On a sleepy Saturday, 21st of July, folks from the CERES community and many pathways of spirituality gathered at the fire circle (Ngaragee) for the first Meditation Garden working bee.

This was the first structure built at CERES and the day was bitter-sweet as we were to pull it down. Noel Blencowe, known as Uncle Noel, is a CERES valued Elder and is one of the founders of our urban oasis. Noel spoke to a group of 30 from Melbourne Zen group, Sophia’s Spring Eco Feminist Church and the wider CERES community about the history of CERES and his personal memories of lunch on a sunny day in 1981 when he helped construct the fire circle. Noel’s words moved us all and brought us to the core of CERES ethics and environmental values.

After a ritual of shared intention led by Melbourne Zen Group and Sophia’s Spring Uniting Church, we celebrated the symbolic change by casting objects from our surroundings in to the fire. Then the gloves were out and the tools raised as we went about taking the first steps towards the creation of a new spiritual hub that is the becoming Meditation Garden.

The warmth and energy of many helping hands made moving all that concrete and dirt seem easy. As we sat for a well earned rest, piece of cake and cuppa in hand, it was clear that this was one of many life affirming afternoons ahead in the construction process of the Meditation Garden.

Be sure to register and join in the upcoming activities for as little or as much as you like throughout August and September, there are jobs of all shapes and sizes, physical and non-physical. Official proceedings are from 10am till 4pm with a shared lunch and afternoon tea co-created by those attending.

Get involved! Sign up to a working bee or donate to help us get to the next stage of our vision.