Install 1 - Totara Parklands, Whangarei
It was our absolute pleasure to be able to install Sacred Seed twice in one week over the 2019 Easter period. The first install was the full set up of Sacred Seed in its 'Temple Format' on April 14th, in Totara Parklands.
The morning opened with special karakia with Joby Hopa from Pehiaweri Marae, opening and welcoming us into his rohe (area). He walked us around the forest, speaking/chanting in Maori, declaring what would happen in the space and blessing this time to be. This process is the reason why I delayed the date for the Whangarei installation, so it was very humbling to have the morning play out as it ought to. We were all moved by the experience, which aligned our spirits and focussed us on the task at hand.
Set up for this installation was a fantastic achievement. With 8 helpers and 3 hours we transformed the bare forest into a wonderland of coloured fabric, a full temple, women’s art gallery, a workshop area, and a welcome zone for our Temple Fox Guardian. A huge thank you to Daniela, Ayla, Levi, Sean, Glenn, Jarred and LumiFox for making this installation possible.
The event opened and saw about 50 people visit the forest for the day. We were privileged to have Sherita play two acoustic sets as part of the event, which wooed people reminders of letting go of pain and being in alignment with the Earth. Sherita and I marvelled at how aligned our creative work is and hope to work together more in the future.
We also had two reiki healers onsite, Wendy and Shaun, who performed reiki healing on visitors (sorry no photos!). They also set up a crystal grid under a chair an energy boost (see above). Visitors could not believe the amazing feelings it generated in them: “When I sat on here I thought ‘Oh yeah, I won’t feel anything’, but WHOA!” and “I feel like I have enough energy to run a marathon!”
It was wonderful to show people how the Torus Doorway works, and share the opportunity to write a message to elders past on The Grandmother Tree. These tributes will be made into a piece of artwork once enough have been created.
Joby returned at the end of the day to see the artwork, and officially close the space. Within one hour, 5 people took down the space, finishing at nightfall, and we were home before dark. Thank yous to Maureen and Glenn for coming back to pack up!
Thank you so much to all involved in making this day such a success. It’s so important to have these moments to be able to provide a gentle space for regeneration of ourselves. This event was so successful we will definitely look at doing it again.
Install 2 - LUBBLE, a festival at Kauri Mountain
Installation 2 was an opportunity at a small event called LUBBLE – a wee Whangarei-based dance party weekend. This install was completely different and a first for Sacred Seed – setting up pieces hanging from one singular tree. It was a fresh challenge we’ve wanted to do for a while. We decided to set up a walkway around the tree that took people through key pieces of the Sacred Seed art work, the Torus, The Shadows, The Chakras and The Stars.
It was a great adventure doing something different, though it would have benefitted from having a crew person there to teach people about the different pieces, and how to use the doorways. For us though, LUBBLE is a relaxing moment in time, and we were distracted with our own little love bubble. Can’t wait to set up artwork at Lubble in Labour Weekend (Oct 2019)!