This ‘walkshop’ is an immersion into the archetype of the pilgrim. Through readings from her book The Comfort of Water: A River Pilgrimage, and practices of walking meditation and river contemplation, we seek to connect with the ancient imaginal power of walking through sacred land. Directed to share this work after her river pilgrimage in 2003 by senior Wurundjeri elder Joy Murphy Wandin, Maya will introduce the concept of Country.
This word in Aboriginal English refers to the animate, aware ecosystem and our entanglement with it.
MEETING PLACE – We will meet at The Abbotsford Convent and walk to Collingwood Children’s Farm, where Maya once lived, and has many stories of farm life. We then journey along the river to Yarra Bend Park and Studley Park boathouse, where we stop for lunch.
We then return to our starting point, walking the other side of the Yarra through some of the most beautiful natural places within the inner city. It will be a gently paced walk of about 5km, and we will be accompanied by spring wildflowers and abundant bird life. Please be prepared for Melbourne’s variable weather with sunscreen, hat, umbrella and rain jacket, comfortable walking shoes and a small backpack for snacks and water bottle. Bring a picnic lunch or buy food and drink from the cafe.
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