Monday, June 10, 2024

Revitalizing the Labyrinth Gardens

The intention for this year is to revitalize the gardens at the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth. They were originally designed and planted in 2011. And fourteen years later the gardens surrounding the labyrinth are no longer in good shape. They are overgrown, weedy, need edging and mulch, and more.
There is currently not an active committee looking after the labyrinth, the Town of Carleton Place cuts the grass but does not tend the gardens. The idea is to have a master gardener help provide some plant replacement ideas. Once there is a plan and when we secure some funding, a gardener and crew will help to do a one-time clean up of the beds.
We had a good start with a Hosta planting party at the labyrinth last week. A small group of former Labyrinth committee members, with the help of a Carleton Place and Districut Horticultural Society member, planted several dozen Hostas under the spruce trees bordering the Labyrinth.
All who come to walk the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth comment on the peace and tranquility they find at this special place. We are very hopeful that the beauty of the gardens will soon be restored.

Coming Home to the Labyrinth

I decided to go an a special journey this past summer and took myself on a retreat to ASA Adirondack - A Sanctuary for the Soul. I have been a volunteer labyrinth keeper with the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth since 2010 or perhaps even a bit longer. I did my Veriditas Labryrinth Facilitator training with Lauren Artress here in Ottawa in May of 2010. And I was feeling the need to reflect on what might be next for me in terms of the labyrinth and also my mosaic art practise.
It also helped that Tony Christie, a labyrinth expert I greatly admire, was coming to the States for the first time to co-facilitate the retreat. And when I asked Christine Powers (the owner of the retreat) about the possibility of camping - was offered to opportunity to stay in the Enlightenment Hut. I was warned that it was rustic (off-grid and no washroom facilities) but I felt intuitively that it was exactly right for me.
We had several very powerful Zoom sessions leading up to the retreat - that totally helped me to prepare for the journey. I was also drawn to going to prospect for some Herkimer diamonds along the way (they can only be found in upper New York state). I had actually been told about the Herkimer diamonds by a participant at my original labyrinth facilitator training back in 2010. And was reminded about them when I came across a lucid dream ritual that incorporated a Herkimer diamond - while getting ready for this trip.
And finally I also knew to bring a very special mosaic project with me to get started on - while staying in my off-grid cabin. A friend had drawn/painted a mandala in memory of dear friend of both of ours. She commissioned me to create a mosaic based on her piece of art. Before leaving on my journey, I spent time pulling together a palette of mosaic materials for the project. The mosaic was eventually going to be installed on a fairly heavy stone – that I left at home!
The retreat was everything I hoped for and more. The setting in the southern part of the Adirondacks was wild and beautiful. From my cabin window I could see ranges of mountain peaks. My cabin mosaic studio was great. I would work on the mosaic first thing in the morning and from time to time during the day when we had some personal time.
We had several sharing circles, guided labyrinth walks, a guided group meditation and were just generally very well cared for. The meals were food for the soul, feasts prepared by the culinary goddesses! And of course, the people that attended were also meant to be there and added greatly to the overall experience.
On my final morning I spent time in a quiet area in the woods. I clambered up to the top of a lovely huge boulder and reflected on my time away and what a gift it was to myself. I know I am on the right path on my creative journey and look forward to whatever comes next.

Monday, June 19, 2023

2023 Labyrinth Events

It's almost mid-summer and I am happy to tell you there are a few events that will be held at the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth this year. Up until now I have been tending the gardens at the labyrinth on most Tuesdays and enjoying my peaceful, quiet time there.
Tuesdays at 9 am - May 3rd until September 26th. Weekly garden tending at the labyrinth. Volunteers to help are very welcome!
Sunday July 16th & Sunday August 27th 10 am - “Yoga on the Labyrinth” with Charlotte Pragnell Come and enjoy a guided meditation followed by a relaxing and meditative yoga session at the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth. The session will be facilitated by Charlotte Pragnell, an experienced yoga teacher. Bring your own yoga mat, all are welcome.
Donations will support sending soccer cleats and uniforms to Zambia.
Saturday September 23rd 1 to 3 pm – “Switch Plate Painting Lesson “ with Colleen Gray Give your old plastic switch plates some creative love! No art skills required. This is just fun and so easy to do! Paint as many switch plates as you like in 2 hours. You bring the plastic switch plates (and screws). All other materials supplied.
The workshop will be held indoors at the Carleton Place Beckwith and Heritage Museum, with a pre-workshop grounding session on the labyrinth, then a bit of an energy release at the labyrinth at the end of the event.
Workshop fee $40. Maximum number for this in-person workshop is 20 participants. To reserve your spot, e-transfer to, use “switch” as the password. NOTE: We will be using 99% pure alcohol. This event is not suitable for young children.
For more information contact: Christine Hume Volunteer Labyrinth Keeper Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator Cel: 613 859 2136

Monday, April 25, 2022

2022 Labyrinth Events

I am happy to say that we are reopening the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth this year and have planned some events for 2022. Save the dates!

Tuesdays, starting May 3rd  until the end of September 9 am – Weekly garden tending at the labyrinth.

Saturday May 7th 1 pm  - “World Labyrinth Day” with Christine Hume
Walk the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth at 1:00 p.m. on World Labyrinth Day to help create a rolling wave of peace passing from one time zone to the next around the globe. Also to commemorate “National Start Seeing Monarchs Day” some sunflower and milkweed seeds will be planted at the labyrinth.

Sunflower by Micki Renehan photographer
Some sunflower seeds will be planted on World Labyrinth Day.

Saturday May 14th 1 pm - “Crystal Grid Workshop ” by "Paint with Janet"
Introduction to Crystal Grids through an exploration of Sacred Geometry and Crystal Energy. This workshop will be facilitated by "Paint with Janet". Includes everything you need to paint your 10" x 10" wooden canvas and a mystery bag of crystals. Walk the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth and spend some time reflecting and journaling about your experience. 
Workshop fee $60. To register, e-transfer to

Paint your own Crystal Grid, followed by a labyrinth walk.
NEW DATE Saturday August 27th  2022 10 am - “Yoga on the Labyrinth” with Charlotte Pragnell
Come and enjoy a relaxing and meditative yoga session at the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth. The session will be facilitated by Charlotte Pragnell, an experienced yoga teacher. Bring your own yoga mat, all are welcome.
A portion of the donations from today’s walk will support humanitarian relief efforts in the Ukraine.

Yoga on the labyrinth, a relaxing and meditative experience.
NEW DATE Saturday August 20th 2022 10 am “Sock Project” Labyrinth Walk with Jessica Lynn Baird
Wear a pair of crazy socks and walk the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth.
The Sock Project gifts socks to inspire hope in folks suffering chronic illness.
A portion of donations from today’s walk will go to support the Sock Project.
Wear a pair of fun socks and walk the labyrinth to support a good cause.
DATE CORRECTION Saturday September 24th  2022 9 am to 11 am - “Creativity on the Labyrinth” – inspired by Dahlias with Brittiny Lepage, The Dahlia Darling
A labyrinth helps to evoke your creativity! Come and explore your creative self, create a mosaic; collage; sketch or painting inspired by Dahlias. This creativity session will be facilitated by "The Dahlia Darling" Brittiny Lepage.

Enjoy a creativity session, inspired by Dahlias!
Donations in support of the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth programming are gratefully accepted.

For more information contact:
Christine Hume
Volunteer Labyrinth Keeper - Carleton Place Community Labyrinth
Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator
Cel: 613 859 2136

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Artist-in-Residency COVID-Style

I have been meaning to capture some of the highlights of my 2020 Artist-in-Residency (AIR) experience with Muskoka Chautauqua. Of course - early in the year I was anticipating going back for another week to teach a mosaic workshop - this time at The New Baldwins Resort in Windermere, Ontario - on the shores of Lake Rousseau.  I had booked mid-July, 2020 in my calendar. 

To learn more about my AIR experience in 2019 - go here.

But as time went by, and we went into full lockdown due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it became quite clear that things were just not going to be the same. I received this email on June 10th, 2020:

Good Morning All,
Just wanted to provide another update regarding AIR this year. Clevelands House in Minett has announced that they will not be opening to provide accommodations this year, nor will there be accommodations provided in Windermere. This news, combined with group gatherings being prohibited, means that we will be unable to conduct our AIR programming in the traditional sense. However, we will be continuing to offer it virtually via livestream/zoom or pre-recorded videos. These videos will be posted during the weeks each artist was scheduled for (provided you would like to still participate).

These virtual workshop videos can either be: one video for your scheduled week of a couple different ones (it is completely up to you). Please let us know if you would be able to record a video of yourself teaching a workshop or if you need assistance with filming.

Kind regards,
Kelly Hart
Muskoka Chautauqua

I considered this carefully and then replied:

Hi Kelly:

Thanks for your email about this year’s AIR programme – and the idea to offer our workshops virtually this year.


I have given some thought to how I could teach my yellow mosaic workshop via video – see outline attached. Participants would need a kit – that could include the loan of tools and/or they would have to have their own tools. You could consider offering delivery services for the kits within a specified region.


I don’t have the capacity to shoot the videos as described – but I could come to Muskoka and we could do the video shoot at your end.  At the same time I could bring the participant kits.

Let me know how you would like to proceed.




Getting ready to assemble the mosaic kits

After a bit of back and forth, a plan came together to do a very professional video shoot involving five artists in mid-August. I decided to develop some Yellow Camino Mosaic arrow kits, complete with a set of instructions. And planned to create one arrow during the video shoot - accompanied by me teaching the process - if that seemed appropriate. I was ready! And then just "let it go" after that and trusted the creative process.


Hi Christine
Yes Friday, August 14th, 2020 at 1:30.
There will be 5 artists in total that we will be videoing.
We will have a light supper at around 5 pm.
One of our friends have offered their boathouse accommodation for you.
We are shooting from the 12th to the 15th.
You are welcome to hang out with us.
We are looking forward to some fun.
We create the path by walking.
Yellow Camino Arrow Mosaic Kit created by Christine Hume
Yellow Camino Arrow mosaic kit complete with instructions
Carson's Lake, Barry's Bay, Ontario
Dock-sitting on Carson Lake near Barry's Bay was a wonderful respite.
I enjoyed my road trip to get there, staying one night with a friend at her home on a lake, just outside of Barry's Bay. We spent time dock-sitting and star-gazing - a wonderful respite from the worries of the pandemic. 
The next day I rose early and continued on my way to Windermere to meet the folks from Muskoka Chautauqua and the fellow artists who were also participating in the video shoot.  The shoot was just one activity being held during their "virtual" Windermere 2020 Village Festival of the Arts.
I spent the afternoon enjoying a creative dramatic presentation and a compelling session led by an indigenous elder. Those attending gathered in a Circle and experienced an engaging and, at times, emotional journey. Meegwetch for the teachings of this day.
My accommodations on Lake Rousseau!
And I got to stay in a boat house on Lake Rousseau - just minutes away from the video shoot location. There is something incredibly soothing about hearing lake waters lapping below you - while enjoying a light meal on the deck and later being gently lulled to sleep by the sound.   
It is amazing where my mosaic journey is taking me!  

The day of the video shoot was very enjoyable. Each of the artists had their own outdoor studio space to set up. The professional video crew traveled from artist to artist - taking photos and filming as we were engaged in creating. It was great to have the opportunity to meet each other during and after the shoot - and share stories of our creative journeys.

The following photos and video truly capture the experience of having my mosaic studio in the woods. Some clips have also been incorporated into another video that helps to promote Muskoka Chautauqua. 
Applying thinset to a yellow Camino mosaic arrow

My pop-up mosaic studio in the woods on the shores of Lake Rousseau

Using nippers to cut mosaic tiles

Starting to add the 2nd layer of "bits and bobs" to the mosaic arrow

I am about to fill in my application to participate in the 100th Anniversary event for Muskoka Chautauqua in August 2021. I am filled with gratitude for the experiences I have had so far with this wonderful group.
Who knows where my mosaic journey will take me next?





Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Trusting the Path, Despite the Pandemic

I am taking some time to reflect on a very different kind of year at the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth. As of early March 2020 it became apparent that our planned schedule of community events needed to be put on indefinite hold. But the "labyrinth keeper" in me realized there was still something that I could do.  Following is a diary of the year...

Grant Snider labyrinth illustration


Thankful for these posts that helped to continue building awareness of our lovely labyrinth:

Ottawa Road Trips - 10 Things you Didn't know about Carleton Place
Getting on Travel - An Ottawa Road Trip - includes CP Labyrinth

APRIL 2020

April 8 - Garden tending.  For most of April I would go to the labyrinth - and tend one garden at a time; trimming the grasses - and feeling better for being there - working away quietly and meditatively. 

Spring garden cleanup at the labyrinth

April 18 - Labyrinth opens. Message of encouragement at the start of this year's journal. 

Journal at Carleton Place Labyrinth

April 29 - Stones of encouragement left in the labyrinth mailbox. 

Stones of Encouragement
MAY 2020

May 2 - Solo World Labyrinth Day walk - feeling centered and grounded.

Painted stone on Chartres Labyrinth bench
May 13 - My labyrinth walk, finding art (Hope!) along the path
Hope stone on Carleton Place Labyrinth
JUNE 2020

June 7 Thought for today's labyrinth walk... dawdle and walk aimlessly - inspired by Thich Nhat Hahn

The mind can go in a thousand directions
June 8 A gift of stones left at the labyrinth
June 23 Rainbow of hope mosaic, created by Christine Hume Mosaics. (Wherein I participate in an online project called "Mosaic a Rainbow of Hope" organized by my mosaic teacher Suzanne Spahi, in Italy!)
Rainbow of Hope Mosaic by Christine Hume
JULY 2020

July 7 Picnic and barefoot labyrinth walk

Picnic beside labyrinth


2020 Journal Entries... So good to know people are finding solace in walking the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth during these challenging times!

Labyrinth Journal Entries


In the Fall we reopened - it was good to be able to offer several community events.

September 6 - Drone photo taken of the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth! (Photo credit: Sean Kilpatrick)Drone photo CP Labyrinth Sean KilpatrickSeptember 6 and 20 - Yoga at the Labyrinth.

Yoga mats on labyrinth 

October 4 - St. Francis Day walk with your companion animals!

St. Francis day walk with companion animals

Cats and St. Francis Blessing

While this year has been challenging on many levels, tending and walking the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth has kept me grounded and encouraged me to follow my intuition and simply trust the path! A very good reminder that things are often "solved by walking"... See you at the Labyrinth :)

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Fall Events at the Labyrinth

Join us in September and early October for some special events at the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth. The labyrinth has been open throughout 2020 and people have been coming to walk and finding solace and peace during this particularly challenging year.

“June 5/20 - A happy day with my friend – trying to make the best of the pandemic on a sunny day. H.”

“June 18/20 – thank you for the lovely experience. B.A.”

“July 27/20 – The labyrinth walk calmed me! So peaceful! Thank you for sharing. G.U.”

We are happy to once again to be able to offer community events as follows. They will be offered in a safe and responsible manner in accordance with present legislation and guidelines. The events are free, but a $5 to $10 donation is suggested to help support future activities at the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth.

Yoga on the labyrinth – Sunday Sept 6, 2020 and Sunday Sept 20, 2020 9 AM to 10 AM

Come and enjoy a relaxing and meditative yoga session at the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth. The sessions will be facilitated by Dawn Bone, an experienced Kundalini yoga teacher. Bring your own yoga mat and mask, all are welcome. 


St. Francis Day – Sunday Oct 4, 2020 11 AM (walk with your companion animal at the labyrinth)

Join us on the feast day for St. Francis for a special labyrinth event celebrating and blessing our companion animals. St. Francis was known (among many things) for his love for all creatures. You are welcome to bring your pet (on leash) to join you for a walk at the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth. If it isn’t possible to bring your companion animal, bring of photo of your pet and walk with it.  Important to note: Walkers are responsible to have their pet under control at all times. 

Bring your pet (on leash) for a labyrinth walk on St. Francis Day

Labyrinths exist in many forms, in places as diverse as Peru, Iceland, Egypt, France, and the United Kingdom. There are more than 4,000 labyrinths active today. Some labyrinths have been built on private lands, while others, like the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth, have been created as a public space for all to enjoy.  

The Community Labyrinth is located at the corner of George and Baines Streets, beside the Carleton Place & Beckwith Heritage Museum. The labyrinth was built in 2010, and construction was made possible by the Town of Carleton Place, individual, business & community sponsors, and a Trillium Foundation grant.

For more information contact Christine Hume: 613-859-2136 or