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IN THE COMMUNITY: Peace Themed Events in Victoria during celebrations of #Peace Day

For one week in September, Greater Victoria Celebrates the United Nations International Day of Peace.  It begins with a community calendar of events where by groups can share their peace themed events in the days leading up to it and just after it!  This includes events sponsored and/or hosted by Renee of Inside Awareness.  We are pleased that this year, 2015, revolved around the Labyrinth.

Beginning Saturday, September 13 – #yyj Peace Week was kicked off with the  2nd Annual Puppets for Peace Parade.  An event created by local Tim Gosley.  During the month of August Tim had a display in the Bay Centre and held various workshops in our community.   Tim had invited yyjpeace.com to hang the Ambassador of Peace Exhibit at the Little Fernwood Art Gallery in the weeks leading up to the parade.  We now say good-bye to this Peace Pal International Exhibit of children’s art from 86 different countries!

On Wednesday, September 16th two Greater Victoria Community proclaimed this Labyrinth Friendship Day.  In Victoria this was the 3rd year to do so and in Central Saanich it was their first!   It began Wednesday afternoon in Central Saanich at Woodwynn Farms Peace Garden with Dr. Saul Arbess, Founder of the Canadian Peace Initiative reading Mayor Ryan Windsors Proclamation.  It continued with a personal quiet walk at Cadboro Bay United Churches beautiful hardwood floor labyrinth  and finally to an evening celebration in dedication of  Irving Park Labyrinth that was  hosted by the Church of Truth, Community of Conscious Living.

On Sunday, September 20th for our first year we held a challenge to build a Community Giving Labyrinth!  This challenge was to build a labyrinth with a donation of  1,000 food cans!  Permission was granted and we partnered with the Mustard Seed!  We donated 510 pounds of food to the Mustard’s Seed 100,000 pound and 100,000 dollar challenge that runs until the end of October.  It is their 2nd annual pie off challenge!

BeFunky Collage Centennial Square

On Monday, September 21st the day was dedicated to children!  Beginning with a Labyrinth  Peace Walk at the Greater Victoria Public Library Central Branch to start our local World Peace Day celebrations!  This continued with an evening celebration of International Day of Peace hosted by the World Childrens Summit on Peace and Nature!   The World’s Children Summit celebrated  Brentwood Bay Elementary’s spring participation in a one day event featuring four workshops. They were on Nature and Photography, Storytelling, Music and Contemplation!  The evening also celebrated local Victoria peace elder, ‘Louise Taylor!’  Louise has been an inspiration and has continuously put effort into creating peace where ever her steps have lead her.  She has brought back world connections into the Greater Victoria Region.  She is the steward of a space dear to many, the CorUnum Centre.

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Kathleen Arneson, Founder of World Children’s Summit on Peace & Nature

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Acting Mayor Councillor Geoff Young,

This evening Wednesday, September 23rd, will find us celebrating International Peace Dances and the fall equinox at Irving Park Labyrinth.  Betsy Nuse and Louise Taylor will lead us in dance  followed by a personal labyrinth walk in community.

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For more information on how to participate in next year’s #yyjPeaceWeek or create one in your own community contact renee(at)insideawareness.com.

Balance between mind (solving puzzles) & mindfulness (spaciousness)

Maze Labyrinth Hearts

A maze is a puzzle and can be confusing. It reflects challenge and requires mind solving focus versus mindfulness! Have you considered how mindfulness supports and balances mind solving skills? Too much challenge can create limited focus and panic. A pathway that leads to mindfulness creates open space for increased brain power for meeting and navigating challenges!


Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication,  Empathy,  Values Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000, Labyrinths of Victoria since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Grassroots Calendar Founder, Vice-Chair of World Children’s Summit on Peace & Nature in 2015


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2 Popular Labyrinth Designs


by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP @ Inside Awareness, Living in Natures Love Blog & Renee Lindstrom Live

The origins of  the labyrinth pattern is unknown.  The pattern is an archetypal form that is found around the world and they date back 4000 to 5000 years.  Only now is acceptance of using this pattern of movement growing as we  discover the  benefits which includes  improved well-being, increased connection in  reflection, meditation, realignment  and self  knowledge.  These benefits have been experienced from walking, drawing or tracing a finger labyrinths.

Two popular designs are the Classical or 7 Circuit and the 11 Circuit Labyrinths.

7 Circuit

The 7 circuit labyrinth supports a relaxed, calm and outgoing attitude and brings the walk into the  present with more alertness.   You may choose to walk a 7 circuit labyrinth prior to an important business meeting, personal appointment, or when making decisions.

Download template pattern

11 Circuit

The 11 circuit labyrinth is a more elaborate  patter and is effective for  deepening personal reflections and contemplation.  The pattern supports balancing the right and left sides of the brain and energy centers of the body.  It can support quieting the mind for clearer insights and inner guidance.  You may choose to walk an 11 circuit labyrinth when you are making personal change, resolving conflict, making important decision in relationships or at work.

Download template pattern 

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Copyright 2014 – 2019 Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Value-Based Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000, Founder of Greater Victoria Peace & Intercultural Celebrations since 2010 & Greater Victoria Labyrinths since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Calendar Founder – 2014 & 2015