True to my aversion to noisy, crowded cities I have been running away from Sydney on a regular basis over the last few weeks. During a stay in the Blue Mountains I have visited (and weeded) some of my favourite labyrinths:
- The one that started this whole caper: the mosaic beauty in the Katoomba Community garden. Coming across a couple of pieces of broken pottery in the lines the reflection was: I can’t see the whole picture because I don’t have all the pieces
- Those at Blue Labyrinth in Woodford, a property owned by Donna Mulhearn and her partner Their Chartres labyrinth exudes a true Aussie flavour with billabong and reaching gum trees in the near distance.
Emily Simpson and I were invited to meet with members of the Boat Harbour community of Port Stephens who are interested in building a permanent labyrinth at Iluka Reserve as one of their suicide prevention strategies. The site is close enough to the water to hear the waves but afforded sufficient privacy by surrounding trees and shrubs. Emily provided background information on the labyrinth and some insights from her experiences in building the Centennial Park labyrinth. I shared my perspectives as a mental health patient, a health professional and labyrinth facilitator as well as some of what I have learnt in the process of walking over 300 labyrinths.
On the way to Nelson Bay I was able to visit Rainbird Lodge: a private property with a labyrinth in the garden!
While visiting and walking labyrinths in the Southern Highlands with Erica Webber I shared with her the reflection that labyrinths are a bit like people: some are easier to engage with emotionally and spiritually than others. There are some that I feel an immediate emotional connection with and others where there is no chemistry at all.