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
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 - Presbyt√®re 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...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

A Magical Night at the Labyrinth

Our Light up the Labyrinth event held on Friday September 7th, 2018 was beautiful and a very lively celebration and community gathering! The Carleton Place Community Labyrinth literally glowed and was imbued with lots of positive energy - to help make it an even more special space. We could not have done it without your help!

The photos and comments below help to capture some of the spirit of the evening.
The calm before... and our labyrinth cat :)
Heather sets up the lanterns to be carried while walking the labyrinth.
It takes many hands to light up the labyrinth.
Setting up the 600 luminaries step by step.
Christine Hume describes how to walk a labyrinth.
Musicians Rob McMurray and Brendan Gawn play electric guitar and bass during the walk. (Photo: R. McDonald)
At dusk the labyrinth is all aglow (Photo: J. Rayner)
Lights within lights (Photo: R. McDonald)
Losing ourselves in the labyrinth - we find ourselves! (Photo: J. Rayner)
And finally - thank you to mayoral candidate Doug Black for covering the musicians honorariums. Doug has been a strong supporter of the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth since it’s inception in 2008. And thank you to everyone that made a donation - this money help us to continue to offer special events at the labyrinth.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Your Help Needed to Light up the Labyrinth

Let's "Light up the Labyrinth" together - from 6:30 – 9:00 PM on Friday, September 7th, 2018. During this event, the warm glow of more than 600 candlelit luminaries will flicker along the path of Carleton Place's Community Labyrinth. This year, during the walk, local musician Rob McMurray will be playing electric guitar with electronic effects (delays, reverb, and more).

To make this event more collaborative - organizers are asking participants to gather at 6:30 PM at the labyrinth to prepare and place luminaries for a 7:30 PM candlelit walk.
Your help is needed to help light up the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth! (Photo: C. Pragnell)
Christine Hume, Chairperson for the Labyrinth Committee, explains: “As a very small committee we need many hands to help us light up this spectacular display on the labyrinth.  Join us at 6:30 PM and be part of the assembling and placing of the luminaries, bring along your bbq lighter to help us light the candles before the walk.  The dismantling at the end of the walk is a huge job and extra help is very welcome then, as well!

Our candlelit labyrinth walks have become a popular fall event, as individuals and families come to enjoy an evening labyrinth walk.  "Children and those young at heart can be part of this festive labyrinth walk by carrying a lantern, wearing their glow-in-the dark-apparel, glow necklaces, glow sticks, and more. Be creative!" say Connie Prichett, a volunteer labyrinth keeper. Parents of young children should be cautioned that the luminaries are real flame and to please consider clothing and lantern choices carefully.

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.

Thanks to support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Town of Carleton Place and individuals and businesses within our community, this permanent labyrinth exists for people to use at any time. The labyrinth is located at the corner of George and Baines Streets beside the Carleton Place & Beckwith Heritage Museum, 267 Edmund Street in Carleton Place, Ontario.

For more information or if you would like to help prepare the luminaries,
please contact Christine Hume, cel 613 859 2136
Blog: carletonplacecommunitylabyrinth.blogspot.com

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Pilgrimage Notes and the Yellow Mosaic Arrow Project (Part 1)

My pilgrimage journey from Ottawa to Montreal with Chemin des Outaouais ended up being very different from what I expected. And I am reminded now that I was to go on my long walk with "no expectations" and to be open to whatever happened along "the way".

Leading up to the walk, in the midst of relaxation during a yoga class - an idea occurred to me. I could make some yellow mosaic arrows (inspired by the Camino arrows).  How interesting!
An example of the yellow arrows found along the Camino in Spain (Photo credit: Debby Lee Jagerman)*
Over the next week this idea started to take shape. I would create portable yellow arrows and leave them along  "the way" as I walked.
After my early morning quiet time - the idea starts to take shape.
I ordered some yellow tiles from Glass Mosaic Canada. And I asked friends to donate yellow bits and baubles for use on the arrows.
Yellow arrow bits and pieces given to me OR found.
I decided to make the arrows so they could be hung up along "the way".  And to use plywood as the base for the arrows. I was on a training walk one day - and there was the piece of plywood that I needed on the side of the road!

I spent the afternoon designing the arrows and drawing them on the plywood. I borrowed a jigsaw and had just started to awkwardly cut them out - when a neighbour dropped by and offered to cut them for me. Within an hour or two - he was back with all 12 arrows done!
The base for my yellow arrows - ready for creativity :)
I spray-painted the arrows black. And was ready to create the first prototype. I planned to create the rest of the arrows while I was walking.
My first yellow mosaic arrow - a work in progress.
 To be continued....

*NOTE: Here is a wonderful article about the Camino yellow arrows, written by Debby Lee Jagerman.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

A Perfect Evening

We were blessed once again with a lovely summer evening - for our Summer Solstice Peace Walk at the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth, held Thursday June 21, 2108.   Everyone that attended had a good time celebrating the first day of summer. The new community dream catcher was completed and is now hanging in its new home by the labyrinth.

The special feeling of the event is best expressed through some of the photos taken.
Debby talks about the meaning of the dreamcatcher.
The community gathers to celebrate the beginning of summer at the labyrinth.
The Rhythm & Song Community choir sings to accompany the walk.
The dreamcatcher is placed at the centre of the labyrinth and participants add items to it.
Labyrinth walkers of all ages participate.
The new community dreamcatcher is now hanging in its new home by the labyrinth.