We have spent a lifetime devoted to taking individuals and groups into nature and on the water. At first it was organic, with no science to support it – we just knew taking friends and peers out paddling, boating, surfing or on the trail made them feel better, recalibrated, stress-released.
Then, when we lost two of our own within six months of each other, both Travis County female first responders, StarFlight nurse Kristin McLain, to a flight rescue incident, and Senior Deputy, Jessica Hollis, to a flood incident, we were suddenly surrounded by first responders and others dealing with loss, anxiety, depression and trauma, asking us to take them to the water, just as Kristin and Jessica used the water for their own respite and release.
A collaborative relationship with Wallace J. Nichols and the science and understanding of Blue Mind resulted, and since then we have shared the science and unlocking power of being in, near or on the water with first responders, veterans, women, foster children, struggling youth, and individuals battling illness or grief – all who continue to share with us amazing testimonies of how the water has moved, unlocked, and refreshed them.
Our hope and desire is to continue to inspire and empower others to intentionally use the healing and unlocking properties of nature and water as an asset in their mental and emotional wellness toolbox.