Beautiful Seven Circuit Labyrinth University Peace calming centering prayer community.

This is a classical or seven circuit labyrinth, seven concentric circuits lead to the center or goal. This is an ancient design and is found in many cultures around the world, as far back as 4000 years ago. Also known as the Cretan Labyrinth, it is associated with the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur and this same design is found on ancient coins from Crete.

Labyrinths have most likely always been used in a spiritual manner. They can create a heightened awareness of the human condition and aid psychological and spiritual growth. To build a labyrinth is to create a sacred space. To walk a labyrinth is to imbue it with power and meaning. The more a labyrinth is used the more powerful it becomes as a symbol of transformation and a focus for meditation. The labyrinth has a long association with Christianity and they are found in historic churches throughout Europe.

Master Labyrinth Builders Marty and Debi Kermeen share stories of labyrinths, people, communities walking together and they get a standing Ovation in Houston TX. What an honor it was to be asked to be featured presenters for this wonderful group of Labyrinth Folks.

I was so blessed to be able to attend the facilitators training with Lauren Artress in Petaluma CA. this past winter.  The connections that I made and the material that I gathered, will guide me even more on my path of sharing the labyrinth with others.  Flyer

Alatri Carving

Marty has been commissioned by our clients Jon and Sloan Buccola of St. Helena, California to create a hand carved stone sculpture using Iowa Limestone. The sculpture is modelled on the “Christ in the Labyrinth” fresco located in the former church of San Francesco in Alatri, Italy, famous for its monumental city walls.

Once a convent, then a prison and criminal court, the building is now used as a cultural center. During restoration work in 1996, a tunnel was discovered beneath the old church, containing a number of fresco paintings, including a depiction of “Christ in the Labyrinth,” a unicursal labyrinth formed from 12 concentric black circles, with a pathway identical to that of Chartres. Christ appears at the centre, his face bearded and his head surrounded by a halo inscribed with a cross, and wears a tunic and a golden cloak. His right hand, fingers extended in benediction, point to the path of the labyrinth, while his left hand holds a book of scripture.

When found the frescos were in poor condition, but because of their importance the Italian Government commissioned restoration work to be carried out during 2011. This work also confirmed the dating of the frescos, including the labyrinth, to be between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries AD. The renovations have not, however, been able to solve some of the other mysteries surrounding the frescos. The original location and purpose of the frescos is uncertain, as they were not originally situated in a tunnel, as they are now, but were possibly on the wall of a larger chapter room of the monastery.

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Marty has already spent time connecting with the stone to release the image,  leaving this beautiful work of art to inspire future generations.  Keep up to date with this historic and creative endeavor; we will be taking video and photos to share the process! The finished work of art will be placed next to the beautiful paved labyrinth that Marty created at the same property last year.

The best artist has that thought alone
Which is contained within the marble shell;
The sculptor’s hand can only break the spell
To free the figures slumbering in the stone.

– Michelangelo

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Information and photos provided for Labyrinths in Stone by Jeff Saward of Labyrinthos – see “The Alatri Labyrinth Fresco” by Giancarlo Pavat in Caerdroia 40.

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The labyrinth at Hap Magee Park in Danville CA is a beautiful tribute to William Schramm of Alamo CA.  “Will” was in a tragic car accident at the age of 24, shortly after he had found labyrinth walking, and made it part of his spiritual practice.  Will,  will always be known as “The Traveling Diamond” and through the path of this labyrinth he will sparkle on!

Will’s family and friends, the community, The San Ramon Valley Methodist Church and the circles of friends in which he was a part, came together to make this dream of having a labyrinth in Hap Magee Park become a reality.

We feel truly honored that we were the ones chosen to create this beautiful labyrinth, it takes a lot of time, effort and organization to make a project like this happen!  We are so proud that it will be there for many generations to come!  Special thanks to Steve Johnson for his heartfelt photography work.  Bringing even more blessings along the path!

 

 

 

 

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Contact Us

We’d love to hear from you. Please get in touch with your questions, comments, or feedback.

Labyrinths in Stone,
211 Windham Circle,
Yorkville, IL 60560.

Tel: 630-553-5305
Email: artisticpaver@sbcglobal.net

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The labyrinth is finished and we have returned to Illinois.  We are so happy to have had the opportunities to see such a beautiful valley and be touched by the nature the land and by the people!

Our clients are thrilled with their labyrinth and we will be returning soon to add to this beautiful and sacred space at “Corkwood” in St Helena CA.

 

 

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Labyrinth for Healing Steps

This labyrinth came into the world by people coming together! How beautiful…watch this video of the labyrinth we made in Huntsville AL.  What is needed most in today’s world!   Interfaith, Healing, a lasting Prayer Space for all to enjoy!

http://www.waff.com/story/30581867/new-huntsville-prayer-space-aims-for-interfaith-healing

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Our New Book

Miracles Along the Path: Heart Warming Stories from the Labyrinth.
Now available for purchase in our Gift Shop, $35.00 for soft cover plus $6.00 for shipping and handling.

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Located in the Healing Garden of the Hospital

The Reflection Labyrinth Brick Paver Labyrinth installed by Marty Kermeen and Labyrinths in Stone

People have been asking if pavers/bricks are a good choice for a labyrinth in the hospital environment? We decided to call Ken Moore, Executive Director of Holzer Center for Cancer. We had the good fortune to build our Reflection Labyrinth design using pavers in their wonderful healing garden in 2004. We asked Mr. Moore if they had experienced any problems. He said he didn’t think so but he would look into it further. Reading his return email you will see that if the pavers are installed properly, they are the perfect surface for a labyrinth at any hospital or clinic.

Please read below~

Hi Marty,

As promised, I just took an IV pole loaded with an IV pump over the labyrinth in our Healing Garden. I had no difficulty moving the pole over the bricks, in fact, it was more difficult to move the pole over the different flooring transitions in our center (carpet to tile, etc.).

We are still very pleased with the quality of the finished labyrinth.  I would recommend  your product to anyone.

Ken Moore
Executive Director for Cancer, Gallipolis, Ohio

 Here is a great video the hospital had made about the Labyrinth and Healing Garden

Video courtesy of Holzer Center for Cancer Care.