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Taroona Labyrinth Project

In September 2016 the idea of a labyrinth on the Taroona foreshore was put forward in The Taroona News:

"Interest has been sparked to create a permanent labyrinth on Taroona Foreshore. To initiate the project Mark Healy (Magic Pathman) and local resident Judy Keen will be creating an ephemeral labyrinth."

People were encouraged to bring flowers to decorate the path which was marked out on a grassy area, and decorative tiles made by children at a workshop run by local artist Robin Hopcroft were used to mark out the entrance.

ephemeral labyrinth on 19 Nov 2016-Taroona Art Trailephemeral labyrinth on 19 Nov 2016-Taroona Art Trail   Mosaic tiles made by children for Taroona Art Trail mark entrance to labyrinth as volunteers mark out the pathsMosaic tiles made by children for Taroona Art Trail mark entrance to labyrinth as volunteers mark out the paths

 

The ephemeral project was a great success and now plans are afoot to develop the idea for a more permanent labyrinth.

 

Ephemeral labyrinth on 19 Nov 2016 at Taroona Art TrailEphemeral labyrinth on 19 Nov 2016 at Taroona Art Trail

What are labyrinths for?

Labyrinths are for everybody, from children who love to run the course, to elderly folk. They are useful for:

  • Quiet contemplation, meditation, considering the life journey
  • Stress release. In addition to the settling effect of walking, it is thought that the alternate turning right and left has a calming effect on the body and mind.
  • Exercise. Those who have Fitbits will find that they have walked a far greater distance than they would have expected in such a small area. Pace of walking is individual. It is not necessary to walk slowly if that is not the natural gait.
  • Works of art. The shape of the labyrinth, particularly the Chartres style, is a thing of beauty.
  • Prayer. Labyrinths are frequently attached to religious houses and places of worship.
  • Plant education. A native plant labyrinth can exhibit a range of local plants to promote the growing of such plants in gardens. They may also encourage animals and insects.
  • Ceremony. Labyrinths are often used in weddings, naming ceremonies, symbols of life partnerships.
  • Spectacles. Groups of labyrinth walkers present almost a ballet-like spectacle to the observer.They can be beautiful locations for choirs and dances. Night walking with candles or lamps can present a wonderful display.
  • Tourist attractions. In addition to those who base journeys on labyrinth locations, many people visit them as part of a general tourist experience.

Watch this space for developing news on this project and for information about how you can be involved.