Equinox Labyrinth and Conker Cairn in Girton, Cambridge UK – 21st September 2016

 

This year’s equinox labyrinth and conker cairn will take place on the far side of the Rec underneath the horse chestnut trees on Wednesday 21st September.

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People of all ages are invited to come around 4pm and help make the labyrinth (no special skills required – just turn up!). We will then walk (or run!) the labyrinth to mark the end of Summer and the start of the Autumn/Winter season. As dusk falls we will light the labyrinth with tea-lights in jam jars and enjoy the magical experience of walking a pathway of light.

The winding path of the labyrinth is sometimes seen as a metaphor for the journey of life. Walking a labyrinth together is a great symbol of community and reminds us that we are all on the same journey of life. Walkers are invited to pick up a conker to represent something they are thankful for, carry it with them, and then place it in the centre of the labyrinth, so that we gradually build up a wonderful ‘conker cairn’. This is a free, all-age event, so do come and join in the fun!

Schedule: 4pm, labyrinth making. 5pm labyrinth walking and ‘conker cairn’. 6.30pm candle lighting. 7.00 sunset and start of candlelit walk. 9.00 event ends.

For more information please contact Kay Barrett, labyrinth facilitator, at singing.kay@gmail.com

You can see a video of the first equinox labyrinth at the ‘Passing through and Settling’ site,

https://passingthroughandsettling.org/events/23rd-september-2014/

You can also see more about local labyrinth happenings at: www.kayspathway.com

The labyrinth is organised by Kay Barrett, helped by friends from St Andrew’s Church and any other labyrinth enthusiasts who are able to come.

Saffron Walden Maze Festival

If you are going to be in the UK 19 – 21  August, don’t miss the Saffron Walden Maze Festival!

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The Festival will be a whole weekend of celebration of the town’s historic turf labyrinth (known as the maze) on the common, and also of the Victorian hedge maze in Bridge End Gardens. Can you spot the two more modern labyrinths which have been constructed especially for the 2013 and 2016 festivals?

There will be an opportunity to hear Jan Sellers give a key note speech on labyrinths in education. She’ll be launching her new book and signing copies too. Jan is bringing her lovely Chartres style cloth labyrinth for a meditative labyrinth walk prior to the talk on Saturday evening, and I will be facilitating another chance to walk the labyrinth from 10.30 – 12.30 on Sunday morning 21st August. You will find us in the historic ‘Court House’ along with maze puzzles and games, and a display of school work from RA Butler and Dame Bradbury’s primary schools.

There will be food stalls, live music and plays, an amazing collection of community mazes on the common, and even a ‘night vision goggle’ maze. On Friday 19th there will be an evening comedy club on the theme of ‘I got lost’. On Sunday evening there will be a grand finale with fire jugglers. Also don’t miss the candlelit concert of labyrinth-inspired Indian classical music in St Mary’s Church at 9.15 on Saturday evening.

Find out more from the Maze Festival website by following the link below.

Saffron Walden Maze Festival website

A Suffolk journey into the labyrinth

Rosie AndersenAldeburgh author Rosie Andersen has written a beautiful book, ‘Songs of the Trees’ inspired by the woodlands of her Suffolk home.

Paul Jackson has supplied wonderful, intricate illustrations.

There is a labyrinth to find too!

Do follow the link below and take a look. Described as a ‘modern myth’ Rosie’s story is a treat for inquisitive labyrinth fans young and old.

Thank you Rosie for getting in touch. I’ve ordered myself a copy!

Songs of the trees: Aelfwynn’s journey into the labyrinth

 

Labyrinth Events in 2016

World Labyrinth Day – Saturday 7th May

‘Walk as One at One’

Another opportunity to walk the cloth ‘pebble’ labyrinth in the peaceful surroundings of the Friends Meeting House at Hartington Grove. We’ll join with other labyrinth walkers all over the globe who are walking at or around 1 o’clock. Please arrive between 12.30 and 1.30. Walk finishes at 2.30. Donations welcome to help cover the cost of the hall (Suggested donation £4/£3 concessions)CIMG7114 Resized

Weekend Labyrinth Retreat Friday June 3rd – Sunday June 5th

Quiet Waters Christian Retreat House, Bungay, Suffolk

We will enjoy good company and delicious home-cooked meals. Morning and evening worship will include Taize and Iona chants and will have a celtic flavour. We will make a labyrinth together on the front lawn, and light it up with candles on the Saturday evening. There will be time for quiet reflection, and opportunity to enjoy the riverside garden and explore the surrounding countryside. Kay will also bring a selection of wooden finger labyrinths made by the Rowan project in Cambridge.

Suggested donation for the weekend £140, or £130 if sharing a room. Day visitors also welcome on the Saturday, suggested donation £25.

Early booking advisable! See the Quiet Waters website or book via Kay: singing.kay@gmail.com

 

Rowan finger labyrinth with TS Eliot text

 

Ferrar House Labyrinth Day, Little Gidding

Thursday 30th June, 10.00 – 4.00
Little Gidding is famous for its connection with TS Eliot’s Four Quartets.

We’ll spend a summers day enjoying the garden and surrounding landscape at Ferrar House. We’ll make an outdoor labyrinth from corn (the sort you feed to chickens!) and we’ll take a short walk to a nearby chapel where we can lay out the cloth ‘pebble’ labyrinth.

We’ll explore the labyrinth as a tool for prayer. Kay will also bring wooden finger labyrinths made by Rowan Humberstone in Cambridge.

Please book via the Ferrar House website or email Kay: singing.kay@gmail.com

 

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Saffron Walden Maze Festival, 19 – 21 August

Brilliant family fun with mazes and labyrinths! See the maze festival website, http://www.saffronwaldenmazefestival.co.uk.

Hope to see you there!

Cambridge Pumpkinfest Candlelit Labyrinth

Can you see any pumpkins?

Can you see any pumpkins?

On 24th October we made a special candlelit labyrinth to help ‘Cambridge Sustainable Food’ raise awareness of the problem of food waste and other important food issues as part of their two week ‘Pumpkin Fest’. We had a lot of fun making a corn labyrinth, even though we had to put on waterproofs and work in the pouring rain! Lighting the tea lights in their jam jars was a challenge. Our candle lighters didn’t work properly in the wet weather and breezy conditions. But our fantastic team of volunteers came up with an innovative solution, lighting them indoors and carrying them out in a handy bucket!

Pumpkin lanterns ready for lighting

Pumpkin lanterns ready for lighting

If you look closely at the photos you might be able to see that we also used a few LED tea lights in amongst the real ones. The LEDs produced a more blueish light than the golden flames of the tea lights. After a lot of effort, finally the magical pathway was ready for our visitors, some of whom had come from quite far afield. Some lucky folk lived in the tall houses round about the community centre and had an excellent bird’s eye view from upstairs. Ann from Cambridge Sustainable Food brought delicious pumpkin themed refreshments, including hot pumpkin soup, and we also gave away orange balloons and leaflets about reducing food waste and becoming a more thoughtful cook and consumer. If you missed it this year, look out for us again next October!

Candlelit Pumpkin Labyrinth, Orchard Park Cambridge

Candlelit Pumpkin Labyrinth, Orchard Park Cambridge

Girton Equinox Labyrinth and Conker Cairn, 23 September 2015

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Following on the success of last year’s equinox labyrinth in Girton we decided to repeat the event again. A major attraction, especially for younger visitors, was the lovely location under the horse chestnut trees which border the main recreation ground. We set about collecting conkers and soon had a shining heap near the entrance of the labyrinth.  Everyone walking – or running – the labyrinth was invited to pick up a conker and take it into the centre. We thought the conker might symbolise something you are thankful for, or perhaps something you need to let go of. Or you might just enjoy the beauty of it and the feel of it in your hand.

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As dusk fell, we lit tea lights in jam jars to illuminate the pathway, and our equinox labyrinth was transformed into a magical pathway of light.

Thank you everyone who came and helped, especially Eve, who showed great skill at pouring the corn for the lines, and Rowan, who worked hard to keep the tea lights lit all through the evening. Brilliant!

Girton Labyrinth

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