Welcome to Blue Ocean Retreats where I hope to take you on wondrous blue adventures to heal your mind, body and soul!
“There is something undeniable about the ocean. It is something that we humans can’t control. It opens us to reflection of our lives and our place on the planet. It offers us peace or shakes us for growth. If we allow ourselves to walk along the sandy beaches it is there for us in our moment of need for whatever our spirit craves.” – Shauna Hoffman
For thousands of years when people searched for escapes from their everyday lives, a vacation or a space to heal… they have been called to spend their time on or near the water. Whether it is the calming motion of the ocean’s currents or the babbling sound of a running river, the healing powers of the water are what people crave to heal their mind, body and soul.
There are so many parts of being by, in or around water that have been scientifically proven to calm our spirits. Some say that it is the sound of the waves that is so therapeutic. Some say it is the color blue. Oh and the vast blue green colors of the ocean are like looking at a giant mood ring that is changing constantly. If a cloud goes overhead, or the wind is whipping up the currents, or if a dolphin jumps and glides along changing the hue of blue to green you are also suddenly changed!
“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), it’s always our self we find in the sea.” E. E. Cummings
For centuries the mystics have believed that the color blue represents both the sea and the sky and sparks our thoughts of freedom, creates inspiration, opens up our imagination and releases our intuition.
“I thought of Atargatis, the First, frightening and beautiful. The mermaid goddess who lived on in the soul of every woman who’d ever fallen in love with the ocean.” Sarah Ockler.
The ocean is a powerful symbol. When I am out on the ocean on a cruise ship or on my sailboat it certainly feels like the water that surrounds me is filled with mystery. When you think of all of the life that lives below the water that we can’t see, you can’t help but feel a part of something so much bigger than ourselves. So much bigger than everything we know. You can see that the endless feeling of the sea is captivating.
I love the metaphor that what lies below the water has so much beauty, life, power and sometimes darkness just like our own lives. There is so much that lies deep inside our psyche and our souls. So much mystery. So much beauty. Our journey is to find it.
Please join me on this site as I share retreats that will take you to the healing power of the water. It may be on the high seas! Or it may be by a soothing river. But wherever it is I hope you are sparked to find the happiness that you deserve!
“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” Jacques Yves Cousteau