Setting off for an journey in December 2019, not lengthy after the biggest Automobile Free Day in London, Qi Gong and Meditation trainer Tracie Storey hadn’t deliberate for a journey underneath the pandemic flag. However the world had its personal plans – so she adopted. Away from residence, after one other boat journey, she shares her expertise of travelling with consciousness and give up in thoughts.
You set off to journey method earlier than lockdowns befell. When and the place has your journey begun and what locations have you ever visited to date?
Final yr in September all of us gathered collectively for Wanderlust GB ‘Reimagine’ within the centre of London – the World Automobile Free Day – it appears like we’re exploring higher, extra ecological choices for journey and conserving vitality and fuels. I made a decision to spend some travelling by sea, connecting with the ocean I wished to drag out the sails and glide throughout the ocean. So on Winter Solstice 21.12.19 we set sail on a fantastic crusing vessel referred to as ‘Grateful’ and headed west from the Balearic island of Ibiza, down the southern coast of Spain with an Oceanic Christmas full with dolphins. Unbelievable! Choosing up the brand new crew from Switzerland by means of the Straits of Gibraltar, right down to Morroco for New 12 months’s Eve then onwards to the Canary Islands; Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria.
Because the occasions on the earth continued to unwrap, how rapidly did you determine to maintain travelling in your thoughts?
I spent the entire of lockdown in Gran Canaria the place the motion was restricted to simply the pharmacy and/or grocery store similar to the UK. Being on a ship felt like a protected place to be, the police and the army ‘Guardia Civil’ did a number of rounds a day, extra militant than the UK! I used to be stopped a number of occasions only for going out for provides. The seas have been open once more finish of Might however flights and airports weren’t working effectively so having the ability to sail between international locations was revolutionary as a result of one doesn’t must incur the paperwork of airports, customs, safety and many others. Travelling by sea is lots slower than by air however it’s much more ecologically environment friendly and also you get to see sea turtles, dolphins and even whales.
How are you making choices about the place to maneuver subsequent?
Flights from the Canaries again to the UK have been close to on inconceivable, so “Grateful” took to the Ocean and headed North on a 5-day passage as much as Portugal. Journey remains to be restricted however staying calm is necessary in these occasions, which helps to make choices simpler and we are able to rise above the chaos and the problem. Listening to my instinct can be how I decide and adapting to the change which is the one fixed. Being ready for an additional lockdown appears imminent, having provide of meals and water and doing no matter you may to minimise stress and panic because it appears like one other month or so of restrictions are coming, so we have to be ready.
Did you discover it tough to acknowledge and settle for that you just received’t return residence for a while?
In my earlier incarnation, I used to be knowledgeable DJ travelling the world, so journey could be very pure for me. I saved in contact commonly with associates and likewise did dwell streams of Meditation and Qi Gong so I felt linked to others however I additionally felt that I used to be within the place that I wanted to be and used the time to get on with my on-line choices & launch my on-line Qi Gong course. So it was okay for me to really feel that I couldn’t journey or transfer round apart from my rapid environment. I perceive that precautionary measures are important for defense however it does really feel like our freedom is being managed for the time being which is a wierd feeling.
Proper now, it looks like the world is cut up in half – one facet is eager to journey ASAP as routes proceed to open; the opposite facet is anxious, sceptical and accuses those that select trip over staycation of irresponsible behaviour. As somebody who has travelled all through the warmth of pandemic, what would advise each side to contemplate earlier than deciding and judging?
I’d agree that ’considering’ about what’s necessary is paramount now, ie making your journey choices rely moderately than considering one has infinite choices. We’re all totally different and have totally different wants, however one factor I’d encourage is to spend time in nature, nourishing your soul with a sundown or a dawn, strolling barefoot on the grass, soil, sand and reconnecting with the earth. You don’t must journey on a airplane to do this. Swimming in a lake or the ocean and making bodily motion a precedence. Feelings are excessive, challenges are ongoing so we do must be thoughtful of the fears of others however staying cooped up can have deprecating results on psychological well being and that’s not good. So listening to 1’s wants is essential and spending time in nature is crucial. Vacation shut by if you happen to can however if you happen to do must journey I’d maintain it to a minimal and be environment friendly along with your selections.
If something, 2020 is educating us to take at some point a time and construct resilience whereas navigating day by day adjustments which are exterior of our affect. Would you say that the latest travels introduced severe learnings to the desk for you?
Completely, I do really feel very blessed to have this chance to dwell in a non-conventional method throughout this pandemic. It has allowed me to decelerate, to have my schedule cleaned is a uncommon state of affairs however i tailored to this and see that there’s a chance in any state of affairs. The world wanted a while to ponder and that is what occurred.
There’s a nice saying by Mahatma Gandhi:
“It’s well being that’s actual wealth and never items of gold and silver.” So this time has actually helped me to embody the component of the water and air has been an actual educating with my Qi Gong practise and helped encourage my choices to assist others too.
Are you persevering with to journey or seeking to return again residence anytime quickly?
I had my Qi Gong and Meditation retreats deliberate on the boat for this summer time which have been written off resulting from C 19 so I made a decision to remain in Europe in the interim, so sadly you received’t be capable to catch my courses within the UK for now however you will discover me educating on-line and I will probably be returning to the UK in some unspecified time in the future. Hope to see you someplace quickly!
Tracie Storey has a full spectrum method to sound; DJ/Producer, Sound Designer, Vibrational Sound Practitioner, Trainer and Speaker. She skilled as a Vibrational Sound Practitioner exploring the transformational therapeutic properties of Bio Resonance, Sound Meditation and likewise teaches Qi Gong as a part of her apply.
As we speak she combines all these instruments as founding father of her firm Elemental Resonance – a platform for restorative vibrational sound & motion remedy www.elementalresonance.com. As a practitioner, her classes are instinctively tuned to the person consumer, as a trainer and workshop lead her abilities stretch past the therapy room to incorporate immersive group sound harmonisations and meditation classes.