In 2014, lines were cast and the Ohio River waterways were clear for Co-Creaotion Expressive & Healing Arts Voyages! My wishes for the voyages started ten years ago, then came true when the first trip began on June 27. This was a day professed by the Llewelyn’s witches’ calendar to be auspicious for healing water blessings. Voyages in following months honored & played with the other elements. Land, Air, Fire, & …!…
The voyages combined benefits of Dramatherapy, Expressive Arts, recreation, boating, River flow, & Reiki/healing touch. Most also included sailing.
On the first voyage, s/v ‘Believe’ motored to the docks in downtown Louisville. Once there, we co-created magical-wonderful-perfect worlds. We shared Reiki on the ride back, and reached our beach/home-slip after sunset.
Other voyages were then scheduled around weekends of the New Moon. This is a good time to set intentions and encourage healing and helping growth. Each boat-ride had two-four Voyagers. They also included the acting Skipper, and me. Numbers on our small vessel were kept low to ensure Coast Guard capacity safety standards.
Our second voyage focused on the element of air. We set sail & let wind power our trip around in the River. We blew wishes into the wind, disembarked during daylight, then played and watched sunset from the beach.
The next month’s elemental focus was land. In the month of Lunasagh, we celebrated harvests of accomplishments. So often it seems we focus on setting intentions & goals. This turns to a ‘get-to-do’ list that adds up towards more intentions. In celebrating our harvest, we took time to stop and enjoy work accomplished. Along with Reiki/Healing Touch, one Voyager also shared Oneness Blessings.
All voyages were advertised through Facebook, word-of-mouth, and posts on the Louisville Timebank website. Suggested payment was Timebank credits. Some people also shared cash, for gas & supplies. Everyone also brought snacks to share.
Many people signed-up for the voyages. There was always a waiting list, which didn’t ever actually work. It got so confusing to decide who could come, one month’s attendees were picked out of a hat. To accommodate more passengers, the Sept. voyage was planned to be on the Belle of Louisville. A historic steamboat also seemed fitting for a focus on the element of fire. Because it was on a commercial vessel, there was a monetary cost. Only one person registered. I concluded that I wasn’t supposed to play with fire yet, and cancelled the event.
October in Louisville is a tricky time of year. The weather is often cold & wet, and there are many hectic community events. The New Moon weekend had too many conflicts. Since typical boating Seasons run from the Kentucky Derby to Thanksgiving weekends (May-Nov). I announced there would be no more monthly voyages. Our shared Season was ended.
The 5th Sacred Thing, …!…, is not expressed in words. It just is. Different interpretations say different things. The name of my practice, Co-Creaotion, honors the cooperation of all different things coming together to Co-Create in Motion. In 2014’s voyages, some pieces came together while others didn’t. I am glad to report the Success of all Sacred pieces that worked to make my voyaging wish come true.
Co-Creation’s 2015 practice will include onboard retreats. They will focus on a variety of themes such as Stress Management, Self Care, Serendipity, and Serenity.
We also get to play on a kayak!
Contact me to join the fun!
Tara Buckler, M.A.