What do labyrinths and the expressive arts have in common? Both offer us the time and space to unplug from the busyness and distractions of our daily lives.
Based on a spiral, a labyrinth is a path that leads to a center point. Unlike a maze, you can’t get lost in a labyrinth – there is only one way in and one way out.
In this workshop, you’ll learn how to draw a labyrinth in the medieval style inspired by the labyrinth found at the Cathedral of Chartres, France. Once drawn, we’ll “walk” along the path by adding color and journal writing. This is a lovely activity that will give you time to reflect on where you’re at on your life’s journey.
What you’ll get in this retreat experience.
- Explore how to use labyrinths for meditation, discernment, setting intentions and manifesting.
- Step-by-Step instructions on how to draw a labyrinth inspired by the medieval style labyrinth found at Chartres Cathedral.
- Beautifully designed handouts for future reference.
- Instructional how-to video
- Guided Meditation mp3 to download
What you’ll need.
- Pencil and Eraser
- Journal or Notebook
- Paper (at least 8″ x 8″)
- Your Favorite Drawing & Coloring Supplies
Now available on demand.
“Letting Go” by Kathryn Costa
Using the instructions from the Labyrinth Mandala Art Retreat, I drew the medieval style labyrinth freehand. That was a first! It was so much fun to “let go” of the tools, the perfectionism, and to feel the movement of the circles as I drew them.
I filled the path with little shapes and patterns as I thought about times when my busyness builds up and I hit that point of letting go and surrendering the habit of controlling a process or holding too tightly to an outcome.
For me creating mandalas is about the process and how it reflects where I’m at in the moment.
The best part of what I do is showing others how to create cool stuff and awaken their creative spirit.
“Four Elements Labyrinth” by Kathryn Costa
When I started this labyrinth I knew that I wanted to divide it into four quadrants. Then it dawned on me that the four elements, air, water, fire, and earth would be a great subject for each of these areas. At the center I considered drawing a sun but discovered a stencil of star shapes that was my late mothers and I loved the idea of using it.
To create a sense of continuity and to make the path more visible, I finished the design by adding little stars. It reminded me of “The Fates” oracle card that I pulled earlier in the week from Colette Baron-Reid’s “Wisdom of the Oracle” deck. Here we see a woman who can’t see the stars in her path. She can sense them, feel them. This card is about accepting “what is” and that there are some things in life we will never have control over. We may not ever understand why certain events occurred. What we can do is accept the mystery and work with what the events present and past have to teach us.
I’ve been feeling a bit lost on my path these days and even though I have so many wonderful new opportunities there have been others that haven’t worked out. In my labyrinth the stars represent my unique path in life. I see this as my constellation. As I run my finger along the path of my labyrinth, I notice that the elements are ever present to support me as I find my way.
How might you use an oracle deck with your labyrinth art?
Root Chakra Labyrinth by Kathryn Costa
I used my root chakra stencil and traced the innermost part of the stencil for the center of this labyrinth. I reached for earthy tones as I filled in the path to reflect the essence of the root chakra. I love that I now have this labyrinth to use at times when I’m feeling stressed or uneasy especially around finances. I can walk this labyrinth tracing the path with my finger as I use root chakra affirmations to shift my energy and feelings from fear to possibility. I’m eager to create a labyrinth now for each of the chakras.