Labyrinths in Places

Labyrinths are found in many places. Some are permanent and some are brought in temporarily for events. The challenge for labyrinth enthusiasts is often how to get permission to introduce a labyrinth into a specific environment. This section of the website examines some of the places where labyrinths may be found, the benefits of having them there, how they are used, and how people were able to install them there in the first place!

2. Why Community Labyrinths?

While many churches have either temporary canvas labyrinths or more permanent installations, it is important to have labyrinths in public, secular settings. In a neutral space such as a public park, diverse groups are more likely to come together and share this powerful experience, providing opportunities for community engagement and healing. Therefore, the labyrinth and surrounding environment should not contain symbols or attempt an interpretation to insure that no one feels excluded. Individuals are then able to bring their own interpretation and meaning to the labyrinth experience. However, community labyrinths can be an opportunity to address community issues. 

Possibilities in Economic Development
An investment in labyrinths could potentially impact economic development. Features such as the labyrinth fit right into retaining and attracting creative talent, along with enlivening the area in which they are offered and providing an unusual and interesting centerpiece for community events. Creative workers and leaders from business and the non-profit sectors must work together to build the caring and learning communities needed today. When the labyrinth is utilized intentionally as a tool for harnessing the creative power of individuals, organizations, and institutions, who knows what the ripple effect can be for the community at large. Labyrinths can be part of a community engagement initiative to bring leaders together from many different sectors (such as business, non-profits, educational institutions, etc.). Widespread adoption of labyrinths as tools for personal and organizational development could ultimately impact the creative output of an entire community. As tools for creativity, team-building, and problem-solving, labyrinths can be used to cultivate the creative and cultural capital of a community, enhancing innovation and promoting a strong economy.