As part of our World Environment Day focus at Galilee this week we have developed and planted a meditative Wirra in the form of a labyrinth. The Labyrinth has been planted with local and indigenous seedlings.
The ground was blessed by Fr Tom Gleeson and prepared by parishioners at the beginning of the week, and each student and staff member has had the opportunity to visit and plant a seedling around the labyrinth. We hope that this special space will promote a sense of individual peace and connectedness and nurture a sense of community pride and ownership.
The Meditative Wirra will be available to the wider Willunga parish community 7
days per week. The site will also serve as a focus for community celebration and ritual; be available to staff and students from Galilee Catholic School; be a focus of attention for visitors to the site. It has been a collaborative venture between Galilee Catholic School, Mary of Galilee Parishioners and the City of Onkaparinga council who supplied a grant, which has helped to fund the project.
“We planted some plants at the labyrinth. It’s where you can walk in and you can make it out of all different plants. At the beginning we are quiet and take a breath, if you pass someone on the way and they are thinking quietly, you go past them quietly. You have to walk carefully so you don’t go off the path or accidently step on the plants. In the middle you can sit on the log and think and talk to God. I think it’s going to be peaceful, and everybody is going to get along with each other, and look after the plants there.” – Ella, 5 years old.