of the grey whales gather to nurse and raise their babies.
We are going up to the lagoon because we want to connect more closely with the whales. At the lagoon, guides will take us out in a boat. Since they are carefully trained in how to work with the whales, they can show us how friendly the whales are. People often have the wonderful opportunity to touch them, have direct eye contact and experience a healing.
San Ignacio Lagoon is located in the middle of the 500 mile long Pacific coastline of Baja. Being exquisitely remote, it takes a day to get there. We will leave Cabo San Jose and fly to Loreto, spending the night at Posada de las Flores Hotel. The next morning, after breakfast, we will spend the day traveling 170 miles across the amazing Baja Peninsula to San Ignacio and from there another one and a half hours out to the lagoon. Once there, we will be staying in eco-cabins and our meals will be prepared for us, using the freshest seafood and local produce. The guides will take us out for the next 3 days in their “panga” boats for a few hours each day to play with the whales.
The last day, we will drive back to Loreto and fly from there directly to Los Angeles and home again. If you are interested in this fantastic adventure, be sure to call us before you make your plane reservations, so we can help you. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to go with a group that will commune with these amazing whales using a spiritual and healing intention. We hope you will join us.
Many men walk by day; few walk by night. It is a different season.
~ ~ Thoreau
Please take a couple of minutes to watch this video:
We recommend you read this excerpt (below) from the book, “
Whales: Touching the Mystery”
by Doug Thompson, an old surfer boy.
“After awhile we looked up at one another. We all had tears in our eyes. This was a surreal world we had entered—one where two unlikely species reached out to one another. Touching and hugging whales in the wild did not fit into our realities, yet there we were communing with the whales! In turn, the whales seemed aware of just how vulnerable we were, and they were careful not to rock the boat or move us around too much. We had stroked and touched the mom and baby for a good twenty minutes when I realized we had drifted about a mile from The Searcher in this remote desert lagoon. The encounter ended when the mom moved about ten feet away from the skiff and somehow signaled her baby that playtime with the humans was over. The baby then moved next to mom and off they went. While motoring back to The Searcher, everyone began talking at once, yet we could not quite express what we were thinking and feeling. Somehow we had slipped into another dimension and we were not sure what to make of this. No one took photos even though we all had good camera gear with us in the skiff. By the end of our stay that season, everyone on board had a friendly encounter with a whale. And every trip after that, it just got better.”
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
~ Albert Einstein