Since 430 BC, labyrinths have consisted of a single path that always returns to the center. Photo submitted

Since 430 BC, labyrinths have consisted of a single path that always returns to the center. Photo submitted

Annual labyrinth walk welcomes the festive celebration of lights season

Take a break from the commercial activity of the holiday season and bring the family to Bethlehem Centre’s seventh annual Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk Friday.

On Dec. 21, from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at 2371 Arbot Road, the labyrinth welcomes the festive celebration of lights season. Join our community winter labyrinth walk facilitated by Holly Carnegie Letcher (Veriditas Certified labyrinth facilitator).

Enjoy the serene mountain and lakeside setting nestled in the woods on beautiful Vancouver Island. All are welcome to attend. Admission is by donation.

Activities start at 4 p.m. with a by-donation chanting workshop led by Leah Hokanson followed by a 5:30 p.m. simple supper prepared by our certified chef de cuisine, Margot Bodchon, and her team. The suggested dinner with chanting workshop donation is $20. At 6 p.m. enjoy lantern-making as we prepare for our labyrinth walk.

The labyrinth walk starts at 7 p.m. Bethlehem Centre’s Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk facilitator Holly Carnegie Letcher will guide us through a peaceful walk accompanied by the tranquil glow of candle-lit lanterns. For those who don’t wish to walk the outdoor labyrinth, well-known Nanaimo labyrinth author Carol Matthews will introduce participants to Bethlehem Centre’s impressive Godden Finger Labyrinth Collection in the museum.

Warm up after the labyrinth walk with a chat and a cup of hot apple cider with cookies in the main building and a tour of the Godden Finger Labyrinth Museum.

Since 430 BC, labyrinths have consisted of a single path that always returns to the center. By contrast, the common winding maze has multiple paths leading to deceptive dead-ends. Experiencing the labyrinth is a calming and centering experience that offers a tranquil meditation in motion, always returning to the balanced center.

Labyrinths are thought to enhance right brain activity and can be useful for problem-solving, conflict resolution, meditation, and modern-day pilgrimage.

Bethlehem Centre Winter Solstice 2018 Schedule:

Bring comfortable footwear and weather-appropriate attire for a peaceful and blissful day of reflection and unity. RSVP and register online for our event and delicious supper: https://bethlehemcentre.com/events/seventh-annual-winter-solstice-celebration-and-labyrinth-walk/ .

Please note: If you only intend to join in for the Labyrinth Walk there is no need to register, please join us at 6:45 at the outdoor labyrinth.

For more information about labyrinths, visit the Labyrinth Society website at https://labyrinthsociety.org or Holly’s website www.pathways2wellness.ca. To learn more about the outdoor labyrinth and The Godden Finger Labyrinth Collection or Bethlehem Centre, visit our website at https://bethlehemcentre.com or telephone (250) 754-3254. Hope to see you Dec. 21st.