YGL LEARNING JOURNEY
YGL LEARNING JOURNEY
Hanli Prinsloo / I AM WATER Ocean Travel &
Julia Novy Hildesley / Resilience in Action
Hanli & Julia are super excited to bring together their diverse worlds and experiences to offer the first ever I AM WATER / Resilience In Action marine adventure weekend for YGLs. Following directly after the YGL ANNUAL SUMMIT in San Francisco - this Learning Journey will allow you the time to connect more with fellow YGLs and make the most of your time on the West Coast.
I AM WATER Ocean Travel offers intimate wildlife encounters with the ocean’s most majestic creatures from dolphins to seals, humpback whales and manta rays to hammerhead and whale sharks to name a few. The team consists of world class freedivers and marine experts who will take you on a once in-a-lifetime journey into the ocean mind, body and spirit. Combining yoga, deep freediving training and pristine wilderness locations we offer you a slice of a life away from the every day.
Resilience in Action pairs deep inquiry with conceptual frameworks, insights and practical tools that enable leaders to thrive and catalyze transformative change in the contemporary world. Distilling insights about resilience from disciplines as diverse as ecology, psychology and military strategy and translating these insights into action, working with partners to understand and adopt core orientations that foster resilience.
I AM WATER is at its core an ocean conservation organization. Not only do we adhere to the highest standards of responsible marine megafauna interaction, but through I AM WATER Ocean Travel we generate funds to support the projects of the I AM WATER Ocean Conservation Foundation.
WHALE SHARKS are the largest cartilagenous fish in the sea. They are gentle filter-feeders, feeding on tiny plankton while migrating around the great oceans, sadly they are listed as endangered globally. There are several places in the world where one can swim with whale sharks and we have picked La Paz not only for its proximity to Espiritu Santo Island, but also because we support the work of the local operators with regards to sustainable interactions with these precious and threatened animals. We will be diving with a top Mexican researcher, Dr Deni Ramirez and her team.
FISH TORNADOES... on the Eastern Cape of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, is one of the world’s most successful marine protection areas. As the northern most reef in the Eastern Pacific, this area of ocean in the Sea of Cortes was set aside for conservation after community leaders convinced the Mexican government to protect the unique reef ecosystem & the incredible biodiversity of the region. After more than twenty years of protection this ecosystem abounds with life. Most notably massive schools of jackfish fill the ocean 20 meters deep and hundreds of meters long. Our days at sea will be hosted by the Castro Family, Mario Castro being the man who started the move from fishing to protection all those years ago. His son David is our skipper as we head to sea to find the fish he has dedicated his life to protecting. On numerous occassions this unassuming young man has stopped the boat abruptly in the middle of vast blue ocean and said ‘ They are here. Under us. I can smell them...’ We are excited to share this bond with the sea with our participants, and as we deepen our freediving practice & resilience work - feel that connection grow in ourselves.
OTHER than the majestic SCHOOLS OF JACKFISH and great WHALE SHARKS you will meet, there is an abundance of REEFS to be explored along the coastline - known for the diversity of brightly coloured fish and this northern - most coral reef system. We will also get the chance to meet the playful SEA LIONS who spend their days lazing on the rocks or do aquatic acrobatics in the water... our very own puppies of the sea!
With an average water temperature of approximately 80°F (27 °C), you will be able to spend plenty of time in and underwater.
Arrive at Hacienda around 3pm - welcome, ocean swim & settle in. Yoga & breath work session, introduction to resilience journey followed by an early dinner.
Morning freediving session off La Paz, followed by a couple of hours with the incredible whale sharks. Practice freediving alongside the oceans largest fish and boat based resilience sessions looking at three transformative leadership orientations to increase resilience and capacity to lead change. Lunch back at the Hacienda and relaxing afternoon, sunset yoga and early dinner.
Early morning drive through the majestic Baja desert to a sunrise boat launch to see the majestic schools of jack fish around the Cabo Pulmo Marine Reserve followed by deep freediving training & boat based resilience session. Lunch in Cabo Pulmo followed by another boat launch & afternoon snorkel with ocean exploration and freediving training. Travel back to the Hacienda and a yoga session at sunset followed by our final dinner on the beach.
One last sunrise session exploring our local cove followed by breakfast, long beach walks, final group conversations and wrap up. Lunch and travel home.
Please note: All of our days follow a rhythm conducive to optimal freediving, yoga and relaxation experiences. However, we will have a weather dependent schedule as the wind and swell will be decisive for which of our dives we do every day..
Moreover all our actions are guided by the highest standards of responsible marine megafauna interaction. The animals’ wellbeing is our top priority at any time. Should we or our expert guides get the impression that our presence (in and out of water) stresses or disturbs the animals, we will distance ourselves instantly even if this might limit our interactions.
Freediving is an age-old practice of exploring the ocean on one breath. With its roots in subsistence living off the sea, freediving has become a competitive sport with disciplines, competitions and records and moreover, one of the biggest expanding water-sports in the world.
In contrast to scuba, freediving is the most natural way of being underwater, enabling you to get much closer to the animals – particularly the bigger ones – while having the least ecosystem impact. Furthermore, it is more athletic than scuba and allows you to move faster and more freely (in all directions). Learning from a good instructor, the art of freediving is simple and is a tool to explore your body’s (aquatic) ability, the physiology of the human body underwater with the impressive mammalian dive response we share with whales, dolphins and seals.
At I AM WATER Ocean Travel, we teach a conservative slow progression approach where you will explore your limitations and capabilities under the expert eye of top certified freediving instructors. Each day will start or end with a yoga session to prepare your lungs and body for deep breaths and time underwater, learning to control your breathing and to slow your heart-rate. You will be offered breath-hold training on land, in water as well as deep diving sessions along a rope to prepare you for meeting the animals. As world-class freedivers we will inspire you to explore your own depths!
None of our trips require more than a general interest in the ocean and its creatures, basic swimming abilities and good health. It is open to all ages and fitness levels (medical questionnaires will be required).
For further information please check our Freediving FAQ's.
Setting the stage for our weekend of ocean wildlife encounters, internal journeying, yoga and incredible food we will be staying at two private beach haciendas just south of La Paz in the beautiful Bahia de los Suenos Bay where the oranges of the desert mountains meet the turquoise waters of the Sea of Cortez.
The Haciendas have 10 en suite rooms in total which allows for a maximum group size of 14 participants sharing.and the team.
While we encourage participants to disconnect from the world of emails, we also understand the need to connect / Wi-Fi access is available in the hacienda’s common area. Your private beach for the week is only steps away. After your ocean time, a dip in the pool is waiting to rinse away the salt and cool you down.
Our local chef will specially prepare a menu of high quality nutrient rich food, delicious and nourishing with a strong local Mexican flavour.
Our group will be split between two adjacent beach haciendas built in the traditional Mexican ranch style. With cool tiles throughout, warm wooden furniture and rustic barefoot comfort, the haciendas have incredible ocean views and private pools and are right on the beach.
Some rooms are double beds and some are two singles, all rooms will be for two people sharing. Let us know your preference when you book, whether you are traveling alone and want to share a twin with a fellow YGL, or traveling with a partner and wanting a double bed.
BOOKING & TRAVEL
BOOKING & TRAVEL
This YGL Bespoke Trip / Learning Journey will be for adults only and is max 14 participants and exclusive to YGLs and their partners. . We hope to in the near future host our YGL friends and families on a week long ocean adventure!
For more information or to book - please email email@example.com
Friday 19 October: We recommend an early flight from San Francisco to San Jose del Cabo (SJD) on Friday morning. We will aim to depart the airport together around 2pm latest.
Monday 22 October: To enjoy as much of our last day as possible we recommend a departure from SJD around 4pm (which will get you into San Francisco before 7pm)
There are numerous direct flights between San Francisco and San Jose del Cabo, and the flight time is only 3 hours.
Domestic transportation to & from the airport in San Jose Del Cabo. (SJD)
Freediving instructions (theory and open water) by Hanli Prinsloo and Peter Marshall
Guided animal encounters with Hanli and Peter.
Resilience in Action workshops with Julia Novy Hildesley
Three nights accommodation in comfortable oceanfront Haciendas.
Fully catered meals by our local chefs
A local selection of beer and wine
Yoga & breath work sessions led daily by Hanli Prinsloo
Freediving mask and snorkel for each participant and the use of specialised carbon fibre fins
Professional underwater photographs taken throughout the week by Peter Marshall
Travel and dive insurance