The labyrinth shows up in many places around the planet and is many thousands of years old, yet the tradition is alive and well at the Institute for the Shamanic Arts! Learn more about Labyrinths (different than mazes) HERE.
The Institute for the Shamanic Arts began hosting Labyrinth Walks in 2006. Since then ISA has created 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. We now call our Labyrinths the Web of Life Labyrinths.
Web of Life labyrinths can be created 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.
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. At Web of Life Labyrinth walks, we often create an altar in the center, and we offer opportunities for people to focus their intention in a particular way (a theme for the labyrinth, or having divination or a gift in the center for each walker). People can leave their worries or wishes in the center, and return to the world with new insights.
Web of Life Labyrinth walks can be elaborate or simple, depending on the event and circumstance. Since ISA is a Shamanic group, we do love rhythm, so we often have drumming, rattling or bells at our Labyrinth walks. Silent walks are special too. We have hosted Labyrinths at the Tucson Peace Fair for the past five years, and at the Tucson Water Festival in 2013 (see many photos below of past Labyrinth Walks). At these public events, we have found that children LOVE to RUN the Labyrinth. They run, and run, and run! They smile and laugh and run some more. :) Anything is possible at a Web of Life Labyrinth.
The Institute for the Shamanic Arts hosted labyrinth walks at various locations for a few years, and then we were asked to host the monthly walk for Full Moons at the Unity Labyrinth at Unity Tucson. (See photos in the slideshow below). We were blessed to host at Unity Labyrinth for almost 4 years. Now we host monthly Full Moon Labyrinth walks in public places, parks, riverbeds and mountain tops around Tucson.
Upcoming Full Moon Labyrinth Walk dates: JOIN US- See our Meetup Calendar
Saturday, January 23 5pm @ Rio Vista Natural Resource Park
Sunday, February 21 5:30pm @Rio Vista Natural Resource Park
Tuesday, March 22 6pm @ Rio Vista Natural Resource Park
Thursday, April 21 6:30pm @ Rio Vista Natural Resource Park
Saturday, May 21 6:30pm Location TBA
We also offer walks for Earth Days (Equinoxes and Solstices) and for any Special Occasion.
His specialty is the 7 circuit Cretan Labyrinth and has been creating labyrinths for many years. 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 Quynn Red Mountain.
Love the Earth! Love the Labyrinth! We all Belong in the Sacred Web of Life!