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Sacred walk to 2006 provides peaceful space

December 29, 2205

The 7th Annual New Year&

s Labyrinth Walk, will offer sacred space, beautiful music, and peaceful silence for all who come. The 72-hour event, sponsored by the Rogue Valley Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship starts at 6 p.m. on Friday and continues around the clock til 6 p.m. on New Year&

s day. The event is free, although donations are welcomed.

Many people in the Rogue Valley and Northern California visit the annual Sacred Walk to the New Year. At last year&

s event, more than 2,000 took the opportunity to spend some time walking the 37-foot canvas labyrinth owned by Life Coach Elizabeth Austin, who is also a certified labyrinth facilitator. Musicians play alongside the labyrinth, interspersed with periods of silence.

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This potent season demands our attention, in ways beyond ordinary parties,&

said Austin. &

We are called to examine the past year, let go of the past, and look to the future. The Labyrinth Walk is a celebration of the spirit and soul, in a magnificent setting designed by the creative expressions of artists, dancers and musicians. For a growing number, this is the ultimate way to celebrate the end of the old year, and the beginning of the new.&

Event Coordinator Lisa Pavati of Living Earth Circle has created a schedule that includes music as well as silence. The opening ritual is led by Austin and features dancing by the Living Earth Circle will be followed by the Rogue Valley Peace Choir. A complete schedule of musical presentations will be posted at the Unitarian Center.

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The Rogue Valley Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship sponsors this annual community event, which has become a much anticipated tradition. All are welcome,&

says Rev. Patt Herdklotz, minister.

For further information or to offer your assistance, contact Elizabeth Austin at 541-482-4132 or by email at mycoach@mind.net.