Wave-Dancers About Us
Could there be a new and possibly better way to live? Can we apply the wisdom of the ancients to our current world? Can we change our life to embrace the simplest of things? Is it man's destiny to rule the world? Or is there a higher destiny possible for him-- one more wonderful than he has ever imagined?
Wave-Dancers was created to chart a new life course and offer out a tribal alternative to the current culture of totalitarian agriculture.
We will daily be focused on food, shelter, clothing, and surf. As a nomadic tribe of surfers, we shall embrace the Aquatic world and its inhabitants, and support one another in our daily lives. Living on sailboats will be our connection with the ocean, becoming expert watermen of the wind, waves, and tides.
Each sailboat will operate under the independent command of the Captain and come together in Council to support our Mission. We will continually strive to have a positive impact on the environment and become stewards of the ocean and lands that sustain us. We will only take what we need daily and do not waste any of our natural resources.
We wish to live in peace and once again embrace all of nature that exists in and around us.
The Soul of the Wave-Dancer
As I listened to its soothing litany I remembered what acid guru and Harvard Professor of Psychology Timothy Leary said about surfers. According to Leary the destiny of mankind as a species was to evolve toward an entirely aesthetic realm, a realm dedicated to the dance. Leary saw surfers as the living, breathing embodiment of a sector of human society dedicated purely to the dance, and as such that they were the throw-ahead’s of human evolution. The dance was, in the very earliest days of human history, no less than the creation of the Now. The moment of the dance was the instant that truthful, unmediated being came into existence. The dance was beautifully symbolic therefore, of the transcendence of the animal necessities of food, shelter and protection that humans have been perennially burdened by. The image of the surfer riding close to the curl, at the point where the energy of the wave is exploding, resonated with Leary as symbolic of the complete, joyful immersion in the present. Whilst riding a wave, he said, the past is exploding into nothingness behind you, and the future is unwinding and unfurling in front of you, begging to be created. For Leary, being dedicated to the search for these fleeting moments rather than acquiring the trappings of ‘success,’ the surfer achieved merely moments in the ever-present, but in so doing tapped into a part of the human soul accessed rarely by the mass of men. Through a kind of evolutionary wrong-footedness, rather than placing that life-affirming dance at the center of his existence, early man put the will toward accumulation in its place, and built entire cultures dedicated to the kind of material wealth that created the world around us.
– Michael Fordham
We Choose to Evolve as Humans –
Homo Illustratum (man enlightened)
Core Values and Noble Virtues
Freedom for All
In The Beginning, Five tribal families on five independent sailboats working as one to support each other through good and
challenging times in a tribal way. We commit to provide for each any shelter needs, clothing needs, and nourishment needs.
Be there for medical issues, mechanical issues, provide emotional, physical, and spiritual support, via a supportive social structure.
Step Two we continue by working together and support our environmental work by retrieving lost, abandoned, stray fishing nets,
repair them by hand, and offer to fishing villagers in need so they can support their families and village.
Step Three, time to think about expanding the tribe while staying true to our Vision.
Buy an old steamer with a large cargo bay and convert the engines to electric, powered by
solar power. Large container vessels have used giant kites off the bow to help power ships and reduce
fuel costs. Between the sun and the wind the boat could travel with us.
The boat could be operated much like a commune by planting food gardens in the hold and be tended by
the members of the tribe. Build in a small machine shop to custom build new parts as needed and rebuild items.
Have a small medical clinic aboard our steamer with our doctor/nurse, so we could provide care for the tribe and local villagers.
Have a water tight cover over the cargo bay when it becomes time to batten down the hatches for a storm or periodically move on.
We could increase the size of the tribe as long as we don't negatively impact the ocean.
Some will leave and form their own tribe, and others could be welcomed in to Wave-Dancers.
The only form of punishment would be banishment from the tribe by a unanimous decision by Tribal Council.
All of this while we travel the coasts of Mother Ocean in search of that one perfect wave that makes all the hard work, totally worthwhile. CT
Causes that we support financially
Surfrider Foundation - surfrider.org
Oceana - act.oceana.org
Ocean Conservancy - donate.oceanconservancy.org
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society - seashepherd.org
Heifer International - heifer.org
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