Combining a Doctorate in the field of Psychology, research into Native Wisdom and many years spent interacting with dolphins and whales, Dr Jason Cressey - Founder of The POD - presents an innovative technique to help you explore your own cetacean connection...
WHAT IS THE DOLPHIN VISION QUEST?
Inspired by the world’s indigenous tribes that share special bonds with the ocean, the Dolphin Vision Quest is a guided visualisation that allows you to relax and explore your personal connection with dolphins and whales. In a comfortable and private atmosphere, the Dolphin Vision Quest allows you to take an enjoyable and revealing voyage inside yourself and your view of the world.
The Dolphin Vision Quest begins with a brief, confidential discussion in which you have the opportunity to outline any themes, issues or questions in your life that you may wish to explore during the session. Alternatively, you may wish to enjoy the session from no particular perspective, choosing to simply experience the relaxing and profoundly pleasurable qualities of the visualisation.
A variety of 'dolphin breathing' exercises allow you to become settled and relaxed, after which the ‘journey’ begins. The visualisation moves along in very gentle stages, accompanied by soothing music, dolphin and whale sounds, and the personal narrative guidance that allows you to fully experience each moment. Several techniques used at the end of the Dolphin Vision Quest allow you to gently return into the moment, after which you are left in peace to reflect on the experience.
No two Dolphin Vision Quests are the same. The narration and elements covered in the ‘journey’ will vary depending on your own themes or questions and each session will provide something new to reflect on.
HOW LONG DOES THE SESSION LAST?
The total length is 1½ hours. The session begins with a 10-15 minute discussion, during which any themes and questions you may wish to explore can be identified. This is followed by the Dolphin Vision Quest itself, which lasts for one hour. Following the visualisation, there is a 10-15 minute period for reflection and, should you so wish, discussion and analysis. It is recommended that you schedule your Dolphin Vision Quest for a time when you will be able to relax, reflect and enjoy a peaceful hour or two to yourself afterwards.
HOW WILL I FEEL DURING THE SESSION?
Every Dolphin Vision Quest is unique, making it difficult to predict exactly how you will feel or what you may experience. That said, most people do report a profound feeling of relaxation and calm both during and after the session. Some people are emotionally moved, some are amused, some experience great insights while others simply enjoy the ride! In other words, there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to feel or experience the session – just go with the flow, and remember that you are in control at all times.
HOW CAN I BENEFIT FROM THE DOLPHIN VISION QUEST?
The Dolphin Vision Quest offers you an opportunity to:
Experience a deep sense of relaxation
Develop your own visualisation skills to use whenever you wish, allowing you to continue enjoying the benefits of the experience far into the future
Feel nurtured and cared for in a safe space geared totally around you
Enhance your personal connection with dolphins and whales
Gain insight into personal issues or questions that you wish to explore
Clarify and reflect on your goals and life path
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM THE DOLPHIN VISION QUEST?
Anyone! Because the Dolphin Vision Quest is geared around each individual, anyone can enjoy the session – no special experience or connection with dolphins is required. Please note that it is necessary to have a basic understanding of English for the session.
WHAT THE DOLPHIN VISION QUEST IS NOT...
The Dolphin Vision Quest is not a clinical counselling or psychotherapy session, nor is it a form of hypnosis. It is not a ‘miracle cure’ of any form, nor does it make any claim to offer instant, ‘quick-fix’ solutions to any questions or issues explored. Rather, it is a non-invasive, innovative and enjoyable visualisation exercise, using dolphin and whale sounds and imagery, to promote a feeling of well-being and deep relaxation.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
The 90 minute session costs CAN$95 inclusive. A package of 3 sessions (held on different days) costs CAN$240 (Click here to convert these amounts to a different currency).
ABOUT DR JASON CRESSEY…
Dr Jason Cressey, founder of The POD, gained his Doctorate in Psychology from Oxford University, UK. He has swum with dolphins and whales around the world, and is an experienced lecturer and workshop facilitator on the subject. His writings have been published widely, and he has appeared on radio and television to discuss his work. He has studied the connection that Native peoples share with dolphins and whale, and has written a book about dolphins and whales in mythology - Deep Voices: The Wisdom of Whales and Dolphin Tales - which can be ordered through the POD shop. This knowledge, together with his personal dolphin experiences and thorough background in psychology, has allowed him to develop the unique and powerful Dolphin Vision Quest. Read more about Jason on The POD's Founder page.
TO BOOK A SESSION
In 2009/10 Dolphin Vision Quest Sessions are being offered in the following countries that Jason will be visiting (others may be added - please enquire!):Please refer to the Activities page for the dates when Jason will be in these countries. If you have any further questions or wish to book a session please e-mail The POD!.
Niue (South Pacific)
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