Welcome to my Labyrinths Pilgrimage

Hello. Thank your for visiting Labyrinths for Life. My name is Dr Margaret Rainbird. In 2017, I’m setting off on a personal quest to walk a different labyrinth every day for all 365 days!!!

For those of you who don’t know already, a labyrinth is a path for walking for meditation. Unlike a maze, its intention is not to present you with a puzzle to be solved. Although a labyrinth often looks complex and convoluted it has only one path in to the centre and out again. Rather than end up frazzled and frustrated like we may exploring a maze with a labyrinth we have the potential to leave the experience more settled. It can provide a respite from the constant demands of our modern life.

Travel with my on my journey!

Blue Labyrinth Retreat

Auckland Labyrinth Exploration

Colorado Labyrinth Tour

Nevada Trek



Latest from the Labyrinths for Life Blog

Bookends to the first six months of my pilgrimage

There were significant bookends to the first 6 months of my pilgrimage. I started out with the the workshop in Chartres in May and my time in the USA ended with the annual gathering of the Labyrinth Society on Bainbridge Island in Puget Sound at the end of October....

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Arizona Dreaming

Tuscon My host and labyrinth ‘tour guide’ in Tucson was the wonderful Lynn Jarzombek. Together we visited beautiful desert labyrinths in church grounds, retreat centers and a resort but my favourite (I know there’s a recurring theme here) was at Peppi’s...

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Labyrinths in Miinnesota: Woodwinds Hospital, Woodbury

Dancing Woman I was keen to visit the Minneapolis/ St Paul/ Hudson area because I had been told it had one of the highest concentrations of labyrinths in the country. This is partly due to the indomitable Lisa Moriarty who is responsible for building a...

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Labyrinths in Chicago and Rockford

Chicago On August 13 I made the journey from the home of alligators, jambalaya, Southern mansions, the occasional confederate flag and majestic Live Oak trees to a highrise building in downtown Chicago where I enjoyed the hospitality of Tracey...

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Labyrinths in South Carolina, USA

South Carolina As I was recovering from my surgery and wondering how I was going to manage this trip I got an image of being passed from the hand of one person to the next. A lot of my progress has been an approximation of that. In going from...

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Labyrinths in North Carolina, USA

North Carolina In Charlotte, North Carolina I got to hang out with the wonderful Catherine Anderson whose talents as a teacher range across labyrinths, soul collage and photography. Her studio felt like a big play room full to the brim with books (we own...

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Sandy Robertson’s Labyrinth: Edinburgh

Edinburgh did it’s best with fine Scottish weather when I arrived: cold, wet, windy and miserable so I took refuge in the Surgeons’ Hall Museums. Learnt some fascinating things including the revelation that Arthur Conan Doyle studied medicine and based...

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Rituals and Reflections in Scotland

STRONACHIE LODGE AND DOLLAR After Dunure and Dundee, we visited two friends of Grahame’s: the proud owners of a labyrinth that he built in their garden. Brian and Janette were extremely welcoming people who provided a cuppa and cake as a prelude to our...

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Labyrinths in Scotland

It wasn’t my intention to go to Scotland on this trip. I dearly love the place but research on the labyrinth locator left me with the impression that the labyrinths were few and far flung. Then I was told about Grahame Gardner, a dowser and labyrinth...

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Leaving England

My last two ports in England before departure were Birmingham and Oxford. I attended a labyrinth workshop conducted by Jan Sellers at Woodforde Quaker Study Centre in Birmingham. There, I got to mingle for a day with other labyrinth lovers and learn from...

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More Labyrinths in England – and some learnings

Compton and Guildford On another day we visited the Watts Memorial Chapel in Compton. This highly elaborate structure was built in 1896 by an artist, Mary Watts and many other people of the village. It is highly ornate inside and out, in what is said to be...

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Labyrinths in Ferring Beach, Canturbury and Kent

Ferring Beach Among my favourite labyrinths are ones drawn on the beach. Mandy and I ventured down to Ferring beach at evening low tide. I drew a classic labyrinth in the hard, ripple-patterned wet sand. We walked it. I wandered in to the water which was...

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Labyrinths in England

Back in England, exploring labyrinths in Bath and Sussex Bath The first labyrinth that I hunted down on my return to England was at the top of Solsbury Hill near Batheaston. As with most of the labyrinths so far, I found it difficult to locate. All I knew...

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