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A Labyrinth, a Goddess and a Descent to the Underworld in Byron

Written on October 14, 2016
PHOTO CREDIT: U.S. labyrinth teacher, Catherine of Creative Pilgrimage http://www.creativepilgrimage.com/

PHOTO CREDIT: U.S. labyrinth teacher, Catherine of Creative Pilgrimage http://www.creativepilgrimage.com/

For many years, my friend, Jacquelina Wills and I have dreamed of building a public, local labyrinth in Byron Shire. We recently scored a small grant from the Byron Shire Council’s Placemaking Seed Fund, as one of seven catalyst events for the Byron Bay Town Centre Masterplan to create a temporary labyrinth on the grassy foreshore in Byron near Clarks Beach. Yippee!!

However, we’d also really love to offer a range of events and activities: two ceremonies, twice weekly guided labyrinth walks and other clay modelling activities. Also I want to record the related ancient descent myth of the Goddess Inanna will also be broadcast on The Bohemian Beat on BAY FM Community Radio. To do all this and pay modest fees for creatives and materials involved in the project, we need another $2 000.

We are looking for both individual and business sponsors to support the project with cash and in-kind donations and has created a crowd funding page, which you can find here: https://chuffed.org/project/temporary-labyrinth-byron-bay.

While this is a pop-up place activation, if the community embrace it, an application will be made to Byron Shire Council for permission and seed-funding to install a permanent labyrinth next year.

If you can contribute, please visit our Chuffed ‘Temporary Labyrinth, Byron Bay’ crowd funding page or contact Jenni on 0403 328 643 or info@storiesonfoot.com. https://chuffed.org/project/temporary-labyrinth-byron-bay.

Opening Ceremony

Please join us at our Opening Ceremony on Saturday, November 5 from 4pm.

Come and stand in circle with Jenni Cargill-Strong and Jacquelina Wills, local Arakwal custodian Delta Kay and other locals as we dedicate our temporary labyrinth with a short ceremony and then we can all walk it! We will be painting a labyrinth design on grass on Friday and on Saturday Jacquelina will create an ephemeral mandala within it.

OPENING CEREMONY: Delta will give welcome to country, Whaia Whaea will sing, I will tell a story, Jacquelina will lead a water ritual and meditative music will be played as we begin to walk. We will let you know details of other guests as they are confirmed.

THEME: Our theme will be “Honouring the Sacred Waters”

WHERE: The grassy foreshore (Denning park) along Lawson Street, at Clark’s Beach end, between the two kayak companies.

WHEN: The Ceremony will begin at 4pm
Jacquelina will build the mandala all day, but from 1pm on you can come and paint a stone with a water fractal design.

WHY: Read more about the project and events here. https://chuffed.org/project/temporary-labyrinth-byron-bay
More details will be slowly revealed as we get closer to the Opening.

SUPPORT: We have not yet reached our crowdfunding target and some unexpected insurance costs just came in. Please support our crowdfunding campaign which ends NOV 2: https://chuffed.org/project/temporary-labyrinth-byron-bay Here is the FB Event page https://www.facebook.com/events/1213527485373045/ so you can keep informed.

Jacquelina's water mandala Uplift Festival, Byron

Jacquelina’s water mandala Uplift Festival, Byron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BUSINESS SPONSORS of our Crowdfunding Campaign so far:

Big warm thanks to our business sponsors who have contributed the following cash and in-kind donations. We welcome lots more sponsors in cash or see our In Kind Wish List above.

Spiral Foods have made a very generous pledge which will go far.

The Crystal Castle will supply crystals and flags for Opening event.

Moontime Diaries donated 5 diaries worth
Byron Kinesiology (Australian Wellness Centre)

Painted Earth (also known as Green Building Centre) donated non-toxic, eco friendly paint for decorating stones with fractal designs and painting the footpath and clay paint to lead people from busy Surf Club area towards us.

Byron Bay Council with line-marking

Community Partner: Mullum SEED Inc has kindly stepped in to auspiced our event

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