Labyrinth Walk

Name of Activity:  Labyrinth Walk

Activity Source:  A Teachable Moment, Facilitated Growth

Group size:  1 - 25

Purpose:  Mindfulness, meditation, personal reflection.

Props Needed: 

  1. Labyrinth

Activity Preparation: 

None with the exception of creating the Labyrinth

Time needed: 

  • Directions: 2 min.
  • Activity: 10 – 45 min (depending on how many participants walk the Labyrinth
  • Debrief: 15 min

Activity Directions:

  • Explain the concept and purpose of a Labyrinth
  • Have each participant walk the Labyrinth either one at a time or as a group
  • Upon completing an activity, or even after journaling, the facilitator encourages participants to reflect on their experience, while traversing the labyrinth. 
  • The typical goal is to reach the center of the labyrinth, and return to the outside, without crossing any lines, and without talking. 
  • Movement with meditation and introspection are the key.

Facilitator Script: “Let’s gather around to hear the directions for our next activity. Today we are walking the labyrinth. The labyrinth has been around for many centuries and is used by many of the world’s religions and spiritual paths as a way of personal reflection, meditation, and connection. The typical goal is to reach the center of the labyrinth, and return to the outside, without crossing any lines, and without talking. Movement with meditation and introspection are the key. The labyrinth becomes a metaphor for our own journey. As we wind through the labyrinth consider your own journey inward and as you return from the core of the labyrinth consider how you will move out from here. Consider all that it took to arrive to this moment and all the amazing tools you take with you as you prepare to go forward.

Recovery/Wellness Metaphor – The journey to recovery is rarely a straight line between two points. Life takes us on a windy journey filled with many turns and unexpected movements. The journey of the labyrinth can be very much about finding recovery or it can be about finding ourselves, our higher power, or any type of meditation.

Debrief:

  • What did you notice as you were about to walk into the labyrinth?
  • What was the journey like for you?
  • What are you taking with you as a result of the journey?
  • What was this activity like for you?

 

Where to find it/How to Make it

You can purchase a mobile labyrinth though training-wheels.com or find many examples on line with how to make your own.

For more information about the labyrinth, see the book:  Exploring the Labyrinth: A Guide for Healing and Spiritual Growth, by Melissa Gayle West, 2000, Broadway Books, New York, NY  ISBN 0-7679-0356-0 or contact the Worldwide Labyrinth Project  1100 California Street  San Francisco, California  94108   Website:  www.gracecathedral.org

For Resources:  Facilitated GrowthLabyrinth Walk

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