I watched as the tide crept over my 150th Dream Field earlier this month. Taking a slow deep breath and releasing it, I could feel the energy of the labyrinth and the ocean joining as one.
Later, I was reflecting on my journey along the sandy path. Circles in the Sand was created in 2011 as a special project of Sacred Journeys, my labyrinth ministry. When I first started, people would wonder who was doing the crop circles on the beach. The intention then and now is to create a labyrinth experience on the sand for all to enjoy. Over the next several years, I drew hundreds of traditional labyrinths.
Late summer 2014 is when I first started connecting labyrinths together. I had found that on the sand everyone was much more comfortable walking a path which they could journey through rather than to center and return as in a traditional labyrinth.
This is a photo of the 151st Dream Field. Looking forward to many more on the magical sand of Bandon, Oregon.
Also, in July I was featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting with a article by Jule Gilfillan which originally aired in October 2015. the video was posted on Facebook by OPB and also NPR (National Public Radio) with total views in the first eight days of 1.2 million.
Shortly after I started Drawing full time in January 2015, I met Pamela Hansen who is now by business partner and Circles photographer. In March, I met Christine Moehring who is now the Circles Detail Design Artist. There is not enough space to mention all of the groomers who have assisted (250 in 2017 so far) but I need to recognize a few of our Circles Ambassadors. Special thanks to Trish Conyers, Betsy Rodenbush and June Dawn for all they do as Lead Groomers and Greeters. I am honored that over 20,000 have walk the Sandy Path with us. We are grateful for the sales and donations that has helped to support Circles in the Sand.
Circles is working on the Draw schedule for 2018. Our public Draw schedule has averaged about fifty per year. We also Draw for special occasions which has helped to fund the public work. We have been seeking sustainable support for over a year now and donations and sponsor ships are increasing. In 2018 we are considering perusing many of the request fo travel Draws to generate more income to support our public work. In order to do this, we would need to limit our public Draw schedule in Bandon to about twenty. A ‘road trip’ season is not desirable but it may be what is required for Circles to continue creating walkable art for people to experience a labyrinth on the beach.
Circles in the Sand 2018 calendar is now available. Proceeds to help support our public work. http://onepath.us/Products Circles in the Sand now has a fiscal sponsor and can accept tax deductible donations. https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=15988#about_project
See you on the Sand,
~Sandman~ aka Denny