Thursday, April 20, 2017

Experience The Labyrinth Walk with Cathy Rigali and Sister Lorry Villemarie

Need to clear your mind, find inner peace or ‘center’ yourself? Try walking the stone labyrinth on the beautiful grounds of Mont Marie on Friday April 28 starting at 11am.

Walk the Labyrinth at Mont Marie in Holyoke with Cathy Rigali and Sister Lorry Villemarie, authors of "Labyrinth Reflections" Friday, April 28, 2017 from 11am to 2pm

A SEED project, the labyrinth is a single, circular path which can provide a powerful experience to anyone who walks it with respect. Often a religious experience, the labyrinth may also be used to solve a problem, face a truth about oneself, pray, heal, or celebrate.

One of the first things Sister Lorraine Villemarie of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield will explain to you is the difference between a maze and a labyrinth. A maze is a puzzle designed to confuse you, while a labyrinth is a design that takes its walker in a circular path with one way in and one way out.

A labyrinth is also a means for self-reflection and meditation and Sister Lorry Villemarie has been teaching about the effect for years.

Individuals and groups who are not guests at Mont Marie may make an appointment to use the labyrinth by calling (413) 536-0853 ext. 293.

The Sisters of St. Joseph also have a portable labyrinth which can be brought to your school, church or other large space.

The 24-foot square portable labyrinth can be reserved by contacting:
Sr. Lorry Villemaire
(413) 532-6134

And on Monday, May 1st, Sister Lorry Villemarie and Cathy Rigali will present their book “Labyrinth Reflections” at the Holyoke Public Library at 6:00pm.

Labyrinth Reflections is now available. The initial section covers information about the labyrinth, its history, spirituality and purpose. What follows are over forty themes that merge into the fabric of one's life. Among them are seasons of the year, the moon, universe, music, forgiveness, change, peace, compassion, time, doors, meditation, wisdom, healing, in memoriam, journal writing, clouds, and much more. Labyrinth walkers are encouraged to reflect on each theme from their own perspective. Although the book is invaluable to labyrinth facilitators, the themes can also be used for private meditation. A final chapter gives instructions on how to build a 7-circuit labyrinth.

The event is free and open to the public; copy of the book is available at the Library to borrow and read before the event on Monday, May 1st.

For further questions on this entertaining event, please contact or 413-420-8101.

Conversation with Local Author series are relaxed conversations between our members and an outstanding member of our author community.

Parking available along the street in front of the new entrance to the library and in generous lots adjacent to and immediately across the street from the library.

After our discussion,Cathy Rigali and Sister Lorry Villemarie will sign books. Books will be available for purchase or bring your own.

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