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
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. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Messages of Peace

Thank you to all who attended to our successful Peace Walk in June.  The weather was beautiful, the evening enjoyable and our mantra of "keeping it simple to pull together" worked!  Our speakers gave participants some "food for thought" and Marion was a wonderful accompaniment for our labyrinth walk.  The labyrinth itself was looking very beautiful, grass neatly trimmed, gardens weeded...just lovely.
Marion Miller playing the harp to accompany us on our Peace Walk
 Here are some of the peace walk images and messages created that evening.
“May we transform into the Peaceful World intended just as the caterpillar transforms, delighting in flight as a butterfly”
These were the messages written on the Labyrinth board ”Messages of Peace”

Teachable teachers teach peace

Peace begins with a smile, Mother Theresa

Paz y asperanza y love!!

Peace, Sunshine, Community

Be the peace amongst the chaos!

Waking before the dawn, a cup of tea with the first bird song

Monday, May 26, 2014

'Walk in Peace' at the Carleton Place Labyrinth

Bring Along Your Own Message of Peace for June 19th 'Walk in Peace' at the Carleton Place Labyrinth

The mind can go in a thousand directions, 
but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. 
 ~Thich Nhat Hanh 

At 5:30 pm. on Thursday June 19th, the Labyrinth Committee will present our second “Walk in Peace” event at the Community Labyrinth in Carleton Place. With this early evening event, the Committee hopes to focus attention on the need for peace in the world and within ourselves.

Labyrinths have long been used as meditation and prayer tools and have been used for bringing peace and reconciliation between individuals in conflict. “If we can learn to find peace within ourselves, we can bring this peaceful energy into our community and the world.” says Phyl Drennan, a volunteer for The Labyrinth Committee of Carleton Place.

Special guests have been invited to address the theme:
Jeff Mills, Community Development Coordinator for Mills Community Support in Almonte, will speak about healthy/peaceful communities.

Faye Lavergne, owner of Brush Strokes Gallery in Carleton Place, will address finding peace as you "Lighten your Step". Lavergne is also a counselor whose focus is on personal & community development integrating social consciousness.

Bring along a picnic supper, a chair or a blanket. Be prepared to enjoy music provided by harpist Marion Miller, take a walk on the labyrinth,  enjoy the beautiful gardens and find inspiration from our guest speakers.

All are welcome.

Carleton Place Community Labyrinth is located beside the Carleton Place & Beckwith Heritage Museum, at 267 Edmund St. For more information, contact Debby 613-257-1014.