On May 19, 2015, our world, our home was forever changed. Home of the elders, the children, the dolphins, the whales, the starfish, the bluffs, the seagulls, the cormorants, the kelp, the tiny sand fleas, the seagulls, the children of the future: for all of us, your “incident” damaged our home, changed our world, Mother Earth, forever.

Many of us have been working passionately for more than 20 years to protect and preserve the Gaviota Coast. It is one of the few places like it remaining on this planet. With this “incident”, we are all heartbroken.

Ironically, this may prove to be a Rite of Passage for us. In a way, we were at a crossroads, a Threshold. Some of us were divided; we had our different ideas, opinions, history, and different stories. This “incident,” this wounding, has in a way, served to galvanize our community. You have strengthened our resolve, deepened our commitment, and given us a powerful catalyst to all come together as One. You have provided us an opportunity to heal old wounds, and come together as One in way that couldn’t have been more perfect, more timely, or more powerful.

Soon, we will be holding our Healing and Prayer Ceremony. And I imagine hundreds of people will be attending; coming together in One Circle with their Hearts, their Love, and their Prayers; the elders, the children, the ancestors, the dolphins and whales, and all of the beings who share this home we call the Gaviota Coast and this marvelous, giving Being we call Mother Earth.

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