In the lead up to Christmas, With Intention, a small meditation community of the Western Heights Uniting Church in Herne Hill have initiated a temporary labyrinth as a public art project.
Now in its fourth year, the Labyrinth Project was created to provide our community with a space to slow down, re-centre and reconnect.
The temporary space has been marked out on grass alongside the Barwon River, end of Craigie Road, Newtown, using white aerosol landscape marker’s paint.
Supported by the City of Greater Geelong and Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CCMA), it is hoped that the project will garner interest within the wider community in engaging with a public Labyrinth, and provide an opportunity for people to come together and grow community in an organic way.
Previous participants have commented that:
I have never walked a labyrinth before, I found it very peaceful.
A colleague of mine told me about this labyrinth, so I brought my wife and two children down to check it out. Life is a bit hard for us at the moment, we are a bit overwhelmed. We felt much calmer after we had walked it.
I am finding things a bit tough at the moment. When I reached the centre of the labyrinth, I felt stuck. Someone came to walk the labyrinth while I was there. They stood with me for a while in the centre. I then felt strong enough to walk out again.
You are encouraged to take time out from the busy Christmas period to slow down and reconnect with yourself and find meaning in the everyday.
Councillor Jim Mason - Chair Arts, Culture and Heritage portfolio
In today’s busy and often challenging world it is important to slow down and reflect every now and again. Many people find that engaging with arts and culture is a good way to do this. The labyrinth is a terrific initiative, and has clearly been a source of calm for many people.
I encourage everyone to visit and walk the labyrinth, particularly if you are feeling stressed or need some time for inner reflection. In my student days I found that reflection was the best way to improve my memory and self-awareness, so I’ve made time for it ever since.