In Retrospect – and a few straight words…
This message reached us after our report on the current events of the animal protectors. Many thanks to family Wunderlich
Dear Barbara – dear Team,
I spent a long time with a blank page before me because I was unsure how to put all my thoughts and feelings into words. So many occurences are worth calling to attention, so today I shall write down a few significant thoughts, of which I now know that they describe one of the most meaningful events in our lives.
Nearly 1 ½ years have gone by. More exactly – 15 months – 64 weeks, since we travelled to you – to Daisy – and we both love to look back to this special and intensive time. Not only the positive, and at the same time mystical, emanations of the dolphins worked small wonders. It was the many little aspects of the therapy that helped my daughter and I to master the challenges in our lives and which helped us to cope with the psychological stress of the past.
Today I would like to relate a small miracle:
To this I must add that my little one at this point in time could not utter a sentence.
…We were at the platform again and Jennifer swam with her therapist Barbara and Daisy. As on previous days, Barbara sang the song: Daisy Daisy dance with me… and always encouraged Jenny to sing along. And all of a sudden my daughter began to sing with her. I couldn’t understand it, because I was too far away to hear my daughter’s voice, and Barbara said to Jennifer: Sing louder. And I stood on the secure platform and heard my child! She sang with Daisy, held her flippers and they swam in a circle and MY CHILD sang loud and clear! No she was yelling!!
„Daisy Daisy dance with me, here are my hands, one time there and back, it’s all so easy.“
The whole song and then once again, and I was standing on the pier and crying. I cried so loud that people started looking. My child, who couldn’t speak, who couldn’t form a sentence, was singing the whole song. I couldn’t understand it. I couldn’t believe it. But it was true.
It was one of the most moving moments in my life.
I have understood: „These creatures of the seas teach us to ride the waves of laughter. And today I know: „Whoever has the chance to swim with these special creatures dives into an unconditional state of felicousness.“
Many such small events occurred. Many little miracles, I cannot count them all. But I know, that this therapy has brought my child a lot further. Through the meeting and contact with the Angels of the Seas, blockades were shattered for my daughter and I that I thought would accompany us for the rest of our lives. Playfully a process was always put into action. During the therapy, but also afterwards!!
For me it has been proven, what great successes one can attain with dolphin therapy; I am sure that Daisy played a big part in that. Moreover I am overjoyed that I was witness to the Wonder. It is simply breathtaking to swim with these animals, to stroke them and to follow them into their own world. I gained just as much from this as did my daughter. So much has happened in the past years and one can imagine only with difficulty how these experiences affect the soul of a person. I am surely a strong woman, but my energy has its limits. But with Daisy – with Barbara – and together with the whole team, it was possible to top up my reserves, seeing and feeling that my daughter had made so much progress also helped a great deal. And that was the individual and special therapy just for ME.
And another thing: The protection of animals begins at home. Dolphinariums are being pilloried because they hold their dolphins under terrible circumstances, or try to increase their budget with so-called „Dolphin Therapies”, to excuse their existence. Those that hold their dolphins in captivity for such purposes are rightly criticized because they spend the rest of their lives in too small surroundings. Not so in Antalya. Here I was personally convinced that these animals are suitably held in a therapy area bordering on the sea with water of an excellent quality and enough room in area as also in depth. The dolphins live in their natural habitat in a 3000 sq.m. expanse and 9m. deep swimming sea water pool which retains their frequency and sonar capabilities which are so important for the therapy.
Well, I’ve written enough…
Many best wishes and maybe see you soon,
Sybille and Jennifer Cheyenne Wunderlich
We visited as a family in August 2010 as our daughter had wanted to swim with dolphins for many years. I had searched the internet for what I felt to be an appropriate centre which was not a tourist show. As often occurs, our children lead us. We all swam with your dolphins, we all benefitted. Sensitive to my body, it was only later that I felt a small pain in my heart – an unblocking- I do not know what it was, but I believe it was a very subtle healing that the dolphins aided, a letting go and a freeing of something. Your staff were very sensitive to the needs and fear of our teenage son, he had a “whale” of a time!. He overcame fears and it made him happy and confident. I hope we can return in the future and thank you sincerely.