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Compost Labyrinth on the green for Arts and Ideas June 27-29, New Haven

June 27, 2014 @ 8:00 am - June 29, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

A Compost Labyrinth coming to the Green for Arts and Ideas
An earth-based circular path for a contemplative journey

EcoWorks in partnership with Mercy Center at Madison will create a labyrinth on the New Haven Green for the last weekend of Arts ‘n Ideas. The labyrinth, a piece of interactive artwork if you will, will be made from finished compost. It’s intended to stay and not be removed after the event – returning to Earth, being absorbed after a few rains – providing a temporal piece that is artful, spiritual and environmental.

“Following the meandering path of the labyrinth is a metaphor for the twists and turns life hands us,” shared Joan Linley of Mercy Center at Madison. “Recognizing that all human beings, from all walks of life, throughout the world and throughout the ages experience these same twists and turns as they navigate life’s ups and downs helps to cultivate compassion in those who walk the labyrinth path.”

EcoWorks will construct the labyrinth late in the afternoon on Thursday, June 26. It will take about 2 hours to create. When complete, the ancient design created will be a labyrinth, to allow for meditative and mindful walks.

“Made from finished compost, the labyrinth is meant to stay put until it naturally degrades back into the soil,” stated Sherill Baldwin of EcoWorks. “Folks can continue to walk it until it is no longer visible.”

Guided walks will include a short description and history of labyrinths, the ways in which labyrinths promote peace within ourselves and among our communities and where to find permanent labyrinths in our area.

Mercy Center at Madison and EcoWorks will provide an ‘opening’ for the labyrinth, followed by a guided walk Thursday, June 26 at 7pm.

Additional guided walks will be provided
Friday, June 27: 12noon, 6:30pm
Saturday, June 28: 10am, 12noon, 6:30pm
Sunday, June 29: 12noon

EcoWorks, Inc. is a new social enterprise seeks to develop creative garbage solutions that engage. www.ecoworksct.org Greater New Haven area. This project was made possible in part due to funding from the Greater New Haven Green Fund and Alfresco Landscape and Design LLC for providing compost. Mercy Center at Madison, a peaceful place of natural beauty for personal, spiritual and professional renewal and growth. www.mercybythesea.org 167 Neck Road, Madison, CT 203-245-0401.


June 27, 2014 @ 8:00 am
June 29, 2014 @ 5:00 pm


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