Some people don’t even know there’s a labyrinth in Chemainus’ Waterwheel Park. Of those who do know about it, the large majority don’t know much about its purpose, function or what it symbolizes.
Rev. Elise Feltrin of the Chemainus United Church aims to enlighten and educate folks about the labyrinth installed by the Rotary Club of Chemainus several years ago with a workshop taking place on Monday, Oct. 18 from 10-11:30 a.m.
The ancient practice of labyrinth walking will all be unravelled at the workshop. Feltrin will explain the concept, how to walk a labyrinth and why people walk them.
“I am offering the community a free workshop to teach about the physical, spiritual and emotional benefits of this multi-cultural, multi-faith practice,” she indicated. “It is open to all who are interested as an accessible and inclusive activity.”
The workshop includes the teaching component and then an opportunity to walk the labyrinth for the experience after some new-found knowledge.
“A small group from the church learned about labyrinths and began walking it this summer, and I find each time we do this there are many curious onlookers with questions,” Feltrin added. “People seem interested and it appeals to a wide range of ages and abilities.”
One common misconception is that labyrinths and mazes are the same thing. Not so, says Feltrin.
“A maze is intended to confuse you,” she explained. “A labyrinth, you know you’re going to come to the centre.
“People use it for therapy. Kids really like it, too.”
Feltrin said it’s helpful for kids with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, but anyone of any age can benefit.
“It’s a good way to focus. There’s a real reflective quality to it. People do it as a spiritual practice.”
Feltrin asks people to pre-register so she can get an idea of the number coming by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“If people are interested, I could do it again,” she said.