2017 found us in many places across the country. We started the year with an inaugural walk, “Light One Candle” to dispel the darkness that is part of winter in the northern hemisphere and that seemed to permeate our country. Lent found us programming with St. Stephens Church, leading canvas walks, and tracing faint patterns on a neglected labyrinth by an Austin, MN, church. Our wonderful, but ailing, Magnolia Tree bloomed one last time and then came down, replaced with a dual entry Harmony Labyrinth we dubbed The Phoenix Harmony Labyrinth. Friends helped measure out, draw lines, insert rocks, and Rich planted a wonderful bur oak in the middle.
All summer groups walked under sun, moon, in the rain and bitter cold.
From Duluth, MN, to Spokane, WA, to Phoenix, AZ area, I found and walked labyrinths. Some, like a local one, were poorly done and in sad repair. We need to honor what labyrinths are and how to create and maintain them with love and expertise.
An unexpected “labyrinth” presented itself when I paused in Sedona, AZ, along a quiet path. The lichen labyrinth was such a calming force.
Every day since late 2017 I have walked the Phoenix Harmony Labyrinth. A lovely experience.