'Members at Gaia's Garden have been exploring the concept of being in place. Tricia Szirom has worked with many women to identify places in Australia where they sense a sacred connection to land. This resource has prompted our thinking about how to visit such sites and how to be there if we went. We have considered the Indigenous concept of Dadirri, other women's experiences of spiritual retreat, meditation, listening in the wild and personal peace within the environment. Patricia Rose's book Knowing Places , which is in part an exploration of this experience has also been a resource.
A first group is going to camp within the Grampians National Park for three days in late October
|Women on a Goddess Pilgrimage in silent meditation walk through Gorge of the Dead, Crete.|
An experience of 'being' with the land at Gariwerd National Park.
'Rocks, upthrust long ago, shaped by wind and rain;
Streams, sandy-bottomed, cut deep thru the ages;
Trees, fire-scarred, regenerating;
Wildflowers, miniscule, blooming bright with spring's palette;
Gaia Earth, ancient, ever new, sharing with women her trove.'
- Patricia Rose
Gamboling in the Grampians
Thanks to the women who came to visit my favourite sites in the Grampians/Gariwerd National Park. It was a pleasure to guide you into the sacred spaces. To take you to see the paintings in the sacred shelters used for living and ceremony by the original people for 30,000 years. They resonate with energy and spiritual power and you were prepared to hike through the wild bush in the most unspoiled and unpeopled edges of the ranges to visit them.
I know I took you out of your comfort zones to climb onto the peak of Manja tor to view the glorious 360 degree visage of stunning mountains and endless plains stretching to the far horizon.I realised what I thought was an easy rock scramble was a challenge to some of you. But you took the challenge and got the reward – peaking at the summit.
Then when I looked at the climb through the rock crevice into the womb hidden in the body of the rock tor I said that I realised it was a bit too hard for this grey haired troupe of seekers. However every one of our party decided to wriggle, slide, scrabble and take leaps of faith to make it over the very tricky and twisty cervix into the secret cave. Even when they were frightened and I had to climb up and down several times to accompany and help them, all the sisters overcame their fears and limitations to reach the wonderful space in which we seven held hands in reverie.
The next day we were rewarded further with the discovery of the 'heart rock' and a relaxing time sitting amidst the Buandig waterfalls. Some of us even plunging in under. In between everyone enjoyed taking baths in the deep pool of the creek near our camp.
Thanks for connecting to country with me in such a heartfelt, enthusiastic and adventurous way. May there be more of it.