The Carol Shields Memorial Labyrinth


Artistic drawing by Friesen Tokar Architects

Labyrinth Walks & Tai Chi, Fall 2013

Brechin United Church, 1998 Estevan Rd., Nanaimo, B.C.
Tuesdays: 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm – Oct. 1, 8, 22 & 29
and
Thursdays: 10:30 am – 11:30 am – Oct. 3, 10, 24 & 31.

Free, donations accepted. Everyone welcome.

Carol Shields Memorial Labyrinth En-route Event
in conjunction with
The Labyrinth Society Annual Conference Gathering

Partner:
Creative Retirement Manitoba

King’s Park, Winnipeg

Friday, Sept. 13, 2013
10:00 a.m. until noon

Is the Carol Shields Memorial Labyrinth an extension of world renowned author, Carol Shield’s, healing journey? Is it a continuation of her positive approach as she battled the cancer that took her life? Come and find out how her spirit has guided us throughout the project.

Inspired by Carol’s life and guided by her energy, the Carol Shields Memorial Labyrinth was designed as a healing labyrinth. The program will feature:

• Chantal Alary, Principal, FT3 Architecture Landscape Interior Design will highlight the healing aspects of the Carol Shields Memorial Labyrinth design; the healing, herbal garden, the repetitive plant patterns which promote colour and aroma therapy, and the unique bowl shape design, meditative areas and accessibility components.
• Chemo Savvy Dragon Boat Team will create a paddle arch along their memorial pathway.
• Join in Tai Chi featuring the balance, perceptual, gravitational, and energy components of the labyrinth.
• Dona ffrench, Nicolle Soliman, Manitoba Labyrinth Network board members will focus on the healing and cultural significance of the plant patterns.
• Norm Fear, Superintendent Park Services South and Gary Duncan, King’s Park Foreman will discuss the Cooperation from the City of Winnipeg in project design, bench and sign installation, planting and maintenance.
• Siobhan Kari, Manager, Advancement Data and Stewardship, Donor Relations, University of Manitoba will elaborate on the Role of the University of Manitoba in gathering sponsors for the Quote Walls and how they represent Carol’s life and work. Ecole St. Avila will highlight some of the quotes.

Come and experience, first hand, the interplay of solid and space which allows for increased awareness of your body’s relationship to the ethereal. The proximity of the Quote Walls, with quotes from Carol’s books, juxtaposed against the openness, but intimacy, of the centre increases left brain, right brain integration. Unique components of the design accommodate increased access for wheel chairs and those who are visually challenged.

Participants will be invited to walk the labyrinth. Bring your own bag lunch and join us for our Annual Lunch in the Labyrinth. Please wear loose clothing and comfortable shoes. This event will be outside so please dress for the weather.

Winnipeg is easily accessed for those coming en-route to The Labyrinth Society Annual Conference Gathering on Vancouver Island, British Columbia from overseas, Eastern Canada or the Eastern United States. This unique labyrinth is well worth the visit. The fee for this event is included in the registration to The Labyrinth Society Annual Conference Gathering.

To register:

The Labyrinth Society Annual Conference Gathering registrants click here to e-mail The Manitoba Labyrinth Network.
Winnipeg & Manitoba residents click here for Creative Retirement Manitoba's website.
For more information about The Labyrinth Society Annual Conference Gathering click here.

Carol Shields Memorial Labyrinth Location


To get to the Carol Shields Memorial Labyrinth in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Come south on Pembina Highway from downtown Winnipeg. Turn down University Crescent. Keep on University Crescent, driving right past the University of Manitoba which is on the left. Drive past all the stop lights. Keep driving around the curve at the south end of the University until you get to the stop sign at King's Drive. Turn off of King's Drive into King's Park which is on the left. Drive past the first parking lot. Park in the second parking lot. Follow the Trail with the gate past the pond. The Carol Shields Memorial Labyrinth is at the south end of the pond.

Earth Day Lunch in the Labyrinth 2010

Karen Toole offering a reflection to the crowd

Exploring Sacred Space - Labyrinth Experience

Sunday, May 24, 2009

click here for more pictures

click here for Karen Toole's reflection

Official Opening, Sunday May 10, 2009

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The University of Manitoba and the
Manitoba Labyrinth Network Unveil the Quote Walls

The University of Manitoba and the Manitoba Labyrinth Network unveiled two Quote Walls on Tuesday, September 23. The quote walls are a unique component of The Carol Shields Memorial Labyrinth. No other labyrinth in the world has an entry way designated in this manner.

The two Quote Walls feature engraved granite tiles of different textures which display a myriad of quotes from Carol Shields’ works. Anyone entering the labyrinth will pass through Carol’s words. This will physically signify the escape from daily life and the entrance into story, myth and imagination through sight, touch and experience.

We are raising funds for Phase 2 of the project which will include interpretive signage, a gathering area and reading circles.

To Donate or Buy a Brick, Section of Garden or Bench! click here


October 30, 2007


October 23, 2007

Ecole St. Avila Pumpkin Labyrinth Walk


Red River Nordic Ski & Biathlon Club

October 25, 2007

Tai Chi in the Labyrinth

October 25, 2007
To Donate or Buy a Brick, Section of Garden or Bench! click here


For more about the design and site click here

"A labyrinth is a complex path. That's it. It's not necessarily something complicated or classical as you might think. . . A maze, though, is different from a labyrinth. . . A maze is more likely to baffle and mislead those who tread its paths. A maze is a puzzle. A maze is designed to deceive those travellers who seek a promised goal. It's possible that a labyrinth can be a maze, but strictly speaking the two words call up different ideas."
Carol Shields, Larry's Party

The Carol Shields Memorial Labyrinth is a story.

A story that is growing and evolving!


And the story started with - Carol Shields!

 

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