Felicity Jenner with her labyrinth canvas … ready for painting on Monday
A classic labyrinth pathway design
(Photo: Nanango Labyrinths)

September 20, 2019

Looking for something unusual to do these school holidays? How about helping to paint a portable labyrinth?

Nanango resident Felicity Jenner has purchased a 5 metre x 6 metre sheet of canvas on which the labyrinth will be painted.

The Nanango community has got behind the project, with the sewing of the canvas donated by Jimmy’s Auto Trimming and Upholstery and Airds Hardware supplying paint and brushes.

Individuals are also backing the unusual project, with Steve Eustace and Steve Cant also donating brushes and drop sheets.

“They have all been so amazing. I am really blessed,” Felicity said.

The free project will get under way at 10:00am on Monday (September 23) near the canteen area at Nanango Showgrounds.

Everyone is welcome to come along, but children under the age of 16 must be supervised by their parents.

There’ll also be a free sausage sizzle for lunch.

“The more hands the merrier,” Felicity said.

She is keen to make the labyrinth for community use.

“It will be able to be folded up and taken to any event, and people will be able to borrow it,” she said.

But why a labyrinth?

Felicity experienced the peacefulness of walking a labyrinth when she visited the Crystal Castle in Byron Bay in 2006 with her children.

“I saw them jumping and laughing as they ran around the labyrinth,” she said.

“It was joyful to see them and  I felt a peace that I really appreciated. It was a different kind of peace in an unstable world.”

Felicity wanted a labyrinth which she could visit to help with her daily mindfulness and meditation practice.

“So I thought, I had better make it myself,” she said.

“As you walk around it, you find your inner peace, serenity and contentment.

“The only thing we have got is our inner peace. Our physical body can change, the outside world can change, but if you hold on to your inner peace, there will be less drama.”

The Nanango labyrinth will be a standard seven-circuit classical design with an autumn theme.

Felicity is hoping the idea of walking the labyrinth catches on, as she is also interested in making more labyrinths for local schools.

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What is a Labyrinth?

A labyrinth is a circular path which is used as a walking meditation.

There is only one way in and walkers move in the same direction.

The path moves through a series of curves, ending at the centre.

The idea of labyrinths dates back to ancient Crete and Greek myths about the minotaur.

The 6m x 5m canvas laid out on the floor at Jimmy’s Auto Trimming and Upholstery
(Photo: Nanango Labyrinths)

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