“At Christie Pits … I have a long relationship with this particular labyrinth, I’ve probably walked it 100 times.” — Sadie

sadie hula hooping christie pits labyrinth

“Today I walked down to the neighbourhood labyrinth at Christie Pits park. It’s painted on the conical wading pool, and on this day the benches were filled with Chinese elderly (joyously) shouting at each other.

“I have a long relationship with this particular labyrinth, I’ve probably walked it 100 times. I used to walk down to this park and hoop the labyrinth each morning before I started my day. It was a commute for me, forcing me to move, experience the weather, and get dressed like a normal person.

“I love the way that the circular shape of the whole labyrinth is so simple, so predictable, but the path inside is not. Even after walking so many times, I can’t predict the path. Or more exactly, when I started the practice I decided to not worry about where the next bend would lead, to not worry about memorizing the path so I could do it more efficiently, but to just do it, to enjoy, and to be lost for as long as possible.

“The Christie Pits labyrinths are made by the same artist who makes most of them in the city – HiMY. I love finding them as I walk around Toronto, they encourage taking a few minutes to wander in a small space, to be present, and to be curious.

“I have a few rules that I set for myself – take a breath at the start and set an intention. At the centre I take another moment to reflect before I turn around and retrace the path. I take a conscious breath and moment of thanks at the end. No crossing the lines, and no talking. The last one was made so that I would focus on the practice, cause especially when a hoop is involved, people are curious about why I’m dancing on this concrete circle and will ask me questions.

“Sometimes I feel like a slave to lines painted on the ground, but it’s those days that I most need the wandering.

“Sometimes, like this morning, I see another walker start the labyrinth, but quit before they reach the center. They often seem frustrated at how long it’s taking, or confused that it’s not a maze – there’s no choices to make and the only way to control how quickly you get to the centre is to change your speed. I like not having to make any decisions.

“A few years ago, Mo and I made a video of hooping in a labyrinth. Mo started in the middle and I started on the outside, and we wandered through as a cyclist learned to ride backwards….”

Re-Blogged from Sadie‘s blog, Circle Nerd.

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“I walk along the beach last night … A man is placing stones, so I ask him about it…” — Alice Murnighan

Alice Murnighan

“I walk along the beach last night, spot a labyrinth I had not noticed before.

A man is placing stones, so I ask him about it – fixing it now, been there for months, he creates them all over the city in unexpected locales.

He shares his story and his energy, that which i feel walking the labyrinth as well – came upon it at the perfect time in the perfect place.”

Alice Murnighan

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“Walking the Labyrinth in High Park.” – Nancy DePutter

Walking the labyrinth in High Park twitter-com-andthis2-status-216298213903302657

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“Labyrinth being painted by HiMY SYeD at Woodbine Beach Park” – Greg Burrell – Toronto

#Labyrinth being painted by @HiMYSYeD at Woodbine Beach Park

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“The Maze gets a fresh coat” — Eleni Alpous, Grange Park

The Maze gets a fresh coat #anonymousmindfulness

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“Sacred walkers of the Toronto Labyrinth at Toronto Public Labyrinth” – Shawn Micallef

Sacred walkers of the Toronto Labyrinth

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“Probably not the pace the High Park Labyrinth was meant to be done at. But it does say go at your own pace.” – Tonya Rose

Probably not the pace the high park labyrinth was meant to be done at But it does say go at your own pace twitter-com-ZippyKittyToo-status-155759600338087936

“Children Never Walk a Labyrinth. They Always Run.”


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Labyrinth Community Network Newsletter Volume 4 Issue 1: Labyrinths and Islam

Labyrinth Community Network
Newsletter – Volume 4 . Issue 1

Hello Himy
I was so pleased with your contribution to our newsletter.
You really live your Sufi name.
We hope our paths cross soon.

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Canvas Labyrinth Walk, TEMC Timothy Eaton Memorial Church

Why did the Muslim go to Church on Sunday?
To walk a canvas labyrinth of course! 😉

Earlier today, I finally made my many-years-long overdue trek out to Timothy Eaton Memorial Church on St. Clair Avenue West in Forest Hill.

For many years, they have had an open invitation to walk their canvas labyrinth on the first Sunday morning of the month.

Climate change being what it is nowadays, it remained mild enough for me to enjoy a pleasant walk from home rather than the need to bike or transit to reach TEMC.

I’d never entered the Church before, and I was in time for Services having arrived before they started. A pleasant older gentleman named George guided me to the labyrinth table in a nearby space where a mini-Christmas market was set up.

The space was filled with people and surrounded with tables topped with wonderful colourful crafts and handmade presents. Prices ranged from a few toonies to many dozens of dollars. Towards one wall, a table doubled as the cash register and the labyrinth table.

A hand-carved wooden finger labyrinth caught my attention. I introduced myself, saying that I had come to walk their canvas labyrinth. A friendly lady who was just about to head upstairs to the Reception Room where it was placed, lead the way.

Strange as this may sound, this was the first time I had ever seen a canvas labyrinth up close. I hadn’t realized that fact until I was standing in the doorway to the Reception Room.

Flickering candles cornered each of the eight points of the white canvas. This was a purple seven circuit inner chartes design. Three pillow cushions alternated in the centre alcoves. The centre itself had a small clay sculpture of people circled arm to shoulder to arm to shoulder to arm.

Light labyrinth walking music was playing. As I entered the room, children were walking, not running, but walking the labyrinth very quickly.

As I awaited the traffic to clear until it was my turn to walk the canvas, I signed the guestbook. A few books, news clippings, and newsletters about labyrinths were spread on a table. The table with the CD player had labyrinth related materials aimed at kids. Natural light, as well as intermittent vehicle traffic sounds from St. Clair Avenue, found their way into the room via the slightly open windows.

It all added up to an unexpected ambiance. I have never, never experienced walking any labyrinth like I did this morning. I am still processing it all…

The Canvas Labyrinth upon the carpet is similar in meditative feeling to the Muslim prayer mat laid upon a carpet. The candles and natural light felt outdoorsy yet we were indoors. Car sounds competing with the soft instrumental music combined for a unique sound environment. Weird, strange, yet re-charging all at once.

Susan Howard is chair of the TEMC Labyrinth Committee.

We had a wonderful kindred conversation.

I learned that today was the first and only time TEMC had ever rented this smaller labyrinth. Turns out this particular canvas belongs to JoAnn Stevenson from the Labyrinth Community Network.

For just this one Sunday, the Flora McCrea Auditorium was unavailable. The Church’s larger 36 foot canvas labyrinth was too big for this smaller Reception Room. Hence, the rented labyrinth. Had I not visited TEMC today, I would have missed walking this smaller canvas seven lane labyrinth.

Susan invited me to attend their special year-end labyrinth walk. They will have their regular larger labyrinth laid out. After a year of phenomenal change in the World, what better way to reflect on it all than to walk a large Canvas Labyrinth?

The Eve of New Year’s Eve Labyrinth Walk: Friday, December 30, 2011 (1 pm to 3 pm)
Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, 230 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto

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Jack O’Lantern Labyrinth, Sorauren Park Pumpkin Parade

Jack o’Lantern Labyrinth

Sorauren Park Pumpkin Parade, the morning after

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“These labyrinths by @HiMYSYeD are the type of little touch that I really love about Toronto” – Jerzy Jarmasz (@jjarmasz)

http://t.co/asyx4uHU - These labyrinths by @ are the type of little touch that I really love about Toronto.
Jerzy Jarmasz
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“At the Toronto Labyrinth there is also a Braille Labyrinth for fingers.” – Shawn Micallef

At the Toronto labyrinth there is also a Braille labyrinth for fingers twitter-com-shawnmicallef-status-125689384065441792

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Sunnyside Beach Stone Labyrinth, Thanksgiving Sunday

The Sir Casimir Gzowski Park wading pool was my second labyrinth stop on this Thanksgiving Sunday 2011.

Having biked from Howard Junior Public School after experiencing their Species of The Humber Watershed playground labyrinth, I was en route to Butterfly Park just west of the Humber River. The original intention for the day was to create a giant Butterfly shaped labyrinth design. It has been on my mind for the past two summers, and today I finally made the time.

Watching a mother and son walk my wading pool labyrinth brought a smile to my face. Looking over to children climbing the nearby playground equipment, my eyes were drawn to the empty spot on the beach immediately south of the boardwalk.

As often happens in my labyrinth building, serendipity takes over and something else, somewhere else gets built first.

Only a moment was needed to decide to abandon plans for the Butterfly Labyrinth. Maybe it will get done next summer? Or the summer after that?

…I began measuring, then outlining circles in the sand… Read More »

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The Species of The Humber Watershed Playground Labyrinth

Recently, while exploring the photo sharing site Flickr, I stumbled upon a West Toronto labyrinth I never knew existed!

Having learned it was within biking distance, I cycled over on Thanksgiving Sunday for a visit and a walk.
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Shannon’s Fireflies

It’s almost 24 hours since NuitBlanche 2011 began. It’s also almost 12 hours since it ended early this morning.

My body is still aching from hopscotching various art zones carrying my giant NuWe letters performing my own Independent mobile NuitBlanche Giant Outstallation Art, NuWeBlanche (@NuWeBlanche).

I did take a break somewhere in there and made a point of visiting the Toronto Public Labyrinth to experience Shannon’s Fireflies. This NuitBlanche installation by Seth Hardy (@thirdson), founder and executive director of Site 3 coLaboratory, was intentionally placed in the centre of the labyrinth…

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