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Welcome to the labyrinth newsletter. Here you'll find news about World Labyrinth Day on Saturday, May 4, as well as other May Day/ Beltane celebrations at UCV.
The two 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 unitarianlabyrinth@gmail.com 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 Vancouver Unitarian Labyrinths

Recent News

May Days - Take a Staycation at UCV

May Days – Keep this list! UCV has many celebrations lined up to celebrate the coming of the May! You can plan a staycation and hang out at our campus for most of the weekend! Fri. May 3 – 6:30 pm - GSA (Genders and Sexualities Alliance) Potluck and Film Screening “She's a Boy I Knew” - all welcome. Sat. …
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Painting with Pat on the Labyrinth

Pat MacBain will be painting on the labyrinth again this year. We'll have crayons and pastels for kids and others to use to create labyrinth art.You can create an art piece of the scene, a flower or learn to draw the labyrinth pattern. Here are some photos from 2018 World Labyrinth Day. A painting begins. And then the light shifted.... …
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Make a Flower Crown for May Day/Beltane

Flower Crowns Our plans for the flower crown activity on Sat. May 4 (4-5:30pm) and then at the Earth Spirit circle on Tuesday, May 7th are evolving. Sandy brought in some ivy that had been twisted to form a base. Mary was given some white wool. We did a walk around the gardens to see which flowering shrubs could benefit …
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Herbal Tea from the UCV Gardens

From World Labyrinth Day (May 2018), photo of Sandy serving her herbal teas to an enthusiastic group. Sandy makes a ginger-sugar syrup and uses apple mint for the tea. Herbal teas We'll have several craft activities for kids and others for World Labyrinth Day, but of course you're welcome to just walk the labyrinths and... have a sip of herbal …
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Wish Tree for May

Jodie Miller will be on site for World Labyrinth Day and encouraging you to write a wish and hang from our trees. https://www.mookychick.co.uk/health/spirituality/may-tree-decoration-beltane.php We've decided on the vine maples in the courtyard. We considered the tree/s in the centre of the garden path labyrinth, or the two at either entrance, the cherry blossom at south entrance or the vine maples …
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Upcoming Labyrinth, Maypole Dance and Earth Spirit Events

To see all events at the Unitarian Centre go here.

World Labyrinth Day

Save the Date! Mark May 4 on your calendar for World Labyrinth Day. This is always the first Saturday in May. Tara Bonham will play her harp between 2:30 and 3 pm - on the Garden Path labyrinth if weather permits and if it's nice enough to walk but not for a harp, inside in the alcove while people walk …
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Harp Music for Your Labyrinth Walk

Tara Bonham will play her harp between 2:30 and 3 pm - on the Garden Path labyrinth if weather permits and if it's nice enough to walk but not for a harp, inside in the alcove while people walk the courtyard labyrinth. The theme for World Labyrinth Day is: "Walk as One at One" for World Labyrinth Day. People all …
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Kids Activities for World Labyrinth Day 4-5:30 pm

We have activities for kids (and all ages) for World Labyrinth Day. Between 4 and 5:30 pm, there will be flower crowns, a wish tree and also crayons, pastels and paper for any who want to create a piece of art inspired by the flowers in the labyrinth. May the 4th is also Star Wars Day!  Celebrate a galaxy far, …
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Sunday Sacred Circle Dance Maypole Dancing

We'll do some maypole dancing this time to celebrate May Day! Depending on weather we'll either be outdoors in the courtyard or in Hewett Hall. First Sunday Circle Dance This new circle dance gathering is on the first Sunday of each month 2 - 3:30 pm - usually in the Fireside Room. The location will be posted if it differs. …
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Messy Church - All Ages Potluck Dinner and Activities

Messy Church Potluck Dinner falls on World Labyrinth Day this month. All are welcome to join in on the fun during the day (From 4 pm on there will be activities for kids and also childcare) and then stay for a potluck dinner. So come early and walk the labyrinth, paint/colour images of the labyrinth flowers, write a message for …
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Earth Spirit Circle: Celebrate Beltane - May 7th

Mairy Beam is coordinating with a focus on Beltane. We will experience a ritual to connect with energies of fertility, joy, abundance and unity in your life. You'll be able to make a flower crown to wear during maypole dancing that will be 7-9pm.  Earth Spirit Circle The Earth Spirit Council  hosts a monthly earth spirit circle to celebrate the turning …
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Circle Dance: Maypole Dancing for Beltane - May 7th 7-9pm

We'll do some maypole dancing this time to celebrate May Day (Beltane). Expect to have some fun and giggles as we try our best to weave our ribbons in and out to some of our standard circle dance tunes. We'll start by decorating the maypole stand/altar with fresh flowers and herbs and then start dancing at 7:15. UCV has a …
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Come and dance our maypole before and after the service Sunday May 5th

Maypole dancing in the Courtyard We'll bring out the maypole and dance in the courtyard. Dancing will be 10:30-11 and then 12- 12:30pm. Our 6th source recognizes earth-centred spiritual traditions. These celebrations borrow from both neo-pagan and Unitarian traditions. Coordinators: Mary Bennett and Mairy Beam Read more about sacred circle dancing here. There are other Beltane events planned as well …
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GLAD Gathering for Labyrinth (and Lavender), Art and Dance

Join us for a meditative and creative daytime experience. For May we expect the lavender to be in flower so we will do some nature art with herbs. Come and make a lavender wand or just pick some flowers to enjoy. GLAD Coordinators: Mairy, Mary and Darlene sponsored by the Earth Spirit /Pagan Committee Usually the sequence is like this: …
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Labyrinth or Maze? Reflections 20 years later

Labyrinth or Maze? Reflections 20 years later

Karen Bartlett and Mary Bennett created a temporary labyrinth and led a worship service 20 years ago. This summer they will reflect on their continuing interest. They'll share the history of the two labyrinths on our site and  invite you to use labyrinths as meditation and as metaphor.
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Save the Date!

Upcoming Sunday Worship Service July 7 with Mary Bennett and Karen Bartlett.

Labyrinth Team

Please say "hello" to some of the people who are involved in earth spirituality programs and walk/ work on the labyrinths at UCV.

Mary Bennett

Coral Heron

Jodie Miller

Pat MacBain

Wendy Bryan

Mairy Beam

Join Our Labyrinth 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!
Contact us: Questions about the labyrinths? Want to help out?
contact unitarianlabyrinth@gmail.com
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