Journey to the Spring

Laurie Martinez and Jess Kovach
Wekiwa Springs, Apopka, Florida

Story Info

Journey to the Spring

Kal Visuals 592123 Unsplash 1.jpg

Story & Experience

Our Global Earth Exchange was held at Wekiwa Springs in Apopka, Florida.  We chose this site because Florida’s freshwater ecosystem is suffering increased wounding by the unnatural amount of nitrates and pollutants that enter the aquifer before the water reaches and flows from the spring head.  We began the exchange with sharing our memories of the Springs and how being there held a feeling of coming home for us, that this place, these waters, connected us to the larger web of life, the flora, fauna, earth and sky, all interconnected.
We discussed the topic of Baseline Creep, that small changes over time, have contributed to the Springs’ declining health, noting that the waters were crystal clear just a few years ago and that these changes are likely imperceptible to newcomers.  We also discussed potential future wounds that will result from what is occurring out of ordinary view;  large corporations making purchases for the ownership of water; corporations are buying the rights to own or gain access to pump first for profit. 
We returned from our Earth Exchange walk with stories of what we witnessed and experienced; we observed that even through the clumps of green algae, and the former sandy white bottom of the run now all green, there is still so much beauty.  We watched people of all generations immersing themselves in these waters and witnessing the playful, child spirit energy, rise in each of them. Wekiwa Spring shares, with all who swim here, its therapeutic medicine: physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually.  Something in us hungers for flowing waters….a sense of coming home, our first home.  The Journey to the Spring is also a Journey to Protect the Spring, to create awareness, advocate, educate and tend to these waters.  As one of the women in our group, who is a river keeper for the St Johns River, said, “Whiskey is for drinking and water is for fighting”  #Water is Life

Wekiwa Springs, Apopka, Florida


  • GBOH

The Ground Beneath Our Hearts

On September 12, 2015, Radical Joy for Hard Times partnered with ten communities around the world that have been severely affected by mineral extraction. From a journalist's visit to a children's cemetery in a polluted [...]

  • GEE2

Earth Exchange in the Hunter Valley

NOTE: Radical Joy for Hard Times is honored that Australian philosopher-author-activist Glenn Albrecht, who coined the term "solastalgia", has been participating in our Global Earth Exchanges since the very beginning. Glenn's creation of a word [...]

More Stories



Radical Joy Revealed is a weekly message of inspiration about finding and making beauty in wounded places.

This website uses cookies and third party services. See our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information. Settings Ok

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics to track your path through our website. To assist in protecting your privacy, we anonymize the last 4 of the IP address.

Tracking Cookies

To monitor and help enhance your visit while on the website.

Host Accounts

We offer a individuals private member access as Hosts when they register. We offer Host newsletters and the ability to manage Earth Exchange Events & Stories that Hosts will author and help manage. We ask for basic information from Hosts to join. We additionally ask the Host to provide detailed information about their events and preparations. This includes images and narratives about their event and any Stories told about the Exchange Events hosted.