Join labyrinth walkers around the globe and ‘Walk as One at One’ on World Labyrinth Day here in Cambridge UK. The venue will be the peaceful main room of the Friends Meeting House in Hartington Grove. For Sat Navs and GPS devices the venue is 91 – 93 Hartington Grove, CB1 7UB. Time 12.30 – 2.30 pm. I’m very happy to be bringing the cloth ‘pebble labyrinth’ for our walk, and I hope some of the original team who helped paint the labyrinth will also come along, as well as friends old and new who would like to join with labyrinth walkers world-wide in sending a wave of peace and harmony around the globe. There is no charge for the event, but donations toward the hire of the room will be welcome. ‘World Labyrinth Day’ is an initiative of The Labyrinth Society, and you can find out more about them on their website, http://www.labyrinthsociety.org
26th June: a beautiful summer’s day at Ferrar House Retreat Centre, Little Gidding, well known for its association with the poet TS Eliot. Many thanks to Judy Fox for taking care of running the Labyrinth Day for me while I was recovering from an operation, and to Wendy Skirrow for her enthusiasm, hosting the day and looking after everyone so well.
If you came this way,
Taking any route, starting from anywhere,
At any time or at any season,
It would always be the same: you would have to put off
Sense and notion. You are not here to verify,
Instruct yourself, or inform curiosity
Or carry report. You are here to kneel
Where prayer has been valid.
TS Eliot (Little Gidding)
The group made a corn labyrinth on the lawn in front of the house and spent time reflecting and enjoying the natural beauty all around, especially the plentiful bees and butterflies visiting the garden. After lunch the group made the 10 minutes’ walk to Steeple Gidding, where the cloth ‘pebble’ labyrinth was laid out in the beautiful space of Saint Andrew’s Church.
At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement.
And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered.
Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.
TS Eliot (from ‘Burnt Norton’)
Chartres Labyrinth Walk: on Saturday 17th August I will be facilitating an open labyrinth walk of a full sized canvas Chartres labyrinth, on temporary loan from the University of Kent. You will find me in the Friends Meeting House in Saffron Walden between 10 and 4. The labyrinth walk is part of a larger event, the Saffron Walden Maze Festival, which will be celebrating the town’s unique heritage of the wonderful – and very large – turf labyrinth on the Common, and the recently restored Victorian hedge maze (the sort you can get lost in!) in Bridge End Gardens.
There are all kinds of labyrinth and maze related activities planned between Friday 16th and Monday 19th August. For more details, keep an eye on the maze festival website, www.saffronwaldenmazefestival.com.uk and do come and join in. It is sure to be an excellent weekend.
Looking a bit further ahead, there will be some labyrinth-related happenings during Addenbrooke’s Hospital’s ‘Mental Health Resilience Week’, between 7th and 12th October. These will include the cloth ‘pebble’ labyrinth in the Chapel (please email to check precise times) some beautiful, locally-made finger labyrinths; and a walkable labyrinth on a grander scale outdoors.
Finally, here are some pictures from the recent Maze Day at Radwinter Primary School, near Saffron Walden. We all had a very busy day with some lovely quiet, reflective moments too. Thanks to Emma Horton for having the idea, and to Mrs Hockley and all the staff for making it happen. Photos and examples of the pupils’ fantastic, creative work will be on display in the Court House, Saffron Walden, during the Maze Festival weekend – where you will also find interactive games for all ages and the ‘giant tilting maze’.
If you would like to have a similar labyrinth-themed day at your local school or other community or group, do contact me for availability, information and ideas.
You are warmly invited to a Quiet Day at Lode Chapel, Cambridgeshire, on Saturday 18th May. The theme of the day will be ‘Waiting for the Comforter’. Meeting on the day before the church festival of Pentecost, we will reflect on being open to all that the moment brings, opening our hearts in trust and anticipation, much as the disciples must have done, gathered together, on the eve of the first Pentecost.
You will be gently guided into periods of silence… there will be the opportunity to wander the churchyard with its wildflowers, the pretty village of Lode and the footpath to the lode and water mill at the back of Anglesey Abbey. Kay will bring the cloth ‘pebble’ labyrinth for walking, and a selection of inspirational books, finger labyrinths, writing and art and craft materials.
The day will run from 10.45 to 4.00. The cost is £15 (please make cheques payable to ‘Lode Chapel’) and please bring lunch to share. If you are planning to come, please email Kay at firstname.lastname@example.org
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