about labyrinths

Lands End Labyrinth

Land’s End Labyrinth, San Francisco
photo by Emily Feinstein

“The labyrinth meets you where you are.”

Rev. Lauren Artress, Author
Walking a Sacred Path

Types of Labyrinths

Classical Labyrinths

Also referred to as Cretan labyrinths, classical labyrinths often have 7 circuits.

Medieval

 

 

Modern

Types of Walks

Individual

Think of your walk in three phases. As you enter the labyrinth, quiet your mind and focus on your breath. You might want to think of a question, set an intention or repeat a simple mantra as you walk.

  1. As you wind your way to the center, let go of the day’s worries and tensions (RELEASE). Fall into a pace that feels natural.
  2. In the center, open yourself to inner quiet, insight or guidance (RECEIVE).
  3. When you are ready, walk back to the entrance on the same path (RETURN). Reflect on what you received to take back into your daily life.

Each walker and every walk is different. Let what you experience be a message for wherever you are on your personal life path.

Small Group

As a metaphor for life’s journey, the labyrinth is a wonderful setting for team building, goal setting, conflict resolution, contemplative prayer, seasonal ritual, marking transitions and celebrating milestones.

  • Weddings
  • Graduation
  • Memorials
  • Births & naming ceremonies
  • Retirement
  • Recovery
  • Solstice

Community

Non-denominational and inherently inclusive, labyrinths are ideal venues for many types of public events. Walking a labyrinth with others in your wider community can be a powerful reminder that we are all on the same path together.

 

Chartres cathedral labyrinth shape

This was not the kind of maze one gets lost in. There were no blind endings but instead a path that would take me over every bit of the figure to the center, which, with its circle and six lobes, looked like a stylized flower with petals. The path to the center was its stem.

– Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D., Crossing to Avalon 

Labyrinths vs. Mazes

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