The Wish Tree is back. After the service by Karl Perrin and Cynthia Lam on July 10, come to the East/Fremlin side and write a wish to tie on one of the hawthorn trees on the labyrinth. There will be a basket at each entrance to provide materials for you.
A display table will be there as well.
Coordinated by Mary Bennett.
More about our labyrinths here.
From May 2019
Jodie Miller will be on site for World Labyrinth Day and encouraging you to write a wish and hang from our trees.
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 in the courtyard or our orchard of 14 apple trees. We especially liked that it’s easy to get to and visible to all.
We will let the wishes fly for a while and then collect and bury them (as Yoko Ono does). (This is our first year doing this, but we already expect it will be the first annual).
Suggested colours are:
- gold to symbolize prosperity
- blue for courage
- white for fidelity
- pink for tenderness
- green for good health.
Here’s a description of Yoko Ono’s Wish Tree Ongoing Installation.
And the instructions:
Make a wish. Write it down on a piece of paper. Fold it and tie it around a branch of a Wish Tree. Ask your friends to do the same. Keep wishing. Until the branches are covered with wishes.
Yoko Ono’s comment:
- As a child in Japan, I used to go to a temple and write out a wish on a piece of thin paper and tie it around the branch of a tree. Trees in temple courtyards were always filled with people’s wish knots, which looked like white flowers blossoming from afar.
If you’re not into decorating a tree at all, don’t worry. Just add some herbs to your tea. They say all herbs are healing on Beltane and will surely fix you up.
The point is, Beltane is a holiday for our renewal, time for new hopes and beginnings. Anything you decide or wish or manifest over a cup of tea on Beltane could actually work this time. There’s lavender, rosemary, thyme and sage around the grounds. Please pick a sacred bundle for using fresh or dried. Just add hot water.
We’ll have (but you could also bring) ivy, rosemary and lavender for a good base.
We’ll also bring wire, twist ties, ribbon and yarn for fastening things on. If you have “floral tape” or “floral wire” and can bring along, please do.
And here’s a very easy approach to do with kids. Paper bags and duct tape are involved.