Day 207 July 26
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: Exploration & Return
The Manitoba Labyrinth Network was asked to join forces to honor the legendary work of Carol Shields. She was a power house of a woman who grew up not far from where I did in Illinois. As she grew into her destiny, Toronto and then Manitoba became destinations for her explorations of life. She found it in her writing and through novels, championing the spirit of writers as a renowned international author and Manitoba’s only Pulitzer Prize winner. She has received 16 doctoral awards, the Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Award and elevated to Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg.
In 2009 the design of the labyrinth emerged in honor of Carol Shields in Kings Park, an area of Winnipeg, Manitoba with a memorial garden, a quote wall and a versatilely designed labyrinth. The design uses some of the shrubs from her novel, Larry’s Party, about a protagonist who becomes a maze and labyrinth designer after visiting the English Hampton Court labyrinth. The labyrinth design is also gently sloped in the center, which is said to promote the healing effects of relaxation. It seems Carol’s spirit is within the walk, still aiding and assisting other’s as was her abundant natural gift.
There was much thought and care in designing and implementing this labyrinth that continues to give and its very existence somehow seems to emulate the giving nature of this remarkable woman. We are fortunate to have explored the values displayed throughout in this voyage of Canada. If you didn’t know her, she lives on in hearts, memories, publications, labyrinths and in this memorial.
On this 207th day…
Explore the legacy of your steps in the labyrinth, what has it yielded and how has it inspired?
Interactive Map Progress
A great Interactive experience this month will include a google map to track where we have been and what labyrinths you submit. Lets see if we can make a labyrinth pathway out of the month of travels based on the locations offered. We began in Portland, Oregon…. Click here to watch the progress grow this month!
Our exploration this month is to Walk in reflection of our direction. We traveled from America’s west coast to Australia, Asia and the Swedish Lapland’s and found our centered point in Austria by the month’s end. July will complete our world walk and return us to American shores. It’s been a wild and wooly time of exploration in the world to expand our cultural and connective perspective of the labyrinths and their purposes worldwide. This is indeed the global course in Labyrinthing with world wondering discovered in our wandering.
This month, we return from our center in Austria and traverse the world.
- Go Global….Explore the World
Investigate the world wonders of labyrinth design that are unique and different. From the permanent structures that are built to the canvas portable unique designs or the finger labyrinths that inspire a different walk, share the images at the 365 Experience on the TLS website and provide some detail and share your thoughts. Note how these designs are outside the box of traditional design and how they might take us outside the design we’ve been living in. They can be quite diverse or small simple adjustments that make it different too. From Austria to Portland… the second half begins!
- Grow Local…. Bring the World to you
Let your walks, programs, designs, creations and simple enthusiasm be inspired by what the world offers us with fresh ways to create new experiences in the 30 days of this month. If it is doing something different each day, walking a new labyrinth, designing, researching or some new way to share, do it then share it with us! By becoming acquainted with the unique labyrinths of the world, we can be inspired as to why they are different, how they serve and what they offer on the same path we walk on in our home or local community area. What will you have created by the end of our month?
- Join the online Mid Month Dialogues Call on Friday July 15th at 2pmPST
Be curious, research and share what you know of unique world labyrinths in the first half of the month and apply something that you find unique to your own life walk. Join us on the Mid Month Dialogues to share what you discovered, ask questions and hear from others about what they explored and discovered. Be inspired with an insight to complete the month with and make June a true world Journey. Call connection Information
- Share your Ideas, images, designs and become apart of the wisdom of the Labyrinth Society