The Daily Experience

Move with the Earth

Day 200  July 19
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: Exploration & Return

A grand view of a pathway to Greenlands Glaciers with an imposed unique labyrinth image and six smaller images of natural Greenland pathways.

Discovering the natural labyrinths of Greenland. Photo Credits: Live Science, Science Poles, The Conversation, Climate News, NASA, Igloo Magazine, Take Part

On the 200th Day of the year, we arrive at the largest island in the world. Both Alaska and Antartica are considered land masses, so that leaves Greenland to holding the reigning privilege. The island is mostly ice, particularly in its center, though at one time had much more available green and through tales of history it was so named to attract others to migrate there by an exiled citizen. Even though its size is over 20 times greater than its neighbor Iceland, Greenland has 2/3 less of a population. Of the 113,000 that call Greenland home most frequent the coastal areas to the southern part of Greenland.

The search for a labyrinth in the time available found small references, such as the Labyrinth Festival that is held there bi-annually and the endless “labyrinth of fjords and glaciers” that were consistently expressed. Though neither had true reference to the labyrinth we are familiar with, even Norse, Viking and Inuit history uncovered interesting facts about inhabitants from the 14th century, though no references to labyrinths. Surprising news, as the labyrinths of coastal far northern countries often held superstitions and used the labyrinth to bring fortune to fisherman.

With this lack of discovery, came the awareness of how much was actually explored in pursuit of the labyrinth.  In this month of explore and return, we are not empty-handed as we return, when realizing the natural labyrinth that Greenland is. Topically on a map it’s highest point is at its center as shown in the small image above to the far left. Greenland is loaded with fjords to navigate and glaciers that both invite and defy adventure. Stone circles and winding paths through the mountainous areas of the natural lands compliment the art and architecture of lines and spirals found in its larger cities. The labyrinth design above that overlays the winding way of the glaciers was found in Igloo magazine and unique in its design, it captures the long threads and diversions of small turns to reach a central space. In our exploration of this 200th day, allow yourself to move beyond the prescribed path and take a note from the natural wonders of Greenland; make the path by moving into your own curiosity in exploration.

On this 200th day…
Explore on this milestone of a day, where you make a labyrinth in your very steps throughout the day. What is a natural path for you and what is a new creation?

 

Interactive Map Progress
A great Interactive experience this month will include a google map to track where we have been and what labyrinths you submit. Lets see if we can make a labyrinth pathway out of the month of travels based on the locations offered.  We began in Portland, Oregon…. Click here to watch the progress grow this month!

 


World Wide Explorations in the Month of July 2018 for the TLS 365 Experience. Part II
Welcome July!

Our exploration this month is to Walk in reflection of our direction. We traveled from America’s west coast to Australia, Asia and the Swedish Lapland’s and found our centered point in Austria by the month’s end. July will complete our world walk and return us to American shores. It’s been a wild and wooly time of exploration in the world to expand our cultural and connective perspective of the labyrinths and their purposes worldwide. This is indeed the global course in Labyrinthing with world wondering discovered in our wandering.
This month, we return from our center in Austria and traverse the world.

  1. Go Global….Explore the World
    Investigate the world wonders of labyrinth design that are unique and different. From the permanent structures that are built to the canvas portable unique designs or the finger labyrinths that inspire a different walk, share the images at the 365 Experience on the TLS website and provide some detail and share your thoughts. Note how these designs are  outside the box of traditional design and how they might take us outside the design we’ve been living in.  They can be quite diverse or small simple adjustments that make it different too. From Austria to Portland… the second half begins!
  2. Grow Local…. Bring the World to you
    Let your walks, programs, designs, creations and simple enthusiasm be inspired by what the world offers us with fresh ways to create new experiences in the 30 days of this month. If it is doing something different each day, walking a new labyrinth, designing, researching or some new way to share, do it then share it with us! By becoming acquainted with the unique labyrinths of the world, we can be inspired as to why they are different, how they serve and what they offer on the same path we walk on in our home or local community area. What will you have created by the end of our month?
  3. Join the online  Mid Month Dialogues Call on Friday July 15th at 2pmPST
    Be curious, research and share what you know of unique world labyrinths in the first half of the month and apply something that you find unique to your own life walk. Join us on the Mid Month Dialogues to share what you discovered, ask questions and hear from others about what they explored and discovered. Be inspired with an insight to complete the month with and make June a true world Journey.  Call connection Information
  4. Share your Ideas, images, designs and become apart of the wisdom of the Labyrinth Society
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The Unexpected

Day 199  July 18
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: Exploration & Return

the exterior of the Hallgrimskirkja church with labyrinth design

The Hallgrimskirkja Church and Labyrinth of Iceland. Photo Credits: Photo Shelter

Iceland’s remoteness already makes it unique, though to find architecture so grandiose in the name of spirituality, it’s presence may bring questions. It is good that a labyrinth is available to ground the experience at its foot and it seems the design a fitting interweaving meander. The architectural description of the church is one of Gothic revival and although its origins began in 1945, Reykjavík might be a unique setting for it all. Completed in 1986, it is the largest church and the second tallest building in Iceland. It is said to be visible for a distance of  over 12 miles. It is both a house of worship and a national monument.  More history

The Church was named in honor of Pastor Hallgrímur Pétursson, a poet and minister who is famous for the creation of the Passion Hymns, a work of 50 texts that share the story of the passion and and used in every service of Lent in Iceland.. Translated in five languages, these hymns were published in 1666, so this tribute is of monumental significance as the Passíusálmar, as it is known in Iceland is a very familiar religious expression. It is with humility that the labyrinth sits humbly at its feet ready for service with perhaps a reminder to explore with the overlooking statue of Leif Eriksson, the hero of Viking age Iceland mounted above at the beginning and end of the labyrinth.

We make opinions based on our world understanding, though when we have the opportunity to explore and discover we open and expand that perspective. Hallgrimskirkja Church may have the labyrinth to do that and we have this journey of the year to continue opening and expanding all the possibilities we possess in each step we take forward. This month we not only explore, but we return and bring what we discover with us.

 

On this 199th day…
Explore what you know in your walk of today and then walk it again with what you don’t know. It can be an eyeopener.

 

Interactive Map Progress
A great Interactive experience this month will include a google map to track where we have been and what labyrinths you submit. Lets see if we can make a labyrinth pathway out of the month of travels based on the locations offered.  We began in Portland, Oregon…. Click here to watch the progress grow this month!

 


World Wide Explorations in the Month of July 2018 for the TLS 365 Experience. Part II
Welcome July!

Our exploration this month is to Walk in reflection of our direction. We traveled from America’s west coast to Australia, Asia and the Swedish Lapland’s and found our centered point in Austria by the month’s end. July will complete our world walk and return us to American shores. It’s been a wild and wooly time of exploration in the world to expand our cultural and connective perspective of the labyrinths and their purposes worldwide. This is indeed the global course in Labyrinthing with world wondering discovered in our wandering.
This month, we return from our center in Austria and traverse the world.

  1. Go Global….Explore the World
    Investigate the world wonders of labyrinth design that are unique and different. From the permanent structures that are built to the canvas portable unique designs or the finger labyrinths that inspire a different walk, share the images at the 365 Experience on the TLS website and provide some detail and share your thoughts. Note how these designs are  outside the box of traditional design and how they might take us outside the design we’ve been living in.  They can be quite diverse or small simple adjustments that make it different too. From Austria to Portland… the second half begins!
  2. Grow Local…. Bring the World to you
    Let your walks, programs, designs, creations and simple enthusiasm be inspired by what the world offers us with fresh ways to create new experiences in the 30 days of this month. If it is doing something different each day, walking a new labyrinth, designing, researching or some new way to share, do it then share it with us! By becoming acquainted with the unique labyrinths of the world, we can be inspired as to why they are different, how they serve and what they offer on the same path we walk on in our home or local community area. What will you have created by the end of our month?
  3. Join the online  Mid Month Dialogues Call on Friday July 15th at 2pmPST
    Be curious, research and share what you know of unique world labyrinths in the first half of the month and apply something that you find unique to your own life walk. Join us on the Mid Month Dialogues to share what you discovered, ask questions and hear from others about what they explored and discovered. Be inspired with an insight to complete the month with and make June a true world Journey.  Call connection Information
  4. Share your Ideas, images, designs and become apart of the wisdom of the Labyrinth Society
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Of Love and Cultivation

Day 198  July 17
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: Exploration & Return

An image of the green living seven circuit chalice labyrinth design

The Living Labyrinth of West Cork, Ireland. Photo Credits: Stone Art Blog

The living labyrinth cleans the air with its Lonicera hedges, a perennial shrub of the Honeysuckle family that forms the border of this breathing seven circuit labyrinth in West Cork, Ireland. Created from shrub clippings planted in around 2005, the labyrinth has reached maturity absorbing and cleansing as it grows among four acres of wild gardens that make up the Hagal Farm Holistic Retreat Center that is run by the Weiler family.  Among the wild flower gardens a walk is enticing in the morning as the mists and the clouds descend from the Maughanaclea Mountains of the Mealagh Valley. At its center is a naturally sculpted tree root of Mother Nature’s Design.  More Info

There is a brief walk one can join in posted below, though with regular pacing a walk might take 10-15 minutes to enjoy fully the natural setting.  It is a labor of love and cultivation that bring something like this design to life and maintain it over the years. Consider this worthy day as one of appreciating the things you love and cultivate and observe how you expand yourself.

On this 198th day…
Explore what seeds you have sown and note the ways in which you grew in the care you harvested all with.

 

Interactive Map Progress
A great Interactive experience this month will include a google map to track where we have been and what labyrinths you submit. Lets see if we can make a labyrinth pathway out of the month of travels based on the locations offered.  We began in Portland, Oregon…. Click here to watch the progress grow this month!

 


World Wide Explorations in the Month of July 2018 for the TLS 365 Experience. Part II
Welcome July!

Our exploration this month is to Walk in reflection of our direction. We traveled from America’s west coast to Australia, Asia and the Swedish Lapland’s and found our centered point in Austria by the month’s end. July will complete our world walk and return us to American shores. It’s been a wild and wooly time of exploration in the world to expand our cultural and connective perspective of the labyrinths and their purposes worldwide. This is indeed the global course in Labyrinthing with world wondering discovered in our wandering.
This month, we return from our center in Austria and traverse the world.

  1. Go Global….Explore the World
    Investigate the world wonders of labyrinth design that are unique and different. From the permanent structures that are built to the canvas portable unique designs or the finger labyrinths that inspire a different walk, share the images at the 365 Experience on the TLS website and provide some detail and share your thoughts. Note how these designs are  outside the box of traditional design and how they might take us outside the design we’ve been living in.  They can be quite diverse or small simple adjustments that make it different too. From Austria to Portland… the second half begins!
  2. Grow Local…. Bring the World to you
    Let your walks, programs, designs, creations and simple enthusiasm be inspired by what the world offers us with fresh ways to create new experiences in the 30 days of this month. If it is doing something different each day, walking a new labyrinth, designing, researching or some new way to share, do it then share it with us! By becoming acquainted with the unique labyrinths of the world, we can be inspired as to why they are different, how they serve and what they offer on the same path we walk on in our home or local community area. What will you have created by the end of our month?
  3. Join the online  Mid Month Dialogues Call on Friday July 15th at 2pmPST
    Be curious, research and share what you know of unique world labyrinths in the first half of the month and apply something that you find unique to your own life walk. Join us on the Mid Month Dialogues to share what you discovered, ask questions and hear from others about what they explored and discovered. Be inspired with an insight to complete the month with and make June a true world Journey.  Call connection Information
  4. Share your Ideas, images, designs and become apart of the wisdom of the Labyrinth Society
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Stones of Discovery

Day 197  July 16
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: Exploration & Return

Ancient stones forming circles with a gravel path of circuits

The ancient stone labyrinth of Strathpeffer in Northern Scotland. Photo Credits: Long Walk North

It is one thing to explore and another to uncover as this hiking couple who stumbled upon this local known path discovered. It contained stones that date the Earth’s existence. The stones come from different parts of Scotland for an unknown reason and it is largely through the local lore that more would be known about the builders, purpose or dates of this wonder. The large stone obelisk in the foreground of the photo they discovered, predates Christianity.

Sometimes it is just taking the first step, and the journey begins. Scotland is full of rich lore and Druid traditions that speak to the natural elements of the Earth. Exploring a deeper natural sense of ourselves amongst the traditions of the old wisdom can bring the inquisitive mind that grasps for details and answers together with the how the soul discerns through what it feels.

On this 197th day…
Explore place between mind and soul in your steps today, and allow yourself to discover something known in a new way.

 

Interactive Map Progress
A great Interactive experience this month will include a google map to track where we have been and what labyrinths you submit. Lets see if we can make a labyrinth pathway out of the month of travels based on the locations offered.  We began in Portland, Oregon…. Click here to watch the progress grow this month!

 


World Wide Explorations in the Month of July 2018 for the TLS 365 Experience. Part II
Welcome July!

Our exploration this month is to Walk in reflection of our direction. We traveled from America’s west coast to Australia, Asia and the Swedish Lapland’s and found our centered point in Austria by the month’s end. July will complete our world walk and return us to American shores. It’s been a wild and wooly time of exploration in the world to expand our cultural and connective perspective of the labyrinths and their purposes worldwide. This is indeed the global course in Labyrinthing with world wondering discovered in our wandering.
This month, we return from our center in Austria and traverse the world.

  1. Go Global….Explore the World
    Investigate the world wonders of labyrinth design that are unique and different. From the permanent structures that are built to the canvas portable unique designs or the finger labyrinths that inspire a different walk, share the images at the 365 Experience on the TLS website and provide some detail and share your thoughts. Note how these designs are  outside the box of traditional design and how they might take us outside the design we’ve been living in.  They can be quite diverse or small simple adjustments that make it different too. From Austria to Portland… the second half begins!
  2. Grow Local…. Bring the World to you
    Let your walks, programs, designs, creations and simple enthusiasm be inspired by what the world offers us with fresh ways to create new experiences in the 30 days of this month. If it is doing something different each day, walking a new labyrinth, designing, researching or some new way to share, do it then share it with us! By becoming acquainted with the unique labyrinths of the world, we can be inspired as to why they are different, how they serve and what they offer on the same path we walk on in our home or local community area. What will you have created by the end of our month?
  3. Join the online  Mid Month Dialogues Call on Friday July 15th at 2pmPST
    Be curious, research and share what you know of unique world labyrinths in the first half of the month and apply something that you find unique to your own life walk. Join us on the Mid Month Dialogues to share what you discovered, ask questions and hear from others about what they explored and discovered. Be inspired with an insight to complete the month with and make June a true world Journey.  Call connection Information
  4. Share your Ideas, images, designs and become apart of the wisdom of the Labyrinth Society
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The Old and the New

Day 196  July 15
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: Exploration & Return

the Dunure Castle Labyrinth positioned in the foreground with the castle itself atop a hill on the coast beyond.

Dunure Castle Labyrinth in Scotland. Photo Credits: Theresa Flavin

Pictures of the Dunure Castle Labyrinth come in various shades as the seeds that were embedded in the stones used in its creation tend to create a floral bloom in the summer months and it brings about a different color to this labyrinth at different times of the year.  While the castle itself is historically dated to the 12th century, the landlords of the 14th though 17th centuries were the Kennedy Clan with small histories and a noted appearance of Mary Stuart’s brief visit. The labyrinth itself doesn’t seem to have a similar timeless history, however it’s beautifully situated spot atop an old quarry made it natural to use the same stones used in construction of the castle.

It is called the Dunure Community Labyrinth and was built by the community in the late 1990’s to appreciate the seaside and the historical splendor of the Castle’s history and medieval landscape. The site is located on the western coast of Scotland south of Glasgow and overlooks the body of water known as the Fifth of Clyde and the Isle of Arran. It can be accessed from the Car Park or the harbor trail.

This is a case of the old meeting the new in wonderful celebration and purpose. The view from the labyrinth is stunning as is the view from the castle. The castle lay in disrepair for many years and in the attempts to revitalize its history, a spot of reflection opened in the labyrinth.

Enjoy a visual of the Labyrinth of Dunure, though ignore the message of bad luck in stepping off the path or over the stones, the labyrinth is done in the way in which we do it and from that we gain much more than the way anyone tells us to do it. Media Credits: Robert Griffith

On this 196th day…
Explore your appreciation of the old and the new and observe the ways in which both help you to learn and discern more of yourself and the world in your walk of today.

 

Interactive Map Progress
A great Interactive experience this month will include a google map to track where we have been and what labyrinths you submit. Lets see if we can make a labyrinth pathway out of the month of travels based on the locations offered.  We began in Portland, Oregon…. Click here to watch the progress grow this month!

 


World Wide Explorations in the Month of July 2018 for the TLS 365 Experience. Part II
Welcome July!

Our exploration this month is to Walk in reflection of our direction. We traveled from America’s west coast to Australia, Asia and the Swedish Lapland’s and found our centered point in Austria by the month’s end. July will complete our world walk and return us to American shores. It’s been a wild and wooly time of exploration in the world to expand our cultural and connective perspective of the labyrinths and their purposes worldwide. This is indeed the global course in Labyrinthing with world wondering discovered in our wandering.
This month, we return from our center in Austria and traverse the world.

  1. Go Global….Explore the World
    Investigate the world wonders of labyrinth design that are unique and different. From the permanent structures that are built to the canvas portable unique designs or the finger labyrinths that inspire a different walk, share the images at the 365 Experience on the TLS website and provide some detail and share your thoughts. Note how these designs are  outside the box of traditional design and how they might take us outside the design we’ve been living in.  They can be quite diverse or small simple adjustments that make it different too. From Austria to Portland… the second half begins!
  2. Grow Local…. Bring the World to you
    Let your walks, programs, designs, creations and simple enthusiasm be inspired by what the world offers us with fresh ways to create new experiences in the 30 days of this month. If it is doing something different each day, walking a new labyrinth, designing, researching or some new way to share, do it then share it with us! By becoming acquainted with the unique labyrinths of the world, we can be inspired as to why they are different, how they serve and what they offer on the same path we walk on in our home or local community area. What will you have created by the end of our month?
  3. Join the online  Mid Month Dialogues Call on Friday July 15th at 2pmPST
    Be curious, research and share what you know of unique world labyrinths in the first half of the month and apply something that you find unique to your own life walk. Join us on the Mid Month Dialogues to share what you discovered, ask questions and hear from others about what they explored and discovered. Be inspired with an insight to complete the month with and make June a true world Journey.  Call connection Information
  4. Share your Ideas, images, designs and become apart of the wisdom of the Labyrinth Society
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Carrying the Ceremony Forward

Day 195  July 14
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: Exploration & Return

a seven circuit circular labyrinth in grass with the borders in flame.

Fire burning rituals in Wales. Photo Credits: Farm Life in Wales

The flames of this labyrinth are set to rise high and in doing so it is a ritual tradition of older locals to put a Life sized goddess totem  in the center.  As the flames begin to die down, the heartiest of the group attempt a walk along the paths of this cretan design and when the flames die down, the labyrinth has been set for further use.

This labyrinth ritual celebration comes from the area of Carmarthenshire in the western part of Wales in the United Kingdom. It reminds us of the important nature of ritual as when languages are not understood between people, ritual is the dedicated practice that provides us with a communication all can understand. Our experience of this year is to continue finding the ways to delve into the inner world of our own truth and like this labyrinth ritual ceremony, the flames with shine brightly to etch the way for us from our intention and belief, walking the path once it has been blessed and set keeps the intention and discoveries bountiful.

On this 195th day…
Explore your relationship with rituals, practices, intent as your fuel and how your dedication of steps carries your message forward.

 

Interactive Map Progress
A great Interactive experience this month will include a google map to track where we have been and what labyrinths you submit. Lets see if we can make a labyrinth pathway out of the month of travels based on the locations offered.  We began in Portland, Oregon…. Click here to watch the progress grow this month!

 


World Wide Explorations in the Month of July 2018 for the TLS 365 Experience. Part II
Welcome July!

Our exploration this month is to Walk in reflection of our direction. We traveled from America’s west coast to Australia, Asia and the Swedish Lapland’s and found our centered point in Austria by the month’s end. July will complete our world walk and return us to American shores. It’s been a wild and wooly time of exploration in the world to expand our cultural and connective perspective of the labyrinths and their purposes worldwide. This is indeed the global course in Labyrinthing with world wondering discovered in our wandering.
This month, we return from our center in Austria and traverse the world.

  1. Go Global….Explore the World
    Investigate the world wonders of labyrinth design that are unique and different. From the permanent structures that are built to the canvas portable unique designs or the finger labyrinths that inspire a different walk, share the images at the 365 Experience on the TLS website and provide some detail and share your thoughts. Note how these designs are  outside the box of traditional design and how they might take us outside the design we’ve been living in.  They can be quite diverse or small simple adjustments that make it different too. From Austria to Portland… the second half begins!
  2. Grow Local…. Bring the World to you
    Let your walks, programs, designs, creations and simple enthusiasm be inspired by what the world offers us with fresh ways to create new experiences in the 30 days of this month. If it is doing something different each day, walking a new labyrinth, designing, researching or some new way to share, do it then share it with us! By becoming acquainted with the unique labyrinths of the world, we can be inspired as to why they are different, how they serve and what they offer on the same path we walk on in our home or local community area. What will you have created by the end of our month?
  3. Join the online  Mid Month Dialogues Call on Friday July 15th at 2pmPST
    Be curious, research and share what you know of unique world labyrinths in the first half of the month and apply something that you find unique to your own life walk. Join us on the Mid Month Dialogues to share what you discovered, ask questions and hear from others about what they explored and discovered. Be inspired with an insight to complete the month with and make June a true world Journey.  Call connection Information
  4. Share your Ideas, images, designs and become apart of the wisdom of the Labyrinth Society
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Two Become One

Day 194  July 13
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: Exploration & Return

a partial view of both turf maze and labyrinth brick path.

The Archbishop’s Maze at Chelsea Fringe in England. Photo Credits: Chelsea Fringe

The Labyrinths of England and Great Britain are plentiful, historic and revolutionary. They come in all shapes and sizes though we know them for their turf construction, cultural acceptance and often mysterious histories. Whether its ritual, celebration or statement; England holds a bastion of wealth in labyrinth lore. Exploring is a wonderful adventure with the labyrinths of England.

If you are at all familiar with labyrinths, you know they are not a maze, though a maze can be a labyrinth. The two are often confused and it is quite interesting to see notable art and literary works that are unclear or incorrect. It is thus delightful to discover the Archbishop’s Maze at Grey’s Court near Henley-on-Thames, west of London. It is both a turf maze and a labyrinth, if you walk the path you discover the labyrinth and if you stay on the turf it becomes the magical message of the maze.  It is located just beyond the Kitchen Gardens.

Commissioned in 1981, the labyrinth was designed with Archbishop Runcie’s enthronement speech in mind which urged the people to help each other unravel the maze of life. The labyrinth path is almost a quarter of a mile in length and at its center is a plaque that designates the four directions of nature as well as a junction of the crucifix. The seven rings of the labyrinth celebrate the seven days of creation and the entire design represents a crown of thorns. From the the religious intent to the spiritual opening all can come together in celebrating unraveling life’s mysteries together.

Our journey is all about the coming together of questions and answers, ideas and actions and exploration that brings harmony to the opposites. There we will find our truth and our capacities. As England is rich with labyrinth availability and wisdom, let this be a mere introduction of the variety that awaits. Explore and discover further adventures from those who have come together to provide the lessons of the labyrinth in cultural appreciation in England and beyond.
The Labyrinth Community of the UK

On this 194th day…
Explore the ways in which you bring two sides into one story.

 

Interactive Map Progress
A great Interactive experience this month will include a google map to track where we have been and what labyrinths you submit. Lets see if we can make a labyrinth pathway out of the month of travels based on the locations offered.  We began in Portland, Oregon…. Click here to watch the progress grow this month!

 


World Wide Explorations in the Month of July 2018 for the TLS 365 Experience. Part II
Welcome July!

Our exploration this month is to Walk in reflection of our direction. We traveled from America’s west coast to Australia, Asia and the Swedish Lapland’s and found our centered point in Austria by the month’s end. July will complete our world walk and return us to American shores. It’s been a wild and wooly time of exploration in the world to expand our cultural and connective perspective of the labyrinths and their purposes worldwide. This is indeed the global course in Labyrinthing with world wondering discovered in our wandering.
This month, we return from our center in Austria and traverse the world.

  1. Go Global….Explore the World
    Investigate the world wonders of labyrinth design that are unique and different. From the permanent structures that are built to the canvas portable unique designs or the finger labyrinths that inspire a different walk, share the images at the 365 Experience on the TLS website and provide some detail and share your thoughts. Note how these designs are  outside the box of traditional design and how they might take us outside the design we’ve been living in.  They can be quite diverse or small simple adjustments that make it different too. From Austria to Portland… the second half begins!
  2. Grow Local…. Bring the World to you
    Let your walks, programs, designs, creations and simple enthusiasm be inspired by what the world offers us with fresh ways to create new experiences in the 30 days of this month. If it is doing something different each day, walking a new labyrinth, designing, researching or some new way to share, do it then share it with us! By becoming acquainted with the unique labyrinths of the world, we can be inspired as to why they are different, how they serve and what they offer on the same path we walk on in our home or local community area. What will you have created by the end of our month?
  3. Join the online  Mid Month Dialogues Call on Friday July 15th at 2pmPST
    Be curious, research and share what you know of unique world labyrinths in the first half of the month and apply something that you find unique to your own life walk. Join us on the Mid Month Dialogues to share what you discovered, ask questions and hear from others about what they explored and discovered. Be inspired with an insight to complete the month with and make June a true world Journey.  Call connection Information
  4. Share your Ideas, images, designs and become apart of the wisdom of the Labyrinth Society
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The Path of Simplicity in Order

Day 193  July 12
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: Exploration & Return

The interior view of the labyrinth hall

The Church of the Abbaye of Notre Dame de Saint Remy Rochefort in Belgium. Photo Credits: Luca Galuzzi  

Emerging from the vastness of French labyrinth appreciation, the solemn and austere life of the Trappist Monks of Belgium offer us the simple sincerity of life design though their labyrinth found in the Abbey of Our Lady of Saint-Remy in Wallonia, Belgium may be muted in color, its design is one of larger than life representation. This Cistercian order is one of strict observance known for its spiritual life with a triple focus of praying, reading and work. They are well known for their famous brewery and while the Abbey and the brewery are not open publicly, the church is open for mass at scheduled times.

The area of Wallonia is rich with marble in the soil and when polished brings on a wonderful shine and can be viewed in darker shades and in tones of pink. It is likely the  marble from the onsite quarry was used in constructing this labyrinth as it was believed to be built between the 12th and 14th century. Other images show the location of the labyrinth to be located in between rows of prayer chairs situated at the front near the alter area. While the labyrinth is grand and rich in its simplicities, it is also of use privately to the Monks and unavailable to the public. We are fortunate to share photos of its existence.

Our lesson for today may be in the simple and profound meanings of life that follow a truth for us over the vast indifferences we may observe around us. It is not in rigid boundaries or constriction that we find a great capacity within, it is of love, honor and spirit that offers us the choice that yields our best outcome.

On this 193rd day…
Explore the ways of your days today in the simple truths followed and the learning of yearning.

 

Interactive Map Progress
A great Interactive experience this month will include a google map to track where we have been and what labyrinths you submit. Lets see if we can make a labyrinth pathway out of the month of travels based on the locations offered.  We began in Portland, Oregon…. Click here to watch the progress grow this month!

 


World Wide Explorations in the Month of July 2018 for the TLS 365 Experience. Part II
Welcome July!

Our exploration this month is to Walk in reflection of our direction. We traveled from America’s west coast to Australia, Asia and the Swedish Lapland’s and found our centered point in Austria by the month’s end. July will complete our world walk and return us to American shores. It’s been a wild and wooly time of exploration in the world to expand our cultural and connective perspective of the labyrinths and their purposes worldwide. This is indeed the global course in Labyrinthing with world wondering discovered in our wandering.
This month, we return from our center in Austria and traverse the world.

  1. Go Global….Explore the World
    Investigate the world wonders of labyrinth design that are unique and different. From the permanent structures that are built to the canvas portable unique designs or the finger labyrinths that inspire a different walk, share the images at the 365 Experience on the TLS website and provide some detail and share your thoughts. Note how these designs are  outside the box of traditional design and how they might take us outside the design we’ve been living in.  They can be quite diverse or small simple adjustments that make it different too. From Austria to Portland… the second half begins!
  2. Grow Local…. Bring the World to you
    Let your walks, programs, designs, creations and simple enthusiasm be inspired by what the world offers us with fresh ways to create new experiences in the 30 days of this month. If it is doing something different each day, walking a new labyrinth, designing, researching or some new way to share, do it then share it with us! By becoming acquainted with the unique labyrinths of the world, we can be inspired as to why they are different, how they serve and what they offer on the same path we walk on in our home or local community area. What will you have created by the end of our month?
  3. Join the online  Mid Month Dialogues Call on Friday July 15th at 2pmPST
    Be curious, research and share what you know of unique world labyrinths in the first half of the month and apply something that you find unique to your own life walk. Join us on the Mid Month Dialogues to share what you discovered, ask questions and hear from others about what they explored and discovered. Be inspired with an insight to complete the month with and make June a true world Journey.  Call connection Information
  4. Share your Ideas, images, designs and become apart of the wisdom of the Labyrinth Society
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Evolution with Expression

Day 192  July 11
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: Exploration & Return

An illuminated spiral labyrinth with sprays of water shooting upward .

The Illuminated Spiral Water Labyrinth of Tarragona, Spain. Photo Credits: Touristico Info

Crossing the expanse of Spain from Santiago to near the French border is another Camino of discovery in the small town of Tarragona.

It is a touristy area with parks, beaches and attractions and it’s proximity to the south of France is influenced with expressions of Spain and France.

Located at a sea side park is the Labyrinth de Aqua, a spiraled labyrinth of water that becomes illuminated in the evenings for visual beauty and a joyous playful respite from the heat. Designed for its functionality and for its visual appeal, the labyrinth is finding its way in the world.

Five circuit rings make up a circular labyrinth with simple spaces for egress that also double as a fountain

The White five circuit water labyrinth of Marta Pan among the streets of Paris. Photo Credits Paris LaDouce

Traveling north to Paris another fountain calls attention to the work of sculpture Margaret Pan. In the 1980’s a surge of artistic restoration began in hopes of bringing a balance of spirituality to the communities of Old Paris and through a contest, Pan became the selected artist representing the simplicity of flow in water and white near Belleville district’s park area between the 11th and 19th arrondissements.

2100 meters of corrugated cardboard are massed in folds that stand approx seven feet to create a huge labyrinth of paper.

The Paper Labyrinth of Galleria Continua Les Moulins in France.  Photo Credits: Nicolas Giraud

With more appreciation for the application of the labyrinth as Art, designer Micheal Pistoletto impresses France with his artistic labyrinth rendering in 2100 meters of corrugated cardboard at the Galleria Continua Les Moulins only about an hour away from the fountain sculpture in Paris.

The labyrinth is many things to many people and in crossing the border from Spain to France and transcending the labyrinths of prehistoric carvings and glyphs to the medieval majesties into the times of our present lives, the labyrinth might be an expression of our civilizations passion and purpose. Our purpose of the month is to explore, our purpose of the year is to discover the possibilities of our truths. In the fascinating countries that bring us such rich history, we are blessed to discover there is so much more open to interpretation.

 

On this 192nd day…
Explore the many ways you appreciate the labyrinth in both passion and purpose from the simple drawings to the permanent structures and the programs for others to the simple walks of reflection.

 

Interactive Map Progress
A great Interactive experience this month will include a google map to track where we have been and what labyrinths you submit. Lets see if we can make a labyrinth pathway out of the month of travels based on the locations offered.  We began in Portland, Oregon…. Click here to watch the progress grow this month!

 


World Wide Explorations in the Month of July 2018 for the TLS 365 Experience. Part II
Welcome July!

Our exploration this month is to Walk in reflection of our direction. We traveled from America’s west coast to Australia, Asia and the Swedish Lapland’s and found our centered point in Austria by the month’s end. July will complete our world walk and return us to American shores. It’s been a wild and wooly time of exploration in the world to expand our cultural and connective perspective of the labyrinths and their purposes worldwide. This is indeed the global course in Labyrinthing with world wondering discovered in our wandering.
This month, we return from our center in Austria and traverse the world.

  1. Go Global….Explore the World
    Investigate the world wonders of labyrinth design that are unique and different. From the permanent structures that are built to the canvas portable unique designs or the finger labyrinths that inspire a different walk, share the images at the 365 Experience on the TLS website and provide some detail and share your thoughts. Note how these designs are  outside the box of traditional design and how they might take us outside the design we’ve been living in.  They can be quite diverse or small simple adjustments that make it different too. From Austria to Portland… the second half begins!
  2. Grow Local…. Bring the World to you
    Let your walks, programs, designs, creations and simple enthusiasm be inspired by what the world offers us with fresh ways to create new experiences in the 30 days of this month. If it is doing something different each day, walking a new labyrinth, designing, researching or some new way to share, do it then share it with us! By becoming acquainted with the unique labyrinths of the world, we can be inspired as to why they are different, how they serve and what they offer on the same path we walk on in our home or local community area. What will you have created by the end of our month?
  3. Join the online  Mid Month Dialogues Call on Friday July 15th at 2pmPST
    Be curious, research and share what you know of unique world labyrinths in the first half of the month and apply something that you find unique to your own life walk. Join us on the Mid Month Dialogues to share what you discovered, ask questions and hear from others about what they explored and discovered. Be inspired with an insight to complete the month with and make June a true world Journey.  Call connection Information
  4. Share your Ideas, images, designs and become apart of the wisdom of the Labyrinth Society
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The Walk within the Walk

Day 191  July 10
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: Exploration & Return

The stone and dried grass circular labyrinth image on the Camino de Compostela in Spain

Labyrinth on the Camino de Santiago at the Cruceiro or top of the hill between Atapuerca, and Burgos in Spain. Photo Credits: The Madill Camino

There are many roads that lead to Santiago and many paths to join with others in the pilgrimage of the Camino de Compostela de Santiago in Northern Spain. This famous walk is rich in history and dates back to Pre Christian periods where it was used as a Roman trade route. The first pilgrimage occurred during the 9th century and since that time it has been used for sacred purposes to fitness and endurance feats. All who walk are met in service by Spaniards who are helpful hosts of the Camino wishing the Pelligrinos or Pilgrims, Buen Camino (a good walk).  One identifies themselves with the shell of the camino worn on clothing or backpack.

Having walked the Camino from just beyond the Pyrenees Mountains in the forest beyond the Spanish border with France in Roncesvalles.  The Camino begins with a Pilgrim’s mass and in the trek of 500 miles to the Compostela de Santiago where the bones of St. James are believed to be buried in the Cathedral of Santiago, the walk traverses the four regions of Spain moving through a variety of terrains, cities and breath giving landscapes. Pilgrims like myself can have their Camino passports stamped by various points that create a keepsake, but it is in the steps taken and what is journeyed that is of true remembrance.

The rectangular Green Hedge Labyrinth of Camillas in Belvis Park

One of three identical labyrinths of Camelia Hedges in Belvis Park just beyond where the Camino de Santiago de Compostela ends. Photo Credits: Costa Vella

The stone labyrinth at the top of the page is located just beyond Atapuerca and before Burgos at the very top of a hill. The first time I walked the Camino my first discovery was of a small labyrinth embedded in the wall of a small Pilgrims hospital that measured about a foot in diameter that was a true delight to happen upon. Small garden labyrinths could be found by those who ventured off the trail a bit and many larger ones are also discoveries waiting on the Northern trail. There is now an interesting trail like labyrinth in Pamplona and one also in nearby Yamaguchi Park. Carvings found in Ponte Verda and also petraglyphs found farther on in the caves of Galicia can make this a walk within a walk. It is not unusual for people to walk the Camino in different ways over different periods of time. On my second trip to Spain, a joyful discovery of a trio of labyrinths found in Belvis Park near the Cathedral of Santiago de Compastela!  They are identical and measure about 4,000 square meters and delightfully are made of camellia hedges.  A true walk of the senses and an experience to enjoy.  Pictured below are the trio and above the singular camellia hedge design of a singular labyrinth.

Image of the three identical labyrinths in Belvis park

The trio Walk of Belivs Park Labyrinths

In the beginning, my walk was simply about discovery and along the way the discoveries developed meaning. For those who travel the Camino over several visits or those who make pilgrimage a continuous experience, there is always something new around the next corner and when looking for labyrinths in ancient lands, one is sure to find more than expected. Buen Camino

On this 191st day…
Explore the idea of pilgrimage today and observe the way your path steps up to meet you bringing gifts for your journey and from it.

 

Interactive Map Progress
A great Interactive experience this month will include a google map to track where we have been and what labyrinths you submit. Lets see if we can make a labyrinth pathway out of the month of travels based on the locations offered.  We began in Portland, Oregon…. Click here to watch the progress grow this month!

 


World Wide Explorations in the Month of July 2018 for the TLS 365 Experience. Part II
Welcome July!

Our exploration this month is to Walk in reflection of our direction. We traveled from America’s west coast to Australia, Asia and the Swedish Lapland’s and found our centered point in Austria by the month’s end. July will complete our world walk and return us to American shores. It’s been a wild and wooly time of exploration in the world to expand our cultural and connective perspective of the labyrinths and their purposes worldwide. This is indeed the global course in Labyrinthing with world wondering discovered in our wandering.
This month, we return from our center in Austria and traverse the world.

  1. Go Global….Explore the World
    Investigate the world wonders of labyrinth design that are unique and different. From the permanent structures that are built to the canvas portable unique designs or the finger labyrinths that inspire a different walk, share the images at the 365 Experience on the TLS website and provide some detail and share your thoughts. Note how these designs are  outside the box of traditional design and how they might take us outside the design we’ve been living in.  They can be quite diverse or small simple adjustments that make it different too. From Austria to Portland… the second half begins!
  2. Grow Local…. Bring the World to you
    Let your walks, programs, designs, creations and simple enthusiasm be inspired by what the world offers us with fresh ways to create new experiences in the 30 days of this month. If it is doing something different each day, walking a new labyrinth, designing, researching or some new way to share, do it then share it with us! By becoming acquainted with the unique labyrinths of the world, we can be inspired as to why they are different, how they serve and what they offer on the same path we walk on in our home or local community area. What will you have created by the end of our month?
  3. Join the online  Mid Month Dialogues Call on Friday July 15th at 2pmPST
    Be curious, research and share what you know of unique world labyrinths in the first half of the month and apply something that you find unique to your own life walk. Join us on the Mid Month Dialogues to share what you discovered, ask questions and hear from others about what they explored and discovered. Be inspired with an insight to complete the month with and make June a true world Journey.  Call connection Information
  4. Share your Ideas, images, designs and become apart of the wisdom of the Labyrinth Society
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