Tag Archive: resources

Jan 067

The gorgeous Dusk Liney of Inspirit Creative recently ran a customised (pretty damn special) contemplative birthday for me down at Pipemakers Park. As she as gifted, so are we all. Please be encouraged to  use this for your own reflections on 2017. 

Pipemakers Park mosaic

Wurundjeri Garden 


This mosaic depicts Aboriginal life before European settlers arrived. Find a place around the mosaic to reflect on your own life this year. Create your own Mosaic/picture – using illustrations, colours or words – that reflects how you experienced 2017.

Capture the good, the bad, the ugly. What surprised you? What enlivened you? What challenged you? What were the unexpected gifts?

burning paper


Before you leave the Wurundjeri Garden, if there is any part of this year that you would like to leave behind, make your way to the fireplace.

Take a piece of paper, put that image, word or feeling down on paper, and burn it.

Childs feet

Early Settlers Garden


As you walk to the next station, pause and place your feet on the child’s footprints. Take a moment to be still and be present to your inner child.

Whisper to her what your heart yearns for her to hear.

Jan 031

One sided Table 

So much of the year is spent preparing food for others. In this moment, come and sit at the table. Think about the hospitality that you show to others and imagine the ways in which you can show that same beautiful hospitality to yourself.

What would it be like for the Divine to prepare a table for you? What would feed your soul? How can you show that hospitality to your soul this year?

Mum and baby under an apple tree

Take a walk over to the apple tree and think of an apple dish that captures that imagining. Write it on a sticker and place it on your clothes.

woman sitting in a fig tree Pipemakers park

Pipeworkers Garden

Dry Garden

Take in the fig tree, the succulents and the drought resistant plants. Each of these plants have survived dry, hot, tough conditions. It is actually in this landscape of lacking that they grow.

Sit here and acknowledge the dry places in your life. Think about the qualities that have grown in you within the dry parts of this year. Write them on a post it and stick it to the dry plant captures that quality.

Jan 073

Grapevine Colonnade

Then walk under the pipe colonnade shaded by the grapevines. Allow the coolness and shade to wash over those dry places. As you come to the end, sit with the sun mosaic.

Ask God / the Divine / the Sun to shine on you this year, to shine you with light and warmth. Name the desires of your heart and lay them at the Sun as offering. 

Picnic Pipemakers park

Picnic Circle

When you’re ready, come and find a place on the blankets and we’ll gather in a circle to reflect together.

We kicked off the Bartimaeus Institute tonight and by way of introduction to the space, one another and the content we did an exercise in replacing Mark’s prologue in our bioregion – it was great to hear some of the native stories of California, Minnesota, Texas, Saskatchewan…

(we acknowledge the people of the Kulin nations as first custodians of the land on which we work and play – and ask you forgive our ignorance and accept this as a light story in entering into the spirit of the exercise and representative of a desire to learn our own context more deeply…)

The Australian midrash went something like this…

Aunty Joy Wandin was up Broken Hill way sharing stories to remember the Dreamtime and people from all over, from as far away as Sydney and Melbourne, were coming to hear, and were baptised by her at the confluence of the Murray and Darling Rivers.  Aunty Joy wore simple clothes from a second hand shop with a possum-skin cloak overtop and ate good bush tucker like yams and witchety grubs.

She shared at the gathering, “The one who is more deadly than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to clean his dunny.  I have blessed you with water; but he will give you the blessing of the creator spirit – the Rainbow Serpent.

William Barak came from Waggawagga to be baptised in the Murray/Darling River. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens part and the spirit descended like a sulphur-crested cuckatoo on him. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my mob, and I think you’re deadly.”

And the Creator Spirit immediately drove him walkabout. He was in the outback for forty days and tempted by the Waa the Crow Trickster with the promise of shiny things from the mining of oil, coal and uranium;  Barak was with the wild dingos, platypus, wombats and other animals, and gentle bunyips waited on him.

Now, after Aunty Joy was locked up, Barak went up Penrith way, also sharing stories of the Creator Spirit from the Dreamtime, and saying, “Listen, the time for the healing between people and the land is here.”

And as he walked along the Nepean River, he saw Wilam huffing petrol and Hassad – a doctor in his own country but here just a taxi driver – and said “Come with me – I have something else for you to do.”

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The task of replaced thoelogy is to reclaim symbols of redemption which are indigenous to the bioregion in which the church dwells, to remember the stories of the people of the land, and to sing anew its old songs.
These can then be woven together with the symbols, stories and songs of biblical radicalism.
This will necessarily be a local, contextual and personal exercise
(Who Will Roll Away The Stone, 1994)

you can’t save a place you don’t love

you can’t love a place you don’t know

you can’t know a place you haven’t learned


As applies not only to our neighbourhood, country, world – but also to the bigger historical creation story we find ourselves in .