The next monthly walk will be held at 9am on Sunday 7th February, led this time by Desiree DeKlerk. Come and experience the profound metaphor of the labyrinth in a group setting. It’s an opportunity to remind yourself what it is to simply be in community in a peaceful, gentle way. Sydney Labyrinth events are free and open to all. The labyrinth is on Dickens Drive. Go to the location page for directions and sign up to our newsletter to receive updates about all labyrinth events.
NEW FOR 2021: WALKING WITH INTENTION with Elizabeth Lee
Walking with Intention at10am on the first Friday of the month. Spiritual Director, Elizabeth Lee will draw on a different theme each month: Hope, Mindfulness, Autumn, Wisdom of the Sages, Gratitude, Winter, Solitude, Lost & Found, Spring, Guest of the Earth, Those Who Have Gone Before and Summer Harvest. Come walk intentionally together.
1 January – 5 February – 5 March – 2 April – 7 May – 4 June – 2 July – 6 August 3 September – 1 October – 5 November – 3 December
Facilitated group walks are held at the Centennial Park Labyrinth at 9am on the first Sunday of every month. If you don’t feel up for group walks, the labyrinth is still there for you. A place of refuge and sanctuary in complicated times. Use it as a contemplative tool to walk your way into the bigger picture, releasing anxieties on the way in, aligning with what truly matters as you pause in the centre, like a tuning fork between earth and sky, then following the path back out into the world, weaving into your awareness any insights or metaphors you may have noticed along the way. Walking meditation helps us accept whatever is going on in our lives and that what’s in the way, usually is the way.
May you be well and happy. May you walk in peace and know yourself to be beloved on the earth, held and blessed by all that is.
FACILITATORS FOR MONTHLY WALKS IN CENTENNIAL PARK
Fri 5th Feb: Walking with Intention @ 10am
Sun 7th Feb: Desiree DeKlerk @9am
Fri 5th March: Walking with Intention @ 10am
Sun 7th March: Sally Longley & Matthew Evans @ 9am
Fri 2nd April: Walking with Intention @ 10am
Sun 4th April: Robyn Katz @ 9am
Sat 1st May: World Labyrinth Day with Heather Middleton @ 1pm
Sun 2nd May: Erica Webber @ 9am
Fri 7th May: Walking with Intention @ 10am
Fri 4th June: Walking with Intention @ 10am
Sun 6th June: Heather Keens @ 9am
Sun 20th June: Winter Solstice with Elizabeth MacGregor @ 8am
Fri 2nd July: Walking with Intention @ 10am
Sun 4th July: Annalise Thomas @ 9am
Sun 1st August: Matthew Evans @ 9am
Fri 6th Aug: Walking with Intention @ 10am
Fri 3rd Sept: Walking with Intention @ 10am
Sun 5th Sept: Heather Middleton @ 9am
Fri 1st Oct: Walking with Intention @ 10am
Sun 3rd Oct: Elizabeth Lee @ 9am
Fri 5th Nov: Walking with Intention @ 10am
Sun 7th Nov: Wendy Rose-Williams @ 9am
Fri 3rd Dec: Walking with Intention @ 10am
Sun 5th Dec: Elizabeth MacGregor @ 9am
Sun 19th Dec: Summer Solstice with Maja Skrlj @ 7am
Let the heartsick, let the empty,
let the searching come. Let the hopeless,
let the blissful, let the forsaken come.
When the days unspool on dark reel after
another, come. When sorrow haunts
the corners of the house, when the hours stack
like dirty plates, when solitude
becomes loneliness, come to the labyrinth.Continue reading →
Dr John James, architect, historian and psychotherapist talks about labyrinths. He is a world expert on the Chartres Cathedral and its labyrinth and helped us get the geometry right for the Centennial Park Labyrinth. In this interview he offers some fascinating insights on astrology and the labyrinth. You can read an in depth article written by John in 1972 on the labyrinth in the Chartres Cathedral here: 36 labyrinth. To find out more about this remarkable man go to http://www.johnjames.com.au/
Things are going well with preparations for the construction of Australia’s first sandstone labyrinth and it looks like it will be completed early next year. This is a surprisingly complex thing to build – with over 1500 individual pieces of stone, every detail needs to be perfectly aligned for it to work. The good people at Centennial Parklands are ensuring that it will be on a par with the other significant stone labyrinths in the world – the one at the Chartres Cathedral in France and the one at the Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. In the meantime, before construction actually begins, there will still be a labyrinth painted onto the field for you to walk.
I first walked a labyrinth in May 2009 at the Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Like many who have never experienced one before, I had assumed it would be like a maze, so I was pleasantly surprised when I saw its simple beauty and actually walked it…and walked it…again and again and came back the next day to walk it some more, slower and slower. I felt reeled in by its mystery, held by the structure of its winding path and liberated by the stillness at its heart. I fell in love with the labyrinth and the whole idea of walking meditation.
I’d been in a sort of emotional cocoon for sometime after a series of sudden leavings and endings and many of my definitions of self had simply fallen away. It wasn’t until I walked the labyrinth that I felt the possibility of a light at the end of the tunnel. Somehow the rhythm of its path gave me back a spiritual pulse. I felt held by the structure of its winding path and received by the mystery at its heart.
I hadn’t felt this lit up about anything for years and read every book I could find on the subject. Realising that there were no public labyrinths in Sydney, I created a proposal for the Board of Trustees of Centennial Park to inspire them to build one. Providing public spaces for contemplation is more important now than ever before. We need a new paradigm for non-denominational sacred space and opportunities to centre, calm and remember ourselves.
On the first day of Spring last year, my proposal to build a sandstone labyrinth in Centennial Park was approved by the Centennial Parkland Trustees. We now begin the journey of gathering the $500,000 required to build it. Based on the design of the 800 year old labyrinth in the Chartres Cathedral in France, the Sydney labyrinth will be a thing of great beauty – a significant public artwork in an iconic Sydney park.
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