Destination: Todos Santos + Espiritu Santo,
Dates: March 11-15, 2020
Tour Leader: Katie Cavuto + Julia Byrem
Focus: Mindfulness, gratitude, self-love + yoga
Giveback: Palapa Society (accepting donations!)
Difficulty: Easy going with opportunity for adventure
Group Size: Up to 16 travelers
Join Integrative Dietitian, Yoga Teacher and Reiki Practitioner, Katie Cavuto MS, RD, RYT, and Julia Byrem MA, E-RYT 500 as you explore the unspoiled landscape of southern Baja! On this journey steeped with gratitude, self-love and abundance you will explore guided meditations, mindful eating, intuitive movement and compassionate self-care as you reconnect with the beauty of your true self and the joy that exists all around you. Kayak the seas, rejuvenate beachside, surf, swim with sea lions, enjoy local delicacies, and toast under the stars – we think this is the most magnificent adventure Baja has to offer!
All-inclusive trip, plus…
+ Daily wellness practices hosted by Katie Julia, including:
+ Daily yoga, intuitive movement and guided meditation
+ Exploration of Food Gratitude, Mindful Eating and Body Kindness
+ 2 nights glamping on the island of Espiritu Santo
+ 2 nights at a boutique hotel overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Todos Santos
+ All locally sourced meals
+ Daily happy hour with freshly made juices
DAY 1: Wed, Mar 11 ::: BIENVENIDOS! SAN JOSE DEL CABO - TODOS SANTOS
DAY 2: Thu, Mar 12 ::: TODOS SANTOS
DAY 3: Fri, Mar 13 ::: TODOS SANTOS TO ISLA ESPIRITU SANTO
DAY 4: Sat, Mar 14 ::: ISLA ESPIRITU SANTO
DAY 5: Sun, Mar 15 ::: ADIOS! ISLA ESPIRITU SANTO - SAN JOSE DEL CABO
Arrival in San Jose del Cabo and transfer to Todos Santos
Upon arrival at San Jose del Cabo International Airport (SJD), we'll meet you and transfer 90 minutes to the lovely Los Colibris Casitas, located on a hill overlooking the ocean in the artists colony of Todos Santos. We'll have a welcome gourmet taco welcome dinner and offer an optional gentle yoga class on the yoga deck to help you recover and restore from your travels. Overnight at Los Colibris Casitas.
Los Colibris Casitas was made for nature lovers seeking beauty and tranquility. We offer the services and amenities of a boutique hotel, combined with the privacy and comfort of a vacation rental. Each of our casas and casitas has magnificent views of the Pacific ocean, a freshwater estuary and a palm grove oasis to the front, and the Sierra de la Laguna mountains to the side and back.
From your casa you can watch the fishermen cast their nets on the beach in the early morning light, wait for the green flash of a magnificent Baja sunset in the late afternoon, and enjoy the vast expanse of a star-filled sky at night. Los Colibris is just a 10-minute walk to 70 miles of pristine, virtually empty beach, and a 5-minute drive to the delightful restaurants, artists’ galleries and shops of Todos Santos
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. And truly, the handiwork of all the saints seems to be reflected everywhere. It’s easy to imagine that St. Anthony (San Antonio), the Patron Saint of the Desert, had his hand in the underground springs that make the town a true desert oasis, thick with palms, lush with lagoons and filled with the birds they attract. St. Francis (San Francisco), Patron Saint of the Environment, seems like a sure bet for the town’s seemingly endless miles of pristine beach – home to 5 of the world’s 7 turtle species, host to surf breaks that make the town one of the best surfing destinations on the Cape, and favored spot for gray whales on their annual trip to Baja to come close to shore and check out the humans. St. Isidore (San Isidro), Patron Saint of Agriculture, almost certainly got in on the act with the vast orchards of mango trees and fields filled with strawberries, chilies and herbs, while St. Peter (San Pedro), Patron Saint of Fishermen, could easily be the wily soul who ensured no natural harbor in the town to keep the waters from being overfished and therefore full of bounty for the intrepid local fishermen, masters of the surf launch and landing.
Surf Cerritos, beachside yoga and cooking lesson
After a morning yoga practice and delicious Mexican breakfast we'll head to Los Cerritos, one of the best surf breaks in Baja, where you can relax in the sand, enjoy walking the beach and even catch a wave if your up for it. With a smooth sandy bottom and a range of waves for surfers of all levels, Los Cerritos is the perfect place to learn to ride the waves. Our incredible instructors guarantee that you'll stand up on the board during the first hour of instruction - at least for a few moments!
We'll have time on the beach for Katie to explore a guided meditation and then we’ll head to lunch at a terrific local joint. You’ll then have the afternoon to explore the charms of Todos Santos. Our guides will conduct an optional hour-long historical town tour, with plenty of time for shopping and exploring afterwards. In the evening, Katie will share some philosophy around food gratitude and mindful eating, which will be followed by a cooking class with chef Iker Algorri, author of Cooking Adventures in Baja California Sur. First, we'll learn to make the perfect margarita and then, while we sip on our creation, we’ll engage our senses as we cook our own dinner!
Sea of Cortez and Isla Espiritu Santo Glamping Adventure
After a morning movement session and a wonderful Mexican breakfast we'll transfer to La Paz where we will board our boat to Camp Cecil, a luxury tent camp on the incomparable Isla Espiritu Santo. We'll settle into our tents then let the adventures unfold. Kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, snorkeling, and swimming. These are just a few of the activities that await us as we explore the island and the surrounding Sea of Cortez. A learning lunch on the island will be followed by relaxation and an optional yoga practice with guided meditation. Dinner and overnight at Camp Cecil.
Camp Cecil Our base camp is on one of the island’s most beautiful beaches and features
beautifully decorated walk-in safari-style tents with real beds, lovely linens, bedside
tables, lanterns, beach towels, storage space, rugs, chairs, and more. Espiritu Xantus
Café is where our on-site chef makes wonderful meals for you every day, plus a daily
happy hour of course. There are two sun showers and two compost toilet
Espiritu Santo National Park in the Sea of Cortez is part of a UNESCO World Heritage
Site, and is one of the best marine life viewing destinations in the world. Whales,
dolphins, whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays and plenty of beautiful tropical fish
call the surrounding waters home, while a terrific range of bird species including
Blue-footed Boobies, Reddish Egrets, Great Blue Herons and Yellow-footed Gulls
frequent the island’s skies and shores. The island itself is stunning, with magnificent
towering cliffs, spectacular sandy bays, amazing lava rock formations, and rock art
left by the now-extinct Guaycura and Pericu Indians. There’s even an endemic ring-
tailed cat, the babisuri. It’s a remarkable place to explore.
Coffee, tea and cold breakfast of granola and fruit is available for early risers. Option for an early morning yoga and meditation before a full, hot breakfast with a group discussion to set the tone for the day. We'll then head out for what truly must be one of life's greatest joys, swimming with the sea lion puppies at the permanent sea lion colony of Los Islotes. It is an absolute blast! Afterwards visit another part of the island for a beautiful hike to get spectacular views and learn more about the flora and fauna of the island. We'll have a learning lunch in camp, some leisure time in the afternoon, then a wonderful dinner, closing conversation along with stretching meditation, gentle stretching and, of course, star gazing. Perfection.
After an early breakfast with an optional yoga class and guided meditation, depart Camp Cecil for our return to shore and transfer to the airport in San Jose del Cabo. Say adios but not good-bye as we return home or opt to extend your stay.
Todos Santos - Los Colibris Casitas
Los Colibris Casitas was made for nature lovers seeking beauty and tranquility. They offer the services and amenities of a boutique hotel, combined with the privacy and comfort of a vacation rental. Each of the casas and casitas has magnificent views of the Pacific ocean, a freshwater estuary and a palm grove oasis to the front, and the Sierra de la Laguna mountains to the side and back. From your casa you can watch the fishermen cast their nets on the beach in the early morning light, wait for the green flash of a magnificent Baja sunset in the late afternoon, and enjoy the vast expanse of a star-filled sky at night. Los Colibris is just a 10-minute walk to 70 miles of pristine, virtually empty beach, and a 5-minute drive to the delightful restaurants, artists’ galleries and shops of Todos Santos.
Espiritu Santo - Camp Cecil
Camp Cecil is located on the pristine and wildly beautiful Isla Espiritu Santo, part of a National Marine Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The camp includes 8 walk-in tents that have real beds, lovely linens, chairs inside and out, bedside tables with lamps, mirrors, storage areas and towels for beach and bath. Each tent can have either one king bed or two twin beds, and there is room for cots as well. The housekeeping staff cleans the tents and makes the beds each day! There is a large dining tent with tables, chairs and lounging sofas where the camp chefs serve terrific food throughout the day, starting with cold breakfast and coffee, followed by hot breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner. Two sun showers and two compost toilet cabañas complete the camp.
I'm Katie. On paper I am a Integrative Dietitian, Yoga Teacher, Reiki Practitioner, Chef and Wellness Advocate. While these titles definitely permeate my passions in daily life, there is a lot more to me than my credentials. My deep interactions with all of you: my family, my friends, those I work with, and those I meet during the daily rhythm of the day, truly inspire me and flood me with gratitude. I love all things that nourish my life including good food, great conversations, laughter, travel, and quiet time on my yoga mat. My wellness philosophy is rooted in the foundation that we all need simplicity and approachability and that no two paths are alike. My recent journey through chronic illness gifted me the opportunity to transform fear into abundance and to connect with my intuition so I could learn to love and trust my process and myself. It’s my hope to inspire, educate and empower others so they too can live a nourished and joyful life no matter their struggles.
I earned a bachelor’s degree in culinary nutrition from Johnson and Wales University and my MS in clinical nutrition from Tufts University. I am a certified reiki practitioner, RYT-200 yoga teacher and mom to 8 year old, Hudson!
I am the nutrition adviser for Unite for HER, an organization that educates and empowers woman with breast and reproductive cancer. I owned and ran Healthy Bites, a locally sourced cafe and organic meal delivery service for many years and I recently stepped away from a 10-year position as the Director of Nutrition for the Philadelphia Phillies to further pursue my passions in the holistic wellness field.You can learn more about me, my philosophy and my personal wellness journey on my blog Nourish.Breathe.Thrive.
I’m Julia. I am mother, daughter, friend, teacher and student.
I do my best to work and play in equal parts.
I root to rise.
My formal training in yoga and ayurveda was completed at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and offered the opportunity to study with honored teachers Dr. Scott Blossom, Dr. Rosy Mann, and Joseph Le Page among others. Most recently I completed the magu advanced teacher training with Alex Auder in Philadelphia. My informal training continues daily.
I believe that embodied spirituality is foundational to individual and collective well-being and a basic right of all beings; for this reason I am deeply committed to spiritual activism and social justice. I head a non-profit dedicated to cultural shift by bringing peacebuilding circle processes into schools and wider communities, as well as ensuring that embodied spiritual practices are accessible for all.
The decade or so that I have been on the path has been beautiful and challenging. I have found my passion and purpose, and can honestly and gratefully say that i live my truth each day.
I hold a master’s degree in social justice and women’s spirituality and am currently pursuing a doctorate in liberation psychology.
Deposit: 30% due today
Final Balance: due December 12, 2019
SUPER Early Bird: $1750 per person (4 available, expires September 25)
Early Bird: $1975 per person (6 available, expires October 25)
Standard: $2150 per person
Payment plan available, please inquire
All ground transportation including roundtrip airport transfer
All meals from dinner on day 1 through breakfast on final day, including daily happy hour on the island
All accommodations, including 2 nights at Los Colibris Casitas and 2 nights at Camp Cecil
All adventures and related equipment as indicated in the itinerary
Bilingual naturalist guides who are certified Wilderness First Responders
The Camp Cecil portion in particular includes:
Roundtrip island transfer
Snorkeling gear and wetsuit
Meals at Camp Cecil’s Espiritu Xantu Café, considered one of the best restaurants in the vicinity of La Paz!
Daily happy hour of fresh juices or tea
Beer and wine
All adventures and related equipment including swimming with sea lions, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, snorkeling, hiking, bird watching, star gazing, hanging around doing nothing
Accommodations in beautifully furnished walk-in tents with real beds and lovely linens
National Park conservation fee
Daily self-care direction
Daily yoga, stretch and/or meditation
Any item not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
Alcoholic beverage unless otherwise detailed