I am an an artist, poet and labyrinth maker, creating beautiful spaces within and out in the world.
For as long as I can remember… being creative and discovering my connection with the beauty around me has been a guiding light throughout my life. I am passionate in my explorations of the profound impact that the art of creating intentional space has on us individually and and as a humans collectively.
While working on my doctorate, I walked a simple labyrinth design painted on a courtyard. I had a profound and unexpected experience and my life was forever changed. I wanted to know: Who first made these labyrinths? Where did they come from? And, how were they used? After many years I still do not know the answers to these questions. My search to find these answers have honed my skills as a labyrinth maker, an artist, and as a seeker of how our connection with our hearts, the world, and each other can be a spiritual practice. I used the Santa Rosa Labyrinth, a contemporary Neo-medieval design that I created while doing my doctoral research at the Institute of Imaginal Studies/ Meridian University, to explore and demonstrate the psychological significance of the labyrinth and what matters to the heart. My research focused specifically on the relevance of the life-long process of individuation with particular attention to the transitional period of adolescence using the labyrinth as a container for these explorations.
The labyrinth is a vibrant flowerbed of creation and the perfect place to plant seeds for the future.
/ Lea goode-Harris, Ph.D. /
Over the years, life has given me many opportunities to explore different modalities of self-discovery and ways of working with individuals and groups of people. I have found labyrinths to be one of the most effective and beautiful means of self-discovery that crosses cultural, spiritual, and personal challenges. I have created many traditional and contemporary labyrinth installations for both public and religious organizations, corporations, and individuals throughout the United States and internationally. Included among them are: the Santa Rosa Labyrinth, the SNOOPY™ Labyrinth for the Charles M. Schulz Museum, the Ladybug Labyrinth book for children (and adults).
My Santa Rosa Labyrinth design was installed on the first green roof-top garden in the United States by the American Psychological Association in Washington, DC. I have given classes and experiential labyrinth talks at Universities, Junior Colleges, High Schools, and to numerous organizations. I was the keynote speaker at the 4th annual New England Labyrinth Guild Festival in 2005, the Northwest Labyrinth Gathering in 2007, one of the three-featured speakers at the 2009 International Labyrinth Society Gathering, and one of the featured speakers at the Labyrinths in Britain Gathering, in 2018.
While pursuing a degree in nutrition, as I love to cook and teach others to cook with whole organic foods, I discovered that I had mercury poisoning in my teens and early twenties. This realization answered the mystery of severe illnesses and physical symptoms that have plagued me throughout my younger and later years. It has only been recently that I’ve begun to heal from the ramifications of being a dental assistant and handling raw mercury with my bare hands.
My love of making art and writing poetry has given me an even broader pallet of expression and the opportunity to teach others to tap into their creativity.
Besides a Doctorate in Psychology, I hold certificates in: Clinical Hypnosis, as an Executive Life Coach, a Nutritional Consultant, and a Facilitator of Expressive Arts.