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Labyrinths

Labyrinths are walking meditations, metaphors for the journey of life and tools of transformation.

Walking the labyrinth is a spiritual discipline that invites us to trust the path, to surrender to the many turns our lives take, and to walk through the confusion, the fear, the anger, and grief that we cannot avoid experiencing as we live our earthly lives.
— Rev. Dr. Lauren Artress
The most widespread use of the contemporary labyrinth is as a walking meditation. The effect of walking with intent and purpose can unify the rational, intuitive and spiritual aspects of the walker. In the developed world we have created an intense leisure-orientated society, but one that is too hectic and overloaded with choice to ensure a truly balanced lifestyle. Labyrinth walking can give us respite and also allow intuitive knowledge to suggest how to cope better with ourselves and the world around us.
— Jim Buchanan
The labyrinth in Catherine's back yard. It is a "living" labyrinth which means it changes with the seasons, much like our lives.

The labyrinth in Catherine's back yard. It is a "living" labyrinth which means it changes with the seasons, much like our lives.

In 2009, With the help of my husband and son, I created a labyrinth in our backyard based on the medieval labyrinth design found at Chartres Cathedral in France.  The labyrinth is created out of white stones laid in trenches between the sections of grass.  I walk the labyrinth as ameditative practice, especially when I need some creative inspiration and need to get out of my head and back into my body.  Walking a labyrinth is a kinesthetic meditation.  You do it with your whole body.  Walking the labyrinth can also be creatively stimulating. I highly recommend that you look for a labyrinth in your area and make time to walk the spiraling path to the center. You never know how it might change your life! For more information on the labyrinth, visit Veriditas or The Labyrinth Society. To find a labyrinth near you, visit the World-Wide Labyrinth Locator.

The webinar discussion between Lauren Artress and Catherine on SoulCollage® and "Enhancing the Labyrinth Experience with Symbolic Reflection"  is available on the Veriditas portal for Labyrinth Facilitators, and also on Teachable for others wishing to access the discussion.. Catherine is accredited by Veriditas to offer Labyrinth Facilitator Qualifying workshops. Contact Catherine if you are interested in a workshop in your community.