Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Summer Solstice Peace Walk

From 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday June 21st, 2017, the Labyrinth Committee will present a "Summer Solstice Peace Walk” at the Community Labyrinth in Carleton Place.
With this summer 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 even been used for bringing peace and reconciliation between individuals in conflict.

"I believe that walking the path of the labyrinth can bring peace to those who seek it," says Debby Lytle, a volunteer for The Labyrinth Committee of Carleton Place.

Join us for an evening labyrinth walk and enjoy an opening dance performance by Parvaneh Rowshan, honouring our creativity and sense of self and inner peace, choreographed especially to be performed on the labyrinth.   During the walk – the Rhythm and Song Community Choir directed by Jennifer Noxon – will sing several songs with the theme of “Peace”.

Throughout the evening, you will have the opportunity to write a personal message for peace on a maple leaf cut-out – and hang it on the tree on the picnic table.
Write your own message for peace on a maple leaf and hang it on the picnic table tree.
All are welcome. Refreshments will be provided. You are welcome to picnic in the garden beforehand.

Register your Summer Solstice Peace Walk at the labyrinth and be part of our "150 Walks for Canada's 150th" commemorative event.

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
Facebook: /CarletonPlaceCommunityLabyrinth

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Celebrating World Labyrinth Day!

Despite the rain, we had a small, enthusiastic group turn out to celebrate World Labyrinth Day at the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth in Carleton Place, Ontario Canada on Saturday, May 6th 2017 at 1 p.m.
WLD participants (from left to right): Julia, Monika, Stephanie, Chris, Connie, Kathryn and Debby.
Once again - we are very thankful to local media for helping us to promote our event - in particular "The Humm" and Lake 88 radio station.
We were happy to collaborate with Grace Amirault, Veriditas Council Member via Facetime to read the following opening prayer together.  We wanted to connect with another labyrinth facilitator at the start of our walk - to symbolically represent the power of bringing people together globally to recognize the labyrinth as a special tool for healing and peace.
We walked together and felt contained and held by the space and fully protected by our umbrellas!
 To the Four Directions (a reading for individual voices)

Spirit of the East, spirit of air,
 Of morning and springtime;
Be with us as the sun rises,
In times of beginning,
Times of planting.
Inspire us with the fresh breath of courage
As we go forth into new adventures.

Spirit of the South, spirit of fire
of noontime and summer;
Be with us through the heat of the day
And help us to be ever growing
Warm us with strength and energy
for the work that awaits us

Spirit of the West, spirit of water,
Of evening and autumn;
Be with us as the sun sets
and help us to enjoy a rich harvest.
Flow through us with a cooling, healing quietness
and bring us peace.

Spirit of the North, spirit of earth,
Of nighttime and winter;
Be with us in the darkness, in the time of gestation.
Ground us in the wisdom of the changing seasons
 as we celebrate the spiraling journey of our lives.
Joan Goodwin

This year World Labyrinth Day events were held around the world with 159 participating locations in the United States, 25 in Australia, 18 in Canada, 14 in England, 6 in the Netherlands, 4 in New Zealand, Norway & South Africa, 3 in Germany, Ireland, Italy and Scotland, 1 in France, Hungary, Hong Kong, Sweden, Greece, Lithuania, Spain and Switzerland. An interactive map depicting this can be found at this link.