Walking the Koru Labyrinth
The prayer koru is a New Zealand version of the traditional labyrinth. Instead of walking around the cruciform shape of a labyrinth the koru walk follows the shape of an unfolding tree fern frond
(ponga, mamaku etc.) walking from the base to the tip, and back again.
The koru is a symbol of life unfolding. It is a complex leaf form where each part of the frond
unfolds as a miniature frond with the result that the whole frond is a delicate, expansive patterned shape that is a mark of our bush. Here we use it as a way of walking meditatively
Finding The Koru: It lies between the Glade and the Glen on the top track which is entered on one of the short tracks starting below/behind the garden shed and water tank.
Using The Koru: The steep descent down the steps takes you to the start of the Koru. Use the handrail to steady yourself - it’s steep! The stepping stones cross a wet patch with the track rising to a seat under a ponga, a reflective spot. It then crosses a bridge and rises up a slope through ferns, kanuka and tanekaha trees. The seat on this slope looks over the regrowth of The Circle, as we call it.
Further on, the track begins to curl around to the end of the frond past another seat and ends in an open space with a garden seat to relax and reflect in.
What does the journey so far suggest to you?
What’s it like moving out along the unfolding frond?
What signs of life and hope have you seen?
The return takes you back down the frond to the base and up the steps to the Glade-Glen
track. Walk it slowly; stop at the seats.
What do you see going this way?
What is it like to return to the start?
What did the rising back up from the Koru suggest to you?
What insights have you had overall?