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Labyrinths

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My Cousin's Field Labyrinth is featured on Debbie Bier's blog on ConcordMA.com! It includes some fun photos that my friend Emily Wheeler took when she came over to walk the labyrinth.

Labyrinth

Labyrinth Walks

Have you ever walked a labyrinth, or been curious to try? I offer guided group labyrinth walks. We meet first in sacred circle to talk about the process of walking a labyrinth and to set an intention or pose a question for your walk. Afterwards, we meet again in circle to share our experiences. If you would like me to facilitate a group labyrinth walk, I would be glad to arrange that. Please click on Upcoming Events to see when the next scheduled walk will be.

A little about labyrinths

A labyrinth, unlike a maze, has only one pathway into the center. Walking it is a form of meditation. As there is only the one path, you can let go and be in the moment. Symbolically, traveling along this path represents a journey to your innermost spirit and then back out into the world with a broadened and renewed understanding of yourself. There is no right or wrong way of walking a labyrinth. Each time you walk, it will be a different experience. Afterwards, you may want to journal about your time in the labyrinth. Labyrinths are universal and ancient. The classical seven-circuit labyrinth is found in many cultures. Also called the Cretan labyrinth, it is associated with the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. Labyrinths were often found in medieval Gothic cathedrals, and walking them was a form of repentance. The Chartres labyrinth in France, built around 1200, is the most famous of the few surviving church labyrinths.

Labyrinth
photo by Emily Wheeler
Cousins Field

The Cousin’s Field Labyrinth, Concord, MA

This seven-circuit labyrinth changes with the seasons. In the winter, it is stamped out of snow. The rest of the year, it is painted on the grass. 

I began stamping out a labyrinth in the snow in Cousin’s Field a few years ago just for fun. It soon started to be walked by friends and neighbors. You would also often see the footprints of dogs and children entering at odd points, following the path for a bit, and then exiting again. In the spring of 2009, I received permission from Concord Natural Resources to trace a labyrinth in the grass at the same spot during the rest of the year. I have been experimenting with using athletic field marking paint, which does not harm the grass. I repaint it when it has faded from mowing and heavy rains.

This labyrinth is open to the public—please contact me if you would like information on how to locate it in the field. Because this labyrinth is dependent on the elements, it may not always be there.



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