Sacred Circle Labyrinths
When friends Jenni Cargill-Strong and Jacquelina Wills team up to make labyrinths, they call themselves ‘Sacred Circle Labyrinths’. As well as being a storyteller, Jenni is a trained labyrinth facilitator and labyrinth maker, while Jacquelina, her friend and colleague, is a community artist, well known for her spectacular earth mandalas.
Independently and together, Jacquelina and Jenni have created many ephemeral labyrinths in the Byron Shire. Jenni also created a permanent stone labyrinth for the Brunswick Heads Sculpture Nature Walk.
A labyrinth is an ancient and sacred form of walking meditation. It is distinct from a maze where you can get lost. In a labyrinth, there is only one way into the center and one way out, yet the winding path takes you in surprising directions: a rich metaphor for the journey of life and indeed the journey of many of life’s experiences and rites of passage, including marriage.
Having a labyrinth at your event not only enhances your experience and your guest’s experience, but it is also a beautiful piece of art which evokes the divine.
A labyrinth can enhance your space, wedding, festival, conference or event by creating a temporary or permanent labyrinth. A labyrinth provides an opportunity for you and your patrons, guests or clients to enter a calm, joyful and sacred space. For weddings, a labyrinth can be visited before and/ or after the ceremony, though some couples choose to hold their wedding ceremony inside the labyrinth, with their friends and family surrounding them in a circle.
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In her book, “The Way of the Labyrinth: A Powerful Meditation for Everyday Life,” Helen Curry says about labyrinth weddings:
“Weddings on the labyrinth are wonderful and have a completely different feel than traditional weddings. Rather than the traditional walk down the ‘straight and narrow’ of the church aisle, the couple walk around the paths and turns of the labyrinth–a much more accurate metaphor for the journey they are embarking upon.
Where many modern weddings seem to be rushed, the labyrinth wedding slows down time. It also seems to connect the participants and observers to the sacred in a way that many modern weddings don’t. It’s hard for the bride and groom not to connect to their inner journey as they walk the labyrinth–and it’s hard for the observers not to be drawn to the centre with them. Traditional weddings are familiar and predictable. Labyrinth weddings are anything but.”