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.

 

Thanks!

Christine

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.
Warmest
G
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

CARLETON PLACE  LABYRINTH IN THE MEDIA

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

AUGUST 2020

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

SEPTEMBER 2020

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 2020

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 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 :)