World Labyrinth Day – Walk as One at 1pm
Join us on Saturday 6th May and become part of a rolling wave of people walking labyrinths all over the world for peace on World Labyrinth Day. Join us as we walk as one at 1pm at the Centennial Park Labyrinth. This year’s walk will be led by Elizabeth Lee, who is the Pastoral Care Officer at Matthew Talbot Hostel.
Monthly Group Walk: The next monthly walk will be held at 9am on Sunday, 7th May at the Centennial Park Labyrinth for a group walk led by Desiree DeKlerk who is a design teacher with a lifelong passion for sacred geometry These monthly events are free and open to all. The labyrinth is on Dickens Drive. Please see Location page for exact directions.
The inaugural Labyrinth Dreaming Festival will be held at the Centennial Park Labyrinth on Sunday 10th September. It will be a big picnic lunch event celebrating the labyrinth with the chance to experience different types of labyrinths painted onto the field. There will be facilitated walks accompanied by didgeridoos and drum circle. Come walk the mystery and consider whether you are living in a labyrinth or a maze…
Women’s Dream Quest: Judith Tripp is bringing her Women’s Dream Quest to Australia in September. Join us for a weekend of labyrinth walking, meditation, song and gentle healing process. We’ll create a sacred women’s circle, connecting to all the circles formed over thirty years of Women’s Dream Quests, listening deeply for our role in the world at this pivotal time in the life of our planet. Judith is a psychotherapist, who leads pilgrimages and Dream Quests in the US, Europe and Australia. 15th-17th September at Amberley, Lower Plenty, VIC 22nd-24th September at St Josephs, Kincumber, NSW
For more information and to register go to http://www.veriditas.org/wdq
Regular group labyrinth walks are held at the Centennial Park Labyrinth at 9am on the first Sunday of every month. Come and experience the powerful metaphor of the labyrinth in a group setting. Its an opportunity to learn more about the labyrinth from a Veriditas trained facilitator and to remind yourself what it is to simply be in community in a gentle, peaceful way. These events are free and open to all. Sign up to our newsletter to receive information about all labyrinth events. The labyrinth is on Dickens Drive. Check the location page for directions.
ABC Radio National’s Dr Rachael Kohn did an in-depth interview with Rev Dr Lauren Artress and Emily Simpson on her regular program The Spirit of Things which was broadcast on 22nd February 2015. You can download or listen to it here
The woman who kick started the global labyrinth movement 20 years ago, Rev Dr Lauren Artress was in Sydney to train 30 new labyrinth facilitators. On Sunday 1st Feb she was guest of honour at the Dedication of the Labyrinth which included the beautiful music of Corrina Bonshek which is now available online.
To find out more about Lauren’s work with labyrinths around the world go to www.veriditas.org. Her much loved book is called “Walking A Sacred Path – Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Practice” and is available on Amazon
There’s really no right way or wrong way to walk a labyrinth, but generally speaking there are three phases:
1. Releasing on the way in – letting go of what no longer serves.
2. Receiving a sense of peace and calm as you pause in the centre.
3. Resolving to engage with the world in a new way as you follow the same path back out.
To prepare, you may want to sit quietly and reflect before walking the labyrinth. Some people come with questions, others just to slow down and take time out from a busy life. Some come to find the strength to take the next step during times of grief and loss. Its winding path becomes a metaphor for our journey and where we find ourselves on our path. If someone is walking more slowly than you, feel free to overtake (easier at the turns). The labyrinth is all about flow and acceptance. As Ram Dass says, “We are all really just walking each other home.”
Want to learn more about the labyrinth? The woman who kick started the global labyrinth movement 20 years ago, Rev Dr Lauren Artress is coming to Sydney to speak and teach in January 2015. Whether you want to bring the labyrinth to your community or simply deepen your understanding of it, then this is a rare opportunity.
The lecture will be held at the Paddington Uniting Church, 395 Oxford St, Paddington and the workshop and Facilitator Training will be held at Moore Park Golf Club. Lauren will also be holding a special dedication of the Centennial Park labyrinth on the evening of Sunday 1st February. All welcome. To find out more about her work with labyrinths around the world go to www.veriditas.org. Her book is called “Walking A Sacred Path – Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Practice” and is available on Amazon