Capturing Joy in Todos Santos

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  • Baja, Mexico
  • January 18-23, 2023
  • 6 Days/5 Nights
  • 6 – 10 Guests

Overview

Todos Santos, just 1.5 hours north of Cabo San Lucas on the Pacific Ocean side of the Baja peninsula in Mexico, is a lifetime away in spirit and feel. There are no high-rises and most of the roads here are still sand. We discovered this magical oasis last year and stayed for several months. Todos can be described as a “hippie-surfer-meets-yogi” kind of place where sitting on the beach, you can see whales jump out of the ocean in celebration during the winter months. The weather is picture perfect and the beach is stunning. There’s a lot of magic in the air. 

We felt this was the exact right place to hold a transformational retreat with Caren Osten, a certified Positive Psychology Coach Life Coach & Mindfulness expert. Caren’s unique coaching style and our connection with the other the powerful women and the nature around us, will empower us to launch into the new year with newly discovered energy and inner peace. 

As we move into a fresh new year, join us to discover what makes a happier, healthier, more peaceful life. The last several years have taken a toll on all of us – emotionally, physically, and psychologically. And yet, despite the challenges we face and the obstacles that life inevitably throws our way, it is the choices we make that help us create a happier, healthier, more peaceful life. 

During our time together, we’ll discover the benefits of mindfulness and learn ways to increase positivity and resilience, reduce stress, and nurture relationships. We’ll start our year with a toolkit of practical strategies, including mindfulness meditation, gratitude, boosting positivity, and self-compassion.

And we’ll do it all in one of the most beautiful, undiscovered destinations on the planet, Todos Santos Mexico. This is the ideal time to be discovering Todos. You can’t help but see dozens of whales jumping out of the water each day. The word is just starting to get out, so capture this paradise before it’s flooded with tourists. 

“A friend may be waiting behind a stranger’s face.”

 Maya Angelou

 

Highlights:

  • 8 Hours of Coaching with Caren Osten, a positive psychology and mindfulness expert
  • Stay in a luxurious hotel in the magic pueblo town of Todos Santos
  • Savor a mezcal tasting
  • Sample the best fish tacos ever
  • Squeal as you watch whale after whale breach before your eyes in the Pacific
  • Shop in some of the most chic boutiques you’ve ever seen
  • While away the hours at a world-class beach club
  • Watch the sun dip into the Pacific ocean as you release baby turtles
  • Reconnect with nature and your own soul as well as new friends
  • Connecting with like-minded powerhouse women
  • Experience gourmet Mexican food and wines like you’ve never had before 

 

Your Hosts:

This trip will be led by Doni Belau, founder of Girls’ Guide to Paris & Beyond & Caren Osten, our coach on this retreat.

Caren is a certified positive psychology coach, mindfulness meditation teacher, public speaker, and New York Times contributor. She works with individuals and groups, who seek to cultivate greater positivity, clarity and calm as they navigate life’s daily stresses, challenges and shifts. Caren leads workshops at Kripalu, non-profit organizations and corporations, sharing the benefits, practices and science of optimism, self-compassion, mindfulness and resilience. Also a contributor to Psychology Today, Travel & Leisure, Mindful magazine and others, Caren writes about health, well-being and travel. Learn more about her work at www.carenosten.com and find her @carenosten on social media.

Doni Belau, founder of Girls’ Guide will be along to ensure that your days are filled with beauty, are stress-free and blissful.

 

Itinerary

Day 1: January 18, 2023, Wednesday Arrival

Arrive at the Cabo San Lucas Airport. Our driver will pick you up and transfer you 1.5 hours north to your home for the next 5 nights. Check-in and settle into your hotel in the small charming town of Todos Santos. 

After a little rest, we’ll meet for cocktails and a get-to-know you exercise followed by a special dinner in town.

At dinner, Caren will go over our goals and intentions for the week

Day 2: January 19, Thursday – Mindfullness & Flow

Yoga 7:30-8:30 (same everyday). Yoga will always be offered (except on our whale watching morning), but it always optional.

Breakfast 8:30-9:30 (same everyday)

Then a morning session with Caren and a mindful walk on the beach 

Lunch in town at the best fish taco place ever – not fancy! Did you know Baja invented the fish taco?

After lunch, we’ll explore Todos Santos’ historic downtown including a stop at Hotel California. Free-time to shop some of the nicest boutiques and galleries 

Relax & reading time back at the hotel, or take a swim in the pool.

Tonight we’ll enjoy a stylish meal at Oysteria in Todos town.

Day 3: January 20, Friday – Positivity & Gratitude

We’ll rise early this morning for our whale watching trip.  Nothing’s ever guaranteed when it comes to observing wildlife in the wild, but we’ll almost certainly see pods of whales swimming and hopefully breaching!

After our whale watching adventure, we’ll stop for coffee and morning snacks at the gorgeous Hotel San Cristobal which is right next to the Fisherman’s beach where our boats will land. 

Caren will lead a session on resilience & positivity today. 

We’ll spend the afternoon relaxing at the stunning El Faro Beach Club coupled with a scrumptious lunch. 

Around sunset we have the pleasure of participating in a baby turtle release on a beautiful beach.

Dinner tonight at Ristorante Tre Galline

Day 4: January 21, Saturday – Your Best Self

Yoga & Breakfast

Today we’ll experience an absolutely unique, indigenous Temezcal and Spa experience, including a treatment of your choice at an authentic Mexican spa. 

Then, we’ll enjoy Lunch in the garden at Hierba Buena 

This afternoon, we’ll gather for “Your Best Self” session w/ Caren at the hotel’s pool

Early this evening we’ll head over for a cooking class followed by dinner on what we’ve had a hand in creating.

Day 5: January 22, Sunday – Relationships

Yoga & Breakfast

Closing morning session w/ Caren on relationships 

Today we’ll head out to the famous Green Room for a casual lunch with our feet in the sand. After a relaxing day soaking in the ions from the Pacific Ocean we’ll encounter a healing Sound Bath Experience.

Time to rest and refresh. 

Our farewell Dinner at DUM will be nothing short of spectacular! DUM is a place that brings a French touch to hyper-local Mexican food!

Day 6: January 23, Monday – Departure

Sadly we must say our goodbyes but our time together will have been moving and heart opening. We’ll head back into our lives with new vigor, completely rejuvenated! 

 

Trip Notes:

  • GG2P reserves the right to alter the itinerary based on weather or availability, as well as exciting opportunities that might crop up!
  • Vegetarians & Vegans - Not to worry – you will be well fed in all restaurants as well as those allergic to seafood or gluten. Options are plentiful.

 

Trip Cost

Trip Cost: 6,625 USD*

  • * All our trips are organized and priced based on single occupancy at all the places we stay. Everyone gets their own fabulous room! If you’re traveling with a friend/relative, or would prefer to save some money by sharing a room, we can usually organize double occupancy at a reduction in cost. Please inquire.
  • * Unless specified otherwise, all our trips are priced in the home currency of the trip’s location. However, we will invoice you in the equivalent USD calculated at the exchange rate at the time of invoice.
  • Interest-free payment plans are available. Please inquire.

 

What’s included?

  • 8 hours of coaching with Caren Osten
  • A one on one per & post retreat call with Ms. Osten
  • Transfers to and from San Jose/Cabo airport
  • All in country transportation
  • All meals
  • Lodging at one of the best hotels in town
  • A Mezcal tasting
  • A whale watch boat trip
  • A cooking class 
  • Yoga and meditation daily 
  • A sound bath experience
  • An indigenous spa treatment 
  • A historic tour 
  • Observe a turtle release program 
  • Beach lounging, pool time & beach walks 
  • Glorious sunsets

What’s not Included?

  • Roundtrip international airfare to Cabo San Lucas
  • Additional wine, beer, or spirits beyond what is offered at meals.
  • All personal souvenir purchases
  • Travel and Medical Insurance (required)

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