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Gifts for the Earth: Rock Painting + Labyrinth Walk

  • SUTRA global imports 570 Main Street Dakota United States (map)

Pam Hartwell, homestead farmer + gardener, and Kim Hammer, world traveler and “maker” invite you to our collaborative event of painting stones for Pam’s labyrinth* in the woods on Mom’s Farm in Southeast Minnesota on Saturday June 26 1-4:30pm.

A labyrinth is an ancient pattern found all over the world. A single meandering pathway with a single undivided pathway leads walkers to the center, so “you are always on the right path”. There is a saying “Solvitur Ambulando”, meaning, ”it is solved by walking”, and it is common to walk a labyrinth with a question or issue in mind.

The workshop will begin at SUTRA global imports, 570 Main Street, Dakota, MN, where you will be given stones and painting supplies to create your own designs; ideas will be offered but no artistic experience is required. Kim has collected stones from the North Shore of Lake Superior and will have samples painted to see. You are welcome to keep a painted stone for yourself and to share a stone. (or several, based on the number of attendees)

After about 90 minutes, Pam will lead a car caravan to her nearby farm. Together we will walk into the woods (about 5 minutes) and mindfully/meditatively walk the labyrinth to place your painted stone(s) as a gift to the earth.

Bring a shoe box to transport your painted stones to the labyrinth. Wear casual clothes and shoes appropriate for painting and walking in the woods. Tea will be served and you are welcome to bring a snack.

*Pam Hartwell is the farmer at Mom's Farm in rural Dresbach, MN. 7 years ago, after spending 20 years in sunny California, she returned home to care for her mom and try to hold onto the family land. When her mom passed away this past winter, Pam and her informal Labyrinth Society decided creating a labyrinth on the land to support the healing process.

Kim Hammer was introduced to labyrinths by her late partner Jaz Gikling, and has worked on 2 large painted labyrinths on canvas. After Jaz passed away from cancer at age 50, a labyrinth was open for walking at her memorial. Kim loves the sweet spot where artmaking and the sacred intersect.

$5 will be collected to cover the cost of brushes and paints.