Thursday, May 10, 2018

Creativity Inspired by Labyrinth Walking

In 2012, while walking the Bennett-Lindsay labyrinth in Burnstown, Ontario two simple messages came to me:
"Take time for creativity"
"Make time for creativity"

And to make room for new ideas and possibilities I first set about to finish various creative projects. 

That, in itself, was immensely satisfying.

To do so - I simply booked "creativity time" on my Outlook calendar - a half hour or hour here and there during the week - and a couple of hours on either Saturday or Sunday on the weekend.

I was amazed - as I started to finish projects - how new ideas started to flow! Here is the story of one of the new projects - creating an octagonal labyrinth mosaic.

First I was given a cool octagonal frame, and then I made this fun fused heart at Current Works of Glass.
Fused heart made from scraps of glass.
Then I stumbled upon this "Squaring the Circle" labyrinth wisdom card (created by Tony Christie) - and just knew that the octagonal labyrinth should be part of the mosaic design.
"Squaring the Circle" Labyrinth Wisdom Card (Tony Christie)
A web search for octagonal labyrinths resulted in me finding this labyrinth - from Rome Palatine
Italy - Imperial Palace on the Palatine, dating ca. 75. This 8 sided polygon labyrinth was 20 meters in width giving 1 meter wide lanes to be walked to get to a fountain in the centre. How fascinating!
Ancient octagonal labyrinth from the Imperial Palace on the Palatine, Italy (ca. 75 AD)
It also occured to me to incorporate the seven chakra colours - starting with red, orange and yellow at the heart centre.
Further inspiration - include the chakra colours!
Pulling the ideas together - just start!
Everything flows together as I start to create the mosaic.
The completed mosaic - grouted and ready to hang! This piece feels extra-special to me.
Octagonal labyrinth mosaic finished and ready to hang!
What a cool creative process this has been! It makes my heart sing.
Start consistently making art!
 

Friday, April 27, 2018

Earth Day Walk

Mother Nature cooperated! We had a lovely sunny day for the official opening of the Carleton Place Community labyrinth on Sunday April 22nd, 2018.  Spring has seemed to be a long time coming this year - and our Earth Day walk was definitely a celebration of Spring's arrival!
Earth Day labyrinth walkers were encouraged to take part in a Spring Scavenger hunt.
Hello everyone –
Welcome to the Community Labyrinth.
Today is Earth Day. 

This is a day where we celebrate the environment, and where we raise awareness for the care of our planet.

It was first started in 1970 – so we’re coming up on almost 50 years.The founder of Earth Day was Gaylord Nelson, a US senator from Wisconsin. After witnessing the ravages of the massive oil spill in Santa Barbara California in 1969, he came up with the idea for a national day to focus on the environment.

He was inspired by the peace movements of that era. He realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda.

Within 10 years, this movement spread to Canada as well as many other countries.  Today, millions of people take part in activities on Earth Day. It is celebrated in 193 countries around the world.

The importance of Earth Day lies in first creating awareness, and from awareness, we can create change. For 2018, the theme for the International Earth Day Network is “End Plastic Pollution”.  The goal is to inspire a fundamental change in attitudes towards the use of plastics.

The goal of the Earth Day Network in Canada for 2018 is to support outdoor play for kids – with proper engagement, outdoor play can help build resilience, self-confidence and well-being.

So if you combine those two goals it’s: consume less, play more.

So with that in mind, please feel free to be playful in the labyrinth.
Consume less, play more!






Sunday, April 1, 2018

A Life Well-Lived

We would like to commemorate memories of a dear friend of the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth and a long-time committee member, Julia Heathcote on this page today.

Julia loved the labyrinth - and felt the call to volunteer and help bring the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth to life back in 2009.  We actually attended our first committee meeting together.

 Following are some photos from special times on the labyrinth.
Julia showing us the Peace flag she created from  messages created after a labyrinth walk for peace.

Festive gathering of the ladies of the labyrinth 2017. Back left to right: Stephanie, Mary, Monika, Connie and Christine.
Front: Debby and Julia
World Labyrinth Day 2015. Julia is on the far left.
Labyrinth Fest 2010 - officially opening the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth. Committee members from left to right: Ronette; Christine; Debby; Heather; Julia; Karen and Deb.
Unveiling the labyrinth sign, May 2013. Committee members from left to right: Karen; Phyl;
Julia, Christine and Debby.



 I begin
a sacred walk
into the labyrinth
circle within circle
flowing quietly toward
answers I may be seeking
Center
It is there I find inner peace
blessed truth just waiting
for me to carry back into
the world to share with
those who cross
my path.

Ellen Schettling Whitehead, Mancelona, Michigan, USA

If you have a photo of Julia you would like added to this page, please contact:
Christine Hume at christinehume@bell.net









Monday, March 19, 2018

Community Labyrinth Events for 2018

It is time to come out of hibernation and look forward to the coming of Spring and all of the beauty and joy that it brings!  As the snow starts to melt the path of the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth also begins to emerge - promising some peaceful, meditative walks and time for reflection.

Flock of hearts, created by Siobhan Allen
Once again - we have a series of special events planned for the coming year. And the labyrinth is open anytime for personal walks. We look forward to seeing you on path!

Sunday April 22 Earth Day Walk 2 pm
Labyrinth opening ceremony and
family walk

Saturday May 5 World Labyrinth Day 1 pm

Thursday June 21 "Summer Solstice Walk
for Peace" 7 pm

Friday Sept 7 "Light up the Labyrinth"
Your help needed!
Set up 6:30 pm/Walk 7:30 pm

Monday Sept 24 Full Moon Walk 8 pm

For more information, contact Christine Hume, 613.859.2136 or christinehume@bell.net