Bunbury Garden Labyrinth is open
Landscaped Gardens, Moongate and Labyrinth with City of Bunbury in background (Photo: Linda Blyth)
Moongate and labyrinth with setting sun (Photo: Linda Blyth)
Labyrinth, Moongate and Welcome Disc (Photo: Linda Blyth)
Members of Committee of Management in front of Labyrinth and Moongate: John Sherwood (Retired teacher), Linda Blyth (OT, Chairperson), Michele Schoder (Treasurer), Di Panorios (OT)
Photo: Nicolette Barbas, South Western Times
Gathering of Occupational Therapists following Opening Ceremony 19th September 2020: Linda Blyth- OT, Chair of Committee of Management (CoM); Nari Jones (OT, Secretary & previous Chair, CoM); Bess Fowler (OT Friend); Carolyn Ngan (OT, Committee Member, Founding Chair, CoM); Heather Reid (OT, previous Committee member, CoM); Di Panorios (OT, Committee Member, CoM); Deb Wraight (OT friend).
Artwork behind group by Nari Jones depicting Classical labyrinth design (3000+years old), exact configuration of Bunbury Garden Labyrinth and Logo for Projects of Heart & Soul WA, Inc
Photo: Carolyn Ngan
Last Thursday we welcomed to our labyrinth site City of Bunbury Mayor- Gary Brennan, CEO- Mal Osborne, Director of Works & Infrastructure- Gavin Harris & our elected councillors! City of Bunbury has generously supported us from our early conversations in November 2015 through design, fundraising & implementation phases! They now share our delight in the beauty and workmanship of this new public asset in Bunbury! Open to all to move through and enjoy- to be officially opened once Moongate and welcome disc completed!
Hope, Harmony & Community
Throughout the ages & in every culture, Labyrinths have been created in natural settings and in places of ceremony, worship and healing to bring together the community.
Here, this ancient and simple Labyrinth, within seven unfolding circles coming to centre, offers us the experience of the Journeying of Life.
Especially now, in these fast, chaotic and uncertain times, we need places that invite us to Be, and come to that still Centre.
Moving quietly through this Labyrinth, step by step, allows for space to pause, to reflect, and to remember the real meanings and essentials of our lives. You may begin to see, to feel and to know more of the life you need and want to create.
For this community, this Labyrinth is a shared place to come together, to connect, and to recreate. Through this natural way, we may discover an ongoing and renewing sense of hope, harmony and community spirit.
Benefits to Individuals and Community
Bunbury Garden Labyrinth will deliver many benefits to the South West region; both for those individuals who come and walk the space, and more broadly from a Socio-Cultural perspective as a Cross-Cultural, Non-Denominational Place for the Community.
Labyrinths of the World
Labyrinths are found all over the world, in churches, healthcare facilities, hospitals, schools, universities, community spaces, prisons, retreat centres, private and public gardens. Some are permanent installations, while others are created for one-time use.This universal pattern invites and welcomes people from all cultures, traditions and belief systems to contemplate, pray, honour, celebrate & enjoy. They are used as a way to reduce stress, access intuition, encourage creativity, quiet the mind & to invite self-reflection. There are currently over 5,400 labyrinths in 80 countries, listed on the World-Wide Labyrinth Locator database. https://labyrinthlocator.com
‘ Look at your feet. There is your mind. See where your feet are. You are there.’
- Venerable Boan Sunim, Korean Puri Temple
Without nourishing our own souls, we can't nourish the world, for we cannot give what we do not have. As we attend to our souls, we emanate invisibly and involuntarily the light we have received.
- Marianne Williamson
As I make my slow pilgrimage through the world, a certain sense of beautiful mystery seems to gather and grow.
- A. C. Benson
It is not more bigness that should be our goal. We must attempt, rather, to bring people back to…the warmth of community, to the worth of individual effort and responsibility...and of individuals working together as a community, to better their lives and their children's future.
- Robert F. Kennedy
Latest from the Blog
“Science may eventually explain the world of How. The ultimate world of Why may remain for contemplation, philosophy, religion.” Liberty Hyde Bailey.
These writings that follow, will invite you to consider the research into Labyrinths, Greenspaces, Health & healing. In other words what we already know. Hopefully, they may also invite you to contemplate the Questions that we don’t have answers for yet, so that together, as a community of care, we may continue to find our way through the challenges that come to us all.
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Thank You City of Bunbury
Our gratitude to the City of Bunbury, who have been incredibly supportive of Bunbury Garden Labyrinth
“In November 2015 the group known as Projects of Heart and Soul Inc made a presentation to the City of Bunbury Council detailing a proposal for a Place for Hope Labyrinth project requesting that a particular site in Queen’s Gardens, Bunbury be made available for the labyrinth to be located.
The proposal is consistent with the endorsed Leschenault Inlet Master Plan & specifically the site is located within an area identified as “a passive recreation area”.
The City of Bunbury supports the Labyrinth group with their proposed project and Council staff are working with Projects of Heart & Soul to ensure that all necessary & appropriate documentation & permits are prepared & submitted to ensure the labyrinth will be both durable & compliant with current standards & the intent of the Leschenault Inlet Master Plan. Upon completion of the project, the project will be maintained by City of Bunbury Landscape & Open Space staff.
We urge you to support this project as upon completion, it is felt that this will become a valuable asset to both residents and visitors to the city.” (excerpt from a letter from CEO Andrew Brien, 4th May 2017)