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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Revelations for Evolutions

Day 190  July 9
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: Exploration & Return

The oldest Christian Labyrinth in Roam Design measuring 8 feet in diameter in Algiers. To the left of the photo of the labyrinth design is an enlarged image of the inscription in the center.

The Oldest Christian Labyrinth 324 Ad In Algiers (right). The center inscription is to the left of the labyrinth. Photo Credits: Pergioco.net

In the center of the oldest Christian Labyrinth is inscribed a text of Sancta Ecclesia, meaning Holy Church. Texts provide us with the history of this famous labyrinth in Africa in the northernmost country of Algiers. Originally laid in the Basilica of St. Reparatas in North Africa in the city of Castellum Tingitanum in the year 328 AD, this labyrinth has been a fixture of stability in the face of many changes. The Cathedral endured earthquakes in 1954 and was renamed as El Asnam and the town became Orléansville. Earthquakes in 1980 brought devastating casualties of at least 5,000 people. In 1981 to associate away from the town known for earthquakes, the name was again changed to Ech-Cheliff

It is a bit of a mystery as to where this labyrinth exists today, some say it is in the Cathedral of Algiers and some say it lives on in an Algerian museum. What is noted from history is that it was of Roman design, measured about eight feet in diameter and was located near the northwest entrance. Labyrinths of Italy, France and Rome  were built in the 12th century, so this early labyrinth with Christian inscription gives important relevance to the religious acceptance of the labyrinth in early days. The truth of the statement and the early history gives us fascinating opportunities to explore.

As we walk a labyrinth we evolve and in the center of the labyrinth is often where we find our own discoveries, realizations, possibilities and honest truths. They help us to become more of who we naturally are. The labyrinth of today is an exploration and a revelation that can help bring the wisdom of the labyrinth into the fold of more acceptance and application for our future.

 

On this 190th day…
Explore what arrives in the center of your labyrinth and what is written in honest possibilities for your evolution.

 

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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Creating Cretan Culture

Day 189  July 8
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: Exploration & Return

From simple designs to the larger cretan stone design, the Labyrinth Park is a cultivation of labyrinth and maze

The Cretan Labyrinth of Labyrinth Park in Crete. Photo Credits: Labyrinth Park

Where Greece might appear to be a natural labyrinth within its cities and islands and their narrow passages that twist and turn, the formation of the Greek Key in its interlocking purposeful meander and cultural appreciation for the ancient mythology, ritual and lore. It is the origination of the story of Theseus championing the Minotaur of the maze and bringing to light the labyrinth out of the maze. Where the labyrinth seems to show up everywhere throughout the mainland and its islands, a modern society is forming and the labyrinth might prove to be a more useful mechanism for a variety of the requirements of society.

South of the Islands that make up the space between Greece and Turkey lays the island of Crete. Discoveries and explorations are hoping to excavate an original Minoan Labyrinth in the cave complex of Gortyn, known as the Labyrinth Caves. There is also inquiry into the City of Skotino on the mainland as being a site with some reference that might bring into question the palace at Knossos. With time comes inquiry and investigation and in a culture that holds a distinct edge on Labyrinth lore, being open to exploration can only bring opportunity.

One such opportunity that is evolving young minds is the Labyrinth Park that opened in Hersonissos, on the Northwestern edge of Crete near the Agean Sea. It is a park of amusement and ecology, though its theme explains the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. Where the largest attraction is the wooden maze, small walkable painted labyrinths dot the landscape, walkways and even the front entrance integrating the power of simple everyday importance over the larger draw of the maze. Opposite the area for Minoan Chess and the Cretan Village sits the large cretan stone bordered circular labyrinth design. When you can add natural simple activities to appreciate about the labyrinth among the normal entertainment children are bombarded with, a subtle education and an appreciation develops. For a culture that wants to retain values, finding ways to incorporate it into the mainstream with natural appreciation and/or application is a healthy direction for creating curiosity and education.

 

On this 189th day…
Explore the ways in which you share your wisdom and knowledge to pass on worthwhile appreciation and education 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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Mysteries of our Histories

Day 188  July 7
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: Exploration & Return

the mosaic circular mosaic floor labyrinth of the story of Theseus and the Minotaur.

The ancient Labyrinth of Theseus in Paphos, Cyprus. Photo Credits: Shonagon Wikipedia Commons

In the Paphos Archeological Park in the House of Theseus is the Mosaic of Theseus. The ruins of the house and buildings are scattered and bricks surround the edge of the labyrinth, though the mosaic tile is intact and at the center is the tell tale trial of Theseus and the Minotaur.  Originally built in the second half of the 2nd Century AD, the House of Theseus had 100 room and was believed to house the Roman Proconsul and served inhabitants until the 7th century AD. The Mosaic Labyrinth of Theseus was added in the 3rd century AD accompanied by two other mosaics that were added in the fourth and fifth centuries.

In this depiction, the path is made up of a chain to represent Ariadne’s thread allowing Theseus decent from the labyrinth to safety. In the center are the images of Theseus, Ariadne, the Minotaur and another character who is said to represent the labyrinth itself. The Roman design of quarters is incorporated with eight circular paths making its round Roman influence known on the Island of Cyprus. While it has had minor adjustments to its structure due to Earthquakes during the 4th century, it is relatively well preserved for its ancient status.

On this 188th day…
Walk with the mysteries of our histories in today’s experience and discover how everything you have done has been done before. What do you realize that is similar, different or beneficial in your explorations 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 of June-July!

 


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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Rocks of Ages

Day 187  July 6
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: Exploration & Return

the stone circle labyrinth in the Gobustan National Park

The Gobustan National Park in Armenia. Photo Credits: TripAdvisor

Established in 1966 formally and later named a Unesco World Heritage site, The Gobustan National Park is located just east of the Caspian Sea on the western edge of the Armenian desert.

The Park is known as a cultural rock landscape, historical reference site for ancient discoveries and home to almost half the world’s mud volcanoes, identifying near 300 separate sites within the park. It is home to ancient petroglyphs and prehistoric drawings and carvings and Intricate stone engravings and natural land formations.

The Armenian semi-desert cultural rock landscape of the Gobustan National Reserve. Photo Credits: Gobustan Rock Art

The stone circle labyrinth is naturally at home among the natural elements and the 60,000 engravings that span 40,000 years to the last ice age. The age and construction of the labyrinth is unknown, though it is of cretan design and contains seven pathways. One can only imagine the stories each circuit has absorbed in the time of its existence.

On this 187th day…
Explore the paths you have taken before and the truths they hold consistently in your walks. Journey into those truths as you step into the labyrinth 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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From the Ashes and Ruins

Day 186  July 5
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: Exploration & Return

In Pompeii in the House of Faun is the House of the labyrinth where a famous mosaic tile of roman labyrinth design resides. At its center is Theseus and the Minotaur

The floor mosaic in the House of the Labyrinth in Pompeii. Photo Credits: Pompeii in Pictures

On the Eastern edge of Italy, North of the ankle of its boot resides the famous city of Pompeii near the bay of Naples. Mount Vesuvius has erupted over 50 times in this area and the one that makes it more well known is the eruption of 79AD where the city was completely covered in volcanic ash. Today Pompeii is home to many historic ruins and private homes that were excavated in the early 1830’s.

One of the homes is called The House of the Labyrinth. It contains 51 rooms and is filled with floor and wall mosaic designs, corinthian columns and the Greek Key designs to add to the focus of the name of this house, which can be found in room 20. A black and white mosaic floor tiling depicts a Roman style labyrinth design with the art at its center displaying Theseus’ battle with the Minotaur.  Adjacent to this protected room is area 16, known as the Peristyle. In it a large Roman Labyrinth natural hedge design is available for walking. It seems only fitting to share a Roman labyrinth design while in Italy and become aware of how we take in what we discover in expedition.

The Roman Labyrinth in Hedge Design in the Peristyle of the House of the Labyrinth

The Roman Hedge Labyrinth Design in the House of the Labyrinth, Pompeii, Italy. Photo Credits: Pompeii in Pictures

On this 186th day…
Explore the Roman design of completing one section before moving to the next. How similar is it to the way of how you discover and uncover your gifts, skills and abilities?

 

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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Independent Inspirations

Day 185  July 4
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: Exploration & Return

The Ceiling labyrinth of St. Sebastino and Palazzo Ducale from the 1600's.

The Ceiling Labyrinth Palazzo Ducale in Mantua. Photo Credits Nigel Voak

On this day of Independence and country pride in the United States, we are visiting the national culture of Italy and in particular the northern areas of Mantua and Milan. This began with an interesting find of the impressive Italian art and culture, yet turned into intrigue in discovering originals and complimentary copies of a ceiling labyrinth. It appears the first ceiling labyrinth installed at the Palazzo di S.Sebastiano occurred in the early 1600’s and was later moved to the apartments in the Palazzo Ducale. Impressed and copied, this impressive design is similar and can also be found in Milan at Museo Bagatti Valsecchi.

It is depicted as a gold labyrinth laid upon a celestial blue background and the illuminated blue band around the edge is in reference to the Gonzaga family’s patriarch Vincent, as a tribute to his battle with the Turks in 1601. Inside the five paths that make up the labyrinth is an inscription from the words of Bard and Poet Marchetto Cara that speak to the allusions of the uncertainty’s of life in a poem titled,
“Maybe Yes, Maybe not.” 

Vincent was intrigued with the Bavarian courts designs and commissioned the Palazzo Ducale to be built with similar elaborate ornamentation in the great wings of the apartments. The labyrinth takes up the entire ceiling of the room and is featured among the many great rooms designed to honor the stature and ideals of the Gonzaga family who lived in Mantua from the early 13th century until the 17th.

The ceiling labyrinth of the Museo Bagatti Valsecchi

The Inspired Ceiling Labyrinth at the Museo Bagatti Valsecchi. Photo Credits: Museo Bagatti Valsecchi.

Many of the great palaces have turned to museum status as the celebrated art accumulated in one family could now be shared as cultural pride in Italy. About two hours drive to the west in the city of Milan is the Museo Bagatti Valsecchi. Once a a home to the Barons Fausto and Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi, brothers who collected volumes works of art. The labyrinth ceiling from the design at Palazzo Ducale intrigued them enough to commission their own ceiling design with a meaningful yet slightly different message inscribed within. The room is known as the labyrinth passage and a room between rooms as part of the living house that moved from  home to cultural museum.

On this day of independence, we can realize that the wealth in our uniqueness is much like the discoveries of these Italian families who learned to share their wealth for a more culturally appreciative nation. As we share our treasures, gifts and potent talents, we realize we are more free than when we are safeguarding and holding on to them. We are also never alone when we fortify others with what we have to offer.  


On this 185th day…
Explore the ways in which you have received more when you gave of yourself in the walk of this day and how much more freedom and independence you feel as a result.



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 Future is in our Hands

Day 184  July 3
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: Exploration & Return

8,000 plastic bottles created a unique outstretched hand to symbolize our consumable waste produced and a call for biodegradable packaging

The Recycling Labyrinth at the United Nations by Mona Sfeir Photo credits: Jean-Marc Ferré

The United Nations is a hub for activism, declaration and human rights elevation all over the world. Nestled in the charm of Geneva, Switzerland, the United Nations building rests on the southern end of Lake Geneva, with a view of the famous alps to the north and west. East of the forested areas of the French borderline. Opened in 1946, it used to be the world headquarters, though today the New York location is privileged to hold that title.

On the occasion of World Environment day, artist Mona Nicole Sfeir installed a labyrinth of plastic bottles to bring attention to our world consumption and waste. The bottles were collected from UN Staff and area schools and organizations to make the unique design. Dubbed the Recycling Labyrinth, it was constructed of 8,000 bottles to represent the number of plastic bottles that are deposited into landfills worldwide, every second.It is a call to find a new way to handle our waste and be responsible in our consumable designs. This unique design of a broad stretched hand symbolizes what we create and consume with our hands can also be redesigned in more functional form. The labyrinth was made with the help of local volunteers, though found a space on the world stage in 2011 in the gardens of the Palais des Nations in Geneva and the artist hopes to return in 20 years to make another with better recyclables in packaging that biodegrade.

More images and information.

Video credit: Geneva Public Affairs

On this 184th day…
Explore what possibilities you hold within your very own hands today and how they can make the world a better place to live.

 

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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