“It’s hard to believe that there’s only a few weeks left of summer!” – Wading Pool Labyrinth – Eglinton Park – Toronto

The colours are faded, yet still comfortably visible enough to walk the Labyrinth Steve & I painted in the Wading Pool in Eglinton Park, midtown Toronto . . .

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“It is serendipitous and perfect, everything came together for me to attend, as it is exactly what my soul needed in this moment. 🌀🌱✨” – Vancouver Public Labyrinth

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I had the privilege of attending the “Crossing the Threshold” weekend from @birthingfromwithin in Vancouver. I am in love with their philosophy and approach and I couldn’t be happier I attended. As a First Nations woman and physician, it isn’t easy to ever feel fully “at home” in any type of training I attend, but this one had all the feels. It informs not only how I work with birthing families, but my entire way of practicing medicine and being a human. I was blown away by the weekend and the amount of reflection, compassion, and transformation they packed into such a short period of time. I am standing in the middle of this labyrinth in this photo, and I have loved learning more about the symbolism of this ancient path. The First Nations Health Authority generously sponsored my attendance to this training without question. It is serendipitous and perfect everything came together for me to attend, as it is exactly what my soul needed in this moment. 🌀🌱✨ #humbled #grateful #threshold #growth #reflection #birth #choice #perspective #intersectionalfeminism #labyrinth #herosjourney #purpose #spirit #community #connection #holdingspace #familydoctor #obstetrics #birthworker #birthkeeper #culture #cultureismedicine #traditionalknowledge #ancientways #indigenousmotherhood #meditation #mindfulness #presentmoment #nonjudgemental #serendipity

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“I had the privilege of attending the “Crossing the Threshold” weekend from Birthing from Within in Vancouver.

I am in love with their philosophy and approach and I couldn’t be happier I attended.

As a First Nations woman and physician, it isn’t easy to ever feel fully “at home” in any type of training I attend, but this one had all the feels.

It informs not only how I work with birthing families, but my entire way of practicing medicine and being a human.

I was blown away by the weekend and the amount of reflection, compassion, and transformation they packed into such a short period of time.

I am standing in the middle of this Labyrinth in this photo, and I have loved learning more about the symbolism of this ancient path.

The First Nations Health Authority generously sponsored my attendance to this training without question.

It is serendipitous and perfect everything came together for me to attend, as it is exactly what my soul needed in this moment. 🌀🌱✨”

Dr. Ellie Saumier, M.D.

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Black and White – Robson Square Labyrinth – Downtown Vancouver

Something different.

Black and white photos of the subject sitting on a chair in the centre of my Multi-Colour painted Labyrinth in Robson Square in Downtown Vancouver . . .

Can’t recall seeing my Labyrinth in Black and White this way.

Every time someone walks a Labyrinth, the exploration, the experience remains unique and never quite repeats.

Likewise with me seeing how people interact, use, reuse, walk, the different Labyrinths I make in Vancouver and Toronto . . .

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HONEY YOUR SOUL IS GOLDEN.

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“They’ve been playing a game bouncing and chasing a ball for a solid hour now 🤷🏻‍♀️” – Wading Pool Labyrinth – Christie Pits Park – Toronto

The presence of water transforms the Labyrinth.

As much as the Labyrinth has transformed the Wading Pool . . .

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“Gimme my phone😒” – Robson Square Labyrinth – Downtown Vancouver

It is challenging to both use one’s smartphone device and successfully walk a Labyrinth at the same time . . .

Friends don’t let Friends Walk Labyrinths with their devices in hand !

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Gimme my phone😒

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“Soaking up summer 😎” – Wading Pool Labyrinth – Christie Pits Park – Toronto

In the now removed wading pool in Bellevue Square Park, I had painted the concentric circles of that Labyrinth in a wavy twisty style.

The idea was to mimic the look of the Labyrinth under water, for when the wading pool was water-free, which was most of the year.

It didn’t work out so well visually, and walkably, without the water.

I never painted another Labyrinth like that again.

The arcs of my Wading Pool Labyrinth appear wavy in Christie Pits Park, that’s the water doing that.

The Labyrinth here is indeed comprised of concentric circles.

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Soaking up summer 😎

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“Love rediscovering my teenage years while back in Toronto…” – Labyrinth – Augusta Avenue – Kensington Market – Downtown Toronto

Heart in the centre of the three lane Classic Labyrinth I painted on Augusta Avenue in Kensington Market during the previous Pedestrian Sunday . . .

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“Single file.” – Wading Pool Labyrinth – Christie Pits Park – Toronto

Walking the perimeter of my Wading Pool Labyrinth in Christie Pits Park, Toronto…

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“🚶🏾‍♀️Promenade à Kensington Market” – Labyrinth – Kensington Avenue – Downtown Toronto

This was the final Labyrinth I painted on the July 2019 Pedestrian Sunday in Kensington Market.

It’s located on Kensington Avenue, placed mostly in front of a laneway exiting onto the street.

The asphalt is crackly and didn’t make a very good candidate for a Street Labyrinth canvas.

Yet because it is in front of a no parking zone, due to the laneway exit, it is an ideal location for a Labyrinth that can remain car-free at all hours outside of Pedestrian Sunday.

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“a-MAZE-ing” – Grange Park Labyrinth – Downtown Toronto

“Children never walk a Labyrinth, Children always Run…”

And sometimes they use a scooter !

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a-MAZE-ing

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“😊💓🍉” – Wading Pool Labyrinth – Christie Pits Park – Toronto

Before Wading Pool season began this year in Toronto, I repainted the faded arcs of my Labyrinth in Blue.

Grateful with how my Christie Pits Wading Pool Labyrinth looks filled with water . . .

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“ダックマン 路上パフォーマンス” – Labyrinth – Augusta Avenue – Pedestrian Sunday – Kensington Market – Downtown Toronto

Here is Duckman performing on Augusta Avenue during Pedestrian Sunday Kensington Market.

The Yellow colour of the Labyrinth I painted matches the Yellow of Duckman‘s Costume . . .

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AGO – Grange Park Labyrinth – Downtown Toronto

I painted this Labyrinth blue to match the colour of Frank Gehry’s Box atop the Art Gallery of Ontario at the north end of Grange Park . . .

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“Me and the duckies 🦆🐤🐤☕💙” – Grange Park Labyrinth – Downtown Toronto

Grown-up leading a first Labyrinth Walk with little ones in tow;

Perhaps, having shown the way, thereafter encouraging the kids to explore and play in the Labyrinth on their own?

Eventually, all ducklings leave the nest.

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“Toronto, you’re already having my heart 💚” – Labyrinth – Kensington Avenue – Kensington Market – Downtown Toronto

I painted this heart at the entrance of my Baltic Wheel Labyrinth Design on Kensington Avenue during the most recent Pedestrian Sunday in Kensington Market.

Round edges on either side of the Heart belong to the outer most turns during one’s Labyrinth walk . . .

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