Monthly Group Walk: The next monthly walk will be held at 9am on Sunday, 6th August at the Centennial Park Labyrinth for a group walk led by meditation teacher, Cathie Van Geldermalsen. 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 from 10am – 2pm on Sunday 10th September. Several different labyrinths and a maze will be set out for you to explore with facilitated walks accompanied by live music – drum circles and didgeridoo. Save the date and invite your friends for a picnic lunch and celebration of the labyrinth as a path of peace and paradigm for our times. This is a free event, open to all.
Women’s Dream Quest: Judith Tripp is bringing her Women’s Dream Quest to Australia. 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. This Dream Quest will be held from 22nd to 24th September 2017 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