The Art of Spearfishing

Spearfishing is another way to experience the vitality and abundance of the ocean. Clients describe their experiences as exciting, inspiring and profound. Its amazing what happens when we enter the ocean as a hunter/gatherer. Spearfishing is optional and only at your request.

What is ‘sacred’ about spearfishing?  When we approach spearfishing with an attitude of respect, we re-enter an ancient, intimate bond with the natural world. Our bodies feel alive, our senses become supercharged, our muscles, bones and sinews sing. We join a very vital, primal relationship with the sea. The grievous sense of separation that is such a prevalent condition of modern society disappears, there is no room for it amidst the focus of the hunt.

I have taken hundreds of people spearfishing, many for their first time. See more photos from our spearfishing adventures here.

Giving thanks: Before we get in the water we give thanks to the ocean, the fish and the lobster we seek. We also give thanks at the dinner table. Our attitude is one of appreciation and respect.

All Walks of Life:  Teaching people to hunt in a sacred, life-honoring way allows people of many religions, orientations and beliefs to join the hunt. The call to the hunt touches people from all walks of life.

Men & Women: Everyone is welcome to join the hunt. Men say it gives them a grounded, respectful way to express their masculinity. Women share it expands the identity of their feminine essence, allows them to feel more comfortable with their own sense of power. Both say it deepens their connection to nature and the sea.

“My first experience of hunting and it was more spiritual than I ever imagined” – Linn Manstrom, Sweden

“It was beautiful. I have never been so honored to be a part of the food cycle/life cycle. For the first time, I “got it” in a way I never have before.” Pam Meadows Dravitz, Nurse (read Pam’s story here)

Young & Old:  The urge to hunt touches people of all ages. I’ve seen pre-teens jump at the invitation to help catch dinner, as well as older retirees. The hunter within us is ageless. “It’s the first time in thirty years I’ve seen that look of excitement in my husband’s eyes”  – Sandra Seeley

Cameron & Miles join the ranks of hunter/gatherers

Rite of Passage: Death is often hidden from view in today’s modern world. The taking of anothers life to sustain our own is an initiation into a deeper relationship with life and death. Making it a conscious act, done with respect, increases our compassion and aligns us with a greater understanding.

Camaraderie:  A powerful sense of camaraderie is present amongst people who hunt together. It comes from the shared adventure, risk and feeling of everyone ‘watching each other’s back’. One needs no special skills, only the desire to join and be an extra pair of eyes to become one with the pod and the hunt itself.

Feeding the Tribe:  I offer the option to go spearfishing on my Bahamas trips because people share how moving the experience is. Whether they’re in the water carrying a spear/being an extra pair of eyes, or watching from the boat, the feeling of shared excitement when the catch is brought aboard is pure elation. Then, either right there as fresh sashimi or later that night for dinner, the catch is prepared and eaten with much joy, reverence and appreciation.

“The only thing that existed was the ocean, the beauty, and the realness of the hunt”  – Michael Cutburth, CA

More photos here