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Day of Peace Shoe Labyrinth, SueAnne Foster & Tricia Casey by Lonnie Winston

The World Wide Labyrinth Locator, http://www.labyrinthlocator.com , an online database, lists over 3400 labyrinths around the world. The most famous one is in the floor of Chartres Cathedral, France.

Nowadays, labyrinths are popular in schools, prisons, parks, hospitals, spas, churches, and retreat centers.

Earthwork labyrinth by Alex Champion by Alex Champion

Labyrinths have been walked for a variety of reasons: to enhance creative problem solving, conflict resolution, walking meditation, modern day pilgrimage, and stress management.   Walking a labyrinth is thought to enhance right brain activity.

Reflecting upon Sue Anne Foster's Ivy Labyrinth. by Sue Ann Foster

The American Cancer Society states that walking a labyrinth "may be helpful as a complementary method to decrease stress and create a state of relaxation."

Fatima Retreat House Labyrinth by Paxworks, Indianapolis, IN by John Ridder

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Musicians Jeff Wolf and Mary Shapiro of Stillwaters Studios had a special reason for adding labyrinths to the grounds of their recording studio / bed & breakfast / retreat center in northern Virginia: they wanted to include the magic and mystery of the labyrinth in their wedding ceremony, coincidently planned for World Labyrinth Day.

Mary & Jeff take a break during building their labyrinths. by Meryl Ann Butler

Because they had designed a wedding ceremony to include the balance of the "Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine" principals, they created two labyrinths that they and their guests could walk on this special day.

"Stumphenge" at Stillwaters Studios by Meryl Ann Butler

Mary works on the Divine Masculine labyrinth within "Stumphenge."

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Mary Shapiro works on the Divine Masculine labyrinth. by Meryl Ann Butler

Jeff smooths out the cement on the Divine Feminine labyrinth inside a drum circle enclosure.

Jeff smoothes out the cement. by Meryl Ann Butler

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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