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Thursday, February 18, 2010

experimenting with Liminal Space




The Reverend Dr. Lauren Artress described walking a Labyrinth as a "liminal" experience.

In social and cultural theory, Victor W. Turner defined 'liminality' as moments 'betwixt and between' fixed cultural categories.

The beach of an ocean can be classify into categories.
The foreshore is the area of the beach between the average high and low water marks. It is covered and uncovered as the tide migrates. The seaward side of the foreshore is the nearshore, which is below the level of the low tide. Behind the foreshore is the backshore, it is above the the level of the high tide.

Symbolically then, because it is between the nearshore and the backshore, the foreshore can be used to represent liminality, a 'betwixt and between' place.


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This Blog is for people looking for an outdoor labyrinth to walk in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. These Events are outdoors, on the foreshore of the ocean, so they are weather permitting events. Please check my Blog for Event day confirmation when weather might be an issue. Walking a Labyrinth is like accepting an invitation to pray, meditate, contemplate, dream, celebrate or play; a place to find inspiration, satisfy a curiosity, examine metaphor, mythology or simply, a place to explore liminal space: a 'betwixt and between' place. . . Labyrinths are drawn on the foreshore, betwixt the nearshore and the backshore, between the low and high water marks to present liminal space as a physical location. Labyrinths may also be drawn during liminal time: dusk or dawn and/or solstice or equinox. Victor W Turner has described liminality as "a fructile chaos, a storehouse of possibilities, not a random assemblage but a striving after new forms and structures, a gestation process." My vision is that when you walk a labyrinth on the foreshore, you will access liminal space. For information please email: walkingalabyrinth@gmail.com