I miss regularly walking a labyrinth. The Riverdale Labyrinth, my favourite local one, ceased operations a couple of years ago and I haven't adopted a new one yet. Now that nice weather is here again, I should drive around Edmonton and see if any of the outdoor labyrinths are still maintained and available for walking.
I've been walking both Pagan and Christian labyrinths since 1997. This spiritual practice of "walking meditation" appeals to me. Over the years, I've walked many labyrinths in western Canada, England and Maui. I hope to walk many more!
To celebrate World Labyrinth Day, here's some photos courtesy of the internet --
Creating a labyrinth by light projection -- how clever!
This next one is my favourite -- how gorgeous! I hope it's not just photoshopped.
If you're interested in learning more about labyrinths or seeing my labyrinth travels, click here for my archived posts -- happy scrolling!
Fascinating! I’d like to try it!
I haven't walked the labyrinth in ages. It's my main spiritual practice and I must restart now it's possible again. Thanks for the reminder.
They’re all amazing but the one by the ocean calls my name👍❤️
Reminds me to take a moment to stop and think about nothing but being.
They are all so beautiful.
Im at mother right now...otherwise i have a labyrinth in Doylestown i could walk.
Think I might need one of those in my back yard. Do they come with someone to keep it pristine, you think?
I want to do this too!
My favorite is the all-green one between the projected one and the yellow tree.
Oh, I have some surfing to do. I have never experienced a labyrinth... except for life in general.
I forgot. I did once do a corn maze in Santa Barbara. Meh.
I wondered if there were any labyrinths around me. Not many I found out by using this... https://labyrinthlocator.com/home
I guess if I find some I'll add them to the site.
@ Mike -- Thanks for that link! I've often used the World Wide Labyrinth Locator to find labyrinths but unfortunately, it doesn't seem to get updated all that often and discontinued labyrinths never seem to get taken off it either. But it was invaluable to me when finding labyrinths in Maui!
It is also outdoor naked gardening day
The beach labyrinth is appealing to me as I feel most rejuvenated when in, on or around water. Somehow, I don't think that aquatic labyrinths would be very popular though, LOL!
I wonder which labyrinth you walked in England? There is one in Reims Cathedral dated to 1290, and another, which I found to be particularly impressive in Chartres Cathedral.
@ Rosemary -- I walked the Glastonbury Tercentennial Labyrinth located on the grounds of St. John the Baptist Church near Glastonbury's downtown area.
I prefer large, established, perhaps ancient labyrinths to small, crowded ad-hoc just-for-today labyrinths.
i love walking labyrinths and wish there were more around me.
Those ones you can only see from an aerial view, those entice me most. I can't fathom how they were created, from a ground's eye view.
Happy Labyrinth Day!
I love a good labyrinth. I wish I had known it was world labyrhinth's day today.
This is an ancient Tohono O'Odham motif as well: https://earthart.org/happenings/kiva/labyrinths.html My mom has avery nice basket made by a Tohono O'Odham basketmaker with that one it.
@ Bruce.desertrat -- Yes, so lovely! Labyrinths are found in many cultures, including indigenous. The sacred path concept resonates with everyone!
I love homemade labyrinths in back yards and side yards and back forties.
The projected labyrinth and the one made of petals are so cool. You know, I've never walked a labyrinth. I shall add it to my list.
Happy World Labyrinth Day, Debra!
Oh, jeez, those for sure would bring out the obsessive-compulsive in me.
Mesmerizing to look at, and a real treat to walk, I'm sure. Wonderful photos and post!
There is a nice little labyrinth outside a church nearby. I try to go walking every day even though it's not advisable for the daytime. I've been able to walk the labyrinth once. It was very calming.
I like the green one and I can totally see how it would be calming to walk. We have no labyrinths in Maine that I know of.
I would like to walk a labyrinth but I don't think I have ever seen one, I need to be more observant. The yellow one is stunning.
The closest thing to a labyrinth around here are the corn mazes in the fall...Love the one with the yellow leaves..The winds we've had the last few days would take care of that in no time..Enjoy your Sunday..
How does a Pagan labyrinth differ from a Christian one? From your pictures posted here, they all look pretty much the same!
I have never walked one ... guess I'd have to do a search to find one in S. CO. I must admit ... the pictures look so peaceful!
@ Marcia LaRue -- There are some important similarities in style, purpose and feminine bases, but also some major differences as well. The easiest way to tell you of those similarities and differences is to link to two previous posts of mine:
Just copy and paste those urls into your search engine (unfortunately, I don't know how to hyperlink directly from a comment).
I think this would be a great idea to put one out by the senior center..they walk around the building and theirs a lot of loose gravel..that field isnt doing anything since my garden.
❤️ Labyrinths signify problem solving to me ❤️
Those are cool. I've never seen a labyrinth I could walk, but if I find one, I like the idea of walking it as a meditation.
Several Episcopal churches have them in the Atlanta area. Sadly, none of them are that close to me. Atlanta is not far but it's very far if I have to brave the traffic!
This is so cool and something I'd love to do as well. I went back and read some of your older posts; I have a feeling I might not find any in my area, but WOW. Before this, the only Labyrinth I knew of was the David Bowie movie. :)
Thanks for the links! Will check them out!
Ginkgo labyrinth is amazing. I have never had this idea.
I don't think I've ever walked a labyrinth but I want to now.
These are all amazing. Especially that last one. I have never given much thought to labyrinths.
There's a guy on the southern Oregon coast who rakes (with a team of volunteers) large labyrinths into the sand at the beach. Very ephemeral! They are quite beautiful. He calls them dreamscapes. Circles in the sand, near Bandon, Oregon. One of these days I will drive down there and walk one.
They are amazing! "Walking meditation" is soul soothing. I take very meditative walks through forest areas on long hikes. I go home feeling refreshed!
drat! I am too late to say 'How a-mazing this all is"
There's a labyrinth near me too, right by the library. LOL, so that corner is doubly magical.
Love!!! I don't think there are any around me, but I should look it up and see. Thanks for the amazing post Deb! Big Hugs!
i never walked in such amazing patterns dear Debra
they are so intriguing indeed but make me feel dizzy lol
Debra! Good am, Are you interested in supporting/being involve din World Labyrinth day in Edmonton this year?
MAY 6? I'm on Twitter @susanjeanreid. Would love to connect - not sure how else to do so without publicly putting my email here.
All good things, Sue
@ Sue Reid -- Hi Sue! I'm leaving a message for you here because I'm not on Twitter. I would definitely be interested in World Labyrinth Day in Edmonton this year on May 6th! My comments here on the blog are moderated, so feel free to tell me your email address -- I will not publish that comment so it will remain private. I hope we can connect about this!
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