I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright. ~Henry Thoreau
Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to bathe in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. Our Afrikan Heritage magazine is going to introduce you to a watering hole used by nature lovers for this exact reason.
This is Fortesque Spring, located in the country side of Barbados, tucked away in the Parish of St Philip. A perfect get away from the rigors of everyday life is a journey to this spring. Nestled deep in the bosom of nature, Fortesque Spring is a place of meditative reflection, spiritual affirmations, body and spirit enlightening and most of the time deep conversations on the natural aspects of our environments and their uses. Here emotional states are liberated inside water, we calm down emotionally, we become more sensitive, we are able to "touch" deeper ourselves and other beings. Empathy is echoing back to us giving subtle vibrations from the realm of the senses.
At Fortesque spring you will find members of the Rastafari community and persons from the district directly surrounding this spring enjoying bathing in this refreshing and rejuvenating water. To keep in the vein of the natural bath, regular soaps are replaced with limes and shampoo’s made from Aloes, Hibiscus leaves and what we call Scrunchy Needle with is a family of the Cactus plant.
Model Stacey and I ventured to Fortesque to bring you some imagery from the spring and have a bath. This day we met brother Ranks doing some cleaning up around the spring. Ranks is a Rastafari brother who has lived by this spring for many years and has taken charge of the upkeep of this place for others to come and enjoy. We give much kudos to Ranks for taking unto himself this duty.
Places such as this are not advertised to our visitors and as such many miss an experience that they would be sure to enjoy. Our Afrikan Heritage intends to make our readers aware of such places around the world so we can share more of ourselves with each other.
If you would like to go take a spring bath at Fortesque, please contact OAH magazine at 268 7084 and we will make all arrangements for your journey to the spring.
Until that time guide yourselves.
Give thanks to Empress Stacy for journeying to the spring with Ras Simba
Photographer Barry Prescod
Feature written by Ras Simba Simba
Click link for interview with Congo Black Starliner on the Pot House Spring. This is another spring you should visit.