Most people who walk labyrinths report that they simply feel better after their experience. The feelings described range from a state of general well being, to a sense of profound joy, creative bliss, or a connection with Divinity.
In her book, Labyrinths: What are They?, Kay Torrez reports cases of wheelchair-bound MS patients who were eventually able to walk again after regularly using a labyrinth.
Ferrés extraordinary polished granite labyrinth in New Harmony, IN.
Jean Houston and Joseph Campbell were early rediscoverers of the mysteries of the labyrinth, or dromenon, as an archetypal image of the journey of life.
Some think of the labyrinth walk as meditation in motion or kinesthetic prayer.
Photo credit: www.labyrinthos.net
TLS member, Randy Fillmore, has organized a labyrinth walk in Washington, DC, on May 2. A 70' diameter 7-Circuit Classical labyrinth and a 100' diameter 11-Circuit Chartres labyrinth will be constructed on the southeast corner of the Ellipse in front of the White House. Information on labyrinths will be available there.
Events around the country are listed at http://labyrinthsociety.org/events-calendar.
There are different types of labyrinth designs.
The Chartres style, 11-circuit labyrinth is a medieval design named for the French cathedral in which the most famous example is found.
Chartres Cathedral labyrinth. Photo credit: www.labyrinthos.net
Replicas of it can be found in a number of locations, including one designed for Grace Cathedral in San Francisco by Richard Feather Anderson (http://www.RichardFeatherAnderson.com). Labyrinth Enterprises has created Chartres labyrinth replicas at New Harmony, Indiana, Yanny Heritage Park in Kearny, NE, St. James Cathedral in Chicago, and hundreds of other locations.