This sanctuary is the perfect mix of聽natural and spiritual energies. Aboriginal sculptures are scattered all over this beautiful and quiet place. The sanctuary 鈥 surrounded by Dandenong Ranges 鈥 represents the philosophy and believes of William Ricketts 鈥 a man who believed that us 鈥 as聽humans 鈥 we聽are the guardians of nature; feeding the land is the only way to聽actually feed our life and souls. Born in Richmond, Victoria, in 1898,聽William Ricketts settled permanently in Mt Dandenong in 1934. From 1912 to 1920 William developed skills in playing violin,making jewelry, and clay modeling. From 1949 to 1960 he made frequent trips across Central Australia in order to live with the Aboriginal population of聽Pitjantjatjara and Arrernte, whose traditions and influences inspired his artistic works. In 1970 Ricketts took his works to India and spent two years in the country. During his journey he discovered a strong connection with Indian people, therefore he spent most of his time at the聽Sri Aurobindo Ashram in聽Pondicherry (an internationally known spiritual center).

 

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Boots聽Ash,
Jeans Zara
Sweater GAP

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All sculptures are made of clay聽which has been fired to 1200 degree.

William passed away in 1993 at the age of聽94 years old. He was a naturalist concerned about聽the mass destruction of the environment.聽Rather than living cells creating individual life forms, William鈥檚 philosophy stated聽that everything that exists on earth is the making of one single life, which everything fits into. The聽William Ricketts Sanctuary聽 is an enchanting place characterized by a strong connection with nature. It feels good to think that the spirit of his founder is still here.

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USEFUL INFO

William Ricketts Sanctuary

Access is via Mount Dandenong Tourist Road

Mount Dandenong VIC 3767

tel. +61 397511300

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