Sunday, April 1, 2018

A Life Well-Lived

We would like to commemorate memories of a dear friend of the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth and a long-time committee member, Julia Heathcote on this page today.

Julia loved the labyrinth - and felt the call to volunteer and help bring the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth to life back in 2009.  We actually attended our first committee meeting together.

 Following are some photos from special times on the labyrinth.
Julia showing us the Peace flag she created from  messages created after a labyrinth walk for peace.

Festive gathering of the ladies of the labyrinth 2017. Back left to right: Stephanie, Mary, Monika, Connie and Christine.
Front: Debby and Julia
World Labyrinth Day 2015. Julia is on the far left.
Labyrinth Fest 2010 - officially opening the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth. Committee members from left to right: Ronette; Christine; Debby; Heather; Julia; Karen and Deb.
Unveiling the labyrinth sign, May 2013. Committee members from left to right: Karen; Phyl;
Julia, Christine and Debby.

 I begin
a sacred walk
into the labyrinth
circle within circle
flowing quietly toward
answers I may be seeking
It is there I find inner peace
blessed truth just waiting
for me to carry back into
the world to share with
those who cross
my path.

Ellen Schettling Whitehead, Mancelona, Michigan, USA

If you have a photo of Julia you would like added to this page, please contact:
Christine Hume at

Monday, March 19, 2018

Community Labyrinth Events for 2018

It is time to come out of hibernation and look forward to the coming of Spring and all of the beauty and joy that it brings!  As the snow starts to melt the path of the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth also begins to emerge - promising some peaceful, meditative walks and time for reflection.

Flock of hearts, created by Siobhan Allen
Once again - we have a series of special events planned for the coming year. And the labyrinth is open anytime for personal walks. We look forward to seeing you on path!

Sunday April 22 Earth Day Walk 2 pm
Labyrinth opening ceremony and
family walk

Saturday May 5 World Labyrinth Day 1 pm

Thursday June 21 "Summer Solstice Walk
for Peace" 7 pm

Friday Sept 7 "Light up the Labyrinth"
Your help needed!
Set up 6:30 pm/Walk 7:30 pm

Monday Sept 24 Full Moon Walk 8 pm

For more information, contact Christine Hume, 613.859.2136 or

Monday, November 6, 2017

Our Canada 150 Commemorative Event - a Recap

The Carleton Place Community Labyrinth has now wrapped up our commemorative event for Canada 150 - and we decided to check in with the other labyrinths that participated to see how their events went. A brief report follows...

377 Labyrinth Walks
for Canada 150!

Bennett-Lindsay Labyrinth located in Burnstown, Ontario beside the Bittersweet Gallery at 5 Leckie Lane, for more info contact Kathryn Lindsay at
Aerial view of the Bennet-Lindsay Labyrinth (Photo: Hoverwolf Aerial Photography)
Our Canada 150 event started with the Anne-Marie Chagnon's 10th annual spring launch and trunk show A Collection as Strong as the Wind” at Bittersweet Gallery on Saturday June 10th, 2017 and concluded on the last day of Richard Gill’s 45th fall show “Canadian Icons” on Thanksgiving Monday, October 9th 2017.

It turned out to be challenging to keep track of who walked the labyrinth as participation was not highly structured and the registration sheet that was kept in the Gallery went missing and had to be replaced part way along.

Our estimate is that about 50 people participated, some multiple times including our 2017 labyrinth keeper, Pete Bresnahan. Some notable occasions when the labyrinth was walked included the Summer Solstice (June 21st ), the total eclipse of the sun (Aug 21st ), a “To Hell with the Bell” retirement party (Sept 5), the Fall Equinox (Sept 21) and a Harvest moon night walk (Oct 6).
Observing the total eclipse of the sun from the Bennett-Lindsay labyrinth.
Carleton Place Community Labyrinth  located in Carleton Place, Ontario

Whenever someone walked the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth during the period from April 10th – September 8th in 2017, they were encouraged to register their walk at the labyrinth.

We are pleased to report that we exceeded our goal of 150 labyrinth walks – we reached over 170 walks (registered either on our event poster or in the journal at the labyrinth).

We exceeded our goal of 150 labyrinths walks - we reached over 170 walks!
We celebrated our combined achievement during our annual “Light up the Labyrinth” event on Friday, September 8th - with a festive Canada 150 cake donated by our local Independent grocery store.
We celebrated our achievement - with a festive Canada 150 cake.
A wee labyrinth walker registers her walk and helps us to meet our goal.

Castlegar & District Recreation Complex Labyrinth located in Castlegar, British Columbia at 2101 6th Avenue

The Castlegar & District Community Complex recorded 37 walks during our 150 Labyrinth Walks Event. We know that there were many others who walked our labyrinth - especially children who attended the summer day camp program. All in all, it was a successful event and we thank the Carlton Place Community Labyrinth for inviting us to Trust the Path!

Joan Alexander, Labyrinth Facilitator, Castlegar, B.C.
Fleetwood Park Labyrinth located in Surrey, British Columbia at 15802 – 80th Avenue –
Report to come

St. Luke's Anglican Church Labyrinth located in Ottawa, Ontario at  760 Somerset Street

The St. Luke’s labyrinth community enjoyed two monthly evening walks to commemorate Canada 150. The labyrinth was lit up with over 100 tealights, and we had two monthly themes – in May, World Labyrinth Day and in June, Adventure! 

On June 21st, our labyrinth community also celebrated with a Summer Solstice walk at Galilee Centre in Arnprior, complete with labyrinth walkers playing different instruments, such as chimes and hand drums as they walked. In total 120 labyrinth walks were taken during our Canada 150 event. It was an honour to be able to participate in Canada 150 by walking the labyrinth for our communities and country.
St. Luke's labyrinth, illuminated by more than 100 tealights,  hosted special events to celebrate Canada 150.
A Canada 150 Summer Solstice walk (accompanied by chimes and hand drumming) held at the Galilee Centre in Arnprior.

The Toronto Public Labyrinth at Trinity Park Square located in Toronto, Ontario

Congratulations to the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth on your 150th initiative. You reached across Canada with the unifying message that we have a beacon of a country here, and that labyrinths are a sterling way to focus our awareness on that and to stand on guard for the future.

On our website, we posted your initiative and asked that people register their walks with you. It is exciting to hear you had such an active response.

One of our members, Brenda Wivell, was touched by the potential your initiative had not only to unite labyrinth walkers but to encourage the use of the labyrinth in offering prayers for wise leadership.

Jo Ann Stevenson
Labyrinth Community Network chair

Tigh Shee Labyrinth located in North Lancaster, Ontario -
Report to come

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Magic on the Labyrinth

This year's Light up the Labyrinth event held Friday September 8th, 2017 was especially magical! Our small committee was fully prepared with a Plan B - as the weather was being very unpredictable and there was a 60% chance of rain.

We started by setting up the outer ring of 150 luminaries in white bags with red maple leaves (some with peace messages from our Summer Solstice Peace Walk). As the weather seemed to be holding - we continued to set up luminaries on the whole labyrinth (375 instead of the full 600). Thankfully there were volunteers on hand - to help!
We setup the outer ring of 150 luminaries in white bags first (in case of rain).

It takes many helping hands to "Light up the Labyrinth".

Now where should I put this star lantern?

The lanterns are arranged with care at the entrance to the labyrinth - ready to light the way.
Can I help put the luminaries onto the labyrinth? Definitely!
At dusk the luminaries start to glow.
A simply magical moment.
Kerron Lamb performs the perfect music to accompany our walk.
After dark - the light show begins.
We couldn't have done this without your help! See you next year.
A heartfelt thanks to our sponsors for your support!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Your Help Needed to Light up the Labyrinth

Let's "Light up the Labyrinth" together - from 6:30 – 9:00 PM on Friday, September 8th, 2017. During this event, the warm glow of more than 600 candlelit luminaries will flicker along the path of Carleton Place's Community Labyrinth. This year, we are fortunate to once again have guitar and didgeridoo music by local musician Kerron Lamb.
Enjoy guitar and didgeridoo music by local musician Kerron Lamb.
We will also be wrapping up our "150 Labyrinth Walks for Canada 150th" commemorative event on this evening. Join us to celebrate our combined achievement!

To make this event more collaborative - organizers are asking participants to gather at 6:30 PM at the labyrinth to prepare and place luminaries for a 7:30 PM candlelit walk.

Debby Lytle, Chairperson for the Labyrinth Committee, explains: “As a very small committee we need many hands to help us light up this spectacular display on the labyrinth.  Join us at 6:30 PM and be part of the assembling and placing of the luminaries, bring along your bbq lighter to help us light the candles before the walk.  The dismantling at the end of the walk is a huge job and extra help is very welcome then, as well!
As dusk approaches, the luminaries start to glow! (Photo: L. Laflleur)
Our candlelit labyrinth walks have become a popular fall event, as individuals and families from across the region come to enjoy an evening labyrinth walk.  "Children and those young at heart can be part of this festive labyrinth walk by carrying a lantern, wearing their glow-in-the dark-apparel, glow necklaces, glow sticks, and more. Be creative!" say Julia Heathcote, a volunteer labyrinth keeper. Parents of young children should be cautioned that the luminaries are real flame and to please consider clothing and lantern choices carefully.

For those who wish to relax and watch the candlelight, garden benches and a wheelchair-accessible contemplation ring encircle the labyrinth. If you would like to sit for a while and take in the candlelight glow, bring along a lawn chair too.

Thanks to support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Town of Carleton Place and individuals and businesses within our community, this permanent labyrinth exists for people to use at any time. The labyrinth is located at the corner of George and Baines Streets beside the Carleton Place & Beckwith Heritage Museum, 267 Edmund Street in Carleton Place, Ontario.

For more information or if you would like to help prepare the luminaries,
please contact Debby Lytle: 613-257-1014
Facebook: /CarletonPlaceCommunityLabyrinth

Sunday, August 13, 2017

A Special Evening at the Labyrinth

What a wonderful way to celebrate the Summer Solstice. Our recent peace walk at the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth, held on Wednesday June 21, 2017,  was a good reminder of what it is like to gather as a community - walk the labyrinth and connect afterwards.  These photos help to capture the essence of this wonderful gathering. Thanks to all who were able to attend.

"When we walk the labyrinth with others, it becomes a tool for understanding relationships and community.... We may be at very different places on the path, but we all share it... We are all pilgrims on the same path, with the same hope of reaching the same centre." (Excerpt from "The Spirituality of Mazes and Labyrinths, G. MacQueen)
Performed by Parvaneh Rowshan
Parvaneh Rowshan performs an opening dance honouring our sense of self and inner peace.
Set up for Solstice Peace Walk
Members of the Labyrinth committee gather to set up for the Solstice Peace Walk.

Peonies on the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth
Peonies bring their beauty to our Summer Solstice peace walk.
Brings inner peace
Labyrinth walkers finding inner peace on this beautiful summer evening.

Family posting their peace messages
A family places their personal messages of peace on the picnic table tree - together.

Messages of peace
The messages of peace speak for themselves.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Summer Solstice Peace Walk

From 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday June 21st, 2017, the Labyrinth Committee will present a "Summer Solstice Peace Walk” at the Community Labyrinth in Carleton Place.
With this summer evening event, the Committee hopes to focus attention on the need for peace in the world and within ourselves. Labyrinths have long been used as meditation and prayer tools and have even been used for bringing peace and reconciliation between individuals in conflict.

"I believe that walking the path of the labyrinth can bring peace to those who seek it," says Debby Lytle, a volunteer for The Labyrinth Committee of Carleton Place.

Join us for an evening labyrinth walk and enjoy an opening dance performance by Parvaneh Rowshan, honouring our creativity and sense of self and inner peace, choreographed especially to be performed on the labyrinth.   During the walk – the Rhythm and Song Community Choir directed by Jennifer Noxon – will sing several songs with the theme of “Peace”.

Throughout the evening, you will have the opportunity to write a personal message for peace on a maple leaf cut-out – and hang it on the tree on the picnic table.
Write your own message for peace on a maple leaf and hang it on the picnic table tree.
All are welcome. Refreshments will be provided. You are welcome to picnic in the garden beforehand.

Register your Summer Solstice Peace Walk at the labyrinth and be part of our "150 Walks for Canada's 150th" commemorative event.

Carleton Place Community Labyrinth is located beside the Carleton Place & Beckwith Heritage Museum, at 267 Edmund St.

For more information contact Debby 613-257-1014
Facebook: /CarletonPlaceCommunityLabyrinth