Go find the place where sky and water meet
In the exquisite dance of light and shadow
And tell me if you are not slayed by beauty.
– Persis Karim
“ONCE WE RODE ON WAVES OF FREEDOM.
SEEKING OUR SENSE OF SELF AND PLACE IN THE WORLD. AND WE FOUND IT – IN THE WATER.”
In celebration of World Oceans Day we launched Like Water. We believe in the power of the sea to connect. We seek to foster positive relationships with water and the sea through immersive learning experiences and visual, creative storytelling. We explore innovative ways to reconnect with who we are, our environment and each other, through water. We believe water is a powerful catalyst for personal and social transformation. We are embarking on an adventure into new and uncharted waters while honouring where we’ve come from – this journey was first inspired with women in Iran using surfing as a creative medium to express ourselves more freely. We’re taking lessons learned and seeing how they might apply more universally from beaches to boardrooms, to classrooms and wild places. Learn how to be like water. We all have salt-water in our blood.
Our call on World Oceans Day is to recognise and celebrate the interconnectedness of our ocean health and human wellbeing. Let’s reconnect with our oceanic origins wherever we are in the world – take a moment to be still and simply follow the movement of your breath, like the rise and flow of the tide. There’s oxygen from the ocean in every breath we breathe. Our ocean is our life support system.
What does it mean to you to ‘be like water’?
“To me, to be like water, is to be instinctively present. To connect. With self Another. Their & our Other. To not limit ourselves. But to seek to explore. To create. In order to better immerse in a flowing tide Where we are distinct yet where simultaneously there is no separation. To live And to let live. Our authentic voice. And truth.”
– Tamsin McVean, author of My Raw Daily Swim.
International Women’s Day Photo Exhibit
As a first step we celebrate our watery origins – the womb from which we were all birthed nameless into the world – with our first photo series. ‘Shaped by the Unseen’, in collaboration with Jelle Mui. This is a celebration of the beauty of our differences. The series of women without a face challenges us to see beyond stereotypes. ‘Shaped by the Unseen’ is a campaign that asks us to shift our perspective and see beneath the skin. It seeks to ignite our curiosity and imagination, to wonder at the mystery of life, to explore what is beyond the illusion and discover the unseen reality of who we truly are. To simply be, without judgement. To celebrate our beauty within.
We celebrate what is invisible to the eye, those hidden corners of who we are .. ready to break free.
We join the call this IWD to be bold for change, be bold like water.
“THIS IS A PLACE BEYOND BORDERS. BEYOND YOU AND ME, TO US.”