“After walking a labyrinth, the two hemispheres of the brain become balanced.” – Suzette Martinez Standring

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“Walking the spiral path of twists and turns is an ancient spiritual exercise.

“Often the words labyrinth and maze are used interchangeably, but they are not the same. A maze is a network of paths and dead-ends, and one has to puzzle her way out. In contrast, a labyrinth has only one way in and only one way out. The walker simply follows the path.

“Twenty years ago in San Francisco at Grace Cathedral, I walked a labyrinth on its marble floor, a replica of the famous design found at Chartres Cathedral in France. It was an exercise that gave me profound calm and unexpected answers, all from just putting one foot in front of the other.

“I discovered there is a scientific reason for why this happens. The left side of the brain, which governs rational, logical and linear actions, is often overworked. Walking a labyrinth allows that side to rest, while the right side of the brain, which is associated with non-verbal, non-rational and the intuitive, is exercised, according to “The Healing Labyrinth,” an article in Barron’s by Helen Rafael Sands in 2001. After walking a labyrinth, the two hemispheres of the brain become balanced.”

Suzette Martinez Standring, MyZeeland

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World Labyrinth Day Picnic and Walk in High Park

Come share in a celebration of Labyrinths in the world!

Starting at 3:00 pm, Saturday May 7th at the High Park Labyrinth.

  • Bring a picnic
  • Bring your pet
  • Bring the family

Northwest of Grenadier Café in heart of High Park

For more information:

Please contact Lutia lutialausane@sympatico.ca (416) 588-3121

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Toronto City of Labyrinths Project Jane’s Walk — Saturday May 7, 2011 6 p.m. Christie Subway Station

Toronto has become a City of Labyrinths.

Presently, we may have the greatest physical number of labyrinths of any City in The World. This Jane’s Walk will help us understand why.

Since 2002, the Toronto City of Labyrinths Project has been aiming to place a semi-permanent labyrinth within walking distance of every Torontonian.

This Jane’s Walk will follow a path into and around Christie Pits Park, where a number of the Project’s examples exist.

All four of the most popular labyrinth design patterns will be shown:

  • 1. The Thousands of years old ancient classic seven-circuit Cretan design
  • 2. The 800-year-old Chartes Cathedral 11-circuit pattern
  • 3. The Contemporary Santa Rosa Labyrinth design
  • 4. The inner-Chartes seven-circuit pattern

Background in-depth history of each of the four major designs will be provided:

  • The story of how High Park got the first official City of Toronto Labyrinth
  • The efforts of the Labyrinth Community Network in creating The Toronto Public Labyrinth in Trinity Square Park
  • Why labyrinth walking is a critical period in the development of decision making abilities in children growing up, which they then carry into adulthood.
  • The Connection between bodies of water and labyrinths. (Garrison Creek)

Using chalk on paved open space, people will be instructed in how to make their own labyrinths, which we will then enjoy walking in to and out of.

Before returning to our starting point where this Jane’s Walk will end, we will see one bonus example of Giant Outstallation Art:

  • Toronto’s Giant Outdoor Subway Map and the story of why it’s there

A limited number of printed materials will be available on a first come first served basis as keepsakes of this Jane’s Walk.

    Saturday May 7, 2011 6 p.m.

Meeting Place: Traffic Island in Front of Christie Subway Station Main Entrance

End Location: Like all Labyrinth journeys, we will return to our starting point to end the walk (Traffic Island in Front of Christie Subway Station Main Entrance).

Public Transit Directions: Christie Subway Station Main Entrance, Christie Street, North of Bloor Street West, Koreatown/Christie Pits Park

Accessible: Partially accessible – curbs, uneven terrain, busy sidewalks

Parking Available: Green P Parking behind Christie Subway Station

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Spring Equinox Labyrinth Walk: Toronto Public Labyrinth, Trinity Square Park – Sunday, March 20, 2011

Friends of the Labyrinth Community Network invite you to

“celebrate the vernal equinox, the spring equinox – the day exactly halfway between the solstices, the day that the sun shines directly on the equator and night and day are of equal length.  It is the earth’s day of balance…Stand completely still for a moment and feel that balance.” – The Way of the Labyrinth, Helen Curry

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Noon – 1 pm

Toronto Public Labyrinth, Trinity Square Park

(West of the Eaton Centre, south of the Church of Holy Trinity)

Fully accessible

Michael Franklin will accompany us on hurdy-gurdy and flute

All are Welcome!

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Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk with Music — Toronto Public Labyrinth

Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk with Music – Tuesday December 21 2010
Toronto Public Labyrinth
12 noon – 1 p.m.

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Little Ones running around Chalk Labyrinth — Pedestrian Sunday Kensington Market

This was Second Last Pedestrian Sunday of the year and the last one before Election Day.

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Summer Solstice World Drum – High Park Labyrinth Walk

This walk took place in the early evening on the Summer Solstice, at the High Park Labyrinth on June 21, 2010.

This Drum is travelling The World bringing attention to Mother Earth by being part of numerous ceremonies.

Filmed and edited by Irma Haggith of Amaze Your Mind Labyrinths.
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“Field Trip Wednesday: A Day at The Park – A Highlight: Walking The Labyrinth” – Sarah Rosen

“this week after gymnastics we met the kids’ cousin at Christie Pits park for some playground action. it was a fine spring day.

“a highlight: walking the labyrinth.”

Field trip Wednesday - a day at the park - Sweetthings

“bears like it, too.”

Re-blogged from Sarah Rosen’s blog Sweet Things.

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Yelp Review: Christie Street Traffic Island Labyrinth

We had heard rumors.

Walking outside of Christie station on the TTC, we look down… suddenly we see it… artfully laid out on the ground…  The labyrinth.

No, this has absolutely nothing to do with David Bowie.

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Winter Fun Day – Snow Labyrinth

It is the halfway point between the twin holidays of Christmas and Family Day in Toronto.

The Friends of Christie Pits Park have organized Winter Fun Day, an afternoon of skating, storytelling, pizza, and hot chocolate.
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Labyrinths in Islam – Hidden in Plain Sight . . . Five Times a Day

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Bismillah

Bismillah — In the Name of God Alone — is spoken aloud and whispered upon the lips millions of Muslims — and some Arabic speaking Christians — before they began any endeavour, simple and ordinary or complex and involved.

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I found myself catching the Fajr — Dawn — prayers at the Dawah Centre in Bloordale Village this morning.

With the shortest of the five daily prayers completed, worshipers dissipated elsewhere into the prayer hall, allowing me to eye the prayer mat of the Imam. I notice as if for the first time, the pattern framing the prayer rug had a labyrinth-like motif.

Could the answer to my elusive quest in search of Labyrinths within Islam have been right in front of me my entire life? Read More »

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Pedestrian Sundays Kensington Market, 6th Anniversary of the Blackout – Pin Wheel Labyrinth Game

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Pedestrian Sundays – Blackout Anniversary Car-Free edition.

August 16, 2009, 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Streets Are For People present Pedestrian Sundays marking the 6th Anniversary of the Blackout.

For the sixth anniversary of the memorable day when we all realized that we consume too much, we will celebrate by turning the lights out!

All acoustic music, kid-powered fun, and community meals are what make remembering the blackout such a delight.

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This pinwheel design is painted on a tennis court surface in the middle of a playground in San Francisco’s Chinatown.

As a game – Four people, at their own entrance, race to the centre where they must leave by another route without touching anyone.

First one out wins.

This afternoon in Kensington Market on North Augusta Avenue, a re-inspiration of this pin-wheel labyrinth design will find its way on to North Augusta Avenue.

And pedestrians, four at a time, will be invited to play The Game.

Beyond sunset, the pin-wheel will be illuminated with candlelight luminaria to mark the sixth anniversary of the 2003 Blackout.
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Last 100 Days Photo Project: Day 48 – Lovers in a dangerous time

By Thom Hamilton, Last 100 Days Photo Project

August 14th 2003 45 million people on the eastern seaboard of North America had their lives go dark. Everyone has a slightly different way to remember that day, I tend to have very fond memories.

Never in my life have I seen community come together like it did that night, neighbors talking on the street, hundreds of people in parks simply laying down looking up at the stars, giving strangers rides home, checking on elders. All of this with out instruction or the use of mass media, it came natural.

Last night there was a small celebration to mark the 5 year anniversary of the date on Ossington Ave.

HiMY SYeD – Toronto City of Labyrinths Project

Sometimes I do wonder how much more we would connect if every once in a while the power did just go out?

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Ossington Avenue Blackout Party – Walk a Luminaria Candlelight Labyrinth

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As part of the ongoing Toronto City of Labyrinths Project, you are invited to walk a Giant Candlelight Luminaria Labyrinth slightly hidden somewhere along Ossington Avenue.

If you discover the secret location early enough, you can help light up the many many many many candles.

Blackout Party – Friday August 14, 2009

28 venues from Queen to Dundas on Ossington Avenue, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

No lights, no mics, no amps, no lack of good food, drink, music and conversation.

Re-live the great time Toronto had the night of the blackout of 2003. Share memories, make new ones. Read More »

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Sand drawn labyrinth washes away at Woodbine Beach

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Today was our first real summer day, heat and humidity wise, yet I hadn’t created any labyrinths on the beach this season.

At Woodbine Beach, using a fallen branch as my brush of choice, I drew a three lane, four circuit classic labyrinth. Read More »

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