April 2 2007


At first glance there is little connection to walking the Bibbulmun Track and dancing for peace in Israel and Palestine.

However, Beaconsfield resident Lucy Ridsdale is that link.

During November and December Lucy walked the entire 960 km length of the Bibbulmun from Kalamunda to Albany as part of her own spiritual journey.

Along the way she documented her travels with stunning photographs which are the centre piece of a fundraising art exhibition of Lucy’s work which includes the photography to be staged at St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall, Hampton Road, Beaconsfield on Saturday April 21st from 7pm.

A month or so after returning home Lucy finds herself preparing to take off on another journey.

Lucy will take part in Dances of Universal Peace - an international grass-roots movement that seeks to realise peace, unity and reconciliation in communities and people from the inside out.

“Sacred phrases from all different spiritual traditions are sung and danced as simple, powerful circle dances,” Lucy said.

“I’ve been dancing with the Perth circle on and off since I arrived here 18 months ago and find it to be an extraordinary, beautiful practice that moves on many levels.

“There is a nine day tour of six events which will give energy and support to peace actions already going on in Israel and Palestine, especially the peace work of the Eliyahu McLean, Jerusalem Peacemakers and Abrahamic Reunion.”

Lucy said half of the proceeds of art sales will go towards funding the Dances of Universal Peace trip and half will be donated to the restoration of the Eastern Wall of St Paul’s Church which is to be restored.

Fremantle Gazette Article Steps to Peace


MEDIA CONTACT: Ali Biddiscombe 040 108 5374