October 24, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Arizona Senior Academy Great Room

A seven circuit classical labyrinth. The path to follow to the center appears in purple

What is a labyrinth? Is it the same thing as a maze? Why do people build them?  Fresh from The Labyrinth Society’s Annual Gathering in Chicago, Dawna Peterson will give us some answers in a talk on labyrinths at 3:30 PM on Wednesday, October 24 in the Great Room of the Arizona Senior Academy.

Dawna Peterson has been fascinated by labyrinths for more than 15 years.  After building a labyrinth at her church in 2007, she pursued labyrinth facilitator training and became a Certified Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator.  She enjoys walking labyrinths alone, sharing the labyrinth with others: walking together, building together, witnessing together, making labyrinth art together, and listening to stories of labyrinth experiences.

Her talk will include a bit of history (including that of the AV labyrinth), a bit of mystery, and wonderful photos of labyrinths from around the world.  Labyrinths have been in existence for at least 4000 years. They were popular in medieval times in conjunction with pilgrimages.  People are attracted to them for many reasons, including pure aesthetic design, spiritual meditation, and environmental art.  The talk will touch on different types and modern usages as well as how to draw a labyrinth, how to find a labyrinth nearby anywhere in the world, and the difference between a labyrinth and a maze.

It will conclude with an invitation to walk the Academy Village labyrinth, which is patterned after the 12thcentury labyrinth set into the stones on the floor of the Chartres Cathedral in France.

Written by Sabra Anderson, Academy Village Volunteer

Oct. 24 The Labyrinth: A Winding, Diverse Path