Labyrinths

Newgrange entrance stone The Greeks were building labyrinths over 3,000 years ago, in a form we now call the Classical seven circuit design. The labyrinth design which brings the walker to the centre through a single path may well have evolved from a basic spiral design the archetypal symbol known to many ancient cultures.

The spirals carved into the entrance stone at Newgrange over 5,000 years ago have a similar feel to a labyrinth.
 

Labyrinth Garden labyrinth near the ancient passage mound at Fourknocks, based on the classical 7 circuit design. The centre of the labyrinth has been modified so that there are no straight lines, like the entrance stone at Newgrange.

Labyrinths have been constructed in churches, hospitals, and parks. These are often used for contemplation; walking among the turnings, one loses track of direction and of the outside world, and thus quiets the mind.
 

Quadruple Labyrinth Quadruple Labyrinth

Recently constructed archetypal Energies Quadruple Labyrinth, at the Labyrinth Center for Peace & Reconciliation, Glore Mill Follain Art Center, Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo, Ireland.
 

Snow covered LabyrinthBox hedge and grass Labyrinth at An Tobar retreat house in Ardbraccan, Co. Meath.

In 1988 Fr. Michael Kane, director of An Tobar, had taken a training course at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco and on his return, with the help of Martin Dier had created a Cretan labyrinth in the grounds, using box hedges.
 

Labyrinth - The Fold Labyrinth at The Fold, Co. Antrim a place where retreats, therapeutic process, personal growth and creative expression, has been offered since 1997 in an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity.
 

Chartres Labyrinth replica at the Anglican Cathedral Liverpool. The canvas 11 circuit Chartres replica Labyrinth was laid out at the Cathedral by Sarah Harrison and Eileen Wiggins.
 

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