As the holiday season continues, at a pace that can sometimes seem manic, it can be nice to take a quiet, meditative walk. On Monday, Dec. 19, the Lincoln City Cultural Center will be hosting just such an experience: the Winter Solstice Labyrinth and Food Drive, open from 10 am to 6 pm in the auditorium. Admission is suggested donation of non-perishable food, cash or checks for the Lincoln City Food Pantry.
What is a labyrinth walk? In this case, it’s a slow, deliberate walk around a painted canvas labyrinth that is based on the design found in the floor of the Chartres Cathedral. There’s a single winding path leading to the center, where a lotus pattern signifies a place for prayer, meditation and reflection. When you’re done in the center, simply walk your way back out again.
The labyrinth is an ancient symbol, known in many cultures for thousands of years. All are asked to honor the silence and be respectful of others along the path. Participants can walk in honor of loved ones who have passed on, to give thanks or ask for help, and to enter the mystery of life. There are as many reasons as there are walkers, and all are welcome.
The labyrinth will be open, with gentle music and light refreshments, from 10 am to 6 pm. Walkers may arrive any time during the 8-hour period, and to take part for as long or as little as they like. This event is all made possible by donations from the public, and the generosity of the Congregational Church of Lincoln City-United Church of Christ.
For more information, call the Cultural Center at 541-994-9994. The Cultural Center is located at 540 NE Hwy. 101 in the historic DeLake School in Lincoln City.