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 christinehume@bell.net

Saturday, February 8, 2020

A New Year, Some New Events

It is so amazing to realize that I will have been a labyrinth keeper of the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth for a decade this year! I feel so blessed that have had the privilege of doing this special work. Thankfully there is a small committee working together with me, who share the love of the labyrinth, and help with facilitating our community events.

We have decided to change up our events a bit for the coming year - and are looking forward to meeting you on the path!

Community Walks:

Earth Day – Wednesday April 22, 2020, sunrise 6 AM (labyrinth walk & meditation)

Summer Solstice – Saturday June 20, 2020 1 PM (labyrinth walk for inner peace  & create a heart rock)

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

Yoga on the Labyrinth:
Monthly yoga class on the labyrinth – May, June, July & August, last Sunday of the month @ 9AM.

Sunday May 31, 2020 9 AM

Sunday June 28, 2020 9 AM

Sunday July 26, 2019 9 AM

Sunday August 30, 2019 9 AM

This year we also plan to reach out - with the goal of having an event or two at the Labyrinth - facilitated by other groups or individuals. We will keep you posted as these plans come together.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Tending the Labyrinth

There is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes to keep the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth's grass path and gardens tended. To make it the peaceful and beautiful oasis that it has become.
Garden tools at the entrance standing stone - getting ready to tend the labyrinth.

The Town of Carleton Place trims around the stones that edge the labyrinth path.
Tending the CP Community Labyrinth is a labour of love that our small committee has embraced for a decade! We couldn't do it without the help of the maintenance crew of the Town of Carleton Place - and more recently with the help of the Carleton Place and District Horticultural Society!
Edging and trimming the garden beds - much easier with extra hands helping!
Due to various circumstances, at times there were primarily only 2 or 3 active labyrinth committee members (aka labyrinth keepers) this year. One of our members proactively took it upon herself to put together a presentation and attend a CP and District Horticultural Society meeting with an idea...

We suggested connecting the Victoria School Museum Garden beside the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum somehow to the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth.  And asked for help with the maintenance of the gardens.
So thankful for the expert tree-trimming help.
The finished stone bench garden - so inviting now to sit and reflect.
As a first step, in the fall of 2019, we worked together with several CP and District Hort Society folks to tend the garden beds and trees surrounding the labyrinth. It was fun to work together - and to learn more about pruning and gardening as we went along.
The wooden bench garden trimmed and edged, with some lovely hostas added.
We thank the labyrinth for the inspiration to ask for help! And look forward to further developing the idea of connecting the Museum garden and the labyrinth in 2020.
This leaf, found at the centre of the labyrinth on our garden-tending day, a good reminder to just "let go"!

Thursday, November 7, 2019

The Labyrinth, All Aglow

Once again on Friday September 13th, 2019 - we were very blessed to have so much help for our Light up the Labyrinth event. It was a wonderful evening on so many levels. And very likely the highest attendance ever! We also celebrated the successful completion of our "200 Labyrinth Walks for CP 200" event.

Thank you for making the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth a big part of the "heart of Carleton Place". And thank you to the photographers that help to capture the spirit of the evening with their images.
Our musician Kerron Lamb helped to open the labyrinth walk playing her magical crystal bowl.
Kerron was a wandering minstrel - playing guitar as everyone walked the lit up labyrinth.
At dusk the luminaries really started to glow!
This labyrinth events appeals to the youngsters and the young-at-heart.
Thank you Mayor Doug Black for your ongoing support of our community labyrinth.
Magic happens during Light up the Labyrinth.
Making light art!
And the comments about the event - warm our hearts - and make the work of setting up the luminaries very worthwhile :)

Friday the 13th + Full Moon + Light up the Labyrinth = AWESOME

 At 6:30 pm we went to Labyrinth behind the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum -- and one of the biggest crowds formed - one by one they came - as the sky turned black. We had mystical folks, everyday folks, artistic folks and even wee faeries. They all came to walk the magical steps of the Labyrinths and feel its power. Kerron Lamb played mystical music for all to listen too.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Yoga on the Labyrinth

On Sunday August 11th, 2019 we tried something new - yoga on the labyrinth! The Kundalini yoga class was taught by Dawn, a Carleton Place Community labyrinth committee member and trained yoga teacher. She set up at the centre of the labyrinth and we arranged our mats in a semi-circle on the paths of the labyrinth. The energy was beautiful, we felt held in the protective space of the labyrinth and truly energized at the end of the class.

We set up our yoga mats in a semi-circle around the centre of the labyrinth.
We feel energized after our first yoga session on the labyrinth. Everyone who was meant to be there was there!
What a great gift to find this kindness rock near the labyrinth, after our yoga session.
Stay tuned - as we start to plan for a completely different lineup of events for the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth for 2020. We are pretty sure that Yoga on the Labyrinth will be in the mix :)

Finding Peace on the Labyrinth

Once again, we were blessed with a beautiful evening for our Summer Solstice Peace Walk (held on June 21st, 2019) .at the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth. The magic of the evening seemed never-ending! We had all of the volunteer help that was needed. The sun beams landed directly on the labyrinth. The Rhythm and Song Community Choir sang angelically. And our guest speaker Mony Dojeiji, a veteran pilgrim and author, spoke directly from the heart, to all of our hearts.
We are very thankful for the photographers (John Rayner and Robert McDonald) who helped to catch the spirit of this very special event.
Guest speaker Mony Dojeiji sharing some insights about pilgrimage and labyrinth walking from the heart. (Photo: J. Rayner)
The labyrinth was particularly beautiful and the summer solstice energy in the air was palpable! (Photo: J. Rayner)
Labyrinth walkers were invited to select a stone that resonated with them, carry it while walking, then let it go at the centre of the labyrinth. (Photo: J. Rayner)

There was a great feeling of peace and connection during the labyrinth walk this evening. (Photo: R. McDonald)
The Carleton Place Community Labyrinth has an enlarged centre - intentionally designed to give a larger group room to gather and reflect there. (Photo: J. Rayner)
The Rhythm and Song Community Choir, directed by Jennifer Noxon, sang beautifully while people walked the labyrinth. (Photo: J. Rayner)
We truly felt thankful and full of inner peace on this Summer Solstice eve. (Photo: J. Rayner)
We are all loved. (Photo: J. Rayner)

Thursday, August 8, 2019

On Being an Artist in Residence!

When I retired in May 2018, after more than 30 years in marketing and advertising, the little seed of an idea popped into my head. I decided that I would like to be an artist in residence, teaching mosaic art,  somewhere in 2019. This little idea made my soul jump for joy!
This little idea made my soul jump for joy!
In January 2019, I realized that if I wanted to bring the "artist in residence" idea to life - I'd better put it out there. So on a cold wintery morning, I made a cup of tea and started to search the internet for possibilities. After some time I stumbled upon the Muskoka Chataqua website!  Keywords such as arts, culture and spirituality resonated with me. They offered an Artist in Residence program that looked very interesting - so I sent an email asking for more information.

Hi: I am a mosaic artist living in Almonte, Ontario and am interested in being sent information about your 2019 Artist in Residence program. Thanks very much Christine Hume

Within the next week I received a reply!

Hi Christine,
Thank you so much for your interest in our Artists-in-Residence program.
I would love to chat with you. What is a good day and time?
Kindest Gayle

I felt a bit nervous when I read this email, but a big voice boomed in my head "just be yourself"! And the next day when Gayle and I spoke - we had a great conversation! We found we shared a love of labyrinths and she even suggested what I could teach for my workshop. She had read about my yellow Camino mosaic arrow project on this blog, and felt it would make a great workshop to teach how to create these yellow arrows.  The minute she said this - it felt just right and the ideas started to flow re how to bring the workshop to life. 
Gayle suggested that I teach how to create the yellow Camino mosaic arrows in my workshop.
I am now back from spending a week as an "Artist in Residence" at the Clevelands House Resort in Minett, ON.  It was an amazing and inspiring creative experience. Every day was different - as the makeup of the groups varied from young children to twenty-somethings to parents and grandparents. The photos really help to tell the story.
I explain that the yellow mosaic arrows we will be creating are inspired by the yellow arrows found on the Camino pilgrimage path.
I also explain a bit more about the Camino and show the group this map of the various routes.
Pick your own arrow and bits and pieces to personalize it. Some participants brought their own items to add to their arrow.
My outdoor mosaic studio makes me happy!
A young mosaic artist - happily shows me her finished arrow :)
Everyone is immersed in creating their own yellow mosaic Camino arrow.
Lots of stories were told while this arrow was being created.
I just said - can you do a neat pose with your arrow?
This Mom and daughter plan to walk the Camino a few years from now - they really get it! The daughter's proud comment: I did art! :)
Another family group that really enjoyed the creative process!
Great way to sign your arrow, put your yellow arrow name tag on the back.
Bouquet of yellow wildflowers picked along the way, with yellow arrow picks - of course.
Large yellow arrow mural, with notes from workshop participants - set up for the Art Party.

Here are just a few of the yellow Camino mosaic arrows created by workshop participants!
I am so thankful for this amazing experience and for the wonderful people that I connected with. I highly recommend trying out one of the Muskoka Chataqua artist workshops at either the Clevelands House Resort or the New Baldwins Resort if you are in the area. There is a different artist at each resort for eight weeks during the months of July and August.

And I am "trusting the path" and truly looking forward to wherever the Yellow Camino Mosaic Arrow project takes me next!

Dear Christine: thank you so much for the beautiful labyrinth and the time we shared in Muskoka. I love the yellow arrows and the process that was both intuitive and thoughtful in creating both. I thoroughly enjoyed trusting the path with you and I look forward to reconnecting next year. Hopefully you can return for another Artist-in-Residence. Gayle :)