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Welcome to the labyrinth newsletter. The labyrinths we tend and coordinate events around are located on the grounds of the Unitarian Centre at 49th & Oak in South Vancouver.
We hope you enjoy reading about the labyrinth events and news and that we'll meet in person soon. The labyrinths are available 24/7 for your pleasure. Please drop by and enjoy a meditative walk in the midst of the city.
We welcome participation from neighbours and friends. Just drop a note to if you'd like to help tend the labyrinths and help with labyrinth events.
To learn more about our labyrinths please click here.

Mary Bennett for the South Vancouver Labyrinths

Recent News

Thanks for the Neighbourhood Small Grant

Thanks to a Neighbourhood Small Grant from the Vancouver Foundation administered by the South Vancouver Neighbourhood House, we have been able to improve the labyrinths and invite people to free events with refreshments and supplies for art projects. So far we have added five lavender plants, a sage and rosemary to the courtyard labyrinth and plants representing the four directions …
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Become a Sage - Drink Sage Tea

At our October 21 Labyrinth event, Mary will help you take cuttings of several different kinds of sage (golden, pineapple, regular and purple) to start your own sage garden. You'll be able to sample sage tea. Click here for how to make your own--it's easy.
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Summer May Be Ending, but September Holds a Lot in Store for Us

Summer's lease hath all too short a date. ― William Shakespeare, Sonnets And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ― Kahlil Gibran September offers many opportunities for our members and friends to participate in circle dance, ritual and labyrinth walking. Start off  the month off with …
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Labyrinth Tea -- Make Your Own Blend From Our Labyrinth

In a Globe and Mail article in 2000, Unitarianism was described as a "Pick and Choose" religion. Some people liked that descriptions; others not. Taking that theme, we invite you to "pick and choose" herbs from our labyrinth garden to make your own special blend of herbal tea. Here are some possible ingredients from the labyrinth and garden grounds. Sandy …
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Environmental Arts and Crafts

Sandy made this decorative piece from dried day lily leaves and various organic objects tied into the braid. On October 21, Sandy will provide the materials and instruction for you to make your own as a fall decor piece. Decorating your home with seasonal craft projects can make you more mindful of the changing seasons.
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Upcoming Labyrinth Special Events

To see all events at the Unitarian Centre go here.

Autumn Equinox Celebration on the Labyrinth

Sunday September 16 1-2:30 pm on the labyrinth. Celebrate Autumn Equinox Family-friendly; all ages welcome. Everything is optional. Join us for all or any part of the program. Meet at the Garden Path Labyrinth (east side of sanctuary) on Fremlin at 1 pm. We'll cast a circle, call in the four directions and the inner masculine and feminine. Then we'll …
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Fall Herbal Tea Party, Garden Crafts, Labyrinth Walk and Plant Swap

Sunday October 21 1 - 3 pm Labyrinth and Herb Tea Party Thanks to a Neighbourhood Small Grant from the Vancouver Foundation administered by the South Vancouver Neighbourhood House, we offer this free event to all our neighbours and friends. Come to the garden path labyrinth on the Fremlin side of the Unitarian Centre property (one east of Oak) at …
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GLAD Celebrates Leonard Cohen--There Is a Crack In Everything

GLAD Gathering for Labyrinth, Art and Dance is every 3rd Thursday 11am - 1 pm. Coordinators: Mairy, Mary and Darlene This month we're celebrating Leonard Cohen who was born September 21, 1934. Among the Cohen songs we will dance to are Dance Me to The End of Love and Anthem/The Future. There is a crack in everything; that's how the …
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GLAD October

GLAD Gathering for Labyrinth, Art and Dance will look forward to Hallowe'en/ Samhain Dances on October 18 will include Swimming to the Other Side, Spirits in the Graveyard and Breaths of the Ancestors. Coordinators: Mairy, Mary and Darlene sponsored by the Earth Spirit /Pagan Committee Join us for a meditative and creative daytime experience. Usually the sequence is like this: …
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Labyrinth Team

Please say "hello" to some of the people who work on the labyrinths and coordinate events.

Join the Team

You are invited to join our team to help out. The key need is for people to help host at our special events including publicizing events (poster drop-off, facebook etc.); setting-up (arranging furniture; preparing the labyrinths;); welcoming visitors (sharing knowledge; teaching how to draw labyrinths; answering questions) and ... all help is welcome. If you have ideas, please share them with us!

Sandy Riecken

My introduction to the Labyrinth was when I attended a Vancouver Island Unitarian Women’s weekend gathering at the Bethlehem Retreat Centre near Nanaimo. The Sisters of St. Anne who ran the centre had created the labyrinth a few years earlier. The first Unitarian group I connected with was in the community where I was raised. My daughter was about five …
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