The Waters We Swim In is a ritual of transformation, reconnecting you with what's good in you and others; to the unique gifts each of us possesses, which, when ignited, gives purpose and meaning to our lives.
Work with transformational coach and fine art photographer Hillary Johnson for a peaceful retreat experience that creates space for you to reconnect with your own inner goodness so that you can unleash your gifts and do the work you were meant to do.
The Waters We Swim In is available in bodies of open water around the globe. Each participant experiences a guided process of surrendering to self realization while immersed in water.
You may book your transformational healing experience now for the rest of 2022. Reach out to me to talk about where and when you would like to do your transformational session. (Additional fees for travel may apply for travel.)
We meet by the water.
I lead you through a guided meditation experience created just for you so that you can become deeply in touch with your embodied experience and inner awareness.
I hold space for you to see the noise that’s obscuring your inner gold.
Together we let all the noise settle, gently witnessing what is there with loving kindness.
Together we enter the water.
Your inner gold and goodness is revealed through a process of witnessing, releasing what no longer serves, and making space for the new.
I guide you to find the intuitive nudges that allow you to take the inspired actions that will support you creating the life you truly desire as you open up to more and more of the goodness within you.
You receive a beautiful photograph of yourself immersed in the water to remind every day of your inner gold, your strength, resilience, creativity and all that is good inside you
You have two payment options.
Payment in full now
Pay a 50% deposit now to reserve your spot. Balance due one month prior to your session.
Other payment plans available upon booking. Also, if you are experiencing significant financial hardship, let's talk. It could be some mindset work needs to happen. I offer Heart-Pricing (a nicer, shame and guilt free version of sliding scale) so that all may participate. There's a process for this. Please inquire.
Book a call with Hillary for a complimentary pre-session consultation to review details, set location etc.
What people have said about their experience:
“I wanted to be a part of "The Waters We Swim In" the moment I saw the first image.”
“Hillary immediately put me at ease and I placed my trust in her completely. Even as the waves were pushing me towards the shore. This water experience was beyond anything I could have envisioned.”
"The Waters We Swim In" is a retreat toward calm and reflection during these turbulent times.”
“I am still swimming in the magical experience we had this morning. Being part of “The Water We Swim In” is incredibly meaningful. Thank you for a magical experience that healed my soul and reconnected me to the universe.”
“While I was floating for this project I was thinking of all of those things and how I can honor the importance of this unprecedented time while inviting the passion I see around me to help me evolve into the best version of myself.”
“There is an ethereality, a spirituality, that encompasses us, and a power that you tap into through your use of light and nature. Something primal is released.”
CAN I DO THIS WITH A PARTNER, SPOUSE, CHILD OR BFF?
Of course you may! How wonderful would that be? Partner sessions incur an additional fee. This work is open to all. Let’s talk.
DO I NEED TO KNOW HOW TO SWIM TO BE PART OF THE WATERS WE SWIM IN?
Not at all! All you need is a desire to get into the water. I can teach you to float if you like. But floating is not necessary for this experience to be a success.
WHAT IF I’M AFRAID OF THE WATER?
That need not stop you! I can help you face that fear in small gentle steps until you feel ready to go in the water. Remember that you don’t need to know how to swim or float. The fact that you’re intrigued indicates it may be time for you to take the plunge quite literally. I will be with you every step of the way.
WHAT IF THE WEATHER IS NOT FAVORABLE?
We typically have a plan B date to fall back on. For sustained bad weather that may mean a more significant rescheduling but so far that hasn’t happened yet! In the case of needing to plan for a separate trip to your location, there may be costs associated with flying back to our location.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
In our consultation we talk about that. The attire in generally classic black, minimalist weather that means a swimsuit or something else, we select together.
WHAT IF I WANT TO BE NUDE?
You can! We would talk it through together to decide on a time and place where you will feel comfortable doing that whenever possible. I recognize that everyone has a different level of comfort in the body and may have different preferences for making that happen. Let’s talk.
WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY PHOTOS?
Typically, I do a hot edit and pick one or two images within 24 hours of our session and send them to you so you can see them right away. I send you a larger edited set within 3 weeks so you can select the image you would like for your special print. Once you make that selection, you will receive your print in about a month. That said, COVID-19 has presented special challenges with the supply chain which sometimes impacts delivery times for prints. If anything unusual arises, I will keep you informed.
WHAT KIND OF PRINT WILL I RECEIVE?
I like to print on an archival, matte finish photo paper. Prints are usually 16x20 and arrive rolled in a tube, unframed. If you would like to have me arrange framing, I’m happy to do so for an additional fee.
You may also choose to get a print on canvas, silk or metal. Prices vary with materials. We can talk about what would feel most wonderful for you.
WHAT IF I HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS?
Let’s talk about whatever those questions might be. I’m happy to talk with you about any questions or concerns.
I’m an interdisciplinary artist, meditation teacher and healer, recovering creative, empath and highly sensitive person. I grew up on the ocean (literally) on the East Coast sailing, swimming and mucking about in nature. I was a lifeguard and swimming coach for the Special Olympics. I’m a certified Tarot card reader, energy and Reiki healer, and a former candidate in a Masters program in Clinical Psychology. I started teaching mindfulness in 2008. My business clients include Fortune 500 companies, top hospitals, prominent law firms, financial concerns and NPOs. I also have coaching clients across the globe.
My photography, immersive installations and transformational, embodied practices have two main strands: the investigation of tensions and challenges created when drastic upheavals transform or destroy delicate beauty; and, helping others evolve and expand their capacity for love, abundance, and creativity. I have a background in photojournalism and documentary photography. I’m an MFA Candidate in the Department of Photography at Columbia College Chicago.