Spirit of Place: William Ricketts Sanctuary (Dandenong Mountains)

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I love nature and one of my favourite things to do, is go up to the Dandenong Mountains and explore the national parks.

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A few weeks ago I visited William Rickets Sanctuary which contains many mystical sculptures, immersed in the natural forest.

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William Rickets Sanctuary is part of Parks Victoria which acknowledges the original traditional Aboriginal owners.

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William Ricketts was an untrained Australian potter and sculptor who devoted a large part of his life creating Aboriginal centric sculptures to blend in with the natural landscape he placed them in, whilst sending the message to respect nature. He sepent 11 years traveling to Central Australia to be with the Pitjantjatjara and Arrernte people who vastly inspired his work. In the 70’s he spent a few years in India where he developed a love and empathy of their spirituality and philosophies which can be seen in his work.

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In 1934 William purchased the land now known as William Ricketts Sanctuary and named it Potters Sanctuary. He worked on various sculptures and works in this sanctuary until 1993.  In the 1960’s the Victorian Government bought the land from him and turned it into a national park and renamed it William Ricketts Sanctuary.  William remained its primary resident and continued his work until his passing in 1993.

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I found the place full of calm contemplation and it was very serene (even though the Dandenong main tourist road is just below it). The few tourists who were there at the time were very respectful and it was easy to navigate around the various paths and view the artwork.

 

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The whole place vibrated with a rich earthy power which refreshed and centered me.  I felt many devic energies around and as though I was in another plane of existence.

 

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I especially loved how the sculptures take into consideration the natural surroundings and provide various watering holes for the native animals and birds who live there.

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William Ricketts was an amazing artist who had a deep spiritual core which resonated in his work.  I am thankful that his legacy and message to respect nature and indigenous cultures lives on through his work.

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