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Path of Peace and Magic: World Labyrinth Day, May 4

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Tony Christie's first labyrinth by Tony Christie

Tony Christie is the author of Labyrinth Wisdom Cards, a 48-card deck and handbook. He built his first labyrinth in his backyard in Cork, Ireland, in 2005.

Labyrinth Wisdom Cards by Tony Christie

Tony says, "Not realising that I could paint, I sought out artists to illustrate the images that I was seeing for each card.  This approach didn't work; so, I tentatively took up a paintbrush and attempted my first painting - the aptly named 'Simplicity;' a childlike painting where apparent imperfections were part of the desired result - and one I knew I couldn't do 'wrong'! After that it was just like walking a labyrinth, taking one step at a time and moving on to the next painting until several years later all the cards were illustrated.  Undoubtedly a case of the labyrinth enhancing creativity, and a real labyrinth journey within a labyrinth journey!"

Labyrinth Wisdom Card: Mineral by Tony Christie

Debi and Marty Kermeen of Labyrinths in Stone have built hundreds of labyrinths since 1998, including 50 stone labyrinths.

Miracles on the Path by Debi and Marty Kermeen by Labyrinths in Stone

The Heart in the Park Labyrinth, in Tonkawa OK was designed by Marty Kermeen in collaboration with Jeff Saward, and graces the cover of the Kermeen's new book Miracles Along the Path: Heart Warming Stories from the Labyrinth. It's a lovely photo album-style collection of images and stories about the labyrinths they've built around the world.
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Stones are positioned in the The Heart in the Park Labyrinth. by Heart in the Park image by Ken Crowder

Marty Kermeen cuts each stone with precision. by Heart in the Park image by Ken Crowder

Each stone is measured and positioned with care. by Heart in the Park image by Ken Crowder

Larger pieces are measured and cut. (Note: heart is at the top in this photo.) by Heart in the Park image by Ken Crowder

Detail of finished labyrinth. (Note: heart is on the bottom of this photo) by Heart in the Park image by Ken Crowder
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People can hardly wait to walk the newly completed labyrinth! by Heart in the Park image by Ken Crowder

The labyrinth by Labyrinths in Stone at Centennial Elementary School, in Plano, Illinois is based on a drawing entitled "The Healing Tree," by artist and labyrinth designer, Sue Ann Foster. Students and teachers participated with the Kermeens in its creation.

Centennial Elementary School labyrinth, Plano IL by Debi and Marty Kermeen, Labyrinths in Stone

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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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