Guided by HiMY SYeDToronto City of Labyrinths Project Jane’s Walk

Date: Saturday, May 5, 2012
Start Time: 6:00 pm
Est. Duration: 1.5 hours

Toronto has become a City of Labyrinths.

Presently, we may have the greatest physical number of labyrinths of Any City in The World. This Jane’s Walk will help us understand why.

Since 2002, the Toronto City of Labyrinths Project has been aiming to place a semi-permanent labyrinth within walking distance of every Torontonian.

This Jane’s Walk will follow a path into and around Christie Pits Park, where a number of the Project’s examples exist.

All four of the most popular labyrinth design patterns will be shown:

1. The Thousands of Years Old ancient classic seven-circuit Cretan design
2. The 800-year-old Chartres Cathedral 11-circuit pattern
3. The Contemporary Santa Rosa Labyrinth design
4. The inner-Chartres seven-circuit pattern

Background in-depth history of each of the four major designs will be provided:

• The story of how High Park got the first official City of Toronto Labyrinth, yet initially no one was allowed to tell of its existence!
• The efforts of the Labyrinth Community Network in creating The Toronto Public Labyrinth in Trinity Square Park.
• Why labyrinth walking is a critical period in the development of decision-making abilities in children growing up, which they then carry into adulthood.
• The Eternal Connection between bodies of water and labyrinths (Garrison Creek).
• Why the 2011 Arab Spring may unintentionally help save the World’s oldest and largest underground Labyrinth.

Before returning to our starting point where this Jane’s Walk will end, we will see one bonus example of Giant Outstallation Art:

• Toronto’s Giant Outdoor Subway Map and the story of why it’s there

Time permitting: using chalk on paved open space, people will be instructed in how to make their own labyrinths, which we will then enjoy walking into and out of.

A limited number of printed materials will be available on a first-come first-served basis as keepsakes of this Jane’s Walk.

Co-inciding with Jane’s Walk weekend, The Labyrinth Society has declared the first Saturday in May, World Labyrinth Day. This Toronto Jane’s Walk is one of a number of global events marking the day.

Meeting Place: Traffic Island in Front of Christie Subway Station Main Entrance
End Location: Like all Labyrinth journeys, we will return to our starting point to end the walk (Traffic Island in Front of Christie Subway Station Main Entrance).
Public Transit Directions: Christie Subway Station Main Entrance, Christie Street, North of Bloor Street West, Koreatown/Christie Pits Park
Accessible: Partially accessible – curbs, uneven terrain, busy sidewalks
Parking Available: Green P Parking behind Christie Subway Station

Event date: May 5, 2012; 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.