Upcoming Labyrinth Circle Dates: (In person location and online entry at Event Calendar)
– January In Person (Tucson) – New Moon Goddess/Spiral walk Monday 1/31 6pm-7:30 MST
–Online Circle – Tuesday, 2/1 5:30 PST/6:30 MST/8:30 EST
–February In Person (Tucson) – Full Moon Labyrinth walk Tuesday, 2/15 6pm-7:30 MST
–Online Circle – Wednesday, 2/16 5:30 PST/6:30 MST/8:30 EST
The act of walking a labyrinth is meditative and centering. They are considered portals and sacred space. When one enters the Labyrinth one enters a portal between worlds, each bend, back and forth, turns the walker inward. The Center of the Labyrinth is a special place, yet holds personal meaning to each walker. People can leave their worries or wishes in the center, and return to the world with new insights.
The labyrinth is found in many places around the planet for many thousands of years. The twists and turns (with no dead ends!) come in many patterns and shapes, and are many thousands of years old. The Labyrinth tradition is alive and well in our world!
Web of Life began hosting Labyrinth Walks in 2006. Since then we have created many labyrinths at locations and events around the western United States, including Tucson, Arizona, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and as far north as Washington state.
Labyrinths can be created from anything, and we have made them with Tempera paint, colored rope, stone and Ponderosa Pine cones. :) Locations for past temporary labyrinths have been parks, plateaus, dry lake bottoms, beaches, sand dunes, and a high rise parking garage.
When Covid hit, we had to stop hosting public New and Full Moon labyrinth walks in Tucson. Our last in person circle was full moon in March of 2020. We began to host online circles where we played videos of past walks, and shared divination together. After a few months of playing old videos, and when it felt safe enough to reach out to friends to make a labyrinth in their yard, or we created them in parking lots. Jacob and I (and maybe a couple more friends) would set it up, walk it, I would video my walk, and we would break down the labyrinth. I would then play that video the next night at our virtual circle. It wasn’t my favorite way to honor the moons and the labyrinth, but we adapted to the solitary way of walking alone.
The Full Moon of May 2021 was the first in person labyrinth where we felt comfortable to invite some people to gather and walk together in a local Tucson park (Reid park). The CDC had just eased their mask wearing recommendations (especially outside gatherings!) but due to vaccination issues (who is vaccinated and unvaccinated) and emerging variants, we ask people to wear a mask while walking the labyrinth. This provides space for personal choice, and collective responsibility.
Web of Life understands the power of community rituals and they are deeply needed now as we weave our way into the life that is in front of us. Through the summer of 2021 our labyrinth walks will be listed in our meetup group, at our calendar, and by invitation to keep the numbers manageable. In the autumn we will reassess.
We are so relieved to have this important community gathering back in our lives. Each moon Quynn will record their walk, and then play it at our virtual circle the next night (for those who cannot attend live or live in a different place). We look forward to walking with you!
Hawko Reed (also known as Jacob) is the official Web of Life Labyrinth maker.
His specialty is the 7 circuit Cretan Labyrinth (round and squared) and has been creating labyrinths since 2006. He says his life is a labyrinth and he is pleased to be able to create them physically for others to walk and experience.
Creating a Labyrinth, and hosting a Labyrinth Walk, are sacred, uplifting and enjoyable experiences. To collaborate with, and/or hire us, for a permanent or temporary labyrinth creation, or to host a Labyrinth walk for your special occasion, contact us!
I attended the first in person walk after the pandemic. I was happy to be with other people walking the labyrinth but also had the grief and weight of the past year on me. Before in labyrinths, I had been happy and light. This time I felt beaten down by the past year. The fear we have struggled with for over a year was still there. The feeling of “what if I have the virus but don’t know it and kill someone!” that has been fearfully beaten into us for over a year still lingered, although I felt safe. When I went into the labyrinth, I walked head down feeling beaten and bruised with the events of pandemic, election, polarity, and hate crimes. After I returned from the center of the labyrinth, I danced and felt lighter and happier and freer, the state of being I want to bring in now. It was very powerful.
This is the blessing I got ‘May you be surrounded in BLISSSS’A reflection from our friend Nanette