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June 6, 2003
Media Advisory: Trinity Square Park Labyrinth opens for its fourth season
Join speakers Ann Tanner and Jo-Ann Stevenson of Toronto Labyrinth Community
Network for the seasonal opening of the Trinity Square Park Labyrinth.

Special guests Helen Gough will re-dedicate the labyrinth for the fourth season
and Elizabeth Kolodziejczyk will speak about New Harmony in Indiana, one of the
oldest labyrinths in North America.

Date: Saturday, June 7

Time: 11 a.m.

Location: Trinity Park Square
(on the west side of the Eaton Centre,
in general vicinity of Bay and Dundas intersection)

Frequently Asked Questions about the Trinity Square Park Labyrinth

1. What is the labyrinth?
- The labyrinth is a place for walking, meditation and relaxation. Walking the
labyrinth creates a sense of inner calm, with space for reflection. You cannot
make a mistake in walking the labyrinth.

2. How do you walk in the labyrinth?
- Begin your walk by standing quietly at the entrance to the labyrinth. Take a
minute to relax before you enter. Focus yourself in the here and now, let go of
tension if you can. If you wish, say a prayer before entering the path. If
another person enters the labyrinth before you, give them time to walk ahead.

3. How can the labyrinth be used for meditation or a question?
- You may wish to focus on (meditate on, think about) a question you would like
answered. If you come to the labyrinth with an event or problem on your mind,
take it with you and reflect on it as you walk. Or, ask yourself, "What do I
need most in my life right now"? An answer may come to you as you walk the
turns in the pathway.

4. What is the purpose of the path?
- There is only one entrance, with one path to the centre and out again. The
twists and turns of the path lead you toward the centre of the labyrinth and
back. Continue to follow the path until you return to the starting point.

5. Is it better to get the middle as quickly as possible?
- Follow the path to the centre at your own pace. To pause during your walk or
to let others coming towards you pass, step to the side. Don't worry if you
forget which direction you were going in when you stepped off the path. You
will not be lost -- you will reach either the centre or the entrance.

6. What if there are other people using the labyrinth at the same time I am?
- You may carefully pass others who are moving more slowly. Find your own
comfortable pace -- don't hustle yourself or other people. Change your walking
pattern as your feel the need. There is space within the labyrinth to be alone
and yet to be among others who are also walking the path.

7. What do you do once you have reached the centre?
- Spend some time at the centre. When you arrive at the centre you will find
six "petals" around the middle. Remain in this central space as long as you
need to, or simply experience the centre as a turning point. Please make room
for other as they arrive.

8. How should I proceed out again?
- Follow the same path back out again. The journey out will feel different from
walking in. Note changes in your perceptions and feelings, be aware of your
impressions and state of mind as your follow the twists and turns of the return

9. What is the end result of walking the labyrinth?
- Once you finish walking the labyrinth take some time to think about the
experience. Anything that you have experienced teaches you about yourself.
Walking the labyrinth does not magically solve problems, but it is known to
relieve many kinds of stress and confusion.

10. Why a labyrinth
- The labyrinth is an ancient symbol dating back more than 3000 years. It is
considered a universal symbol for healing and a path to renewing the
body-mind-spirit connection. Ancient and modern labyrinths can be found in many
areas of the world including France, Sweden, England, India, Peru and the
American southwest. In the last decade, North Americans have rediscovered the
labyrinth as a tool for well being. Hospitals, schools, churches and
individuals have installed labyrinths made of stone, brick, sand, gravel and
other materials. Toronto Parks and Recreation has two labyrinths in its parks
system -- Trinity Square Park (made of grass) and High Park (painted on

11. Is the labyrinth a maze?
- No. A labyrinth has a single path and is intended for meditation and
reflection. A maze is a puzzle with many paths, false leads and dead ends.

12. How long does it take to walk the labyrinth?
- Depending on your pace, it may take your 20 or 30 minutes to walk to the
centre and return to the entrance.

13. When is the Trinity Square Park open?
- Toronto Parks and Recreation is proud to provide open access for walking the
labyrinth day and night, from late spring until the snow comes. The nearby
Church of the Holy Trinity, with an active congregation, frequently hosts
labyrinth walks on an indoor canvas labyrinth during the winter months.

14. Where is the Trinity Square Park Labyrinth?
- The labyrinth is located in one of Toronto's downtown parks, on the west side
of the Eaton Centre, south of Bay and Dundas

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