The labyrinth at Lynn Valley United is the north shore's only indoor labyrinth and will re-open to everyone once this current pandemic is over. Please note that when we do re-open, the Labyrinth walk following Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina, will take place on Mondays at 7 pm.
Here are some highlights about special labyrinth events which will resume once it is safe to gather together again:
On the 2nd Wednesday afternoon of each month, volunteer Lorraine Toljanich plays favourite hymns and songs of praise (seasonal, where possible!) on the piano between 1:30 - 2:30pm.
As the seasons change, Lynn Valley United invites musicians to play contemplative music for those participating in the labyrinth walk from 7 - 8pm.
* Please note that future equinox and solstice labyrinth walk events will be combined with our "Soul Spa" to feature a live musician 4 times a year on the Monday evening closest to the turning of the season.
The Labyrinth is Closed at This Time
An integral part of the Center for Spiritual Practices at Lynn Valley United Church, the labyrinth is currently closed to the public in response to the COVID 19 emergency public health and social/physical distancing precautions.
Should you wish to continue a labyrinth practice at home and you have space in your yard to create one with landscaping paint, stones or sand, there are several designs ranging from 3-15 meters. Another suggestion is to you draw or print a finger labyrinth to trace with your non - dominant hand. Research shows that using a finger labyrinth engages your brain in the same way as walking the labyrinth and can provide some of the same benefits such as regulating blood pressure, increasing attentiveness, calm and relaxation.
So What is a Labyrinth?
Unlike a maze, which has paths that lead to dead-ends and forces one to become lost, a labyrinth has a single, typically meandering or winding, path leading to a center point. Every ancient culture around the globe designed some sort of labyrinth, which over the several thousands of years since, have been and continue to be used as a tools for meditation, ritual, ceremony or dance. Growing research shows that labyrinths contribute to personal, psychological and spiritual insight and transformation due to the way your brain works while walking one. Labyrinths can also invoke spiritual pilgrimage, religious practice, metaphor, sacred geometry, mindfulness, environmental art, and community building.
How to Use a Labyrinth
There is no “one right way” to use a labyrinth. Whether walking or using a finger labyrinth, it begins with setting an intention (connection, wisdom, release, clarity, compassion, joy, etc…). Take a deep, cleansing breath and begin. Travel the path at whatever speed feels comfortable and if desired, restate your intention at each change in direction. When you get to the center point, pause until you feel ready to travel out of the labyrinth (in most cases the way out from the center point is along the same path as going in while there are some, such as the Baltic or Dancing Woman Labyrinths, which are “processional” labyrinths). As you exit stop and breath deeply again to acknowledge the completion of the experience.
Online Resources for Home Labyrinth Exploration
The Labyrinth Society https://labyrinthsociety.org/
How to Draw a “Classical Labyrinth” https://art.tfl.gov.uk/labyrinth/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Worksheet_How-to-draw-a-labyrinth.pdf
11-Circuit Chartres Labyrinth https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Labyrinthus.svg
Other Labyrinth Designs http://harmonylabyrinths.com/design/
Virtual Labyrinth https://labyrinthsociety.org/virtual-labyrinth-walk/
For more information, or to arrange a facilitated event for your group, please contact the church office at [email protected] or by phone at 604-987-2114.