Why Build a Labyrinth?
A labyrinth is a work of art, place of beauty, a place of peace, a place to relieve stress and improve mindfulness, and a pathway that may lead to answers.
Labyrinths are used to problem solve, improve focus while tuning out distractions, bring clarity and spark imagination. A labyrinth provides the space to let go and leave the complexities of life at the entrance, finding an opportunity in the twists and turns to connect with creative genius.
What is a Labyrinth?
Labyrinths are ancient, archetypal symbols that are based on patterns in nature and are found throughout the world in diverse shapes and sizes. Our bodies resonate with these natural patterns. Studies have shown that when the mind relaxes, the body relaxes.
A labyrinth and a maze are two sides of the same coin. A maze has false starts, dead ends and high walls. While a labyrinth, is usually defined by being flat upon the ground with a single path that takes you to a center place; both physically and metaphorically. You lose yourself in a maze and find yourself in a labyrinth.
Labyrinth Design & Consultations
Lea works with private individuals as well as corporations, developers, contractors, architects, foundations, museums, schools and universities, municipalities, hospitals, and individuals. Lea as a Creative Designer has a vast international resource of collegial designers and artists to work with.
Labyrinth Installation Supervision
Lea assists her clients in coordinating artisans, material selection, and site preparation.
Corporate & Group Labyrinth Workshops
Lea provides experiential and educational presentations on the history, application, and art of labyrinth design and use.
Lea is available to create and facilitate special events that may require a temporary labyrinth or utilize the event around a preexisting installation.
"The Schulz Museum labyrinth had an auspicious beginning, as the director and I decided to attend a talk and demonstration by Lea Goode-Harris on the afternoon of September 11, 2001. I thought the sense of what a labyrinth embodies is just what I wanted to share at our Museum. Any time I see visitors, running, walking or just sitting in the Labyrinth, it makes my heart jump.
Labyrinths find their own way in the world, we are only their handlers.
/ Robert Ferré, Master Labyrinth Builder /
Decades ago Lea and I had many discussions about labyrinths: their origins, our obligation to make them, nurture them, and keep them safe. Together we made decisions about finalizing the Santa Rosa pattern, about a license to reproduce it, and about other matters pertaining to making labyrinths as a business, but in fact, none of that is the main story. The underlying motivation was always how to get out of our own way and let the power and potential of the labyrinth shine through.
Lea recognized that being the originator and caretaker of a labyrinth is both an awesome honor and a great responsibility, a holy appointment that transcends ego and personality. It requires a person of sensitivity, openness, compassion and, yes, love. No one represents these qualities better than Lea. Clearly she was chosen by some higher power and for good reason. Her work, her creativity, and her glorious personhood speak for themselves. But wait, I think I have it backwards. It has really been the labyrinth that has taken care of Lea all these years, a match made in heaven manifested beautifully in the world.