Media, bloggers and producers are welcome to quote Dr Rainbird’s Fast facts about Labyrinths and the 2017 Labyrinths for Life World Tour. Dr Margaret Rainbird is available for interviews and quotes on all things to do with labyrinths, as well as on details to do with her tour, workshops and courses.
Fast Facts about Labyrinths
- Labyrinths are being revived worldwide as a tool for walking meditation. They provide space for healing to take place.
- A labyrinth can be walked by an individual or a group. It can be approached with reverence and solemnity, with joy and exuberance, with trepidation or liberation. In some walks it’s all of the above in the one experience
- As we walk the labyrinth we may have the opportunity to experience growing inner peace and calm. As our mind focuses on the path the rest of us has the opportunity to question, to quieten, to go within.
- We learn much about ourselves in the process of walking the labyrinth. One thing that quickly becomes clear is how easy it is (or not) for us to let go, trust our feet and quieten our mind.
- Every person’s experience of a labyrinth is different and every time you walk a labyrinth will be different.
- Labyrinths in themselves have no religious associations. They can be incorporated in to a memorial service, a wedding ceremony, a retreat, a pagan festival or a religious observance.
- As an archetype it draws us deeply, but our use of it and response to it can take on any flavour or purpose we like.
- Labyrinths provide a space for ritual, rest and renewal.
- Labyrinths provide people with a chance to come and reacquaint themselves with their own courage and resilience while going through turbulent times
- Labyrinths offer a sanctuary in which people can to do their own healing, in their time and at their own pace
- Labyrinths offer the opportunity to gather with others with healing intent and focus.
- The healing influence of the labyrinth extends beyond the individual to the community it resides within.
- The labyrinth has appeared across time in different cultures since the Bronze Age, 4000 years ago. It has taken many different forms and been used for different purposes: many of which we can only speculate on now.
- The labyrinth on the floor of Chartres Cathedral in France was used to complete a religious pilgrimage during times when it wasn’t safe to travel to Jerusalem. For greater penitence many would walk it on their knees.
- The labyrinth works on both a literal and a metaphorical level.
- Walking a labyrinth can help people find a path through difficult and stressful times.
- There is always a way through, but its very rarely linear. Throughout the twists and turns you just need to keep walking.
Fast Facts about Dr Rainbird
- Dr Margaret Rainbird is a mindfulness teacher, mentor and workshop facilitator. She has spent 30 years studying medical disciplines and other healing modalities
- Dr Rainbird worked initially as a general practitioner in a variety of settings including a Somali refugee camp, the Kirketon Road Centre in Kings Cross and the Wholistic Medicine Centre in Surry Hills. Her most recent medical role has been as a palliative care specialist at Calvary Hospital Kogarah.
- In addition to her medical work and training she attained a Graduate Diploma in Counselling at the College Of Applied Psychology. Further areas of training have included positive psychology, coaching and mentoring. These have led to work in corporate and not for profit sectors.
- A personal and professional interest is the prevention of burnout in health professionals.
- Another deeply personal and much treasured experience was a diploma in shamanic studies, and describes it as a refreshing approach that is based on a predominantly experiential stance rather than an intellectual one.
- It was going through a particularly stressful time, personally and professionally, that triggered Margaret’s interest in MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction). She had learnt to meditate decades before but hadn’t established a regular practice. It was the requirement of the course that she do daily practice, both formal and informal, that helped her to take the practice to heart and subsequently allow it to slowly and subtly change her and her life.
- She has done her mindfulness teacher training through Mindfulness Training Institute of Australiasia.
Fast Facts about the 2017 Labyrinths for Life World Tour
- While experiencing a particularly depleted and despairing time in her life, Margaret found that walking the labyrinth was one of the things that kept her going. This made her committed to bringing this winding and mysterious path to other people enduring similar stresses and challenges.
- In 2017 Margaret will begin her 365 Labyrinths world tour, which will see her visit, walk or experience one labyrinth a day for 365 days
- Margaret’s 365 Labyrinth tour will see Margaret visit New Zealand, the United States and Europe
- Margaret will be running labyrinth workshops or facilitated walks as part of her 365 Labyrinths tour
- Margaret’s background as doctor as well as labyrinth facilitator and mindfulness practitioner give her unique ways to enter and speak to the hearts of people going through tough times
- Margaret is available for workshops, lectures and presentations.