Victor’s Way was designed as a contemplation (or meditation) space for lone adults between the approx. ages of 28 and 65 who feel the need to take some quality time out for R&R&R (i.e. rest, recovery & spiritual reorientation). The garden contains 7 major and 37 minor black granite sculptures. It took 25 years to complete. The major sculptures represent 7 development stages of life. Victor’s Way also offers the opportunity for forest bathing. All the sculptures were designed in Roundwood and then hand cut in a dedicated workshop in Mahabalipuram in South India.
Victor’s Way is not a fun park for families. Ideally chatty companions, children and dogs, all of which disrupt the peace and quiet of the contemplative ambience, should not be brought. Here the use of mobile phones (save for photography) is an absolute no-no. Ideally the visitor should slow down to half or quarter normal walking speed. Ideally the visitor should sit down on the benches provided and absorb into his or her inner (future, hence perfect) world and/or the serene forest atmosphere.
The garden covers some 20 acres. The contemplation path is 2kms long. Hence it takes at least 1 hour to get around. There are several unsecured ponds, meaning that extreme care should be taken if you do bring children. Unless the weather is perfect, wearing outdoor clothes and watertight shoes is a must.
The small admission fee of €5.- per adult (children go free) helps defray the running costs of the garden and keeps my consultants at the Blackrock clinic in clover.
Victor’s Way for contemplatives