• Labyrinths…

    ...can be thought of as symbolic forms of pilgrimage; people can walk the path, ascending toward salvation or enlightenment. Many people could not afford to travel to holy sites and lands, so labyrinths and prayer substituted for such travel. Later, the religious significance of labyrinths faded, and they served primarily for entertainment, though recently their spiritual aspect has seen a resurgence. Many newly made labyrinths exist today, in churches and parks. Labyrinths are used by modern mystics to help achieve a contemplative state. Walking among the turnings, one loses track of direction and of the outside world, and thus quiets his mind. The result is a relaxed mental attitude, free of internal dialog. This is a form of meditation. Many people believe that meditation has health benefits as well as spiritual benefits.
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Pumpkin Labyrinth…why not?

Great Fall idea if you have the space and a bunch of pumpkins!

Beach Labyrinths 301

If you’re going to the beach this summer and you really want a fun project instead of simply laying out in the sun….consider creating a beach labyrinth!.

The one pictured below represents the technique taken to an advanced level. I’ve posted simpler ideas here: the simple stick method and the dug path version.

To make this kind of labyrinth, you definitely need to plan ahead enough to bring your trust lawn rake with you. This creates a much bigger labyrinth and allows more artistic possibilities (as seen in the second picture below). Consider making these labyrinths near a cliff where they can be looked down upon by other.

Keep in mind when using the rake, you’re not creating the path but the barriers around the path. Comprendo?

Have you ever made a beach labyrinth? Have you ever made one like this with a rake? Do you have photos?

Beach Sand_Labyrinth3


Beach Labyrinths 201

Again, IF you’re one of the lucky ones among us who goes to the beach this summer, consider building a Beach Labyrinth…..definitely a step up from the boring old sand castle. The labyrinth pictured below is a bit more complex and time consuming than the simple stick model that I discussed here in this post.

The path of this labyrinth has been dug into the sand. It could be a bit tricky to walk through but that could just add to the experience.

You can always view various “labyrinth designs” in the browser of your smart phone. The great thing about beach labyrinths is that you can easy cover up a mistake and start all over again with a quick brushing over with the sand.

Have you ever made a beach labyrinth? How did it go? Do you have photos?

Beach Sand_Labyrinth2

Vine-Covered Labyrinth

I LOVE these vines stretching up over the labyrinth….give is a feel of seclusion and privacy. I could spend some serious time here.
labyrinth with arbor

Daffodil Labyrinth

What a cool idea! It’s too late for this year, of course.

daffodil labyrinth

daffodil labyrinth

Simple Masking Tape Labyrinth

Here’s a simple masking tape labyrinth that I made in a coffee shop for a friend who was doing a story telling workshop for kids.


Labyrinth for Preschoolers

My Floridian friend Carol Gilmore created this labyrinth for the preschoolers of her church. She said that the senior adults enjoyed it as well. 


Labyrinth at Glendale Methodist, Nashville



Labyrinth at Glendale United Methodist Church in Nashville, TN

Labyrinth at Mercer University

While in the USA recently we walked the new Chartres designed labyrinth at Mercer University in Atlanta, GA. Really well done. Congrats Mercer! @merceryou

Labyrinth at St. John’s Cathedral in Knoxville, TN

As part of our Prayer Tasting Tour – Miami 2 Montréal 2015, we were tasting and praying up the east coast. We stopped at this labyrinth at St. John’s Cathedral in the heart of Knoxville, TN. It is a replica of the Chartres Labyrinth and a wonderful reminder of just how wonderful that design is. St. John's Cathedral Labyrinth in Knoxville, TN St. John's Cathedral Labyrinth in Knoxville, TN St. John's Cathedral Labyrinth in Knoxville, TN St. John's Cathedral in Knoxville, TN

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