Tuesday, November 8, 2016

5 Ways To Deepen Your Connection To Nature


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This week at La Duna we wrapped up our five day Inner Connection Journey into Nature retreat. It was a beautiful gathering of individuals both teachers and students, coming together to embrace the earth, renew their souls, and express themselves through art, sensory awareness, Qigong, and nature.

This event inspired me to come up with this simple list of 5 ways one can deepen their connection to nature.

1. Wake up early to watch the sunrise.
La Duna is a perfect setting for this wonderful experience. Each day wake up before dawn and walk over the magnificent dunes to watch the glorious sunrise over the mountains and water. Sit there in silence and with gratitude for a rich experience. Thank the sun for giving us a new day and for shining so brightly upon us. Listen to the waves lap against the shore and watch the frigatebirds soar high above like dancers in the sky. 

                                                                Photo Credit: Elizabeth Rasoul
                                                               Photo Credit: Elizabeth Rasoul

When was the last time you watched the sun rise?

2. Take a walk or hike in nature.
At La Duna you are surrounded by nature. Everywhere you look there is a little path that can be taken to explore this truly unique place where the sea, mountains, and desert meet. Take a stroll where ever you are and notice your surroundings. Stop at different trees and flowers and just notice things like colors and textures. Then take a moment to notice how that makes you feel.

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3. Make contact with the earth.
It's easy these days to find ourselves feeling off balance and a little less grounded with how busy our everyday lives can be. Take some time to reconnect to the earth by taking off your shoes and socks and stepping into the earth with your bare feet. Feel the grass, dirt, or sand under your feet. Let it get stuck between your toes and feel it with your hands. If you feel adventurous try what we did at La Duna at our retreat and get buried into the sand at the beach! Take long, slow, deep breaths and feel yourself getting grounded from the earth's energy.



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4. Eat fresh Vegetables.
Eating foods that are fresh and from the earth and naturally grown and raised is the best way to stay healthy and is so good for your well-being. Eating a rainbow of colors of fruits and vegetables will give you all the nutrients you need. At La Duna we source all our foods locally with sustainable farmers. You will see us at the local farmers market gathering all the best ingredients for our meals. Find out where your local farmers market is and talk to a local farmer about how you can eat better quality foods.

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                                                               Photo Credit: Elizabeth Rasoul

5. Stargazing before bedtime. 
Being in a big city it's hard to really appreciate what the night sky has to offer. Most of the city lights drown out the majestic sky above. La Duna is in a remote enough destination that at night you can see how much more there really is in our universe. Find a way to escape the city lights and connect to the lunar energy of the night sky at least once a month. You will find yourself quickly in a trance peacefully hypnotized by it's beauty.



We would love to hear from you and how you find ways to connect with nature. If you like this post please share it with your friends and leave a comment below. 

We would love for you to come join us at La Duna so that you can experience these ways of connecting to nature. Check out our facebook page or website for upcoming events. Contact us at admin@ecobaja.com. If you are a retreat leader and would like to rent our space to share this experience with more people. 



Wednesday, October 26, 2016

La Duna Centro Ecológico Scholarship Spotlight

Inner-Connection: Journey Into The Soul Of Nature Scholarship Award Winner

We are pleased to announce our scholarship award winner for the upcoming November retreat Inner-Connection: Journey into the Soul of Nature, held at La Duna Centro Ecológico November 2-6, 2016. 

Luis Tentindo is an interdisciplinary artist and arts educator focusing on the crossovers between movement, puppetry and visual art. From 1994 to 2008 he danced in several renowned NYC-based contemporary dance companies. Luis has participated in residencies at Bogliasco, The MacDowell Colony, and Djerassi. His original puppet-theater work was presented at St. Ann’s Warehouse, The Theater for the New City and Dixon Place in NYC, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara. He also presented performances at Skirball Cultural Center, Fowler Ethnographic Museum, and at XFest! (SIUE). His work has received support from the Jim Henson Foundation and he recently presented a workshop at the National Puppetry Festival at UCONN. He completed an MFA degree in Dance at WAC/D, where he was also a teaching associate, in 2016.

We asked Louis what he planned to do with therenewed energy after the retreat?
I’ve had the good fortune to be able to pursue my dreams and passions as an artist, as a dancer / choreographer, and as an arts educator engaged in community and alternative educational spaces. Having time to rest and reflect further on just how I can refine my live and work priorities is just what I need right now as I feel that I’ve been on a treadmill, mostly, of other people’s design. The retreat will help me to strengthen my resolve in the necessary life skills of moving from an empowered and autonomous space. A space that holds close my values and ethics as a matter of lived reality. From this situated place, I believe that my personal life, creative practice and teaching will have a far broader impact and will hopefully alleviate my current sense of burnout. There’s much more to all of this, but I hope this helps to paint a picture for you.

More info can be found of his work here:
http://luistentindo.com/
We can tell Luis will make a great fit at our upcoming retreat and we are excited to have such a talented and driven individual be part of our group. Each person that attends makes the experience at La Duna that much more special. If you want to join our retreat or be considered for future scholarship opportunities send an email to gabriela@ecobaja.com. 
We’re so thrilled that we were able to offer a number of scholarships to La Duna Centro Ecológico's events. This months scholarship winner for the upcoming November Inner Connection Retreat is Luiis Tentindo. 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Fall Eco-Friendly Tips For Your Home


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You’d have to be living under a huge boulder with your head in the sand to have not have heard about climate change.  We all know that this phenomenon is happening and is a very real and serious problem, but how much do you really know about it?

Are you aware that humans are largely responsible for climate change? That means what each of us does on a day-to-day basis, and how we live our life significantly contributes to the negative changes we’re experiencing in our environment.

Here at La Duna Centro Ecológico we work really hard to minimize our environmental footprint and overall impact and we would like to share some eco-friendly tips with you. You can read more about us, and what we do on our website by clicking the link above.

 

Fall is a great time to start thinking about going green. There are many ways you can minimize your footprint and make a positive impact in our world. It all starts with small changes from people like you and me.

 

Here are some ways you can easily make a positive difference in our world:

 

1.   Start a composting bin for your home. Compost is a rich, organic soil conditioner great for your lawn and garden. It enriches soil and reduces the need for water, fertilizers and pesticides. It’s so easy to start a composting bin. You put all your raked fall leaves and other yard waste in a bin with any kitchen food scraps like egg shells, leftovers you’re not going to eat, vegetable cuttings you won’t use, orange peels, you get it right? All the food scraps you would normally think to throw away. These are great for composting. You can even clean out your rain gutters and throw that in too! Not everything should go in a composting bin, so do your research to make sure you’ll get the most out of your compost. You’ll reduce landfill space and have the best lawn and garden on the block!

 

2.   Turn down the thermostat. As the cool weather starts to approach us it’s really tempting to just turn up the heat. Instead of reaching for that thermostat dial, try reaching for a sweater or blanket to keep you warm. Use draft stoppers in the doorways and windowsills. If you don’t already have one, think about investing in a programmable thermostat so you’re not heating up an empty home while you are away at work and the kids are at school. These tips will save on energy and keep money in your pocket!

 

3.   Green Cleaning. Toss out conventional chemical cleaners, which are full of toxins that are bad for you and the environment. Then try mixing up some of your own non-toxic eco-friendly cleaners. You can try some of these recipes below or check your local health foods stores for eco-friendly products you can buy.


·      Washing dishes – Use sea salt or course salt mixed with a little lemon juice and scrub. Also, try making a paste with baking soda and water for tougher pots and pans.

·      Laundry - Mix 1 part vinegar, and 2 parts water together to make fabric softener. Using 1/4 to 1/3 cup of this mixture during the final rinse will leave your clothes soft and clean!

·      Scrubbing Toilets – Pour undiluted white vinegar around the top of the toilet bowl and then scrub until clean.

 

4.   Check your tire pressure. As air temperature gets cooler your tires will lose air pressure. Having low pressure in your tires can lead to more trips to the gas station. Try to reduce the amount of time spent driving your car as much as possible. Give carpooling a try or ride your bike to work.  

 

5.   Get creative for Halloween. Instead of purchasing a new Halloween costume that you will probably only use once and then throw away, use old clothes or buy used clothes from a consignment shop to make your costume. Get crafty and use recycled goods. Use reusable cloth bags instead of disposable ones for trick-or-treating. Make the most of your jack-o'-lantern. If you paint a face on the outside of the pumpkin instead of carving it, you can use the meat later to make tasty pumpkin treats. If you opt to carve your pumpkin and put a light in it, you can roast the seeds as a healthy snack and then toss the rest of the pumpkin in the compost bin after the holiday is over. I prefer to paint mine and make pumpkin pie and muffins! I can’t let all that yummy pumpkin deliciousness go to waste!

 

If you agree with these eco-friendly tips please like our post and share them with your friends! We would also love to hear from you on what tips you might be using in your own home. Leave us a comment below

 

Happy fall season from all of us at La Duna Centro Ecológico!


Saturday, May 28, 2016

Our Mission and Vision





 Reconnect  •  Renew  •  Rejoice





La Duna Ecological Vision:


Human beings are part of Earth, and the Earth is part of us. Closeness to Nature is what’s best for our physical, mental, and spiritual health. Protecting Nature while consciously networking with other Earth stewards can lead to the creation of small businesses that fuel and strengthen an economic alternative for sustainable life models.


Our mission is to be a peaceful gathering place in Nature where people offer and receive educational experiences that are fun, inspiring, profound, sharable and unforgettable!
As people feel connected to a place and among each other through direct experience,
a sense of belonging and care develops naturally.


All of the activities hosted at La Duna are intended to regenerate energy, renew creativity, and reconnect with life and others, to enhance knowledge of oneself,
 and our connection to the world around us.





La Duna is immersed in an old and wise majestic cacti forest. Multicolored sacred mountains at her back open to an open blue horizon of sky and sea.


La Duna was built as a model for ecotourism, a small family and friends run business.  We collaborate with other local families and businesses to provide a unique recreation and educational destination. Our focus is to  raise consciousness about the preservation of our natural environment for its sacred beauty, health, and sustainable business potential.
 



Several non profit organizations, as well as small local businesses collaborate at La Duna to provide the menu of services and experiences. 
Your business supports their conservation efforts, as well as connects you to a locally conscious network of people creating a healthier way of life.
 
How to Give Back

When you book an educational activity or tour for your group, you are directly supporting  non profit organizations and individuals working locally on conservation and education for a better more sustainable life. Learn more about each one of them:  List of Activities and Tours  and Wellness and Culture


ProFaunaBaja is a society for scientists, students, and naturalists who share a specific goal to conserve biodiversity and vulnerable ecosystems in  Baja California Sur, Mexico.   http://www.profaunabaja.org


CASA  (Centro de Asesoría para la Sustentabilidad Ambiental) a non profit supporting the Mexican society through environmental education to conserve and use our natural and cultural resources responsibly


Tiburón Ballena México is  an organization with a vision to promote and contribute to ocean conservation and sustainability by the integration of scientific research, sustainable management, environmental education and inter-institutional collaboration.  http://www.whalesharkmexico.com



RED Travel Mexico is a hybrid social enterprise that combines a for-profit tour operator that offers world class Conservation Adventures, with a non-profit organization that provides training, small business incubation and technical assistance in rural communities throughout northwest Mexico. http://redtravelmexico.com



A percentage of your lodging fees supports a general fund to offer free programs to community members unable to afford the ongoing classes and retreats at La Duna.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Growth...

Growth and Expansion!



This new turn of the sun has brought with it the incredible energy of co-creation to La Duna.  Together with many friends and collaborators we gather our talents and spirit to give life to this beautiful and generous land, and share with others willing to experience a sustainable healthy life.


 More educational experiences and retreats to awaken your creativity and your connection to Nature are on their way, stay tuned!





And specially stay tuned to the rise in consciousness growing and expanding in our planet. Share with others the appreciation and respect for life, recognize beauty and joy in our unity, and work hand in hand for a better Now! I am ready! Are you?