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.

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.

We are enjoying the beauty of vineyards, people, mountains and the forest.  Our clients have commissioned a beautiful “Interactive work of Art!”  At their complex in “Wine Country”!

Labyrinth at "Corkwood" St. Helena CA

Labyrinth at “Corkwood”
St. Helena CA

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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!

 

 

 

 

The concrete paver labyrinth originally located at 4th and Market Street, Galveston Island, Texas, was installed by professional labyrinth builder Marty Kermeen in March 2001. An environmentally sound habitat garden was planted in early 2003 (by Mark Fox), which surrounds the stone labyrinth. The labyrinth is a powerful process tool which offers an opportunity for people to open to deeper dimensions of human experience. Because its appeal is universal, it embraces people from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life, whether they are students, teachers, patients, caregivers, community citizens or island visitors.

After the property was up for grabs, a small group of people on the island wanted to save the labyrinth and began working together to raise awareness of this wonderful tool. It worked because Moody Methodist Church stepped right up and commissioned the original builder Marty Kermeen to come back and move the labyrinth brick by brick to their new home at the church.

The labyrinth will be loved for many generations to come! May peace, goodness, and love be found on the path!

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The labyrinth is a powerful, complex design of which evidence has been found as far back as 5000 years. Scholars from many disciplines continue to examine its complicated and largely unknown history, but there is little agreement about its ultimate origin, meaning, and use. Most think, however, that ancient peoples used the labyrinth to experience and celebrate their relationship to life, nature, and the world.

 

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Labyrinths in Stone

211 Windham Circle Yorkville, IL  60560

Debi and Marty Kermeen

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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

GraniTite labyrinth at Friendship Village

We make beautiful permanent GraniTite labyrinths; here is one at a retirement village. One lady said, “The labyrinth changed my life as soon as I started walking it. I’m learning to trust my pathway as I’m aging. It’s helping me to find courage and optimism on my journey of aging.”