World Labyrinth Day

World Labyrinth Day 2020World Labyrinth Day will go on despite the COVID-19 crisis. We need the peace of labyrinths more than ever. However, we have set up different guidelines this year. Go to our News Updates page for WLD guidelines, news updates, and updates on Gathering. Keep reading for resources and more information about World Labyrinth Day.

World Labyrinth Day is an annual event sponsored by The Labyrinth Society as a worldwide action to “walk as one at 1” local time to create a rolling wave of peaceful energy across the globe. Every year on the first Saturday in May thousands of people around the world participate in this moving meditation for world peace. A brief history of World Labyrinth Day was compiled in 2018 for the 10th anniversary of World Labyrinth Day and 20th anniversary of The Labyrinth Society.

Members of the Labyrinth Society are encouraged to facilitate group walks at public labyrinths to engage your community and amplify our collective energy. World Labyrinth Day is also a great opportunity to introduce others to the path by organizing lectures, workshops, tours, book readings, or art exhibitions, or by building temporary or permanent labyrinths.

In 2019, the Australian Labyrinth Network initiated World Labyrinth Day in Schools on the Friday before World Labyrinth Day. This extension of World Labyrinth Day encourages school communities to participate in this worldwide movement of walking for peace.

 

World Labyrinth Day 2020: Saturday, May 2

Celebrate the 12th annual World Labyrinth Day and “Walk as One at 1” in the afternoon to sustain a wave of peaceful energy across all time zones. Build a labyrinth, lead a workshop or facilitate an event, and walk along with thousands of people in dozens of countries around the world, from South Africa to the Americas and from Norway to New Zealand.

If you are new to labyrinths, find one to walk in your area using the World-Wide Labyrinth Locator. You can also learn to draw or build a simple labyrinth with links in our resources section below. Already planning an event? Fill out our survey and be counted on the WLD 2020 Google Form.

If you are unable to “Walk as One at 1,” other opportunities to participate include tracing a finger labyrinth on paper or using a mobile app. Labyrinth walks and events can also be held in the morning or evening, as others will be walking in unison with you in other time zones. Just as there is a wide variety of uses of the labyrinth, creativity and diversity are encouraged in celebrating this event. Here is a slideshow showcasing a variety of WLD images shared on social media in 2017.

Amid all of the sensible and necessary precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, it may be advisable to approach World Labyrinth Day (the first Saturday in May) a little differently this year. The Labyrinth Society would like to suggest smaller celebrations and more individual participation, paired with a united effort to connect with more people worldwide as we all face this difficult situation together.

The labyrinth has much to offer in this uncertain time. As a meditative activity, it can help to reduce stress, tension, and anxiety, lower heart rate and blood pressure, and encourage relaxation and insightful introspection. As we cope with social distancing and quarantines, being part of the worldwide labyrinth community can help to mitigate isolation and loneliness.

The Labyrinth Society Global Group on Facebook has over 9,000 members from 100 different countries. We offer this challenge: share this wonderful community and all that the labyrinth has to offer, and let's see if we can reach 10,000 members as we celebrate the 12th annual World Labyrinth Day.

Lima, Peru shared by triskel tacuarembo

Here are a Dozen Ways to Celebrate World Labyrinth Day!

  • Ahead of World Labyrinth Day, help spread the word by posting flyers, sharing on social media, and listing your event on the TLS Events Calendar.
  • Walk as One at 1 in the afternoon (or as time permits).
  • Trace or draw a finger labyrinth on paper or by using a smartphone or tablet app.
  • Facilitate or join a group walk at your school, church, local beach, park or with friends.
  • Host or join a lecture, workshop, art exhibition or tour
  • Build a temporary or permanent labyrinth
  • Find a new labyrinth or submit an unlisted site to the World-Wide Labyrinth Locator.
  • Write a blog post, newsletter submission, letter to the editor, or article for print or the internet
  • Join the TLS 365 Experience, read the posts and daily suggestion for a walk, design, or concept. Comment or share your experience. 
  • Share and view WLD stories, photos, and videos on Social Media using the hashtag #LabyrinthDay.
  • Read labyrinth books, watch movies, or sing songs.
  • Create a labyrinth art project, exhibition, or drawing class.
  • Purchase a WLD t-shirt, sign, mug, or sticker!

Warsaw, Poland by Sylwia Hanff

World Labyrinth Day Local Event Posters (with blank space for your event info):

WLD Poster - Color - print quality (.pdf 2.2MB)

WLD Poster - Grayscale - print quality (.pdf 785K)

For more information about World Labyrinth Day, contact the WLD Coordinator. Press photos are available from previous years for publication in print and online as well as assistance finding local participants for quotes and coverage in your area.