Monday, May 4, 2015

A World-wide Celebration of the Labyrinth

Our World Labyrinth Day walk turned out to be a great success.  Just minutes before one – people started arriving!  And there were 22 people walking as 1 at 1 PM! 
We placed a globe and World Labyrinth Day poster as a focal point on the labyrinth.
We placed a globe and an enlargement of the World Labyrinth Day  poster on the labyrinth too – and we could see people pausing to look at this setup as they were walking.  It was a good thematic focal point to have - and a reminder of that we were walking together with hundreds of other people in celebration of the labyrinth as a symbol and tool for healing and peace.
On a labyrinth walk today. Boy was it fun!
New this year, we had a "reflection table" - where some children (and adults) coloured before the walk – and some labyrinth walkers gathered afterwards to draw or journal while reflecting upon their experience in the labyrinth.
We had a "reflection table" for labyrinth walkers to gather at after their walk.
There was a short talk - at the standing stone - about World Labyrinth Day, the difference between a labyrinth and a maze, the story of the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth and tips about how to walk a labyrinth.
Work of art created after walking the labyrinth.
And then people started by standing quietly on the pausing stone at the labyrinth entrance - and then walking contemplatively. Afterwards – we invited anyone who wanted to be in the group photo to head to the entrance of the labyrinth.
Greetings from the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth!
Walking the labyrinthine way of my life 
No thought, no time, no place, no rhyme or reason for it 
But this step forward 
And this one next 
Feet on ground, heart stone in hand 
Held in the vast emptiness 
Let go, let go
(by Christine Dixon, WLD walk participant)


Monday, April 20, 2015

World Labyrinth Day Walk

Join us on Saturday May 2nd for our first public event of 2015  as we "Walk as One at 1" in celebration of World Labyrinth Day.  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.
First public event of 2015, join us as we "walk as one at 1 PM" on Saturday May 2nd.
World Labyrinth Day, declared in 1998 by The Labyrinth Society, brings people together globally to recognize the labyrinth as a symbol, a tool, a passion, and a practice. This will be the 7th annual World Labyrinth Day, as we join labyrinth societies from around the globe who will walk their local labyrinths at 1:00 pm. in their local time zones.
By walking a labyrinth, we are rediscovering an ancient tradition, which is still relevant today. Unlike a maze, a labyrinth is designed as a single path. There are no dead-ends or tricks. The path on which you enter is the same path on which you exit. A walker is free to focus on a thought or a prayer, or to simply enjoy the energy of the walk itself. Many walkers find that the circular pattern holds them in a type of walking meditation long enough to let their problems and worries fall away. In a busy world, walking a labyrinth can provide an opportunity to foster connection, support healing, and promote well-being.

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. 

People of all ages enjoy walking the labyrinth!
The Community Labyrinth is located at the corner of George and Baines Streets, beside the Carleton Place & Beckwith Heritage Museum. The stone-bordered grassy path is the focal point for Labyrinth Park, a peaceful garden filled with ornamental grasses, native trees, benches for sitting, and a wheelchair-accessible contemplation ring that encircles the labyrinth. The labyrinth construction was made possible by the Town of Carleton Place, individual, business  & community sponsors, and a Trillium Foundation grant.

For more information contact Debby: 613-257-1014
Facebook: /CarletonPlaceCommunityLabyrinth


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Awakening the Labyrinth

 "The first day of spring holds a promise of new beginnings 
and the energy to make them happen. - D. Lytle"
On the eve of the Spring Equinox, our community labyrinth committee gathered to discuss our plans for the coming year.  We always enjoy getting together - sharing stories and our enthusiasm for all things labyrinth!  And as the snow continues to melt - and the grass path emerges - we are looking forward to welcoming previous and new participants to walk the path at our peaceful labyrinth park.

Events 2015
  • Wednesday, April 22nd - "Earth Day Sunrise Walk" 6 AM
  • Saturday, May 2nd - "Walk as One at One" 1 PM
  • Saturday, May 23rd - Murals at the Museum unveiling 10 AM - 4 PM (labyrinth keeper on site)
  •  "Weekly Walks" - starting Tuesday, June 2nd until Tuesday, September 29th - 9 AM - 10 AM (labyrinth keeper on site)
  • Thursday, June 18th - "Walk in Peace", picnic supper, speaker & music, labyrinth walk - 5:30 PM
  • Friday, July 31st - "Blue Moon Walk", 8 PM
  • Friday, Sept. 11th - "Light up the Labyrinth", 6:30 PM gather and setup; 7:30 PM walk
  • Tuesday, Oct. 27th - "Full Moon Walk", 8 PM
Other Events at the Labyrinth
A special place for all your celebrations... birthdays, weddings, family gatherings, group walks, outdoor meetings or company team building and problem solving sessions.  For ideas on how to incorporate the labyrinth into these occasions and/or to reserve the labyrinth, contact: 

Debby Lytle
613 257 1014
dlytle@rogers.com
Wedding at Labyrinth Park, Carleton Place, ON - July 2014!
            



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Light up the Labyrinth - a Collaborative Event!

We asked for your help - and you listened!  We are a small committee and asked for help this year to Light up the Labyrinth starting at 6 PM.  Another challenge presented itself - when the temperature dropped and we had to make sure to dress warmly.  Despite everything it turned out to be a wonderful evening. We couldn't have done it without your support.  The photos and comments below help to tell the story!  A special thanks to our photographers: Robert McDonald and Veena Balsawer.

View of the labyrinth luminaries being set up - through the trees.



Many hands make setting up the 600 luminaries effortless.
"What a lovely evening!  It was the first time my friend Judy had been to a labyrinth at all and she liked it a lot.  It was fun with all the kids...a great family and community time."
The enthusiasm of the children helping was contagious!

"The event was wonderful... I loved how the community all pitched in to help. Very special."

Our strolling minstrel musician, Kerron Lamb, added to the spirit of the evening.

"I especially enjoyed the singer/guitarist and the digery doo player as added ambiance."
At dusk the glowing luminaries lit the path.
"The luminarias were gorgeous and the kids had a lot of fun."
Kids often start joyfully running upon entering the labyrinth.
Some jugglers joined in the happy celebration of light!
So thankful to all who attended our Light Up the Labyrinth event to celebrate light, harvest, gratitude, peace and joy.



 



Saturday, September 6, 2014

10 Ways to Light up the Labyrinth!

In preparation for our upcoming "Light up the Labyrinth" event - I put this post onto several labyrinth-related Facebook group pages:  Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth; The Labyrinth Society on Facebook; and Friends of Toronto Public Labyrinth.  We were pleased to receive lots of fun suggestions!

"If anyone has suggestions for simple ways to light up the labyrinth let us know...‪#‎lightupthelabyrinth"‬

#1 I've used battery operated tealights and strings of Christmas lights...both work beautifully. If you use Christmas lights, clear packing tape is helpful to hold it down so that walkers don't trip or break the little lights. Rope lights are most durable. (Myra Ryneheart Corcoran)
Walkers enjoying a portable illuminated rope labyrinth.
 #2 Have also found cheap plastic battery operated lanterns at the Dollar Store - some with flowers and butterflies, and in different colors. (Myra Ryneheart Corcoran)
Butterflies help to Light up the Labyrinth!
#3 Glow in the dark paint (found at any big hardware/paint store like Lowes or Home Depot) is also an option. You could paint rocks, wood blocks, anything that fit your labyrinth and aesthetics. (Myra Ryneheart Corcoran)  Step-by-step instructions - how to make these jars!
Glow in the dark jars being set along the labyrinth path.
#4 Tea-lights in jam jars? All attending could bring one. (Jim Newman)

#5 Another idea for lighting up the night: if you break open a glow stick into a jar of bubbles, the kids (young and old) can blow glow-in-the-dark bubbles. (Hallie Sawyers)
Have some fun making glow-in-the-dark bubbles with glow sticks!
#6 BYOC? Bring your own candle. (Nicole Bourassa-Burke)

#7 Michaels has glow in the dark cording (Lori Haskings-Barber)

#8 Glow in the dark tape is another great option. You can just tape your wrists or create cool designs on your clothing or sneakers. (Chris Hume)

#9 Be part of the light and wear your glow in the dark clothing!! (Debby Lytle)

#10 Luminarias. Tealights on sand inside a brown bag. (Rafael Vallejo)
Luminarias will light up the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth on Friday, September 12th.

If you have any other suggestions - let us know!


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Help us "Light up the Labyrinth"

On Friday September 12th, the warm glow of more than 600 candlelit luminaries will flicker along the path of Carleton Place's Community Labyrinth for this year's "Light up the Labyrinth".
In a departure from other evening labyrinth walks, organizers are asking participants to gather at 6:00 pm. at the labyrinth to prepare and place luminaries for a 7:00 candlelit walk.

Debby Lytle, Chairperson for the Labyrinth Committee, explains: "This year, we thought we'd change it up a bit. We are a very small committee and really need some extra hands to make this event happen.  Join us at the labyrinth at 6 pm to help assemble and place the luminaries then everyone will have a chance to be part of lighting up the labyrinth at 7 pm before the walk begins.  If you have a BBQ lighter bring it along and if people are able to assist with the dismantling of the luminaries at the end of the night, that would be a great help as well!"

The Labyrinth Committee of Carleton Place invites you to bring out your lanterns, glow-sticks or flashlights and join our evening walk. This year, we are fortunate to have live music with local musician Kerron Lamb.

Our candlelit labyrinth walks have become a popular fall event, as individuals and families from across the region bring along their festive lanterns, and enjoy a walk in the crisp autumn air. "Children love this particular night-time event. It's a chance to bring along one of their own lantern creations." says Julia Heathcote, a volunteer labyrinth keeper.  To add to the after-dark fun for children, glow in the dark face painting will also be available.
Kids love carrying their own lantern to light the labyrinth path!
For those who wish to relax and watch the candlelight, garden benches and a wheelchair-accessible contemplation ring encircle the labyrinth. If you would like to sit for a while and take in the candlelight glow, bring along a lawn chair too.

For more information, or if you would like to help prepare the luminaries, please contact Debby at 613-257-1014

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Creativity on the Labyrinth

A thought occurred to me this summer - that I could start a 30 labyrinth walk journey!  And after each walk I would create a different mandala - using a process that I learned taking a wonderful workshop taught by Kathryn Kasaboski at the Margeurite Centre in Pembroke a couple of years ago.
Mandala supplies - card stock, colour pencils and a pencil sharpener
During the workshop we learned how this ancient symbol can be used for deeper personal reflection, meditation, healing and insight.  Our teacher had been studying and using mandalas for many years - and saw them as a great way to connect with our subconscious and bring questions and problems into the physical plane so we can find new ways to solve life issues.  

We used black card stock and a white pencil crayon to quickly sketch the mandala imagery that came to mind. Then spent some time adding more details with coloured pencils.  Finally we made note of the theme or message that came through to us.

Before walking the labyrinth I have no idea of the theme or central image for the mandala I will be creating that day.  I simply give myself the gift of time to be at the labyrinth and set an intention as a start.  Then I walk to the centre of labyrinth (releasing any cares and worries of the day), spend time at the centre - giving myself time to receive the idea of the visual for the mandela, then return and finish off the walk by creating a mandala. A few examples follow:
A feather found during my walk - inspires this mandela "Free to Be"
Spending quiet reflective time near water reminds me to "Flow Like a River"
A walk at the Stewart Park temporary labyrinth encourages me to "Challenge Myself"
Today I learn to "Listen to my Heart" instead my "Head"
I am reminded that I am on an "Inward Journey"
I am enjoying the creative process of my 30 labyrinth walk journey - and am not really certain where it is taking me - but I will know when I get there!

Have you created any artwork inspired by labyrinth walking?  If so - we would love to hear about your experiences.