Swimming in Love

August 30, 2010 By: Allison Stillman Category: Living with Intention, Mind Body Spirit, Travel

Every summer, I am graced with the privilege of taking a group of lucky folks to the Bahamas for an annual retreat called Swimming in Love. The annual pilgrimage started out with the marriage to my beloved, and has grown into a spiritual retreat and immersion into love. We both had spent years leading wild dolphin swims, he in the Caribbean and me in Hawaii. When we came together we decided that when we took our marriage vows, we wanted it to happen during a week of swimming with wild dolphins.

We found a magical retreat center on the island of Bimini, and from there the legacy has grown. Each year we return to our wedding site, with eager participants to explore a deep immersion into love, yoga, mantra, anointing, sacred ceremony, and the most sacred ceremony of all, swimming with wild dolphins.

Every time I am in the water with wild dolphins, my life changes, I am touched in a way that nothing else can compare. Dolphins are true masters, with great big smiling spirits that show us how to come together in the heart as one pod, one family, with caring and compassion for each other.

One of the most interesting things about dolphins is their ability to engage with us, to trust us, and to welcome us into their world. We are in fact one of their only predators, with other members of our species slaughtering their brethren in other parts of the world, and yet, they show us no fear, and allow us to partake of their world with welcoming curiosity. Can you imagine what a human would do if someone who had murdered people in some other part of the world walked into our home? I don’t believe we would be so trusting and welcome them the way dolphins welcome us into their watery home.

The dolphin brain is relatively the same size as the human brain, with a big difference. The dolphin brain has been evolving for over 5 million years, with the human brain in a process of evolution for only 250,000 years. The dolphins do indeed have much to teach us a species.

“For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much – the wheel, New York, wars and so on – whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man – for precisely the same reasons.” Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams.

I think the dolphins might just be infinitely more wise than us humans, they play, eat, have sex frequently, care for each other and live in one heart, one mind co-existence. They are supreme masters at unity consciousness and pure poetry in motion. Their evolution has taught them that when their pods get too large, they stop reproducing, to enable the pod to exist with the resources of their environments. When their genetics begin to weaken, they will travel great distances to breed so that the lineages stay strong. We could learn a great deal as a species from our brothers and sisters of the sea, and I look forward to the day the human species evolves to such an enlightened state, and in the meantime, I will continue to swim in love with these magnificent masters!

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1 Comments to “Swimming in Love”


  1. You have a sweet and nice love story. Dolphins are really cute and friendly I think. I am given a chance to touch and feed them way back in 2006 in one of the dolphin show at Singapore. I have mixed emotions during that time, happy and sad. Happy because I got the chance to see and be with them and sad because I know they are not in their sea world, instead they are in a huge swimming pool cage.

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