Sunday, 20 October 2019
Venue: Starts at - Abbotsford Convent
1 St Helier St, Abbotsford, Vic. 3067 (Map Here)
10.00am - 4.00pm
Presenter: Dr Maya Ward
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 Bakery 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.
This workshop follows on from last Friday night’s lecture (18 October), attendance is NOT a prerequisite - for info on the Lecture click Here.
Certificates of Attendance available - more info Here
Dr Maya Ward has worked for 30 years in deepening belonging and connection to place through writing, dancing, designing and teaching. Her PhD in Creative Writing explored the ecological and evolutionary underpinning to archetypal experience, referencing neuroscience, psychology and shamanistic metaphysics, which will soon be published as a book.
She has studied internationally with Jungian psychologists Arnold and Amy Mindell and is grateful to have been a student of a number of indigenous elders. Her memoir The Comfort of Water: A River Pilgrimage, published by Transit Lounge, is an account of her 21-day journey from the sea to the source of the Yarra River, following the length of a Wurundjeri Songline.
This book is taught in universities around Australia, and was shortlisted by the State Library for the 2012 Year of Reading Award. She has worked as an urban designer, permaculture teacher and in bushland revegetation. Currently she lives on the banks of the Yarra and co-creates pilgrimage-based ritual, teaches dance, and grows food with her home community in the mountain village of Warburton.
Her website is: www.mayaward.com.au
Google maps - Abbotsford Convent - Here
Bureau of Meteorology for latest weather forecast - Here
Visitor information including public transport and parking info - Here
Abbotsford Convent map of grounds image jpg - (can be saved and printed) - Here
The Abbotsford Convent is located in Abbotsford, Victoria, an inner city suburb of Melbourne, Australia.
The Convent is in a bend of the Yarra River west of Yarra Bend Park, with the Collingwood Children's Farm to its north and east, the river and parklands to its south and housing to its west (wikipedia)
Refund policy - Refunds for monies paid (less $25 admin fee) will be issued upon receipt of written request 7-days prior to the commencement of the workshop, course or event.
If less than 7-days notice, only 50% of the full fee will be refunded. Once the workshop, course or event has commenced, no refunds will be allowed.