Around the world a growing number of people are working with the labyrinth, an ancient artefact which is fulfilling a renewed role in today’s world.
This book offers ideas and examples of labyrinths in use in various situations: arts, community and social settings; schools, colleges and universities; a hospice, and a secure hospital; counselling, psychotherapy and well-being; churches, retreats and interfaith contexts.
Ruth Sewell, Jan Sellers and Di Williams, the editors, first met in Chartres, France in 2008 on a Veriditas Facilitator Training programme. All three left Chartres with a passion to develop labyrinth work in the UK. They became aware of the need for a book that would focus on the practical experience of those already working with labyrinths in various contexts. They understand the sharing of such experience is invaluable for trainee and certified facilitators and for those involved in new labyrinth projects, as well as being of interest to labyrinth enthusiasts everywhere. They say:
We hope you will find Working with the Labyrinth a book to browse and return to, a source of ideas and inspiration. … We’d like to encourage readers to explore settings and contexts very different from their own, where labyrinth initiatives may offer surprising connections and possibilities.
We are delighted to have gathered contributions from such diverse enthusiasts, and hope that this book will serve as a helpful resource for anyone who – new to labyrinths, or expert – is looking for fresh ideas and ways forward in introducing, creating and working with labyrinths.