The Labyrinth Resource Group will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a lecture by Rev. Dr. Lauren Artress, followed by a labyrinth walk on Sunday, May 27, beginning at 2 pm.
This special day on Museum Hill in Santa Fe will begin with a lecture titled “The Labyrinth: Its History, Mystery, and Meaning” by Dr. Artress in the auditorium of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. She will lead a walk following the lecture on the outdoor labyrinth in the plaza on Museum Hill.
Dr. Artress’ lecture will guide visitors in a journey to discover what labyrinths are, tracing their origins and identifying their many forms. She will also explore ways in which they promote peace and mindfulness.
Tickets for the lecture and walk will be available at MIAC beginning at 1:30 pm.
A $20 donation (or whatever you can contribute) is suggested. Tickets online with PayPal
Dr. Artress will also be leading a pilgrimage organized by Veriditas from May 28-June 1 at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, NM. More information.
Reverend Dr. Artress is the driving force behind the labyrinth revival movement
of recent decades, and she travels around the world offering workshops and
lectures. She has published three books on the subject, including “Walking a
Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Practice.” She’s also a canon at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco and founder of Veriditas, a non-profit organization dedicated to introducing people to the healing, meditative powers of the labyrinth.
For more information about Dr. Artress, visit www.laurenartress.com or Facebook.
We’d love to hear how you may be using labyrinths in your life. Are labyrinths part of your community? Is there a particular story you would like to tell? Have you built a labyrinth? Please use the contact form below to send us your story and let us know if we can share it in future blogs. We will use only your first name.
The Labyrinth Resource Group has just published a new brochure available for download by clicking here. The brochure gives an introduction to walking the labyrinth and locations of public labyrinths in Santa Fe.
Walking into the labyrinth – Quiet your mind chatter and
release your thoughts. Become aware of your breathing,
Take slow breaths. Relax and move at your own pace.
Open your heart to feel whatever it might feel.
Walking into the Center – This is a place of reflection.
Pause and stay as long as you like. Listen to your inner
Walking out the labyrinth – Walk out on the same path you
followed coming in, bringing a sense of well-being, healing,
excitement, calm or peace.
Here is a short video about the labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral in France which in many ways became the inspiration for reviving the building of labyrinths, a movement which has spread all over the world. The video has beautiful footage of walking the labyrinth at Chartres, both at the ground level and in aerial views. In French.
Labyrinths have been used all over the world for thousands of years. Each person who walks brings their own way of being in the labyrinth to each experience of it. Labyrinths can be walked individually or in groups. One way of observing the rhythm of the year is to walk the labyrinth at the solstices and the equinoxes, thus marking the four seasons. Some people walk on the new or the full moon. Using the labyrinth to bring us into the cycle of the year is a beautiful way to find the harmony in our lives.
Santa Fe artist Carlos Smith features labyrinths in the images that he creates, many of them using traditional metal working techniques of the Southwest. You can catch him on Facebook or every year at Spanish Market in Santa Fe.
Labyrinths can be created out of a number of materials. In Santa Fe, the labyrinth at Frenchy’s Field Park is made out of earth, water and straw, known as “cob.” In a similar to the process to the one used to make adobe bricks used for buildings, the materials are mixed, formed and allowed to harden in the sun. The labyrinth gets a lot of use and so must be maintained regularly. Here’s a photo of a mudding team hard at work.
If you think that the labyrinth experience is just for humans – think again!
As this video shows, using horses in the labyrinth can be a powerful way to process emotions and reach deeper levels of understanding and awareness.