Whale Wonder and Ocean Conservation
The Rhythm Way Supports the Research and Conservation of the Maui Humpback Whales.
Every year for the past six years I have pilgrimaged to the Lahaina coast of Maui, boarded a zodiac and made my way out to greet the gentle giants of the sea, the Humpback Whales. These great beings have long inspired me, taught me and touched me to the deepest reaches of my wild heart.
Last year, in 2014, on one such zodiac boat, a mother and brand new baby approached. What ensued was a four minute exchange that I just so happened to catch on film - an exchange that changed my life. It was in this non-verbal reciprocal conversation that I realized just how small I had been living - how selfishly, and as I stared down into the water at the calf spiraling around her mother, I truly saw my place in the larger natural world as one of steward for the earth and Her creatures - human and other-than-human alike. This whale spoke to me in great ocean rhythms...The Rhythm Way, she said. The way of peace and harmony. The path of song, and star, mystery and movement. We are not so different.