Milestones in July 2017

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.

Chartres labyrinth for Cycle Oregon in 2011
First Dream Field – One path, no dead ends, no wrong turns.

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

 

Circles 2016 Summer Season

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In so many ways it does not seem that four months have passed since Circles in the Sand started its second Summer Season in Bandon, Oregon.  The ever shifting sands continue to create different canvasses for me to work with.  I have drawn approximately 14 miles of paths during 25 public Draws which have been walked by over 4,000 pairs of feet.

With each Draw the pattern I refer to as a Dream Field Labyrinth continues to evolve.  The theme of each walk is enhanced by the artistic design of Christine Moehring.  The mermaid “Meri” has become quite popular.   To be able to share the Sandy Path of the labyrinth with so many brings a real joy to my heart.  When Circles was being created I dedicated each walk to transformation and healing.  I continue this practice still.  I hope everyone who walks or even views my work enjoys their personal experience on the sand.

I have to confess that what I really do is teach a walking meditation by allowing each and every walker to experience the Sandy Path in their own way.  A labyrinth only has one path, with no dead ends or wrongs turns, so there are no decisions to make as you journey through the path.  Listening to the sound of the ocean is a meditation all by itself.  Feeling the fresh salty air on your face and the sand beneath your feet allows you to be fully present.  The rhythm of the walk creates a wave of calm that flows throughout your body.  As a metaphor for life the path through a labyrinth allows us to get in touch with our inner selves and know that all is well.

Circles in the Sand will continue to schedule public Draws throughout the Spring of 2017.  the Fall schedule is posted now.  I have looked at the tides for the coming summer season and see a lot of great tides in the future.  Keep in mind that we are also available for commissioned Draws to celebrate anything in life.

I am looking forward to completing the schedule for our 2017 Summer Season.  After two summer seasons of public Draws in Bandon, we are considering taking road trips next summer.  We are accepting suggestions for locations and sponsorship; contact us a circles@onepath.us.  Time is of the essence as decisions need to be completed by the end of November so schedules can be posted in January.

Don’t forget to order your Circles in the Sand 2017 Calendar!

Link to  Circles Marketplace

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See you on the Sand,

Denny