By Toya Richards
A labyrinth, if used spiritually, can guide a person on an inward journey. Yet that can’t happen without first having access to one of these intricate, circular structures.
Learning to build a labyrinth, as well as the basics of sacred geometry and its application to labyrinths, will be the focus of the upcoming labyrinth conference at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
“Seeking the Symmetry of the Soul” will take place Oct. 26-30 and will feature Robert Ferré, president of St. Louis-based Labyrinth Enterprises LLC. The event is a joint effort of the Seminary, Farmington Historic Plantation and Sullivan University.
“This is a very hands-on kind of training,” said Ferré. “It is a training that will show [participants] how labyrinths are constructed.”
The seminar portion of the conference will include information on classical and medieval labyrinth design principles and building permanent and temporary labyrinths. The latter half of the conference will involve attendees actually constructing a labyrinth at the Farmington Historic Plantation in Louisville.
Many people are interested in walking labyrinths, but often there isn’t one available, said Ferré.
“It would be a very useful piece of knowledge for them to know how to make a labyrinth,” for themselves, churches, schools, counseling practices, among many other locations, he said.
Ferré, described as the Geometrician of the Sacred, pointed out that labyrinths have many benefits, including reducing stress and exercise. Yet used spiritually, labyrinths can “help us to go within,” he said.
In a labyrinth certain geometry and ways of turning can aid in that inward journey, said Ferré, who has designed and built more than 1,000 full-size walkable labyrinths. The sacred geometry of labyrinths can enable users to imagine going back “into the divine mind to see what the principles of creation were.”
Those principles, in turn, can be used in other forms of creating, which has been done with most all sacred structures, he said. “The shape of things matters. …The geometry of things makes a difference.”
For online registration go to: Labyrinth Conference Registration
MON-WED, October 26-28—LABYRINTH SEMINAR
- The basics of sacred geometry and its application to labyrinths
- Classical and medieval labyrinth design principles
- Considerations for building permanent and temporary labyrinths
- How to build a masking tape labyrinth in 15 minutes
- Principles for making your own contemporary design
- Tips on how to get a labyrinth for your... (church, school, hospital)
- Networking time to discuss your labyrinth-making needs
THURS-FRI, October 29-30—BUILDING A CHARTRES STYLE LABYRINTH
Participants will join Robert Ferré in constructing a brick path Chartres style labyrinth on the grounds of Farmington Plantation in Louisville.
Tuition for the Labyrinth Seminar: Oct. 26-28, 2009, is $75 per person. $40 per person for groups of three or more from a single organization.
Tuition for “Building a Chartres Style Labyrinth”: Oct 29-30, 2009, is $75 per person. $40 per person for groups of three or more from a single organization.
Tuition for both the Seminar and "Building a Labyrinth" events together is $75 for each event.
Meals are on your own. Breakfast and lunch will be available in the Louisville Seminary cafeteria for the seminar and at Sullivan University for the building event.
For more information contact David Sawyer at 502.992.9372
Housing is available at Louisville Seminary’s Laws Lodge Retreat and Conference Center. Contact the Lodge at 502.992.0220 for information and reservations.