Texas Labyrinths

Austin – St. David’s Cathedral


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This is a 36-foot Chartres style labyrinth. All the dimensions, including line and path width, size of center, etc. are decreased proportionately to retain the sacred geometry of Chartres. The labyrinth is located between St. David’s Cathedral and the nine story parking structure in an area that was formerly an alleyway. With vision, hard work and dedication they were able to turn the not-so-attractive alleyway into a beautiful prayer garden. As you can see by the photo they were so excited to use their new labyrinth that they could not wait for garden construction and plantings to be completed, before starting to enjoy their new labyrinth.

St. David's Labyrinth

 Austin – Unity Center


“Every now and then, we get to see the unmistakable evidence of God’s gift in a person. That is what’s happening here,” stated Rev. Jill C. Carey as she watched Marty install the Unity Center Labyrinth.

Sculpted in brown and moss green paving stones, this magnificent labyrinth is a precision replica of the Chartres pattern. The labyrinth is 39 feet in diameter, and the path is 12.5 inches wide, extending a total of 750 feet in length. A 3-inch crown ensures proper drainage; the perfectly smooth surface is fully handicapped accessible.

The exacting detail of the rosette center was achieved by using a rubbing of the labyrinth in Chartres Cathedral made by labyrinth scholar Robert Ferré, founder of the St. Louis Labyrinth Project, now Labyrinth Enterprises, LLC.

Take a closer look to see why Labyrinths in Stone is unrivaled in labyrinth design and installation. The Unity Center Labyrinth project was made possible by a generous gift from a member of Unity Center and by the efforts of the church’s liturgical staff. We are proud to have created this landmark for the Austin community.

 

Galveston


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Rotary Labyrinth and Meditation Garden

This labyrinth work of art was commissioned by the William Temple Episcopal Center and funded by Rotary International of Galveston, Texas. It is located on the campus of the University of Texas Medical Branch. The faculty and staff have come to know it as an interactive sculpture inspiring reflection and relaxation.

This magnificent labyrinth is a precision replica of the original Chartres design in France. It is 39 feet in diameter, and the path is 12 1/2 inches wide, extending a total of 750 feet in length. The labyrinth is a powerful process tool, which has the capacity to open people in a supportive way to the deeper dimensions of human experience. Because its appeal is universal, it embraces people from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life. It is truly a marriage of the medical field and human spiritual needs.

The UTMB was established in 1891 and the John Sealy Nurse’s Training School in 1890, making it the oldest nurse training school west of the Mississippi. The faculty consists of 3,000 with an additional 10,000 staff members. The campus spans 85 acres, 70 buildings, six hospitals, four schools, numerous research centers and the largest medical library in the southwest United States.

Student’s labyrinth design project

Before the construction process began, Dr. Jody Naderi, professor of Landscape Architecture at Texas A&M University in College Station, brought her class to Galveston. For two days, the students gathered information in order to design the “Rotary Labyrinth and Meditation Garden” as a class project.

The students walked a canvas labyrinth at William Temple Episcopal Center, visited with a physician and architect as well as other members of the Labyrinth Guild. They spent time at the actual site of the labyrinth garden to help them in creating their designs.

When the designs were finished, the students made models that were put on display at the William Temple Center. The medical staff, church members and the Kermeens were invited to view them as potential designs for the meditation garden. The Kermeen’s were proud to be a part of this design process with the architectural students… planting labyrinthine seeds into so many young, bright minds… taking this knowledge with them as they go out into the world expressing themselves through their art.

The William Temple Center is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas to The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. The Labyrinth joins the center’s Chaplaincy Programs and Spirituality in Healthcare Dialogues in its

mission of working with UTMB to provide for the spiritual needs of healthcare practitioners, students and patients and to help them discover the place of spirituality in the practice and education of all healthcare professionals.

Houston – Dominican Sisters


Sisters of Dominican Labyrinth

When we began researching information on creating a Chartres labyrinth – our journey led us directly to “The Chartres Labyrinth Trilogy” by Robert Ferré. After months of study, Marty was able to translate his teachings on how to paint a Chartres labyrinth into creating a work of art using paving stones. As our personal friendship grew, it became apparent to us that Robert is the world’s foremost expert on the sacred geometry contained within the Chartres labyrinth.

Upon the completion of our first Chartres labyrinth in Naperville, Illinois, we sent Master labyrinth maker Robert Ferré a few photographs of the project to show him what he had unknowingly helped us create. Shortly after receiving them, Robert invited Debi and Marty to join him in St Louis with 37 other labyrinth enthusiasts from around the world. The purpose of this gathering in 1998 was the formation of The Labyrinth Society, currently numbering over 500 members.

We are proud to announce that in 2002 we combined our extensive backgrounds and collaborated on two projects. This collaboration was born of our 20+ years of brick paving artistry and Robert’s experience of artfully painting over 650 labyrinths. Through a technique we’ve developed, we are able to produce beautiful, hand-scored and stained Chartres pattern with full detail at a cost effective price. One of these projects is this beautiful 47 foot Chartres created for the Dominican Sisters, Congregation of the Sacred Heart in Houston.

 

Houston – St. Paul’s Church


The beautiful hand-laid stone Labyrinth installed by Marty Kermeen, assisted by Dave Keller and in collaboration with Robert Ferre, on the Bankston Green is a gift of St. Paul’s Church to the greater Houston community. Modeled after the 13th century labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral, our path is used by modern day pilgrims seeking guidance and centering in their lives. While the labyrinth is available at most any time, we offer special walks and Days of Prayer on a regular basis. These events, led by Veriditas-trained labyrinth facilitators and certified Spiritual Directors, employ ritual and prayer to deepen the experience of all who participate.

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St. Paul’s offers after-school labyrinth walks, Advent events using the labyrinth, prayer vigils, retreats, and workshops.