Manitou presents grief-release walk, sound-healing concert

WILLIAMSVILLE — The Manitou Project will host a day of events on Sunday, Oct. 27. The day will begin at 11 a.m. with a grief-release labyrinth walk facilitated by the professional staff of the Bayada Hospice.

The group will gather to walk the labyrinth in an effort to release one's grief. The labyrinth is a turning, spiraling pathway for walking meditation that ties us to nature, the air, and the earth.

“Steeped in mythic tradition, the labyrinth is a doorway into our internal landscape that helps us find our place, calm the mind, and see us through tough times,” organizers said in a news release. The goal is for participants to feel supported for healing and release in the midst of 225 acres of woodland sanctuary and nature trails.

Participants will meet in the parking lot area at 11 a.m., walk to the labyrinth together, and start at 11:30 a.m.

The event will run until 1:30 p.m. In case of rain, there will be a time for indoor sharing. For more information, contact Supriya Shanti, LICSW, at 802-490-2099 or [email protected].

Following the walk, there will be a “sacred healing-sound concert" in Manitou's beautiful forest concert grove with Derrik Jordan and Jed Blume.

Jordan is an award-winning singer-songwriter and composer, multi-instrumentalist (violin, kalimba, percussion, guitar), and producer. His CDs include SuperString Theory, which showcases his original music.

Blume is an emerging multi-instrumentalist, composer, and accompanist in New England's world music scene. He performs with Brattleboro-based groups Bada Raga and Aura Shards, on either tabla or handpan or other percussion instruments.

The concert will run from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. In case of rain, the woods concert will become a house concert. To learn more, contact Mike Mayer at 802-258-8598 or [email protected].

The public is welcome to come to both the walk and the concert or to either one: both are free of charge.

Following the concert, there will be an indoor potluck meal at the Manitou Gate House from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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