A new series of events at The Hollies Centre for Sustainability to help you tune into the healing power of nature. On 3 February we celebrated Imbolc, the celtic spring festival, by creating this Chartres-style labyrinth and walked it as a mindfulness meditation after gathering wild plants for a hearty lunch.
Enjoy our new labyrinth as a tool for bringing about positive change in your life; connect with nature, with yourself and others, assisted by skilful facilitators in the beautiful setting of The Hollies Centre for Sustainability. Explore how rhythms in nature affect us and how we can benefit by living in tune with them. When we interact consciously with other beings in nature, they respond to us. The magic occurs when we notice and engage.
Fri 22 March – Spring Equinox (5 – 8 pm) Come for an evening of celebrating balance – in yourself, in your family and globally at a time when day and night are equally long everywhere on planet Earth. A light seasonal supper will be served on arrival. A short talk and sharing round will create the focus for the labyrinth walk. + inspirational live harp music 25 € pp limited to 30 participants Bealtaine Sat 4th May the beginning of summer in the Celtic calendar 6-10 pm Fire ceremony at The Hollies Labyrinth and more. Irish and International circle dances
More opportunities for walking our labyrinth will be offered for:
Summer Solstice Sun 23rd June Labyrinth Walk, Pizza Party and other seasonal activities Lughnasa Sat 10th August the Celtic harvest festival … celebrate local organic food …and a labyrinth walk of abundance and gratitude. Including live music. Autumn Equinox Sat 21st Sep a celebration of autumn, colour, artistic projects and a labyrinth walk dedicated to the evening of the year, of projects and life. Samhain Sat 2nd November meeting ourselves and each other, celebrating the gifts of our ancestors and exploring connections with nature spirits. Winter Solstice Sat 21st December Welcome the light in the longest night. A labyrinth walk for letting go of what no longer serves us and allowing new life affirming patterns to emerge.
Labyrinths have been used as a tool for mediation and personal development for many centuries. The oldest known ones are over 2000 years old, the one in the cathedral of Chartres dates back to the early 13th century, when a journey to the labyrinth was considered a pilgrimage. A labyrinth is a geometrical symbol with a single path leading to a centre point. It is not a maze because there is only one path. Its unique pattern is designed to shift awareness from left brain to right brain as you walk, inducing altered states of consciousness. It allows those who enter to experience other ways of “seeing.” In a most basic sense, the labyrinth represents the spiritual journey; that of venturing to the centre of your innermost being and then returning to the world with a broader sense of who you are. It is a metaphor for life’s journey.
Modern research suggests that walking a labyrinth has a beneficial effect on brain function and overall health as well as providing a focus for individual and group meditation. Our intention with this series of events is to offer opportunities for the wider public to celebrate the seasons and other rhythms in nature along with experiences of sustainable living, incl. wholesome food, animal assisted learning, and natural building.