It is hard to find, but I found it at Wild Quest... not one note of disharmony from start to finish
On the practical side, an extremely well organized and run retreat, from the time of our collection in Fort Lauderdale to our transport back there again. Bedrooms that had everything you needed and a welcoming flower arrangement. Superb healthy food and snacks throughout the day. The opportunity to do yoga and a meditation nearly everyday and going out on the boat, snorkeling and swimming with the dolphins every day.
The team were 8 wonderful people who provided ''a container'' for us which was a mixture of openness, friendliness, loving acceptance, efficiency and professionalism. On the first day we received various explanations about Wild Quest and their outlook, about dolphins, about the structure for the week and about safety on the boat. All clearly outlined but interspersed with a big portion of humor, which really made me feel at home with the team. It also gave me the feeling I could relax into this space that they were providing, because it seemed like they'd thought of everything. It was also made clear that nothing was ''a must'' the offer of yoga, meditation, days on the boat were optional, we could suit the days to how we felt.
Out on the water, I felt very secure and aware that the team were watchful of what was happening both on the boat and in the water. Help and as much time as was needed was available to those of us who were unsure. An important factor for me was the framework around the encounters with the dolphins, no circus tricks, no chasing and no touching. Amlas explained to us, that these were wild, free creatures, perhaps more intelligent that we are and due respect. I found that the yoga and the meditations provided exactly the right support, bringing me into my body and clearing my awareness in a way that really intensified the experience of meeting the dolphins and of being with my fellow pod members.
My abiding memories of the week... Laughter and Love
For me no aspect was neglected, it was really a body, spirit, mind experience. I felt so blessed, full of awe and love at the opportunity of swimming with these beautiful creatures. I went home with a heart full of love and gratitude for ''our pod'' and memories which thankfully show no tendency to fade.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- WildQuest has been respectfully connecting with dolphins in the wild since 1995. We offer week-long retreats to swim with wild dolphins in The Bahamas. The WildQuest Retreat Center is situated in a friendly little fishing village, with a bayside terrace and a mooring for our catamaran DolphinQuest. Rooms are on the water and accommodations are light, airy and spacious with private bath and A/C. Food is fresh, healthy and organic where possible, including vegetarian, chicken or fish dishes. Our excellent chef caters to most dietary needs including vegan and gluten free. Each day on our week long retreats, we are scheduled to go out on our 41-foot catamaran DolphinQuest for some snorkeling at coral reefs, visiting the famous Atlantis Stone Road and of course meeting up with playful dolphins. Snorkeling and free diving lessons are included and all levels of aquatic skills are welcome. WildQuest provides a supportive and safe environment, both on the boat and on land for the optimum Human-Dolphin Connection. Other activities on offer are the daily yoga and meditation classes. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- WildQuest Bimini, Bahamas