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Stepping Toward Peace on World Labyrinth Day, May 5th

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(This article is part of a series on labyrinths. Additional information, especially about the history of labyrinths, is available in many of the previous articles listed below. Author, Meryl Ann Butler, is a founding member of The Labyrinth Society and has been building labyrinths since 1992.)

Labyrinths have been experiencing a public revival in schools, hospitals, libraries and places of worship, as well as in private spaces, as virtual labyrinths online, or as small, printed patterns to walk with a finger.

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Labyrinths are walked for many reasons, including to lower stress, to create ceremony, as prayerful/meditative movement, and to promote wellbeing, and their paths of comfort have found their way into hospice programs as well.

Labyrinths are different from mazes, although the terms are often used interchangeably. To labyrinthophiles, the two differ greatly in definition, design and function:

A maze offers several paths to choose from, and making one's way through a maze therefore engages logic and analytical processes, and is focused on achieving a particular outcome. Mazes often have walls designed to obscure the view of the correct path.

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A labyrinth has only one path. Therefore, there is no need for walls or hedges to obscure the view, and most labyrinths, unlike mazes, are flat, or relatively so. Walking the labyrinth is not done to achieve a goal, but in order to experience the journey. Most people report experiencing a feeling of peace, joy, or wellbeing as a result of walking the labyrinth's unicursal path.

World Labyrinth Day

The Labyrinth Society (TLS) invites everyone around the world to share a symbolic walk for peace in celebration of the 10th Annual World Labyrinth Day (WLD) on May 5 at 1 pm in local time zones. Annually held on the first Saturday in May, individuals or groups can participate by holding private walks or public events on the labyrinth.

TLS is a nonprofit, international group of labyrinth enthusiasts whose mission is to support all those who create, maintain and use labyrinths, and to serve the global community by providing education, networking and opportunities to experience transformation.


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What a lovely article, Meryl Ann! I have fond memories of the magical Peace Village media retreat last summer.


And your interview with Chuck was great. I particularly liked seeing the pictures of the intricate piecing laid out and hearing about how many people and hours it took to pull off this public treasure. Truly a team effort!


I'm so glad you included the finger labyrinth download. I'm going to do that now!

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Wow. I want a a labyrinth near me. Great article. Hard to believe how long it takes to get approvals for such simple things.

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love it.sent it to my grandkids.

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Great article! This is where I'll be on Saturday.

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Awesome, Susan, where is this?

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