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 July 8, 2013: After a lot of hard work and preparation, our new labyrinth is now complete and more than ready for your enjoyment.

Duncan Badger began working on the site in 2011 by covering the area with tarp to eliminate the grass.

He then added 4 inches of wood chip to prevent any light from penetrating through. Using a tiller generously donated by Tim Barrett, the area, with the help of volunteers, was roto-tilled 4 times to chop up the grass roots, which were later raked up.




Duncan laying the bricks for the labyrinth.

Duncan then began to lay approximately 6000 inter-locking bricks (primarily donated by the U. of C.) in an 11 circuit Chartres labyrinth with a diameter of 60 feet and a total length of about 1200 feet.

 

 

In the spring of 2013, Bev Badger, Yoshiko Imahashi, and Mitzi Metzger planted 500 ground cover plants  including creeping thyme between the circuits of the labyrinth. Later 5 new beds surrounding the labyrinth were added and planted with ornamental grasses by these volunteers.

In front of the labyrinth are two large planters purchased from the U. of C. and put together by Tom Mayhew. The flowers in these planters are maintained by BGSS volunteers.

 

Three arbours were constructed by Rick Metzger and provide a lovely entrance way into the labyrinth area.

Clematis now adorn the sides of the arbours, accompanied by creeping thyme along the brick pathway.

Sixteen Medora junipers are nestled along the pathway between the arbours.

Six bridal wreath spirea were also planted on the far outer sides of the labyrinth area.
 



Arbors Entranceway into the Labyrinth

 



Labyrinth sign created by Agnes Leong
 

Did You Know?


Did you know that labyrinths are a meditation tool? Walking a labyrinth is a form of spiritual practice which helps to clear the mind and create insights. It can also aid in healing, help with decision making, illuminate our purpose in life, and act as a tool of celebration and thanks.



Young girls practicing their meditation skills in the early
development stage of the labyrinth.

Walking a labyrinth just naturally causes your attention to start turning inward focus on the present moment.

During a labyrinth walk the left and right hemispheres of the brain are balanced, leading to the perfect state for accessing intuition and creativity.

 

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