PEACE activists and park lovers are invited to ‘Walk as One at 1’ at a special event in Dunwood Park to celebrate World Labryinth Day.
On Saturday, May 5 at 1pm all are welcome to reflect as they walk the labyrinth in the Smallbrook Road park as part of an annual worldwide celebration of labyrinths.
The Labyrinth at Dunwood is mown into the circular grass area near the playpark and is a popular children’s play activity as well as being used by adults for moments of personal reflection.
The event is being organised by Carol Hughes from the Friends of Dunwood Park and supported by The Oldham Pledge to Peace Forum. This is the second time that this event has been organised.
The contemplative group walk will be conducted first into the centre of the labyrinth at a slow pace, with a pause for internal reflection on the hope for peace, before the procession retraces its steps.
Labyrinths were traditionally constructed to aid pilgrims in prayer and contemplation, and the labyrinth in Dunwood Park was designed by Carol to model the famous one on the floor of Chartres Cathedral, France, which featured in the film ‘The Da Vinci Code’.
The Labyrinth Society is organising events all over the world on this tenth World Labyrinth Day.
Last year, events took place in at least twenty countries and participants numbered many thousands.
Carol said: “I am very pleased that having a local labyrinth we can now offer the opportunity to join in such a worthwhile world-wide event.
“It only takes about 20 minutes of your day once a year and walking as a group is even more powerful than individual meditation when walking the labyrinth.”
Richard Outram, Secretary of The Oldham Pledge to Peace Forum, added: “As well as being fully committed to working for peace, I live right next door to the park so I will certainly be participating.
“As the Friends of Dunwood Park are a signatory to the Pledge to Peace, we are pleased to be able to offer the Friends our support and I urge people to come down to experience the event for themselves.”
For further information call Carol Hughes, event organiser, on 01706 849742.
For more information about the Pledge to Peace call Richard Outram on 07583 097793.
For more information about The Labyrinth Society and World Labyrinth Day go online: labyrinthsociety.org/world-labyrinth-day