Getting Free is our story, and it begins with sailing, but it is, at heart, a story about freedom in all its forms. In Rejoice’s saloon hangs a banner bearing the words of the great activist Fannie Lou Hamer, who said “No one is free until everyone is free.” We cherish how this is also expressed in Shantideva’s version of the Boddhisatva Vow, which is an eternal personal commitment to the liberation of all beings:
May I be a guard for those who need protection
A guide for those on the path
A boat, a raft, a bridge for those who wish to cross the flood
May I be a lamp in the darkness
A resting place for the weary
A healing medicine for all who are sick
A vase of plenty, a tree of miracles
And for the boundless multitudes of living beings
May I bring sustenance and awakening
Enduring like the earth and sky
Until all beings are freed from sorrow
And all are awakened.
We invite you to join us here for contemplation and conversation upon freedom in all forms. Beloved, let’s get free together.