"Just being a part of this it's like, everything is going to be okay. Just having this calmness throughout. Have you ever gotten a massage before? When you leave, it's like, you feel euphoric. That's the feeling that I have through this. It is very impactful and meaningful because I am able to connect with myself in ways that I don't. Water is something that is naturally calming and I associate water in positive ways. This is by far one of the best therapeutic methods I have taken part of. Within the first session, I gained more insight into what I needed to work on to better myself. This method is relaxing and amazingly insightful. I feel more at peace and productive."
- Karina (age 24)
"Being close to water gives me a focal point or anchor for my attention, similar to the breath used as an anchor in some meditations. The water evokes metaphors, symbolism of patterns in life, and a sense of peace. The water definitely adds to the experience. It is an opportunity for relaxation, reflection, and recharging from a unique perspective. Using the water cycle helps me to go deeper into my own experience. Dan's calm, non-judgmental presence and questions make it safe and thought-provoking. Doing it together with my wife is also comforting and gives it an intimate vibe that makes it easier to be vulnerable."
- Ethan (age 54)
"It is introspective but there is also an expressive element. It is like a balanced examination of my relationship with myself and life. I find the experience very nourishing and therapeutic. The immersion in listening, both inwardly and outwardly, is a very connective practice. The mindfulness practices we do are very grounding. The visualizations are compelling and easy to focus on. The progression is very therapeutic. I feel inspired and joyful afterward, and light of heart."
- Donna (age 59)
"This is a gift. I feel more relaxed emotionally and taken in by the water with its unique beauty. It is mesmerizing. Very comfortable to do this with Dan. His choice of words and calm focus is helpful. It is wonderful to refocus as it brings my mind to a higher place."
- Carol (age 69)
"Definitely eye-opening just to my own being. You never just sit to think about stuff like this and it's super interesting and intriguing. Very inquisitive. I'm definitely more focused on what's important and what I need to be doing. I think I'm just motivated. Being close to a body of water is incredibly soothing. It stimulates my senses in a way that not only relaxes but also lets me focus on the task at hand, which I think is a huge change in my everyday perception. I find that my senses are heightened but not to the point of over-stimulation. This can probably be attributed to the process of going back and forth between meditation and task. By the end of the session, I find myself in a contemplative state, completely relaxed, yet focused on where I want to go from that point forward, accomplishing goals, and what I need to let go of to do that. It is breathtaking and wholesomely positive."
- Adam (age 24)
"I feel quieted and therefore, I think, very open and grateful. Just a feeling of being able to be vulnerable. Kind of an openness. I feel calm in the end. Very calm. I really feel like what I am doing is taking in nature and trying to integrate that with my own sense of self. I think it quiets me down. It is almost like a meditative thing but it is like Dan is guiding me to be aware of that. I feel like that integrates me. I am able to access memories with accompanying feelings due to the natural setting. The activities assist me to focus on gaining insight into myself and my relationship to nature. It is a very healing experience."
- Diane (age 67)
"I'd say in the end I feel hopeful. I feel as if I have a restored sense of trust in the process of my own life. Yeah, a renewed sense of trust. I am remembering. I am imagining. I am visioning the future. I am thinking of the things that I want in my life. I feel encouraged. This is a very beneficial experience. Dan's questions and activities are provocative and insightful. I am more aware of needing to trust in the fluidity of life and to have faith that wherever I am is good for me at that time. I can take whatever is presented to me and create something beneficial for myself and others. I can let myself more readily be shape-shifted and formed by my experiences, surrendering to the resilience that I know is available within me. I can flow into the learning and growth and transform even difficult times into opportunities for hope and compassion."
- Judith (age 81)
"As someone who sees nature as a refuge, the whole experience was both relaxing and illuminating for me. Talking about my worries and anxieties has always been difficult for me but the exercises that Dan gave me enabled me to address them without any fear of being judged by anyone. I never will forget these words, "Resilience is about BEING affected by things...feeling deeply, understanding those emotions...and yet still being able to return back or come back from them when we feel them." I feel like I have been empowered and given the strength to survive the waves of life."
- Sunday (age 32)
"For me, being able to correlate the states of water to myself is a very tangible vehicle for staying focused. I feel it is an extremely positive experience for me. Continuing this sort of therapy with some regularity can have great benefits."
- John (age 26)
"I gain a perspective on how our life stages can mirror forms of water, allowing me to separate myself from my emotions and connect with the water and nature around me. It helps me to reflect on myself, my needs, and what are the most valuable parts of my life."
- Jennifer (age 24)
"The water gives me something to relate to. I can compare water with all my life activities, situations, and outcomes. It validates everything because I can relate my life to the water's 'cycle of life.' It makes me think about my life and emotions more simply by relating them to something so simple yet so immense that is around me all the time. I've never really thought about water in this way and related it to myself in so many different ways/perspectives."
- Nicole (age 23)
"A good investment into nature time, which I believe always has healing capabilities inherently within it. Inspires me to even come up with my own questions/inquiries into my relationship with water."
- Linda (age 60)
"This has just been delightful. It is fun and insightful to express water with Dan's direction. This is another wonderful way to engage people in the natural world."
- Elizabeth (age 71)
"It's very reflective. That's a good word for it. Putting things back and looking at the whole picture of it. Water, to me, is very calming and healing. Being near the water helps me to process activities that Dan presents in a clearer and more therapeutic way. I learn a lot about myself, especially about how resilient I am and how that affects my relationships."
- Margaret (age 69)
"It is really nice to sit down with yourself and go 'wow, I never thought of me like this. I've never thought of me like that before.' All these different ways, I love this sort of thing. You kind of reshape how you look at yourself, what you identify with. Identity is always a really big factor in my life because I feel kind of shapeless at times.
Water allows me to unwind because it gives my attention a moving focal point. Moving water, in particular, is very relaxing like this. It's mesmerizing. Trance-like. It is very therapeutic. I walk away feeling in sync with my inner self, my best self. I am always surprised by the wisdom, insight, and acceptance that comes out of me. Many of these thoughts have never come to me before. It strikes a deeper truth in myself. It reminds me of how important it is to slow down and connect to the elements. Especially water, the essential. Just thinking about it now, I am revisited with the same sense of peace."
- Michael (age 25)
"It is a fantastic experience. It expands my perception of the world around me and the people in my life."
- David (age 31)
"Water provides a bit of a good distraction for me, a calming distraction. Water seems to help me think more openly and creatively. Water makes me more relaxed, I think."
- Sandra (age 63)
"I come away from our time and the exercises refreshed, settled, and more optimistic."
- Melissa (age 67)
"I think expressing yourself is important. I am able to relate to the flow of water and letting the mind flow as well. It's pretty simple. It's the simplicity of water."
- Tyrone (age 24)
"Being in close proximity to water while doing the activities helps calm my mind and stay grounded. I'm quite often a drifter, therefore being in touch with nature truly contains my distracted mindset. It is delightful. It opens my eyes to another perspective and a new way to sort through my thoughts. I typically reach an end goal of calmness. I tend to step back and think through my thoughts in a deeper and more sequenced way."
- Heather (age 28)
"This is super interesting and super cool. I think being close to water through the activities allows me to focus more internally. It makes me get more in touch with my senses and focus more on myself."
- Olivia (age 25)
"The emotions I feel are mostly calm, peace, and acknowledgment. Mostly I feel like I am reconciling to look back over my life, the way things have gone and decisions I've made and ultimately feeling okay with those things. Being next to water makes it more spacious, more open, more fun. It is delightful. I am surprised at how easy it is to have a broader perspective on the issues that usually close in and overwhelm me."
- Pamela (age 64)
"I experience joy. I feel like I am reflecting, participating, and sharing my story and my relationship with nature. Being outside, close to water, takes the experience deeper for me. I think of it as pre-verbal. Also, experiencing the earth, seeing the clouds, and feeling the wind has a positive and nourishing effect. I love being in the elements! It brings mindfulness and perspective to my journey."
- Kathleen (age 64)
"I feel like Dan takes me deeper into the process to make all these things accessible. I feel like I am reconnecting with nature as a resource and part of my system of support."
- Helen (age 65)
"I come away from it a little surprised and a little impressed by the flow that Dan is able to create with this process."
- Richard (age 70)
"It's okay to just accept where you're at and move ahead. The idea of resilience and dealing with the sources of that resilience is very encouraging and empowering. Through this process, I feel as though I am slicing and dicing. It's a matter of bringing feelings into focus, into your conscious mind. The water environment says 'This is real. It moves. It changes. Yet, it stays the same. You can do this.'"
- Joyce (age 76)
"It's quite lovely, placid, relaxing, fulfilling, and interesting for further reflection and purpose. It just feels good to be going through the process and to feel, just feel satisfied, and to be with my thoughts and feelings. It just feels good."
- Gloria (age 58)
"It is extremely positive, just the whole experience. Every now and then I am thinking, "I really like this. This is really good." I find the whole experience to be quite pleasant. I really enjoy the aspect of comparing aspects of my life to the water cycle. In some things, it helps explain the activity and it feels unique and enjoyable. Overall, it is very nice! I can't think of anything I don't like about it."
- Amy (age 57)
"At the end of the process, I have respect for Dan and what he's doing because it does get at questions and reflections and thoughts and perceptions and all of that, that I value. I find value in it. Being close to water during the experience relaxes me and enhances my sense of calm. Water in motion stimulates my creativity and expands my awareness. The opportunity to be reflective in nature, and by water in particular, is both rich and healing."
- Victoria (age 67)
"I find it to be a very positive learning experience and calming. There are always issues in life. There are always challenges and we have the ability to deal with them. Being by the water helps relax me and put me at ease."
- Sean (age 66)
"This is kind of a fun experience. I think it is just being present. Calming. Feels good afterward."
- Evelyn (age 63)
"It usually calms me to be near and able to look out on water. I think it helps me to go into a meditative state. It seems that the purpose of Dan's work is to help others tap into what is meaningful to them, on many levels, using the images of water in its many forms. Because we can all relate to water, it feels like using its images helps us to more easily access what is meaningful. It feels like powerful work. Humans are primarily made up of water. Just thinking about that helps me to conceive of the spiritual interconnectedness of everything."
- Cheryl (age 67)
"Taking the time to connect with nature to just having it in relation to myself. It sort of leads to that sense of calm, kind of unity with myself in the bigger scope of things. Having the opportunity to just take a little bit of time and regroup. It is kind of the reassessment and acknowledgment of ourselves as well as the connections that we have."
- Megan (age 52)
"I know that sitting next to water helps calm me and lets me slow down. It is nice."
- Alan (age 54)
"I find the images of water immediately comforting and very appealing as a way to work through some of these life issues. I find the exercises very gratifying and inspiring because of these images of water."
- Doris (age 69)
"I feel like I am exploring myself. I am going within my mind and looking for who I am and so on. My story is very much a mirror of what this experience is. This experience is a mirror of who I am inside."
- Juan (age 72)
"This is great, very relaxing and peaceful. It makes me feel comfortable and reflective of my life."
- Maria (age 19)
"My experience with the program was excellent. Recently, I started working on myself, something I never really did before. I had a lot of doubts about myself. This process helped me analyze my past, present, and future. I could understand me better and the exercises were really fun. I will definitely do them again in stressful times for sure."
- Bianca (age 24)