Wednesday, May 1, 2019

World Labyrinth Day Walk

World Labyrinth Day Walk at the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth on May 4th, 2019
PLUS
Help Kick-off 200 Labyrinth Walks for CP 200!

Join us on Saturday May 4th, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. as we officially open the Carleton Place Community labyrinth for the season.  We will "Walk as One at 1 PM" in celebration of World Labyrinth Day. And to help celebrate and honour Carleton Place’s 200th Anniversary – we will be launching “200 Labyrinth Walks for CP200”.

Whenever someone walks the CP Community Labyrinth from May 4th to September 13th in 2019, they will be encouraged to record their participation. We are hoping to meet our goal of 200 labyrinth walks by Friday, September 13th, 2019– and will celebrate our achievement during our annual “Light up the Labyrinth” event.

Record your labyrinth walk on the CP200 poster at the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth.
If you are new to the labyrinth experience, this Saturday walk will be a perfect introduction for you. Information about the history, benefits and unique aspects of the labyrinth will be available onsite.

World Labyrinth Day, declared in 1998 by The Labyrinth Society, brings people together globally to recognize the labyrinth as a symbol and tool for healing and peace.  This will be the 11th annual World Labyrinth Day, as we join individuals or groups around the globe who will walk their local labyrinths at 1:00 pm in their local time zones.  This world-wide event included walks in over 35 countries last year, and it is estimated that more than 5,000 people participated.

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 email christinehume@bell.net
Help create a rolling wave of peace as people around the world walk a labyrinth at 1 PM on May 4th.


Saturday, April 27, 2019

Sunrise Labyrinth Walk on Earth Day

I made sure to get up very early on Earth Day in order to get to the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth in time for our 6 AM sunrise walk.  The moment I got outside I was treated to a view of the beautiful waning full moon surrounded by a soft white glow. And upon arrival at the labyrinth I enjoyed the sounds of bird song all around me. I quietly walked around the labyrinth on the contemplation ring as I prepared for my walk.
A view of the waning full moon from the labyrinth on Earth Day.



The labyrinth cat circles the Celtic Pashcal candle several times and reaches out to the light.
As I was walking, three others arrived and started walking the labyrinth at their own pace. The labyrinth cat also appeared and after greeting me, went to inspect the glowing candle. We gathered at the standing stones at entrance to the labyrinth after the walk and had a wonderful conversation and discovered interesting connections. Here is one of the poems that was recited to close this very special walk.

 Packing for the Future: Instructions by Lorna Crozier
Take the thickest socks.
Wherever you're going
you'll have to walk.

There may be water.
There may be stones.
There may be high places
you cannot go without
the hope socks bring you,
the way they hold you
to the earth.

At least one pair must be new,
must be as blue as a wish
hand-knit by your mother
in her sleep.

Take a leather satchel,
a velvet bag and an old tin box--
a salamander painted on the lid.

This is to carry that small thing
you cannot leave. Perhaps the key
you've kept though it doesn't fit
any lock you know,
the photograph that keeps you sane,
a ball of string to lead you out
though you can't walk back
into that light.

In your bag leave room for sadness,
leave room for another language.

There may be doors nailed shut.
There may be painted windows.
There may be signs that warn you
to be gone. Take the dream
you've been having since
you were a child, the one
with open fields and the wind
sounding.

Mistrust no one who offers you
water from a well, a songbird's feather,
something that's been mended twice.
Always travel lighter
than the heart.

~ from What the Living Won't Let Go (McClelland & Stewart Inc, 1999)



Sunday, April 21, 2019

Pilgrimage Notes and the Yellow Arrows Project (Part 4)

Part 1
Part 2
Continued from Part 3
Day three of my pilgrimage walk dawned.  Today I would be walking 20.4 km from Masson to Thurso, Quebec.  My walking group was made up of people who had very different approaches to their pilgrimage journey. Young Nathaniel left first, very kindly carrying my mosaic supplies with him - to help lighten my load. His goal was to complete the walk as quickly as possible, at a 6 km per hour pace.  He reached our next overnight destination, l'église St-Jean-l'Évangeliste, by 10 am that morning.  Isabelle and her friend left next, following the high level instructions on their phones, they wanted to walk quickly - and in doing so - missed the notes about the rest stop à la ferme Val-Champs.
It was nice that my other fellow pilgrim Jacques and I were on the same wavelength - we were not in a rush and were open to experience whatever drew our attention along the way. We arrived at our destination around 6 pm that day. Following are some of the highlights from along the way...
We see a Canada Goose and white goose swimming together.
  • We see a Canada Goose and white goose hanging around together and dub them "the odd couple" 
  • While walking through Buckingham - we are accompanied by three women on their way to the gym - they wish us a "beun Camino" 
    The yellow arrow marks the way to the rest stop at the Val-Champs Farm.
  • We had a very special rest stop at the Val-Champs Farm. Our hostess served us a strawberry drink, tea, hard-boiled eggs and chocolate and we rested for an hour or two. We played with her silver tabby kitten. And chatted about living simply and fully and enjoying retirement. We really enjoyed the "deep dot of time" that day. A true pilgrim experience!
    We enjoy a special cider tasting at an artisinal Ciderie.
  • We stopped at the Scottish cemetery, went to see if the Violin teacher was at home and went to Verger Croque Pomme for a cider tasting.
Sadly my right ankle started to bother me through the night and by the next morning I was hobbling and with great difficulty decided to stop walking. I had an inflamed tendon and needed to rest and do physio for it to get better and stronger. My first reaction was sheer disappointment, while I was told to have no expectations going on this long walk, I found that I had expected to finish it and get to Montreal.

I went through a period of feeling very sorry for myself. Then I had an epiphany! I would still honor the rest of the time that I would have been walking and stay on pilgrimage. I could use this time in my studio to finished the yellow mosaic arrows that I had been carrying with me. I joyfully began puttering in my studio. And as I calmed down and started to create a wonderful idea occurred to me. I would head out on a journey and visit some places and people I had wanted to get to on my journey. And I would deliver finished yellow mosaic arrows along the way, especially to my fellow walkers.

In hindsight - this day gave me the sense of closure that I needed - to let go of any expectations I might have had - and to truly appreciate every aspect of my pilgrimage experience.
I would deliver finished yellow Camino mosaic arrows to my fellow walkers.
I walk the grass labyrinth at the Ashram near Montebello. I am filled with peace at the beauty I find there.

I leave a gift for my fellow walkers at the door of their residence at the Sanctuaire Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes in Rigaud.

My fellow walkers with their Camino mosaic arrows at the end of their walk. They send me a message to let me know that I was with them in spirit every step of the way!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

World Labyrinth Day PLUS Kick-off 200 Labyrinth Walks for CP200


Join us on Saturday May 4th, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. as we officially open the Carleton Place Community labyrinth for the season.  We will "Walk as One at 1 PM" in celebration of World Labyrinth Day. And to help celebrate and honour Carleton Place’s 200th Anniversary – we will be launching “200 Labyrinth Walks for CP200”.

Whenever someone walks the CP Community Labyrinth from May 4th to September 13th in 2019, they will be encouraged to record their participation. We are hoping to meet our goal of 200 labyrinth walks by Friday, September 13th, 2019, and will celebrate our achievement during our annual “Light up the Labyrinth” event.

If you are new to the labyrinth experience, this Saturday walk will be a perfect introduction for you. Information about the history, benefits and unique aspects of the labyrinth will be available onsite.

World Labyrinth Day, declared in 1998 by The Labyrinth Society, brings people together globally to recognize the labyrinth as a symbol and tool for healing and peace.  This will be the 11th annual World Labyrinth Day, as we join individuals or groups around the globe who will walk their local labyrinths at 1:00 pm in their local time zones.  This world-wide event included walks in over 35 countries last year, and it is estimated that more than 5,000 people participated.

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: christinehume@bell.net or 613-859-2136



Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Community Events 2019

In the midst of this current cold snap, my mind is wandering to the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth and the joy and special feeling that comes from walking it - either on my own, or with a group at our various special events throughout the year. Looking forward to meeting you on the path!

The Carleton Place Community labyrinth has become a very special and peaceful space.
Here is the list of our planned events for 2019. Save the dates!

Monday April 22 sunrise “Earth Day Walk “ 6 am
Sunrise labyrinth walk, breakfast afterwards

Saturday May 4th 2019 “World Labyrinth Day” 1 pm
Labyrinth opening ceremony and family walk

Friday June 21st 2019 "Summer Solstice Walk
for Peace" 7 pm


Friday Sept 13 2019 "Light up the Labyrinth"
Your help needed
Set up 6:30 pm/Walk 7:30 pm

Sunday Oct 13 2019 Full Moon Walk 7 pm

Donations in support of the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth programming are gratefully accepted.

For more information contact:
Christine Hume
Volunteer Labyrinth Keeper
Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator
christinehume@bell.net
Cel: 613 859 2136





 

Pilgrimage Notes and the Yellow Arrows Project (Part 3)

Part 1
Continued from Part 2
The second day we headed out early and journeyed 16.8 km from Orleans to Masson, QC. Jacques and I stopped at a Starbucks in Orleans for a washroom break - and were fortunate to meet a couple that had spent many months walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain. They knew we were pilgrims from our attire and backpacks. We had a wonderful, spontaneous, soul conversation sharing stories and learning from their experiences!
We have Camino-like experiences along the "Chemain des Outaouais"
And as we started walking again we saw a solo pilgrim walking towards us. He had a beautiful, gnarled walking stick and was traveling very lightly. He had been walking for several days and was heading into Ottawa last we saw him.
We take the Masson ferry on foot!
Next up was crossing over to the Quebec side on the Masson ferry and we slowly and mindfully made our way to our next overnight destination. We took time to rest in a park by a Church and eventually stayed in a guest house avec les Souers de Sainte-Marie.
Souer Rollande Lamoureux stamps our pilgrimage passports.
I arrived at the guest house first - and selected the room that had space for me to work on my yellow mosaic arrow project. I stayed up too late - finishing off my first yellow arrow. And I had to be very careful to leave the desk as clean and tidy as I had found it - knowing that the nuns are very particular about cleanliness!

I thought I was going to create the arrows and leave them along the path. But I realized instead that I was meant to give them to special people that were an important part of my journey.  I decided to gift the first yellow arrow to Souer Rollande Lamoureux - as a thank you for staying in this restful place.

To be continued...
A desk in my room becomes my temporary mosaic studio.
I leave one of the yellow arrows for Sister Rollande.



Saturday, October 6, 2018

Pilgrimage Notes and Yellow Mosaic Arrow Project (Part 2)

Continued from Part 1
As I continued to prepare for my pilgrimage, I was very mindful of these these stages: preparation; anticipation; participation and recollection.

In the last couple of weeks leading up to my departure date - I continued to "prepare" by going on training walks and carrying my backpack with about 10 lbs of weight in it. And I put together a packing check list and started to pull what I thought I would need on the walk together.
I prepare by going on training walks and carrying some weight
I also put my "creativity" project mosaic supplies together. I very soon realized that the materials were heavy - and that I should not carry the materials for 12 arrows with me (one arrow for each day of the walk).  So I packed up enough to create 5 arrows - and arranged for a friend to meet me along the way with the rest.
I pack my "creativity" project mosaic supplies to bring with me.
I spent the final day before starting my walk, carefully packing and re-packing. Considering each item that I was taking and focusing on packing light.

Finally - it was the starting day of my walk. It was a thrill to be dropped off at Notre Dame Cathedral in Ottawa - and to meet my fellow walkers. It was also special to be accompanied at the start of the walk by my friend Jo-Anne, the founder of the Chemin des Outaouais (Rodolphe Latreille) and other walkers.
I meet my fellow pilgrims in front of Notre Dame Cathedral in Ottawa.
I quickly realized that I needed to "let go" of some of the things that I had with me. And planned to do so when Jo-Anne left me along the way.  I was also challenged  - when we had a sudden rain storm hit.  There was just enough time to put on my raingear and cover my backpack - in a lovely setting. I was sure experiencing a lot in very short order on day one!
Our first challenge - we had a sudden rain storm hit - on the first day of the walk.
I suggested to the group that I was walking with - that they go on ahead - and that I would meet them at our accommodation in Orleans.  It was finally time to say goodbye to my friend Jo-Anne. I gave her a pile of things to take home with her - including my walking stick. And then sat quietly on a large stone eating my lunch and considering the path that lay ahead.
I sat quietly on a large stone, eating my lunch and considering the path that lay ahead.
After the rain storm it was very hot - and I started walking - putting one foot in front of the other. I used my mantra - be strong, I can do this - as I walked along. I soon realized that I did not have enough water with me - and approached a woman sitting out on her porch - to see if she could fill my water bottle. Her husband came to the door with two chilled bottles of water! I was very thankful for this special gift. 
Taking a rest stop on the path.
I continued on step by step and eventually reached my destination - Presbytère de la Paroisse Saint-Joseph d'Orleans. My walking colleagues had settled in - and were out. I left them a note and headed directly to the YWCA to make full use of the facilities. I had a wonderful spa experience and made use of the hot tub; cold pool and sauna and shower. 

And I take time to reflect on a day of being a pedestrian moving slowly in our 
fast-paced car-based society.  


To be continued...