Meet Ian Kellett, a designer of expeditions that rebuild bridges

between communities and the ocean.

All G. in the blue. Ian Kellett for Ocean in a Drop California x Blue Mind. Candace Loy 2018.

Linking adventure, science and community with the ocean. Ian Kellett for Ocean in a Drop California x Blue Mind. Candace Loy 2018.


Where were you born, and where do you live now?

I was born in Melrose MA, USA. I now live in Livingston, Montana.


Where are your favorite waters?

I have a special love for the kelp forests off the coast of California. In general my favorite waters are wild waters, wild rapids in the Yellowstone, the remote coast of Mozambique or even a pure spring in the mountains.

Making picture stories of nature for people. Ian Kellett for Ocean in a Drop California x Blue Mind. Candace Loy 2018

Making picture stories of nature for people. Ian Kellett for Ocean in a Drop California x Blue Mind. Candace Loy 2018

Would you please share a favourite water memory or two?

I took my daughters on their first hike to the top of a mountain in the Tobacco Root mountains. It was a hot and steep hike to the the top of bare rock. On the way down we found a shangri-la of verdant greens dotted with thousands of wildflowers. In the middle of the valley was a pure mountain spring, we took off our shoes and drank deeply of this water coming directly out of the mountain.

One evening off the coast of Papua New Guinea, the Alucia ship was moored inside an ancient volcanic crater. The bioflourescence was off the hook. We put on masks and threw a rope over the side of the inflatible zodiac. We then spend hours holding onto the rope as the zodiac towed us through an incredible natural light show.

Off the coast of Mozambique, we joined a dive operation and spend over 15 minutes swimming with a pod of dolphins. This was especially special for me as I was able to share this moment with my whole family. It was the first time my daughters experienced a marine mammal in the water. They were a little afraid and thrilled at the same time.

Ian Kellett, with Nadir, a TRITON submersible from M/V Alucia. For Ocean in a Drop California x Blue Mind. Candace Loy 2018.

Ian Kellett, with Nadir, a TRITON submersible from M/V Alucia. For Ocean in a Drop California x Blue Mind. Candace Loy 2018.

How do you incorporate nature in your life, and the way you make a living?

I design and implement ocean expeditions. So I help to produce interesting science, media and conservation missions. If the stars align, I am to be of service to local conservation efforts by guiding philanthropy dollars and creating media and experiences that further connect people to the importance of stewardship of our waters.

Why do you do what you do?

I am in love with Mother Ocean. It’s important to be of service to something larger than myself, and the Ocean thrills and humbles me in the right way.

What happens when you don’t have time for nature?

I become grumpy and tend to think that human concerns, and trivial matters are more important than they actually are.

Could you please share a time or experience where you felt lost in the crowd, like a tiny, insignificant drop?

I’m in New York as I write this, we had a big screening of the Blue Planet IMAX, There were so many influential and amazing people at this screening. I felt like a small drop in a big wave.

The ocean horizon always humbles me. The power of Ocean storms also makes me feel small.

How did you turn that around, and how did you get back to feeling like you were a whole Ocean in a Drop?

I meditate often and it connects me to my purpose and to the inter connectivty of everything. When I feel that I am acting in service to the Ocean, I feel whole and aligned. Also I shower or submerge myself in water often. Water cleans the psychic clutter in my mind.

A relaxed focus. Ian Kellett for Ocean in a Drop California x Blue Mind. Candace Loy 2018

A relaxed focus. Ian Kellett for Ocean in a Drop California x Blue Mind. Candace Loy 2018

Is there anything bothering you about the whole eco /green/conservation thing at the moment?

The inefficiencies and of the efforts. I worry that the scarcity mindset and the never ending search for funding causes competition that thwarts the style of collaboration that we need to take on big global challenges.

What do you find is working? And what change do you hope to see in this lifetime?

I am seeing more and more collaboration. When people unite under a clear and common goal and objectives and have great communication strategies- great things happen. I hope to see an evolution of humanity to live more symbiotically on the ocean, with sustainable multi trophic farms that improve water quality and provide healthy food for the world. I hope to see innovative design of ocean communities and new ways of organizing that release us from the bondage of the dominion mindset and free us to the awe and wonder of belonging to this earth.

Indigenous cultures are keepers of knowledge critical for humanity's course adjustment. Let's listen deeply to the ceremony, to the celebration, join in reverence and dance, to the healing sentience of nature. Respect and revitalize philosophies that connect, open up to deep empathy, and full availability. - Ian Kellett

Indigenous cultures are keepers of knowledge critical for humanity’s course adjustment. Let’s listen deeply to the ceremony, to the celebration, join in reverence and dance, to the healing sentience of nature. Respect and revitalize philosophies that connect, open up to deep empathy, and full availability. – Ian Kellett

Is there anything you would love to tell the you from ten years ago?

Integrity matters in everything you do. Self mastery is a journey. Focus on the process with quality and let go of outcomes.

Anything else you would like to add?

I’m just a sucker

On the end of a tentacle

On the Cephalopod of

Love

 Any suggestions for the next drop?

A study on the beautiful architecture- strength and beauty from the ocean.

 

What are you up to currently?

https://www.sealegacy.org/   Join us in #TurningTheTide

Huzzah! Ian Kellett for Ocean in a Drop California x Blue Mind. Candace Loy 2018.

Huzzah! Ian Kellett for Ocean in a Drop California x Blue Mind. Candace Loy 2018.

28 May to 4 September 2018: #100DaysofBlue

Ocean in a Drop California x Blue Mind

Ocean in a Drop : A series of illustrations by Candace Loy, with each water drop shape filled with sea life and the life that water supports, of a country or state (e.g., California). The bigger vision is to use portions of profits from the sale of beautiful and unique merchandise, to contribute to local marine, freshwater education, research and conservation initiatives in the region depicted by the drop.

#BlueMind is a movement started by Dr Wallace J Nichols, who is also a successful turtle conservation researcher. He has done collaborations with many people including neuroscientists, to show the positive effects of being around water, on the brain.

Not only is there an increasing number of organizations supporting people in overcoming PTSD and other debilitating circumstances through water-based therapy like surfing and swimming; his message is to encourage as many people to reconnect and strengthen their bonds with water, and be inspired as a result to take care of waters across our blue planet.

Combining neuroscience, honouring emotions and using it to create more beneficial solutions for our planet and the life she supports. Here are some of his talks on neuroconservation.

Get a free copy of Ocean in a Drop California coloring sheet, share it with your students, colleagues, friends, and family. Be the one to add colour and creativity to their day 🙂

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