Research studies conducted in a variety of settings consistently have shown that walking a labyrinth reduces stress. In fact, over the past few years, this has been the most commonly reported finding related to the so-called "labyrinth effect,' according to John W. Rhodes, Ph.D. President of the Labyrinth Society and former Chair of The Labyrinth Society Research Committee.
To find WLD events check out the TLS events calendar, and scroll to May 4.
The Labyrinth Society on Facebook - Events also lists WLD events.
To find a labyrinth near you, check the World Wide Labyrinth Locator,
Or you can print out a labyrinth to "walk" with your finger:
Classical click here
Chartres click here
Or, you can try out a virtual labyrinth online.
Additional World Labyrinth Day information and resources are available on The Labyrinth Society's website.
Nature-Inspired labyrinth by Debi and Marty Kermeen
About the first photo in the article: The Nature-Inspired labyrinth is a custom, handpainted labyrinth by Debi and Marty Kermeen of Labyrinths in Stone. Debi notes that "The design is the Chakra-Vyuha Design from India, the women of India have used this design through out their history as a form of protection for their families. I love it!!!! It's an honor to walk in their foot steps!" The Nature-Inspired labyrinth was painted on a black poly-vinyl canvas for The Pond House Retreat Center in Pell City, Alabama.
Previous articles in this series:
5. Celebrate Peace on World Labyrinth Day, May 5 (05.03.12)
4. Walk as One at 1: World Labyrinth Day, May 7 (05.06.11)
3. Walk the Pavement to A-Mazement: World Labyrinth Day, May 1 (04.28.10)
2. Exploring Portland Labyrinths: An A-Mazing Journey (10.28.09)
1. May 2: First Annual World Labyrinth Day (05.01.09)