The newly completed labyrinth, which is the first stage of the Moruya Peace Park project, will be celebrated on International Labyrinth Day at 12.30pm Saturday 6th May. The theme for the Day is “walking as one.”
Come and help celebrate this day by walking the labyrinth, accompanied by members of South Coast folk group, Ballyhooley. Jesse Rowan and Terry McGee will play a mix of Irish airs and tunes on hammer dulcimer, wooden flute and guitar. Bring a picnic basket and listen to an introduction to labyrinths talk by Maria Beckett.
The Moruya Peace Park with labyrinth is meant as a place for all to come and spend awhile in reflection, meditation, community gathering and play. It symbolises the conviction that diverse humanity can come together in recognition of that diversity yet with a commitment to a unifying peace.
Peace is not only a personal, lived experience, rather it relates to justice and wholeness. Here we recognize ourselves as part of the whole earth community. To be healthy the whole needs to flourish. In a world of increasing speed and disconnection it is vital that we are reminded of the need to slow, to become still and to reconnect with ourselves and each other. Peace also depends on our capacity and willingness to engage respectfully with the ‘other’; those who are different in ethnicity, culture, creed, gender orientation and so on.
The Peace Park committee consists of a range of people from the local community who are committed to the principles of peace-making. Our hope is that this Peace Park may be shared as a pathway to contemplative intimacy with nature, self, each other and the Divine, and in this way foster peace.
Walking the labyrinth is an ancient spiritual practice. Labyrinths are based on principles of sacred geometry. Sometimes called “divine imprints”, they are found around the world as patterns that have been passed down through the ages. They are used for walking meditations. One of the most famous labyrinths is found at Chartres Cathedral in France. Our labyrinth uses the Chartres pattern.
Also celebrating International Labyrinth Day ALL SAINTS LABYRINTH - Bodalla
All Saints Anglican Church Bodalla is set amidst 2 acres of beautiful trees and gardens, and is the perfect setting for a prayer labyrinth. In 2015, the All Saints Executive Committee began looking at designs and ideas for a labyrinth to be constructed in the grounds. A site was selected on the eastern side of the driveway, and the area graded in preparation. It was another year before the design was finalised. During that time, All Saints Church was blessed to receive a bequest from the estate of Robert Collett, which was given for the completion of the labyrinth. In September 2016, the design was mapped out on the site.