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Global Labyrinth Prayer Walk For Haitian Earthquake Recovery
By Barbara Chester
Jan 22, 2010 - 6:09:33 AM

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Freeport, Bahamas - On Friday, January 22, 2010 an OPEN LABYRINTH WALK will be held at the Grand Bahama Labyrinth in the Garden of the Groves between the hours of  4 and 7 pm.

Persons are encouraged to offer a monetary donation at the labyrinth to the Bahamas Red Cross for Haitian Earthquake Recovery.  All Labyrinth Donations received during the month of January will be sent to the Bahamas Red Cross for Haitian Earthquake Recovery.

The walk will be facilitated by Barbara Chester, qualified Labyrinth Facilitator who was trained by Dr. Lauren Artress, author of Walking a Sacred Path and founder of the Veriditas organization.  Barbara will be present to offer insight into the sacred tool, to answer questions and provide illumination about labyrinth history, perceptions and meaning.

Labyrinth facilitators around the world will be hosting labyrinth walks on January 22nd as an opportunity to provide healing for the victims of the Haiti Earthquake.  Events are planned throughout the United States and also in Canada, South Africa, Japan and the Netherlands.  Formation of the Global Healing response.

The Global Healing Response (GHR) was introduced to a network of worldwide labyrinth facilitators on August 9, 2005 by Ellen Bintz Meuch, Certified Labyrinth Facilitator. It is a Veriditas (www.veriditas.net) sponsored program. The GHR is a simple plan using the labyrinth in a unified response to promote stress management, grief integration and healing in case of an emergency or disaster from any force.  The intent was to create a plan with clarity and vision before a disaster occurs rather than when everyone is distressed.  The GHR was first implemented in response to Hurricane Katrina on October 15, 2005.

  History and Benefits of the labyrinth:

Labyrinth can be found all over the globe.  Various religious traditions—both ancient and contemporary—have used them as tools for prayer, introspection, clarity and peace.  The Christian tradition is no exception.  Inlaid into the floor of the Chartres Cathedral (1220AD) in France was placed a 42 foot, 11 circuit labyrinth.  Pilgrims would walk the labyrinth as an expression of faith, as a path to life, hope and newness.  The ancients said, “Salvator Ambulando” which translates, “It is solved by walking.”

Many different styles and formats of labyrinths will be used on January 22nd — permanent, portable; outdoor, indoor; large, small.  Labyrinths are currently being used world-wide as a way to quiet the mind, find balance, and encourage meditation, insight and celebration. They are open to all people as a non-denominational, cross-cultural tool of well-being. They can be found in medical centers, parks, churches, schools, prisons, memorial parks and retreat centers as well as in people's backyards. (For more information about labyrinths visit www.veriditas.net)

 It is our hope that the unified power of healing will be felt by people all over the world on January 22nd. 

Grand Bahama Labyrinth

Garden of the Groves

Grand Bahama Island

242. 374 7778 / 9  

Sponsored by the G.B.Labyrinth Committee & the Garden of the Groves


The G. B. Labyrinth is open daily for Prayer Walks during Garden of the Groves open hours.

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