Archive for ‘Labyrinths’

September 6, 2016

Nice article about the labyrinths at the Unitarian Church

Just got an email from a friend saying they’d seen the article about my role with the two new labyrinths at the Unitarian Church.

Here’s the link to the Vancouver Courier article.

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The church’s family program “Messy Church/ Make Dinner” is going to be focused on tending the “Living Labyrinth” this Friday night. I’ll be at the Fringe, so can’t attend, but I’m delivering calendula seeds and bulbs to our program director, Kiersten.

Open to all – families with young kids but also elders and singles often join in the fun.

Here’s a description of the monthly program:

And a link to the event, if you’d like to come along.

Questions? call 604-261-7204 and ask for Kiersten or send an email to

And yes! your bulbs for fall planting are very welcome!






June 23, 2016

It’s raining on the labyrinth, and that’s a good thing

The thing about being a gardener is that you like sunshine and you like rainfall just as much.

I was motivated by the expected rainfall to do some gardening in my labyrinth at 49th and Fremlin – harvested some compost and added to some of the transplanted calendula too. I’d spent four hours yesterday and three on Tuesday, trimming some of the edges, so was surprised when a friend arrived last night and said, “Your labyrinth is looking ‘wild and woolly’.”

“Well, parts are wild and woolly and other parts have been tamed. It’s a dance,” I replied.

I love that people come by and chat with me.  Last night two men probably in early 40’s complimented me, “I like your design.”

“It’s a labyrinth,” I responded. “A walking meditation.”

“Cool,” they said as they checked their smart phones and walked on.

I usually do at least some work on Sundays after church, so I’m looking forward to checking on the balance between wild and woolly and tamed, domesticated.

May 16, 2016

International Visitors to the Vancouver Unitarian Labyrinths


Unity Way Labyrinth – the “home” labyrinth of our visitors.

On Sunday, May 8 (significantly the day after World Labyrinth Day), I was working on “my” labyrinth at 49th and Fremlin (one east of Oak).

A couple arrived, looked at me quizzically and said, “We’d like to walk the labyrinth.”

“Of course!” I said enthusiastically, and moved to pruning the hedge so they could enjoy some privacy.

When they finished, they hugged. And then they each took a photo of the other on the “flower labyrinth”.

So I felt it was OK now to approach them and ask how they knew about the labyrinth.

Here’s their story. They live in San Diego, attend the Unity Church which has a labyrinth. They were here on a trip celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. They were travelling to Vancouver on World Labyrinth Day so didn’t get to walk a labyrinth. They went to the Labyrinth Locator (where I had just registered our two labyrinths a week or two prior) and we weren’t far from where they were staying.

“There’s another one here.  We’re going to walk it, too,” they said.

“Great!” I responded and pointed, but they were already well on their way to the courtyard having done their research.

BTW, this year World Naked Gardening Day (the first Saturday in May) was also on world Labyrinth Day. Boggles the mind.

April 28, 2015

Best labyrinth ever – at 49th and Fremlin

Labyrinth20150426 I had a great group working with me to create a labyrinth on the grounds of the Unitarian Church at 49th & Oak – well, the labyrinth is on the Fremlin (east) side of the church.  (Someone asked me if a Fremlin is something like a Goblin. Maybe. Maybe the Fremlin is in the centre of the labyrinth and if you’re very quiet and respectful while walking, he’ll come out to meet you in the centre and share a secret word or two with you.)

Bonus for the church is that we pruned the hedge, which was in desperate need. It was Huguette’s idea to actually stick the branches UCVLabyrinth2015-04-26-26into the ground.  The centre part is made from rhododendron petals that were just at their best-before date.  I’ve used rhodo flowers before. They work well because (a) they’re so beautiful and (b) they’re a little bit sticky, so they don’t fly around in the wind.

It was windy enough on Sunday, that all the little twigs were waving hello-goodbye but staying in theucvLabyrinth2015-04-26-air place. Last time I used that hedge (it’s prolific) I just placed them on the ground and after a windstorm I had quite a cleanup to do.

UCVLabyrinth20150426 (2)People are invited to keep walking it. I’m told two teen boys enjoyed it on Sunday as did Noella and Cohen, as well as an assortment of adults.

You are invited to add to the labyrinth to keep it fresh – bring your cut flowers that are past their prime and add. Bring your pruning shears and cut some of the hedge and twist/push it into place, especially around the outer perimeter.  We’d prefer not to have stones, as eventually the lawn is intended to be mow-able once again. The people who mow however are very grateful – and well, moss, isn’t all that great to mow, and it’s more moss and weeds than grass at this point.UCVLabyrinth20150426 (4)

I actually hope laying on organic material will kill the moss/grass/weeds underneath and that’ll make it easier for us UCVLabyrinth20150426 (6)to dig a little trench and plant bulbs.

Cindy reminded me there are fall crocuses, so that stage may come sooner than I’d thought.

If you have extra bulbs to donate, let me know.







Photo credit: Nancy Strider

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April 9, 2015

Join me to create a labyrinth

Labyrinth Workshops

Create a temporary outdoor labyrinth on East side of church

Sat. April 25 2-5pm meet in Lindsey-Priestley, Hewett Centre

Learn about labyrinth walking as meditation and walk our labyrinth

Wed. April 29 7-9pm – meet in Lindsey-Priestley, Hewett Centre

come to one or both – DONATIONS to cover COSTS appreciated

Mary Bennett has been interested in labyrinths for nearly 20 years, has done workshops and paintings of labyrinths. For several years, she with a small group created a temporary labyrinth at the church – this initiative is to invite others to join us to do so.

Registration through office at 604-261-7204 or to is appreciated.

Sponsored by the

Adult Religious Education Committee

of the Unitarian Church of Vancouver

949 West 49th Avenue at Oak, Vancouver BC 604-261-7204

Join us Sundays for worship at 11am, forum at 12:30.

Many other events are open to all.

January 31, 2015

Alpha to Omega and Home Again

IMG_20150126_085421-1Labyrinths have been of interest for some time  maybe 20 years. Almost. And now I’m revisiting my interest. Labyrinths are on m mind –and on my easel.

Here’s a 16″x16″ one that I’m calling “Alpha to Omega and Home Again”. It was inspired by an image a friend sent me with a finger labyrinth that looked like it was words cut from magazines on a black background.  Mine also has words but, as is my wont, I’ve partially covered them with acrylic paint, Kroma crackle, self-levelling gel etc.

The little bubble that says “Talk” in the lower left is about “no talking on the labyrinth.”

I have three others in progress. I’ll post after I work on them a bit more.


Never Felt So Good – Labyrinth inspired by sand labyrinth at Spanish Banks by Les (c) Mary Bennett – early stages

One is  25″x62″ collage representing the labyrinth in the sand at Spanish Banks.

Another is on a 30″x40″ canvas that I think will be a group project.

The little one on canvas board might not work out. Some art has to get sacrificed. Sorry. That’s the way I work.

June 10, 2011

Ephemeral Labyrinth Day 2

I added rhododendron blooms around the outside circle and yucca leaves as spikes to embellish.

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From June 2011 – 949 West 49th Avenue – east side of Unitarian Church

June 8, 2011

Ephemeral Labyrinth

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Oh, it’s lovely to have an idea – you could even call it a vision – and have friends’ support for realizing it.

In past years, some of us have used spray cans of chalk (like used for sports meets) to paint a temporary labyrinth. From hanging out with some community environmental artists, I had this idea of using clippings from the property to “paint” the labyrinth.

The rhododenrom flowers were past their prime but make a lovely centrepiece. We’re going to try to keep it “alive” by adding material every few days. I’ll post photos as it changes.

from June, 2011

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