dolphins were not the only focus of the programme. Other
activities on offer included, art, music, dance, watsu
techniques massage, dreamtime meditations and Japanese
Watsu techniques are used
to allow the participant to let go of life's turmoil
and challenges and become one with self and the
flow of the water. Allows for more self-acceptance,
which opens the door to tolerance of others. The
technique provides a safe and supported environment
where the body can physically relax and move with the
gentle flow of the water that surrounds the body. The
body is gently stretched and flexed releasing built
up tensions The release allows for an at-oneness with
the water and the self.
Three Sisters Rocks
3 Sisters Rocks are just
off the Coast of Bimini North Island. In shallow
water the group could see many colourful fish and coral. It
was found to be an excellent place to unwind, relax,
to get used to life jackets/floats for those that needed
them, using snorkel equipment and being in the open
sea before heading off on the first Wild Dolphin Adventure.
Atlantis Bimini Road
The group enjoyed hearing
about the mysteries of Atlantis and the Bimini Road
– explained by Kathy our Boat Captain. They then
had time to snorkel and see for themselves what lie
below. Please see http://www.biminiundersea.com/atlantis.htm
Some in the group asked to
visit The Healing Hole. Ebbie, local fisherman and restaurant
owner, escorted the group through the mangroves to the
Healing Hole at the eastern most end of North Bimini.
It is a natural phenomenon where a section of the creek
is connected to an underground labyrinth of narrow tunnels.
On the out going tide, cold water with a very high mineral
content flows out of these tunnels and into the creek.
Many people believe that these waters have healing powers.
Some believe that the "Healing" is mystical.
Others just believe that the minerals themselves have
an analgesic effect.
Bimini Art Centre
Previous activities at the
Bimini Art Centre have included pit firing on the beach,
tie dying T-shirts and teaching local children how to
make cane baskets. This year, hosted by Annett Saunders,
the group worked with clay. Benoit enjoyed being given
the freedom to create his own piece. Building a
tree, garden and house, he resolved problems by working
out how to make the tree stand up by adding extra pieces
of clay to the trunk and base.
The group created a clay
plaque and each person was able to add their own personal
touch, such as dolphins, hearts, roses, cutting out
shapes, finger prints, personal insriptions. Denise
Doussin, the mother of Benoit, enjoyed reconnecting
with her artistic talents and spoke about developing
that further when she got home. The group worked together
to create a beautiful clay plaque in memory of Annett’s
sister – Carolyn Burke who lost her life in a
plane crash December 2005.
Following this year’s
successful programme, Annett wants to continue that
support - see message from Annett:
are truly a bringer of light and are appropriately suited
to the Operation Sunshine program. I enjoyed having
everyone at the Bimini Art Centre and felt warmly surrounded
with the love they felt for the children and were ready
to give.... I think the projects are definitely guided
by a higher power and I will continue to care for and
finish the wall plaque. When it gets done I will
find a place to put it up on the building and proudly
remember the giving and creative attitudes of the contributors...
I will not soon forget Benoit and I know that God must
have a special place for him in the future...I truly
felt like the project went well and even though I felt
I could have shared more about the Art Centre with the
group I don't feel so confident yet that it wouldn't
have ended in my tears and I didn't want to bring
that to the group. There is always a creative
spirit in us if we are willing to reach for it and think
about what we want to express. I felt like the
group worked well together and had a good time doing
the clay project.
love and well wishes for your continued success and
you will hear from me about the progress of the piece.
I am in hopes that some connection can be made for further
interaction from your world to ours by internet.
I think the conservation project is wonderful and even
though we have done many projects about that much needed
activity in Bimini we continue to need support for the
conservation of our environment. I don't think
the adults are very aware of their part in the care
of our little island so it is no wonder the children
have a hard time learning and caring about the conservation
of our resources. It must continue to be taught
so that the next generations will be more caring of
our environment and help to protect and care for it...
I think Ashley is setting a wonderful example with his
teaching of agriculture and use of the natural resources,
he is a marvel...
with God and may peace be with you.
The Dolphin House
Ashley Saunders is School
Teacher and Author of ‘History of Bimini’
Ashley invited our Operation Sunshine group to The Dolphin
House. In his presentation, Ashley talked about
how he was inspired by
Dr. Horace Dobbs and the dolphins. He said that
the dolphins had completely changed his outlook on life,
making it more spiritual and meaningful.
Ashley has created the Dolphin
House – a masterpiece of craftsmanship, incorporating
artwork, and dolphin mosaics using recycled materials. He
has created 2 CDs about The Dolphin House: Volume 1
– Construction. Volume 2 – Discover the
Dolphin House, a chronology since 1993, a detailed journey
through the artwork in the interior of The Dolphin House.
For further information about
The Dolphin House, copies of the CDs bookings and reservations
– contact Ashley Saunders, Alice Town, Bimini,
Bahamas. Phone 242 347 3201,
Music and Dance
In the book ‘Dolphin
Healing’ by Horace Dobbs, he writes about
the first Ki and Dolphin Healing Centre that was opened
in 1992 at the Myoren-ji Temple in Kyoto, Japan. ‘The
Dolphin Song’ was written in Japanese for the
opening ceremony. The song was to be free to spread
love, joy and peace throughout the world.
song has now been given to ‘Operation Sunshine’. An English
version has been composed to help raise funds for special
needs families to participate in future Programmes.
Those with special needs
often find it easier to communicate through self expression
using art, music and dance. Shizuko Ouwehand facilitated
a music and body movement playshop during the 2006 programme
in Bimini. The Japanese and English version of The Dolphin
Song was shared with a prayer to bring love joy and
peace throughout the world.
feedback on this programme please see