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Connie's Discovery of Labyrinths

A few years ago, while walking on the Tohickion Creek in Point Pleasant PA., Connie literally stumbled upon a rock lined labyrinth.  She was inspired to use the 7-circuit pattern for a meditative walk at a women's retreat.

 

Participate in our Spectacular Full Moon Labyrinth Walk

After reading about labyrinths in a magazine, Connie was inspired by this picture to incorporate the mysticism of the full moon into her Labyrinth walks.  She designed a Celtic 7-circuit labyrinth in her backyard and lined the paths with clear Christmas lights.  This monthly walk has become a popular event in her community.

For upcoming walks, please access the Upcoming Events page on your left.

This is Connie's permanent labyrinth in her back yard with day and night views.

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Connie's backyard 7-circuit labyrinth as seen from about 20 ft above.

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Portable Rope Labyrinths   
Connie has traveled to California, Kentucky, Colorado, and Holland to demonstrate her portable rope labyrinth.  She has also conducted workshops at local colleges and at retreat centers.  Conference attendees are often seen walking the labyrinth to ponder their day's events and thoughts.  

Connie's rope labyrinth is show with prayer flags here at the Tara Mandala Retreat Center in Colorado.  

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 Both pictures on the left were taken at Bucks County Community College at the "Day for all Women" retreat.   

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This is a picture of Connie's rope labyrinth at the Dominican Retreat Center in Jenkintown, Pa.

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This image was taken at a recent Labyrinth Society gathering in Sacramento, Ca using  Connie's portable illuminated  rope labyrinth. 

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THE COMMON GROUND LABYRINTH©

            My “Common Ground Labyrinth” design is derived from an ancient symbol of harmony and unity called the Vesica Pisces.  The symbol is formed when two interlocking rings create an eye-shaped oval where they intersect.  In his discussion of Sacred Geometry, Charles Gilchrist reveals that “ALL form evolves from this shape.  The Vesica Pisces is literally the womb of the universe, the ever unfolding mother of Sacred Geometry.”

            The Vesica Pisces is viewed as a symbolic representation of bringing opposites into balance. The central space formed by the overlapping circles holds the potential for the birth of new perspectives on dualities.  It is a place of common ground where two opposing forces can dwell harmoniously.  A meditative walk on this Labyrinth can assist us in embodying the idea that dualities can achieve peaceful co-existence.        

The fact that the Vesica Pisces is an ancient universal symbol that can heal separation and create wholeness closely links it to the Labyrinth.  The marriage of the two in this design is intended to provide a sense of peace, harmony, and connection to those who walk it. 

The placement of the “Common Ground Labyrinth” at the Ground Zero Memorial site would offer an effective way for people to process their seemingly disparate and opposing feelings relating to the events of September 11.  Even before that fateful day, when speaking to my workshop audiences, I likened such confusion to riding on a pendulum that swings back and forth between hope and despair, love and hate, fear and courage.   To be aware of the events going on around the world is to feel the sense of being in a whirlwind of other such dualities.  Perhaps walking this Labyrinth can help us  remain in balance in the center of the storm.

The marble pathways that wind through both circles can be entered by turning either right or left at the entrance.  Traditional Labyrinths that lead us to the right tend to present us with a masculine viewpoint while a left turn entrance offers the feminine perspective. Regardless of which choice one makes to enter, both views will be experienced because the paths lead us through each of the circles and out the other side.

Inside the rings of the “Common Ground Labyrinth” the names of those who died on September 11 will be displayed for honoring.  The interior space of the circles will be a flower-lined lawn.  The focal point will display a written dedication and can be viewed at four different turns on the walk.

When we reach the middle of the Labyrinth, we can feel the supportiveness of the interwoven circles as well as the calming effect of the expansion of time and space.  On the paths surrounding it, we have the opportunity to view the center from the inner edges of each of the two circles.  We walk all the way around as water glides from two low fountains across the steel surface of the Vesica Pisces shape and spills over the edge creating the healing sound of a waterfall.

In this new form Labyrinth, we do not retrace our steps as we leave.  Instead, we walk on to absorb the perspective that the second circle offers.  We then exit through the opening opposite from our chosen entrance.  It is my hope that when people walk these joining rings, that the new perspectives they gain will ripple out into the world to create the elusive inner and outer peace that we humans yearn for.  


Connie's version of the  Common Ground Labyrinth, based on the Vesica Pisces symbol, was submitted to the Ground Zero Labyrinth Committee. It has been chosen to be included in their proposal to the Manhattan Development Committee for the World Trade Center Memorial in New York City.  

Artist, Mary Walsh, provided color for Connie's Common Ground Labyrinth.
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The Common Ground Labyrinth©
Ideas For Materials To Be Used In Its Creation.


All materials recommended have been chosen for the roles that they played in the events of 9/11/01

1. The paths will be laid in white marble like that with which the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. was built and should be wide enough to accommodate wheel chairs (32"-36"). The lines on the paths could be inlaid or overlaid with polished steel.

2. The central water feature and focal point will be raised from the paths to allow for the water to fall (about 24") and will be made of polished steel as were the twin towers in New York City. The water would glide over the steel from two low fountains. The focal point would be engraved with a dedication of the Memorial Labyrinth to the victims of the tragedy.

3. The grass lawns would ideally be grown by using grass plugs that were imported from the field in Pennsylvania that one of the high-jacked planes crashed into.

4. The dark inner portion of each ring is not a path. It is an area set aside for placing the names of those who died on that fateful day. One option for this space is for it to contain a low-growing flower garden. Each name would be engraved on steel, attached to a spike and placed in the ground amongst the flowers. The other possibility would be to use gray marble to create this area and then to have the names cut into the marble.

5. The circles outside of the Labyrinth represent what I envision to be meditation seats made of polished and weatherproofed stumps harvested from sustainable forests around the world. These could possibly be gifts contributed from other countries

 

At this time, there is no royalty fee for reproducing the Common Ground Labyrinth for personal use except if:
 1) You are paid a fee to make or oversee the installation of a Common Ground Labyrinth in a Private or Commercial Venture
2) Permanently install the Common Ground Labyrinth in a public place without expressed permission from the designer
3) For mass commercial use-i.e. Wall hanging, jewelry, portable labs. Clothing, etc 
 A license and royalty fee must be negotiated with the designer
All rights reserved: All written and visual information is proprietary to Connie Fenty
 

 

Peace Maze

     When Connie realized that the 7 steps of conflict resolution in her peace education curriculum corresponded to the paths in her 7-circuit labyrinth, she was inspired to paint a playground peace labyrinth at her school.

Recently Connie facilitated the installation of Peace Mazes in San Jose, CA and Thurmont, MD. Her goal is to paint at least one Peace Maze in each state. If your school would like to be included in the Peace Maze Project, contact Connie.

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The labyrinth is often used as a tool for healing and problem solving.  One of Connie's friends can be seen here working through a period of grieving.