‘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)
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.
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.
Pictures of stone labyrinth by Susan Humphries
For the special occasions, sound and music provide the atmosphere for reflection to support the walkers
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.
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.
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…: firstname.lastname@example.org