Circles in the Sand Announces Oregon Coast Labyrinth Schedule

The sand labyrinths that have graced the southern Oregon Coast are set to return this year, giving people an opportunity to take a meditative walk on the beach. 

Circles in the Sand, the name of the group that started this, was started by artist and religious practitioner Danny Dyke in 2015. Dyke, along with a team of volunteers, set out to create labyrinths in the sand on the beach at low tide, something Dyke calls “dreamfields.”  

This year, Circles in the Sand will hold a total of 32 drawings between April 30 and August 25, in Bandon, below Face Rock Viewpoint. 

While in past years the group has scheduled as many as 60 drawings, even sometimes visiting nearby beaches, they scaled back to 43 events in 2020 and even fewer in 2021.  

These events usually draw large crowds, especially when people can walk through the completed labyrinth. Volunteers at the beginning of the walk will be available to help people social distance, the group said. Though masks aren’t mandated in Oregon for the outdoors, people are encouraged to wear masks if they come within six feet of a person outside of their household.   

The parking lot at Face Rock State Scenic Viewpoint is small and the road leading to it is quite narrow, thus “no parking” signs have been put up along some stretches, and Circles in the Sand asks they be respected. 

When the drawings are scheduled is based on the tides, and the times show when visitors will be able to walk through the completed labyrinth. The team begins two hours earlier, and that is when crowds begin to form.  

Circles in the Sand estimates that each walk should be about 20 minutes. 

The schedule for this year is as follows: 

April 30 at 9 a.m. 

May 1 at 10 a.m. 

May 2 at 11 a.m. 

May 13 at 8 a.m. 

May 14 at 8 a.m. 

May 15 at 9 a.m. 

May 16 at 10 a.m. 

May 28 at 9 a.m. 

May 29 at 9 a.m. 

May 30 at 10 a.m. 

May 31 at 11 a.m. 

June 10 at 8 a.m. 

June 11 at 8 a.m. 

June 12 at 9 a.m. 

June 13 at 9 a.m. 

June 25 at 8 a.m. 

June 26 at 9 a.m. 

June 27 at 9 a.m. 

June 28 at 10 a.m. 

July 10 at 8 a.m. 

July 11 at 8 a.m. 

July 12 at 9 a.m. 

July 13 at 9 a.m. 

July 24 at 8 a.m. 

July 25 at 9 a.m. 

July 26 at 9 a.m. 

July 27 at 9 a.m. 

Aug. 10 at 9 a.m. 

Aug. 11 at 9 a.m. 

Aug. 12 at 9 a.m. 

Aug. 24 at 9 a.m. 

Aug. 25 at 9 a.m.  

By: Hannah Ramsey