World Visionaries • Spiritual Practices
Maritime cultures are intensely practical and very often highly spiritual or superstitious. To live near the sea is to welcome her bounty and be awed by her power. Those in maritime communities learn the methods of mastering this vast resource to the extent that is possible, while developing a healthy respect for the wild unpredictability of the world's waters and marine life. Maritime traditions reflect the tangible and intangible dimensions of the nautical life, and encompass hard skills such as boat-building, fishing, salt harvesting as well as nuanced and mystical rituals, ceremonies and festivals.
Ever heard of Puffin Therapy? Meet Skipper Iain Morrison, who coined the term, and hear the story behind it! Let Iain guide you through the islands of the Inner Hebrides, which offer encounters with Orcas and Sea Eagles, as well as the adorable Puffins! Get Iain’s take on the distinct personalities of each island and a glimpse of life growing up on the Isle of Mull. BCD gives you the lay of the cultural landscape in a way no other site does, connect with Scotland's Inner Hebrides islands.
Travelling to Scotland and want to be sure to experience the best of the country’s famed lochs? With over 31,000 lochs scattered around Scotland it's no wonder that they hold such a powerful place in Scottish folklore and history. Let BCD take you through the ten most gorgeous and culturally significant of these magnificent bodies of water. BCD's guides Johanna Campbell and Gilbert Summers give us poetic commentary on the merits of these stunning stars of the Scottish landscape. Be sure to tell us which is your favorite!
This intriguing Q & A with manager of the Oselvar Workshop in Os Norway reveals secrets behind the Vikings revolutionary boat building techniques. Åsmund Lien describes how he and a team of artisanal boat-builders are carrying on a 2,000-year tradition working with the fabled Norwegian wood.
Malta's known for its colorful boats; let BCD introduce you to local skippers who offer the history & traditions behind crafts known as Dghajsas, Frigatinas and Luzzus. Take a tour with BCD of Malta's Grand Harbor with impressive architecture created by Knights of St. John. Enjoy a virtual visit the aquamarine waters of the Blue Grotto. Experience the lively fishing harbor of Marsaxlokk Bay where boats sport the Eye of Osiris!
While visiting Deer Isle in Maine, I had the chance to speak with Julie Eaton - a lobster boat captain - and learn more about lobster fishing in Maine as well as learn about her journey to the ocean in a world of men.
The towns of Piran and Portorož are located on Slovenia’s 28-mile stretch of Slovenia’s Adriatic coastline, and are awash in customs associated with the sea. Experience the area’s historic salt-harvesting and maritime traditions with a visit to Sečovlje Salt Pans and by attending the annual St George Festival, which celebrates divine intervention rescuing fishermen from a thunderstorm. Soak up the exuberant Neptune’s Baptism, a procession by boat from Portorož to Piran. Indulge in some thalassotherapy at one of the seaside spas. BCD offers you the up-close and personal experience of seeing Slovenia through the eyes of its locals.