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Sunday, December 23, 2012

The setting for the Winter Solstice Labyrinth 2012, Vancouver BC at 8:00 pm


The Labyrinth is at the bottom of the picture and is outlined in a circle of lights. 
Thank you Lori for helping create this labyrinth.



  • The Hemispheres
  • Leave the familiar for a while.
  • Let your senses and bodies stretch out
  • Like a welcomed season
  • Onto the meadows and shores and hills.
  • Open up to the Roof.
  • Make a new water-mark on your excitement
  • And love.
  • Like a blooming night flower,
  • Bestow your vital fragrance of happiness
  • And giving
  • Upon our intimate assembly.
  • Change rooms in your mind for a day.
  • All the hemispheres in existence
  • Lie beside an equator
  • In your heart.
  • Greet Yourself
  • In your thousand other forms
  • As you mount the hidden tide and travel
  • Back home.
  • All the hemispheres in heaven
  • Are sitting around a fire
  • Chatting
  • While stitching themselves together
  • Into the Great Circle inside of
  • You.

Hafez

Monday, December 3, 2012

Winter Solstice Labyrinth, Friday December 21, 2012 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm.

Introduction

This event will be held in the evening between 7:30 pm and 9:00 pm because the tide is low during that part of the day. So the walk will be held at night, however, the beach is lit by the lights of the city. 
Remember to dress for the weather.

Location

First, find the Sunset Beach Cafe which is on English Bay in Vancouver, at 1204 Beach Avenue and is down the hill from the corner of 1100 Beach Avenue and 1400 Bute Street. Make your way to the walking path on the south side or ocean side of the Beach Cafe. Facing the water, the Burrard Street Bridge will be on your left. Walk toward the bridge and the fenced area of the parking lot until you reach a light on your left and the 'No Dogs Permitted on the Beach' sign on your right. The labyrinth will be on the beach where the land slopes toward the water, behind the sign. The picture above shows the exact location of this event.

(Please see the pictures below the poem which, hopefully, will help you find the labyrinth)



  • The Hemispheres

  • Leave the familiar for a while.
  • Let your senses and bodies stretch out
  • Like a welcomed season
  • Onto the meadows and shores and hills.
  • Open up to the Roof.
  • Make a new water-mark on your excitement
  • And love.
  • Like a blooming night flower,
  • Bestow your vital fragrance of happiness
  • And giving
  • Upon our intimate assembly.
  • Change rooms in your mind for a day.
  • All the hemispheres in existence
  • Lie beside an equator
  • In your heart.
  • Greet Yourself
  • In your thousand other forms
  • As you mount the hidden tide and travel
  • Back home.
  • All the hemispheres in heaven
  • Are sitting around a fire
  • Chatting
  • While stitching themselves together
  • Into the Great Circle inside of
  • You.

Hafez


Cost

This is a by donation event.

In the spirit of reciprocity and gratitude, please bring a gift to offer to Mother Earth such as flowers, coffee beans, chocolate etc.










Saturday, September 22, 2012

Labyrinth Event: Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 12 noon to 2 pm at Spanish Banks.





The low tide time is shifting as the axis of the earth changes. So this labyrinth event will be the last one occurring during day time hours for some time.
I have chosen another verse from Rumi for the focus of this walk:

"There is an original inside me."


In the spirit of reciprocity and gratitude, please bring a gift to offer to Mother Earth  such as a flower, coffee beans, chocolate etc.

Remember to dress for the weather and to cross shallow tide pools. Also this event is away from the main part of the beach, so those with mobility concerns will need to plan for their barriers.

For directions to the labyrinth, cut and paste the following link into your browser:

http://walkingalabyrinth.blogspot.com/2011/02/spanish-banks-labyrinth-location.html 

Monday, September 3, 2012

Equinox Labyrinth: September 15, 2012 from 12pm to 2 pm at Spanish Banks, Vancouver BC.




 "Let's try a dumb experiment."

Autumn Equinox is a liminal time, a time 'betwixt and between' summer and fall: a time to recall, reflect and reframe.

In the natural world, fall is the season to harvest. 

Thus, Autumn Equinox is a time to harvest the productive, to remove the kernel of the truth of our experiences, to challenge the false to drop away and to reframe our future.

Victor W Turner describes liminality as "a storehouse  of possibilities . . ."

For those of you who want to participate in a liminal ritual of harvesting the possibilities at this time in your life, "Let's try a dumb experiment."

By walking a labyrinth and using poetry and mandala building, this ritual is about harvesting ALL that the Universe is offering you.

Donation of $10.00 for this ritual. Please email me with your questions and for further instructions: walkingalabyrinth@gmail.com


Please note: There will be no charge for walking the labyrinth and not participating in this ritual.

In the spirit of reciprocity and gratitude, please bring a gift to offer to Mother Earth  such as a flower, coffee beans, chocolate etc.


Remember to dress for the weather and to cross shallow tide pools. Also this event is away from the main part of the beach, so those with mobility concerns will need to plan for their barriers.

Cut and paste the following link into your browser for directions to the labyrinth: 

http://walkingalabyrinth.blogspot.com/2011/02/spanish-banks-labyrinth-location.html 









Saturday, August 18, 2012

Sounding between land and sea: Saturday September 1, 2012 between 1 pm and 3 pm at Spanish Banks, Vancouver BC







Come and join us as we find ways for our own vocal sounds to harmonize with the sound and landscapes around us.
At Spanish Banks we look to the mountains, the city, the forest and the sea for communication and inspiration. Sounding is a great way to send healing out into the world while giving to ourselves at the same time. No singing experience necessary — just bring the voice you have!
This event will be facilitated by Kira Van Deusen.

You can find out more about Kira by going to her web page:



If you like - and in the spirit of reciprocity - you can bring something to leave in the labyrinth as an offering. It should be something that will return easily to the elements. Shells, rocks and leaves can all be found nearby. Don't worry if you forget, there will be items at the event you can use.

Dress for the weather and to cross shallow tide pools.


Cut and paste the following link into your browser for directions to the labyrinth


http://walkingalabyrinth.blogspot.com/2011/02/spanish-banks-labyrinth-location.html 

Friday, July 20, 2012

Labyrinth Event: Sunrise Labyrinth, Sunday August 12, 2012 from 8:30 to 11:00 am at Spanish Banks, Vancouver BC.



I slip in and out of the Sea at night with this
Amazed soul I have.

Follow my tracks in the sand that lead
Beyond thought and space,

Join me with your hands, wings, hooves or fins
In my sublime applause.

Join me in the pure atmosphere of gratitude
For life.

I slip in and out of the Moon each night
With a gracious ease
With the brilliant heart I have.

Hafiz.

Please bring flowers, shells, stones, driftwood etc. to adorn the labyrinth.

For directions to the labyrinth location, cut and paste the following link into your browser:

http://walkingalabyrinth.blogspot.com/2011/02/spanish-banks-labyrinth-location.html


Reminder to dress for the weather and to cross shallow tides pools.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Photographs from the 2012 June Solstice Labyrinth.






Happy Summer Solstice 2012 everyone.

Confirming Solstice Labyrinth for today June 24, 2012 from 2 to 4:30 pm at Spanish Banks.



I will be drawing today in celebration of Summer Solstice. Please dress for the weather and to cross shallow tides pools.





For directions to the labyrinth location, cut and paste the following link into your browser:

http://walkingalabyrinth.blogspot.com/2011/02/spanish-banks-labyrinth-location.html


Please bring flowers, shells or driftwood to adorn the labyrinth.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Repost: Summer Solstice Labyrinth: Sunday June 24, 2012 from 2 pm to 4:30 pm at Spanish Banks in Vancouver BC.




Open to the ocean, mountains, trees and sky, this labyrinth event will connect your inner spirit to the earth and the Divine in the grandeur of the natural world. 

Summer Solstice is a liminal time in nature. An extraordinary time "betixt and between" spring and summer. As such, it is an opportunity for the spiritual traveler to seek and find a better understanding of life and receive a vision of how things might be.

This Summer Solstice, walk a labyrinth with the intention of uncovering a new perspective of being.


For directions to the labyrinth location, cut and paste the following link into your browser:

http://walkingalabyrinth.blogspot.com/2011/02/spanish-banks-labyrinth-location.html


Please bring flowers, shells or driftwood to adorn the labyrinth.






email: walkingalabyrinth@gmail.com


Monday, May 28, 2012

Bamboo skewer and string labyrinth . . .


I made a labyrinth from bamboo skewers and string - my first attempt - for the World Partnership Walk at Stanley Park in Vancouver yesterday. This is an annual event to raise money for social development in Asia and Africa by the Aga Khan Foundation.





. . . this impression was left by walkers in the grass


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Summer Solstice Labyrinth: Sunday June 24, 2012 from 2 pm to 4:30 pm at Spanish Banks in Vancouver BC.





Open to the ocean, mountains, trees and sky, this labyrinth event will connect your inner spirit to the earth and the Divine in the grandeur of the natural world. 

Summer Solstice is a liminal time in nature. An extraordinary time "betixt and between" spring and summer. As such, it is an opportunity for the spiritual traveler to seek and find a better understanding of life and receive a vision of how things might be.

This Summer Solstice, walk a labyrinth with the intention of uncovering a new perspective of being.




For directions to the labyrinth location, cut and paste the following link into your browser:

http://walkingalabyrinth.blogspot.com/2011/02/spanish-banks-labyrinth-location.html


Please bring flowers, shells or driftwood to adorn the labyrinth.



email: walkingalabyrinth@gmail.com

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Labyrinth Event: World Labyrinth Day, today, Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 12 noon to 2 pm at Spanish Banks, Vancouver BC.


Happy World Labyrinth Day 2012!

The showers will end this morning, so "see you at the beach" . . . details below:



Designated as "Walk as One at 1," World Labyrinth Day is an initiative by The Labyrinth Society (http://labyrinthsociety.org/home) that encourages people to participate in "a rolling wave of peaceful energy as the world turns . . ." by walking a labyrinth at 1:00 pm in their local time zone.
World Labyrinth Day brings people from all over the planet together to celebrating the labyrinth as a symbol, a tool, a passion or a practice.
The Labyrinth Societies vision statement is: "to inspire possibilities and create connections through the labyrinth." 

Please dress for the weather, remember sunscreen and wear shoes/boots that will enable you to wade through shallow tidal pools or water.




For directions to the labyrinth location, cut and paste the following link into your browser:


http://walkingalabyrinth.blogspot.com/2011/02/spanish-banks-labyrinth-location.html


For a map, cut and paste the following link into your browser:


http://www.google.ca/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=spanish+banks+vancouver&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&redir_esc=&ei=2kQfTpf2HsrXiALQ26imAw

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Labyrinth Event: World Labyrinth Day, Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 12 noon to 2 pm at Spanish Banks, Vancouver BC.



Designated as "Walk as One at 1," World Labyrinth Day is an initiative by The Labyrinth Society (http://labyrinthsociety.org/home) that encourages people to participate in "a rolling wave of peaceful energy as the world turns . . ." by walking a labyrinth at 1:00 pm in their local time zone.
World Labyrinth Day brings people from all over the planet together to celebrating the labyrinth as a symbol, a tool, a passion or a practice.
The Labyrinth Societies vision statement is: "to inspire possibilities and create connections through the labyrinth." 

Please dress for the weather, remember sunscreen and wear shoes/boots that will enable you to wade through shallow tidal pools or water.



For directions to the labyrinth location, cut and paste the following link into your browser:


http://walkingalabyrinth.blogspot.com/2011/02/spanish-banks-labyrinth-location.html


For a map, cut and paste the following link into your browser:


http://www.google.ca/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=spanish+banks+vancouver&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&redir_esc=&ei=2kQfTpf2HsrXiALQ26imAw

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Labyrinth Event: Spring Equinox Labyrinth, today, Saturday March 24, 2012 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm Spanish Banks, Vancouver BC.







Happy Spring Equinox!



I will be holding a Spring Equinox Labyrinth, today, Saturday March 24 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm at Spanish Banks.
Please dress for the weather, remember sunscreen and wear shoes/boots that will enable you to wade through shallow tidal pools or water.
For directions to the labyrinth location, cut and paste the following link into your browser:
http://walkingalabyrinth.blogspot.com/2011/02/spanish-banks-labyrinth-location.html
For a map, cut and paste the following link into your browser:
http://www.google.ca/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=spanish+banks+vancouver&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&redir_esc=&ei=2kQfTpf2HsrXiALQ26imAw

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Labyrinth Event: Spring Equinox Labyrinth Saturday March 24, 2012 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm Spanish Banks, Vancouver BC.



I am holding a Spring Equinox Labyrinth on Saturday March 24 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm at Spanish Banks.
Please check my Blog on that morning if weather could be an issue. In any case, please dress for the weather and wear shoes/boots that will enable you to wade through shallow tidal pools or water.


For directions to the labyrinth location, cut and paste the following link into your browser:


http://walkingalabyrinth.blogspot.com/2011/02/spanish-banks-labyrinth-location.html


For a map, cut and paste the following link into your browser:


http://www.google.ca/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=spanish+banks+vancouver&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&redir_esc=&ei=2kQfTpf2HsrXiALQ26imAw

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Labyrinth Event: Sea Inside


A photograph from the labyrinth event held at Kitsilano Beach in Vancouver BC,  part of the Sea Inside Project. For more information about this project, follow the link below:

http://www.seainsideproject.com/?p=2827

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Labyrinth Event: Today, Sunday, February 12, 2012 from 2:30 to 4:00 pm at Kitsilano Beach, Vancouver BC.


This Labyrinth Event, part of the Art Exhibition: "Sea Inside,"  will be held today so please dress for the weather. For directions, see the previous posting.

For more information about the "Sea Inside" Art Exhibition, please go to: 

http://www.seainsideproject.com/

Blessings.



Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Labyrinth Event: Sunday February 12, 2012 from 2:30 to 4:00 pm at Kitsilano Beach, Vancouver BC.


The idea that we are separate from Nature and the ocean is an illusion.  
Walking a labyrinth on the foreshore transports us away from our ordinary lives and  makes it possible to become conscious how interconnected we are with the ocean.

I will be drawing a labyrinth, on Sunday February 12, 2012, for my friend Marten Sims. He is holding an Art Exhibit and Workshop Series that explores the sea around and inside us. 

The exhibition:     "Sea Inside" 
 The dates:             February 11th to 19th. 
The location is:    Concourse Gallery, Emily Carr University
                                   1399 Johnston Street, Granville Island 
                                   Vancouver, BC

Please see his site:
http://www.seainsideproject.com/

An opening prayer for this Labyrinth Event  will be performed by Veronica Wilson.

Labyrinth Location:
From the corner of the 2100 block of Cornwall Avenue, where there is a Starbucks, walk across the street to the telephone booth. Then walk down the path toward the water, over to the front of Boathouse Restaurant and past the shower toward the water. The labyrinth will be beside the water.

email: walkingalabyrinth@gmail.com











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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