Summer Labyrinth Walk

Sunday, June 19, 2022

8:30 - 10:00 am

High Park, Toronto, Ontario

free


When we are able to take one step peacefully and happily, we are working 

for the cause of peace and happiness  for the whole of humankind.

(Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step)

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Join us for:

  • Guided meditation
  • Simple text to invite reflection
  • Following the labyrinth in a beautiful outdoor setting

All retreat work is invitational; participants determine their level of participation.


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The Setting

High Park is situated upon the traditional territories of the Wendat, Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe and the Mississaugas of the Credit. For over 10,000 years Indigenous peoples have lived in this area and we recognize the enduring presence of Indigenous peoples on this land.


High Park is located within “Dish With One Spoon” Territory. The “Dish with One Spoon” is a Wampum Belt Covenant between the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas to share and protect this land together by using only one spoon to eat from the Dish and ensuring the Dish is never empty. When we are in High Park, we are part of this agreement and  responsible for respectfully sharing and caring for this land and the animals who live here. 


 High Park offers an ideal location for walking, reflection and rest. Come and enjoy its many  features including: 

  • open spaces
  • wooded trails
  • lovely, cultivated gardens
  • picnic areas and rest stations
  • engaging vistas.
  • and, of course, the labyrinth

High Park is easily accessible by public transit. You'll find bicycle racks throughout the park. Street parking and public parking lots are within walking distance.


More about High Park


Why walk a labyrinth?

A labyrinth is an ancient path and practice found in many traditions and cultures around the world. People walk its twisting, turning path for many reasons, including:

  • as a tool to unwind the mind, and let go of stress, worries or concerns.

  • as a moving meditation

  • as a form of prayer

  • as a metaphor for life

Accommodations

If you would like to join in, but walking is a challenge for you, please let us know! We can offer a number of labyrinth-related activities you can do seated. We'll be happy to guide you through those. As long as you can get yourself to the labyrinth, we're happy to make accommodations. Just let us know!


Please note

A labyrinth is not a maze meant to confuse or puzzle. Quite the opposite! You follow a single path that winds and curves its way to a centre point, then follow it back out again. If you have never engaged with a labyrinth before, no worries! We'll spend a little time at the beginning of the morning, discussing ways you can approach this ancient practice. It couldn't be simpler! Really!

A few details...

  • Please bring your own water and snacks. 
  • You may wish to bring a folding chair or blanket to sit on and a way to record your thoughts.
  • All other retreat materials will be provided. Precise location will be provided after you register. 

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