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Portrait of Grand Bahama Labyrinth founder, Barbara Chester, presented to Garden of the Groves - Mar 14, 2014 - 5:01:29 PM

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Longtime Grand Bahama resident, Barbara Chester, who brought the community together to create The Grand Bahama Labyrinth—a sacred and spiritual gathering place of contemplation and walking meditation—has been honored with the placement of her portrait, painted by local artist Claudette Dean, installed in The Garden of The Groves’ replica of the island’s first chapel, atop a spot overlooking the healing plantings, trees, and statuary surrounding the entrance to The Grand Bahama Labyrinth.

The large oil painting by Ms. Dean was a gift from Erika Gates,
owner and president of Garden of the Groves. Barbara and Erika worked long hours together in the early days of the Gardens’ with re-opening and renovations following the hurricanes of 2004 and 2005...
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Grand Bahama Shipyard Makes Waves - Mar 7, 2014 - 3:42:27 PM

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The nation's leader Prime Minister Perry Christie and Foreign Affairs and Immigration Minister, Fred Mitchell were pleased to learn that the majority of full time employees at the Grand Bahama Shipyard are now Bahamians and gradually the demand for foreign labour is decreasing. 

The Grand Bahama Shipyard's COO, Reuben Bryd, Director of Finance and IT, Linda Turnquest, and Facility and Maintenance Manager, Marvin Basden, spent a full day in New Providence on Monday.  The senior management team made courtesy calls on Prime Minister Christie, Minister Mitchell, and Bahamas Civil Aviation Director, Captain Patrick L. Rolle. 
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Body Language’ Success for the Lois Seiler Academy of Dance - Jun 22, 2013 - 2:41:45 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas - The Lois Seiler Academy of Dance shone brightly last weekend with dancers showing off their sensational skills as audience members filled the theatre with applause for the celebration another successful production.  The Lois Seiler Academy of Dance celebrated 44 years of excellence and dance. Lois Seiler flawlessly managed to keep all of her dances fresh and original, with an enjoyable, fast paced, show that sold out both performances.


The production featured over 100 dancers performing ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop and modern ballet. Rico Thompson and Scarlett Wilson returned...
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Arrival of the new Aquarius Zodiac Cycle at the Grand Bahama Labyrinth - Dec 19, 2012 - 10:40:42 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas - This invitation is brought to you with great Love, Honour, and Joy by Angelika Christie and the Grand Bahama Labyrinth.
 
Please join us as we celebrate the Birthday of a New World Age, and the arrival of the new Aquarius Zodiac Cycle on Saturday, December 22nd at 11:11 AM on our beautiful Labyrinth in the Garden of the Groves.
 
Whatever you would like to contribute as a way of Birthday Celebration will be embraced and cherished.  This could be a poem, a song, a reflection, a proclamation, a prayer, a meditation or affirmation.....your choice of creative expression...
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Rare photo of sunset over Grand Bahama industrial area - Jun 14, 2012 - 8:50:43 PM

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Freeport, The Bahamas - Photographer and resident of Grand Bahama Island, Donald Pecora captured this beautiful image of the sunset over the container port area of Freeport today which was taken from an apartment deck off the Coral Beach area. The photographer was surprised he could even see that far from the south side of the island.

When asked by The Bahamas Weekly whether he'd altered his shot in any way he responded, "I just
zoomed in and sharpened up! And the sun was behind this huge cloud in the background until just before settling. I never knew we could see the port before this..."
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World Labyrinth Day to be commemorated in Grand Bahama, May 5th - May 3, 2012 - 7:59:30 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas -  “Walk as One at 1” will be held at he Grand Bahama Labyrinth in The Garden of the Groves in honour of World Labyrinth Day on Saturday, May 5th, 2012 at 1pm.

World Labyrinth Day is a day that brings together people from all over the planet
to join together in a noble project;   World Peace and Love.

All are invited to walk a Labyrinth at 1pm in their time zone to effect a rolling wave of love and healing as the Earth turns...
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(Review) Joie de Noel celebrated the joy of Christmas on the Labyrinth - Dec 29, 2011 - 12:29:48 AM

Freeport, Bahamas - This Christmas marks the fourth successive year, the Grand Bahama Community has celebrated Joie de Noel on the Labyrinth in the Garden of the Groves. A musical depiction of the Christmas story on the Sacred Path which, at Christmas-time symbolically represents the long arduous journey taken by Mary and Joseph as they made their way to Bethlehem on that first Christmas

Barbara Chester, founder of the Labyrinth, warmly welcomed a good crowd and briefly spoke of love, truth, and peace, the true gift of Christmas....
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(Photos) Boxing Day Classical Concert featuring shakuhachi master Elizabeth Reian Bennett - Dec 28, 2011 - 10:03:27 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas - Boxing Day afternoon was the perfect time to relax and truly appreciate the blessings of Christmas.   The musical recital given by Elizabeth Reian Bennett, Grand Master of the Japanese shakuhachi bamboo flute at the Garden of the Groves was a true gift to those in attendance The shakuhachi is an unusual instrument which 'sang' pulsating music with a vibrating 'voice', a perfect instrument to create and enhance a sense of peace and relaxation. The flute came from China to Japan in the eighth century, and the Buddhist Monks have used it from that time as they walked their Labyrinths in meditation.

The afternoon concert started in the beautiful little Chapel, which was full for the occasion.  The audience were greeted at the door by Erika Gates...
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"Joie de Noel" comes to the Labyrinth, December 23rd - Dec 23, 2011 - 6:33:54 AM

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Freeport, Bahamas - The Grand Bahama Labyrinth invites you to "Joie de Noel: A Joyful Celebration of Christmas" - Focusing on Love, Healing & Peace throughout the World on Friday, December 23rd, 2011 at 6.30pm on The Labyrinth at Garden of the Groves.      

In a magical setting, listen, watch and sing Carols with friends old and new!
With Candles -Song Sheets - Cocoa & Cookies- Twinkling Lights

And Our Living Tree of Christmas, Lady Acacia and a  Peace Flame for Christmas Wishes!

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Remembrance Day 11.11.11.11 Event to be held on GB Labyrinth - Nov 9, 2011 - 8:14:30 AM

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Freeport, Bahamas - The Grand Bahama Labyrinth at the Garden of the Groves will play host site to a Remembrance Day Global Unity event on Friday, November 11th, 20 11 at 11 am. 

We will begin to gather at 10.30am. All are welcome to this simple gathering, which is intended to be a unified oneness in a structure of remembrance.

This year the date 11.11.11.11 is of monumental cosmic importance marking the opening of a portal for energies of Worldwide change. Global unity events will ...
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Communication regarding Prayer Walks for healing in Japan and the Pacific - Apr 7, 2011 - 8:40:00 PM

Freeport, Bahamas - On March 20,
a prayerful meditation and walk for Japan took place at the Garden of the Groves on the Grand Bahama Labyrinth. Mrs. Barbara Chester, Founder of the GB Labyrinth subsequently received and wants to share a beautiful, inspiring and very generative email from
Takeda Mitsuyo, in Tokyo.

Dear Facilitators,

It is so encouraging to know so many groups walked and will walk the labyrinth in reaction to the disaster in Japan. 

It has been three weeks since the earthquake, tsunami, and the nuclear plant’s accident. The Japanese school year starts from April. 7000 kids moved out of prefectures they lived in, and joined different schools and new friends...

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URGENT Call to Prayer from Dr. Masuru Emoto for water of Japan - Mar 30, 2011 - 5:47:47 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas - The following is a message from Barbara Chester of the Grand Bahama Labyrinth: The situation in Japan, now with regard to the contaminated water, is become dire.  Even the tap water in Tokyo is affected. This is a situation affecting all mankind and all creation.

We have just received an urgent appeal from the famous Scientist, Emoto Masaru, whose message is written and on Youtube.  I invite you to watch, read and to join in a short but very important ceremony at 12 noon tomorrow, Thursday, 31 March 2011.  wherever you are, please put your hands together in prayer and , from your heart, say the following words...
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A Message from JAPAN to Labyrinth Facilitators and Illuminators - Mar 24, 2011 - 12:41:00 PM
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Freeport, Bahamas - On March 20, a prayerful meditation and walk for Japan took place at the Garden of the Groves on the Grand Bahama Labyrinth. Mrs. Barbara Chester, Founder of the GB Labyrinth subsequently received and wants to share a beautiful, inspiring and very generative email from Yuka Saionji from the Goi Peace Foundation, who lives in Tokyo with her family.

Thank you all...so much, for the continuous loving support and messages. It means so much to us!!!
Every day, when I listen to the news, I couldn't stop crying. It's so easy to be trapped and caught up in this situation...

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Labyrinth walk in prayer for Japan - Mar 23, 2011 - 10:14:44 AM

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Freeport, The Bahamas - A number of persons turned out this past Sunday morning, March 20, at the Garden of the Groves for the Labyrinth walk in prayerful meditation.

According to Ms. Barbara Chester as she addressed the participants just before they walked, the meditation was on love to share with others, honouring those who survived the devastation in Japan and other lands in the Pacific.

She told the gathering, “Today, the Spring Equinox has been appropriately chosen for special Prayer Walks to take place on all Labyrinths around the World..."
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Grand Bahama Labyrinth to host Healing and Peace Walk for Japan’s victims - Mar 19, 2011 - 6:56:45 AM
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Freeport, The Bahamas - Last Friday afternoon, Japan suffered an 8.9 earthquake followed by a devastating tsunami. Several thousand people were reported dead, tens of thousands missing and the threat continued with at least one nuclear power plant in danger of a meltdown.

We, on Grand Bahama Island will be participating in this important Global event, with a simple ceremony and facilitated Walk on our Grand Bahama Labyrinth in the Garden of the Groves at 9.00a.m.on Sunday, March 20th 2011...
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Grand Bahama 'meets on the bridge' for International Women's Day - Mar 9, 2011 - 11:40:01 AM
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Freeport, Grand Bahama - On March 8th, the 100 anniversary of International Women's Day, a small group of women, men and children in The Bahamas met at the Labyrinth at the Garden of the Groves to commemorate the occasion by sharing in a drink, some words, and then gathered for a photo on a small bridge within the Groves to assist in the call for an end to war and to demonstrate the bridge of peace and development for the future.

The event, Join Women on the Bridge, was organized by Women for Women volunteer, Lynette McInnes. After the commemorative photo on the bridge was taken, everyone walked to the Garden Cafe to sign the peace banner...
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Join Women on the Bridge, March 8th - Mar 8, 2011 - 10:15:32 AM

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Freeport, Grand Bahama - 2011 International Women's Day is March 8th. You are invited to participate in Join Women on the Bridge.

On this day, thousands of women (and men) worldwide will gather on bridges to call for an end to war and to demonstrate that we can build the bridges of peace and development for the future.

We hope you'll join us in this social gathering on the Grand Bahama Labyrinth at the Garden of the Groves Tuesday, March 8th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm..
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Marjoke's Local Friends bring Foreign Songs & Dance to Labyrinth Garden Theatre - Mar 3, 2011 - 10:19:48 AM
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Freeport, Bahamas - On February 25th and 26th Grand Bahama’s Dutch Diva, Marjoke Muller and her friends once again brought Song and Dance to the Labyrinth at the Garden of the Groves, the heart of Grand Bahama Island.  This magical twilight garden has been further enhanced by additional diffused lighting illuminating the beautiful trees and shrubs.  

Marjoke’s Show was entitled, Around the World in Song and Dance.  It was exactly that.   We were taken on a journey through America, Mexico, Spain, France, Italy, Holland and even to India where we were enthralled by a mystical performance of Bollywood by the Bahamas Dance Theatre... 
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Join Us on the Garden of the Groves’ Labyrinth and Bridge to mark the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day - Feb 27, 2011 - 8:41:00 PM

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The Bahamas - On March 8th, women, men, and children from Freeport, Grand Bahama Island are set to make history by joining together on the Garden of the Groves’ Labyrinth and Bridge to mark the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.   We will be calling for an end of violence against women in war-torn countries across the world, including Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, two of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman.

Last year over 20,000 people took part in the first ever global Join Me on the Bridge campaign with 119 events including in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kosovo, Canada, the United States and The Bahamas.

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Around the World in Song and Dance, February 25th & 26th - Feb 25, 2011 - 6:39:08 AM

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Freeport, Bahamas - The Grand Bahama Labyrinth presents Marjoke and Friends next production of Around the World in Song and Dance on Friday, February 25th and Saturday, February 26th. Both performances start at 7pm on the Labyrinth.

Enjoy a multicultural taste of songs and dance from around the world with mini-cine and after show dancing for the entire family.

Tickets are available at the Garden of the Groves gate house.
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