Dolphins are free spirits who display considerable care and intelligence in their interactions. They are models of how we could be in our own lives. How can we free ourselves from the various factors that limit our consciousness, so that we can bring more of the dolphin's wisdom into our own lives?
For this dolphin swim program Peter Russell teams up with Joan Ocean who has twenty years experience swimming with dolphins in the wild. In the mornings we go out on the ocean in our boat to swim with the dolphins. We usually encounter spinner dolphins in pods of between 30 and 200. Swimming with the dolphins, we can observe their life-style, and interact in various ways according to their mood. The water is crystal clear, aqua blue over white sand, with 100 feet visibility. The dolphins are accustomed to Joan's groups and very open to human contact. We may also encounter spotted dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, pilot whales, and manta rays.
The humpback whales will still be around at this time of year. We are not permitted to swim with them, but we can observe them with their young, and hear their underwater songs as we swim with the dolphins.
This workshop accomodates all swimminng skills. The waters are calm, warm, and bouyant, and people with little swimming experience soon found themselves at ease in the water. Many derive great joy from lying on a float watching the dolphins around and beneath them. Experienced safety swimmers are always with us, helping novices be more at home in the water, and coaching the more accomplished with their underwater skills.
In the afternoons and evenings Joan will share what she has learnt from the dolphins over the years and lead some guided meditations, while Peter will guide us in an exploration of dolphin consciousness and what interspecies interactions tell us about the nature of mind -- both the mind of the dolphin, and our own minds -- and the implications for our personal awakening.
There will also be time each day to rest, and to enjoy the waters and other delights of this beautiful area. Program details.
The cost of the seminar will be $1995. This includes accommodation at the oceanfront Royal Kona Resort (double occupancy), snorkeling lessons, boat excursions, and safety swimmers in the water. (You may request a single room for the additional cost of $300 for the five nights of the seminar.) Cost does not include your meals; you may eat at the hotel if you wish, or there are many inexpensive restaurants nearby. Space on the dolphin swim is limited to 20 people, so book early to ensure a place. (These prices were for the 2006 workshop, and may not be correct for 2007 - site will be updated when have hotel costs.)
The nearest airport is Kona-Keahole on the big island of Hawaii.
For more information contact Peter Russell.
More information on Joan Ocean and the Dolphin Connection.
Read some of Peter's own experiences swimming with dolphins.
Dolphin language as clues to detecting ET language.
I hadn't realized how different swimming with dolphins in large pods would be from single dolphins. One day I experienced what I can only describe as dolphin sacred dance. Two hundred dolphins led us to one of their favorite spots - a deep bay. There they slowly spiralled down into the depths. The water was so clear, I could see 200 feet or so down. The dolphins stayed in tight formations and slowly disappeared from view. The ten minutes later, they reappeared. At first I thought I was seeing fish, then realized it was dolphins, way way down there. Slowly they drifted up to the surface, took some air, then still in tight formations, sank down again. This repeated many times. I had the sense I was witnessing the dolphin equivalent of a cathedral (inverted that is). The sense of peace that came from whatever was going on was quite remarkable. It felt a holy encounter.
Then, as if that was enough of an event for a week, Some of us spent the night on the volcano, watching the lava flow - and real close up - just a few feet away at times. Mother Earth's juices oozing out raw minerals. It was awesome in the true sense. Contact with a primeval quality. The sound of new-formed rocks tearing, releasing lakes of lava to pour over the land. And the flow of the lava seemed just like the slow swimming of the humpback whales from the day before. My mind is full of images I cannot possibly describe - but which will stick forever.