The Labyrinth is an ancient archetypal symbol of wholeness that has been found across Countries and Cultures for Thousands of years. The oldest known appears in petroglyphs in Spain dating from around 2000 BCE. They have been found on coins in Crete, laid out with rocks in Northern Europe, painted on bark in Indonesia and carved in to rocks the World over. There are numerous labyrinth designs however the classical 7 circuit ‘seed pattern’ at the top of the page is the most ancient perhaps ‘original’ design and found world wide.
Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth, France, (Above). One of the most popular Labyrinth Designs today was laid in the early 13th Centuary 1200-1220 CE, It can still be walked at certain times of the year.
Benefits include:- Reduces stress, Balances left and right hemispheres of the brain, Balancing male/female energies, calming, relaxes the body, frees the mind, promotes body awareness, develops intuition.
I am available for workshops, walks, talks and labyrinth builds. just get in touch if you have an event or project you wish to discuss.
The photographs below document the process of a build for the Hermitage, a part of 42 acres retreat centre in Frome, Somerset, UK.