Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
| 1. What is a labyrinth?
Labyrinths are ancient designs found in cultures around the
world. The path, pictured above appears to be a maze but in
actuality, it is a meditative walking path. It is a replica
of the labyrinth in Chartres Cathedral installed in the 12th
century. There are Cretan, Native American, Greek, Turkish,
Celtic and other ancient labyrinth designs. The labyrinth is
used in corporate team building applications as well as individual
self discovery workshops. Unlike a maze, there is only one way
in and one way out.
2. What is its purpose?
The labyrinth can be used as mirror for life. There is one way to
the center. Clarity Concepts designs corporate and community programs
with the labyrinth which include:
We have a unique process of blending our Corporate
Visioning and Strategy Facilitation with interspersed labyrinth
walks to assist members of groups in finding their own inner wisdom,
which then supports the circle of the group.
3. How is the labyrinth used?
There are many ways to approach the labyrinth including an open
mind meditation, walking into the labyrinth with a question, taking
a walk in your group or community, using the labyrinth as a place
of prayer and contemplation, focusing on new ideas and creativity
or simply just walking in to relax and let go of any stresses of
the day. There is no right or wrong way to walk the labyrinth.
4. What is the imagery in the labyrinth?
The labyrinth is designed through systematic geometry. The labyrinth
has circuits, or circles to the center, often an image of wholeness.
There is a thirteen pointed start that is invisible in the labyrinth.
There are four lunar months on a full Chartres labyrinth around
the edge. The pathways meander like the flow of a river. The center
is often called the rose and its petals. There is a cross through
5. What themes do you use in your
labyrinth programs? We have some upcoming
events focused on peace walks. Other themes we use include flow,
life balance, stress release, forgiveness, creativity and effective
6. How does the labyrinth work?
The labyrinth has the set the mind free by providing both a clear
path and an environment of trust and liberty. The path is sure to
lead you to the center, yet the turns surprise you and take you
to another side of the labyrinth in just seconds. There is also
something very powerful about the fact that you are walking a design
that many have walked for centuries.
7. When is your next workshop?
We hold an annual walk for peace on New Years Eve in King
of Prussia, PA. Contact Us if you wish
to be notified of this or other event.
Corporate Labyrinth Programs
The labyrinth is used to support your group process.
Our labyrinths have been used for such engagements as:
Vanguard Corporation: Stress Management Lecture
and Labyrinth Walk
Siemens Corporation: Wellness Fair and Labyrinth Walk
Risk and Insurance Management Society (Delaware Valley):
National Association of Women Business Owners (Philadelphia):
Take Charge of your Life Event
Labyrinth Facilitator Background
Jane Marie Downey, M. Ed., is a certified labyrinth
facilitator with Veriditas. She has presented on labyrinth facilitation
for the last two years at The Labyrinth Society Annual conference.
Annually, she presents a week-long workshop at the RSI Asilomar
conference in Monterey, CA. Jane created two canvas Chartres labyrinths
in 1999. The 24 and 36 canvases were prepared by Jane
and her associate and then drawn by Stuart and Mary Bartholomous.
A core group who supported the labyrinth work painted the canvases.
In the four years since their creation, these labyrinths have been
featured at over 50 events with an estimated 2,500 walkers.
Selected Corporate and Community
Annual New Years Eve Community
Labyrinth Walk King of Prussia, PA (1999-2002)
National Liberty Museum Childrens Walk
Annual RSI Asilomar Conference Workshops and Walks (2000-2003)
Risk and Insurance Management Society (Delaware Valley)
Leadership Talk and Labyrinth Walk
Vanguard Corporation Labyrinth Walk and Stress Management
Workshop, Malvern, PA
Siemens Corporation Open Wellness Program Walk, Malvern,
Labyrinth Presentation on Fox Philadelphia, Good Morning
National Association of Women Business Owners, Holistic
Health Fair and Labyrinth Walk, Philadelphia
New England Labyrinth Symposium, Presentation on Labyrinth
Facilitation, Andover, MA
September 11th Memorial Walk for the Michael F. Lynch Foundation