While spending our short vacation in Bandon, Oregon, we were lucky to see the Circles in the Sand on their last day before a two-week break. On Monday morning while the tide was out several artists under the guidance of labyrinth artist Denny Dyke began drawing circles and spirals in the sand that are connected in a labyrinth with just one way in and out.
Here you can see some of the artists putting the final touch to the labyrinth.
By ten o'clock the circles were done and after a short talk the labyrinth was opened to the public to walk it. We had been there early and were able to take pictures before big and small feet wandered through it.
Circles in the Sand were started by Denny Dyke when he created them for his own walking meditations. This year is the seventh season of the Circles in the Sand, located at Face Rock Viewpoint. It was just a pleasant 20 minutes walk on the beach from our hotel.
We didn't walk the circles right after they were opened. We explored further along the beach and came back an hour later when most of the people were already gone. Thus the walk through the labyrinth became indeed much more of a walking meditation.
The intention of Circles in the Sand is to share love, joy and kindness. Therefore it is no surprise to see empowering messages and many hearts.
Of course this message was something that the Geek and I couldn't pass by. As you can see, it was a chilly and windy day (while the remaining Pacific Northwest was sweltering in a heat wave).
Usually the path is available to walking for about two to three hours until the tide comes in and the ocean claims the circles. By the end of the walk visitors were encouraged to do their own sand drawing in a side area.
We climbed to the viewpoint up on the cliff to see what the circles looked like from above. It was quite impressive and I love Face Rock in the back.