Burlington Earth Clock 10th Anniversary

The History

Circles of Peace is a Vermont grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration of world peace. Co-founders of Circle of Peace, Patrick MacManaway and Ivan McBeth, shared a cohesive vision and philosophy about inner peace and strength. MacManaway and McBeth had worked together over the course of seven years. By combining their unique skills in various capacities, the construction of stone temples came to be, with the belief that the creation and witnessing of a network of stone circles can restore the generation of Peace on Earth. It is understood that stone circles generate healing, radiate life-enhancing energy, and can influence and bring meaning to the individual’s lives who witness these sacred spaces. To learn more about Circles of Peace and their unique social mission, visit


The Burlington Earth Clock

Circles of Peace installed the project in 2006 on land maintained by Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront near Blanchard Beach, on the bike path in Oakledge Park and overlooking Lake Champlain and with a breathtaking view of the Adirondack Mountains. This sacred space became known as the Burlington Earth Clock and has been dubbed an “educational art installation dedicated to peace” by its founders. This 43-foot diameter stone circle, containing 14 granite stones each weighing between 3.5 to 20 tons, aligns as a compass and functions as a clock. When you stand in the center and look west to the Adirondack Mountains, the five stones are positioned to mark the horizon where the sun sets at the Solstices, Equinoxes and the mid-points between these times of the year. Information boards have been designed and placed at the site to further explain the Earth Clock, its various purposes, and offer enlightening information.

Detailed information sign near the Earth Clock
Detailed information sign near the Earth Clock

Celebrating McBeth’s Life & Legacy

Ivan McBeth, age 63, recently passed away in his home in Worcester, Vermont. His passion for peace and dedication to creating sacred spaces throughout the world demonstrates his leadership and incredible willpower. In honor and celebration of his life and achievements through Circles of Peace, a ceremony has been arranged at the site with a private potluck reception to follow. All are welcome to attend the ceremony, which will take place at the Earth Clock on November 5th, 2017.