with Annette Reynolds..
return to Sacred Geometry master
More info- The Labyrinth Project of Alabama - Annette's
on an early morning walk
felt like turning inside out..
borrowed the broom from the hotel
on the beach...
took 5 min...
from the 1997 Alabama Chaplain's
Conference in Gulf Shores, AL,
Annette Reynolds, Founder
The Labyrinth Project of Alabama
My labyrinth journey started in 1994 while on a pilgrimage to
Glastonbury, England. A few months later, I intuitively co-created
a labyrinth in my garden with flour and corn meal (which is still
my media of choice for creating labyrinths.) I walk the labyrinth
daily. This sweet labyrinth has been a "grief catcher,"
a loving lap, and healing place for me.
My garden labyrinth became a pilgrimage site. I would find people
milling around my yard and find special "gifts" of the
heart placed in the labyrinth. The Labyrinth Project of Alabama
was born. I realized I had tapped into the roots of a powerful
collective tool that people were longing for. I began introducing
the labyrinth to the people of Alabama,"planting seeds,"
and incorporating the labyrinth into my work in the world.
I attended many labyrinth-related conferences including sacred
geometry and dowsers conferences, the three labyrinth national
conferences, as well as the Veriditas Facilitator Training. I
am thankful for being affiliated and guided by spiritually-based
and action-oriented labyrinth pioneers who make up these umbrella
organizations. They have provided me the knowledge, leadership,
and support to take the step to make the labyrinth my primary
work. The labyrinth speaks to and is at the heart of holistic
health. When I go to work, I like to bring all of me along. As
a registered art therapist, registered nurse, spiritual director,
educator, or workshop facilitator, my work is multi-dimensional,
weaving together the physical, emotional and spiritual.
The focus of my labyrinth lecture, slide presentations, and workshops
is to honor spiritual pilgrimage, the body, intuition, imagery,
creativity, nature, and connection. I emphasize the relationship
between the demise of the Divine Feminine (spiritual), the marginalization
and abuse of women (emotional / physical), and the abuse and depletion
of the earth (physical / environmental). I co-create 7-circuit
earth labyrinths and offer a choice of three canvas labyrinths
to walk: a 36' Chartres/Grace, a 24' Classical 7-circuit, or a
12' rainbow labyrinth, as well as Labyrinth Gardens. I create
and facilitate labyrinth rituals, as well as inspire labyrinth
movement and dance. I enjoy co-creating the sacred space for labyrinth
walks along with the sponsors of the event. Veils, natural elements,
art, journaling materials, and finger walking labyrinths are available
for creating mandalas, images, and for enhancing participants
experience. I believe that growth, transformation, and healing
is a process. Often the most difficult part is taking the first
step. Mother Earth (She may be part Southern-Belle! ) and I make
Alabama, red clay seeds for each workshop participant. Individuals
and groups are invited to plant their seeds to concretize and
empower their intention. Making these seeds from the earth, also
helps me focus my intention and feel the connection between Spirit,
the participants, the earth, and myself.
I have helped co-create many permanent earth labyrinths in Alabama
and have facilitated over 50 labyrinth events worldwide. Some
of the conference workshops I have had the privilege of facilitating
are: the 1996 Arts and Creativity Conference in Russia and Lithuania,
the 1996 Labyrinth Conference at Omega Institute, the 1997 Alabama
Chaplain's Conference in Gulf Shores, AL, the 1997 Journey into
Wholeness Conference in St. Simon's Island, GA., the 1997 Labyrinth
Conference, Sacramento, CA, 1997 Women of Vision Global Link-Up
Day, Birmingham, AL, and the 1997 American Art Therapy Association
Conference, Milwaukee, WI.
I suppose my main contribution is having the opportunity to introduce
the labyrinth to this area of the country. I am honored and grateful
to be a part of the labyrinth community.
creating the Chartres/Grace 11 circuit
and after creating the sacred space,
we enter it..
and walk the labyrinth.
for info. on labyrinth sacred space workshop experiences
with Annette Reynolds