“Do you know the origin of that word ‘saunter?’ It’s a beautiful word. Away back in the Middle Ages people used to go on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and when people in the villages through which they passed asked where they were going, they would reply, “A la sainte terre,’ ‘To the Holy Land.’ And so they became known as sainte-terre-ers or saunterers.” ~John Muir
Join us for an evening stroll in the Kinstone Labyrinth followed by stargazing and witnessing the rising of the full moon over the Kinstone Circle. We will walk the labyrinth and then gather around a fire in the Stargazer Circle as we await star-shine and moonrise. Moonrise is officially at 6:38pm but will likely be delayed a few minutes on the horizon as seen from the circles at Kinstone. It’s the anniversary week of the building of the Kinstone Circle (Oct 18 – 28, 2011) so Kristine may tell us a few stories of it’s creation as we stay warm by the fire. We may see the stars arrive as it gets dark and if we are really lucky we might even see some early evening meteors before the bright moon has risen too high as the Orionid meteor showers will still be happening through the 26th of October! When the moon appears we may witness it from the fire circle or the standing stones or the pond, the chapel or the Three Witnesses, or the dolmen or the labyrinth – all areas are beautiful places to stand in awe.
IMPORTANT: Dress warmly! Bring a blanket to sit on and/or to stay warm. Bring a flashlight, headlamp or lantern to see where you are walking if you plan to stay until dark. Bring a travel mug of hot tea or hot cocoa if you wish. This is a smoke-free, alcohol free event.
NOTE: The labyrinth is located on steep land and requires the ability to walk down-hill and then back up-hill. If you want to attend but are unable to walk the terrain, you may stay in the Stargazer Circle and use a finger labyrinth (printed on paper) to participate in the labyrinth “walk”.
“It is a beautiful and delightful sight to behold the body of the Moon.” -Galileo Galilei, The Starry Messenger, Venice 1610: “From Doubt to Astonishment”