Walking with Butterflies

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Origami butterfly (right) and 5 year old Fynn’s butterfly (middle)

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Close up of some of the butterflies on display (left). Ric-rac butterfly above right

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Butterfly above made by Llew from rose petals and leaves

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Shelley’s beautiful coloured butterflies

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Monique’s display of some of the butterflies

Last weekend I went on a community walk to promote nonviolence and particularly highlight the issue of domestic violence in our community. It was called the Butterfly Walk as for weeks different individuals and community groups, schools, community centres and workplaces have been making butterflies and talking about domestic violence, healthy relationships and nonviolence. There were about 100 of us on the walk, and we went to Christies Beach down Beach Road from the Dyson Road corner. Once we arrived, there were speeches and a sausage sizzle in the park. It was a great day – a lovely atmosphere, the rain held off, and lots of pretty butterflies to walk with.

The idea of butterflies came from the logo of the local domestic violence service. Butterflies have great symbolic value. When they are caterpillars they are nourished by the leaf they sit on. After they have eaten enough, they cloak themselves in a protective cocoon, and begin the transformation process. This takes time, and requires a safe place and some care and while the work of change is taking place. Eventually the butterfly breaks free from the cocoon, but again this takes time, and the creatures must do the work themselves. It is through doing the work of emerging from the covering that the butterfly develops the strength to fly.
Above are some photos of some of our butterflies that were flown and displayed on the day. You can click on each picture for an enlarged version.

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7 Responses to Walking with Butterflies

  1. Kathy says:

    Beautiful to see, and wonderful to hear about. Reading about this has been a nice way to start my day!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks Kathy, much appreciated…

  3. Avril Evans says:

    Found you Elizabeth. Lovely butterflies. Letter in Post. Avril

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