Labyrinths

 

‘A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path. It represents a journey to our own center and back again out into the world. Labyrinths have long been used as meditation and prayer tools. A labyrinth is an archetype with which we can have a direct experience. Walking the labyrinth can be considered an initiation in which one awakens the knowledge encoded within their DNA.’   (from: http://www.crystalinks.com/labyrinths.html)
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Picure of grass labyrinths by Petter Akerblom
I started creating and designing  labyrinths as part of  a school project at Coombes primary school in Aborfield / Wokingham in order to give children times of reflection and centering built into the timetable, which has proven very successfull and popular with both children and teachers.

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Over the years we have created stone labyrinths for permanent use and others painted or burnt into the grass  for special occasions. these are used vigorously for a few weeks and then fade.

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Pictures of stone labyrinth by Susan Humphries
For the special occasions, sound and music provide the atmosphere for reflection to support the walkers
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Even stone labyrinths get dismantled and rebuilt with a new design every couple of years to give new children the opportunity to be part of the building process.

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We started the year 2009 with a labyrinth walk with sound, aiming to help us find the Dream for this year and walk it closer towards manifestation.labyrinth-new.jpg

Labyrinth 2013

Chichester Cathedral will have a labyrinth installation for two months tsarting monday/ tuesday 18th March: http://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk/whats-on/labyrinth-installation.shtml
I will be playing music for walkers of the labyrinth at its inauguration on mondayday 18th March at 4.30pm 

If you would like to work with a labyrinth and sound or build , paint or design one on your land or school or garden, get in touch…: gabriellasongbird@yahoo.co.uk

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