Among many other things, Kay is a singer and voice teacher, and facilitator of quiet days and retreats. Recently she has embraced the practice of walking the labyrinth as a simple and wise way of opening to a prayerful and meditative state.
The labyrinth form is satisfying to look at or trace with a finger. It is still more satisfying to walk, each step following the curving path which winds back and forth, but always leads to the centre. People of all ages are drawn to its paths – children love to race around the curves, adults move according to their mood and ability, left to right, right to left, sun-wise, moon-wise, feeling perceptions and perspectives shift and fall away, then breathing deep in the centre and opening to whatever wisdom comes filtering up.
Perhaps you have been there yourself, then you will know that there is no need for words. It is ok to just be.
In these blog pages Kay hopes to share something of her journey… but finally, you have to go to know.
Your pathway will be your own.
Looking for a ?wooden finger labyrinth for small daughter. Don’t want to spend huge amount but she is very discerning and won’t be fobbed off with a labyrinth toy… Thanks!
Rowan Humberstone, an arts project for adults with learning disabilities here in Cambridge, make lovely wooden finger labyrinths to order. They usually cost about £40, depending on the size and the type of wood, and take a couple of weeks to make, although sometimes they have some in stock. It is also possible to visit the workshop in Humberstone Road – usually between 9 and 3 on weekdays – if you phone first. You can see more about Rowan on their website, rowanhumberstone.co.uk
I don’t think there are any photos of the wooden labyrinths on the website, so I’ll send one in a separate email. As well as making the large ‘dinner plate’ sized ones they are now making a smaller ‘tea plate’ size. Both are in the 7 circuit classical design and are beautifully smooth and tactile. Rowan also make ceramic finger labyrinths which are smaller and less expensive, mostly with three circuits. You can see a photo of those on the Rowan site.
I visit Rowan most weeks, so if you would prefer to put in an order via me that would be fine. Don’t forget to say if there is a deadline – perhaps your daughter’s birthday. A finger labyrinth will be something she can keep and use for years to come.
If you have any questions do contact me again,
I’m interested in two wooden Cretan style labyrinths for myself, an adult, so would appreciate advice as to size. I would like a left entrance and a right entrance one, if that’s possible.
Every good wish!
Hello Anne, I believe the workshops at Rowan are closed at the moment due to the Covid-19 crisis. I can let you know when they re-open, you can also see all their latest news at http://www.rowanhumberstone.co.uk and on their facebook page and instagram account. I’m sure when they are up and running again they will be happy to help. Are you in the UK? I have some Rowan ‘labyrinth kits’ in stock, which require sanding and oiling at home. A project for lockdown perhaps! Kay
I have wooden finger labyrinths in stock! You can see them at http://www.daniellewilson.com/page17.htm
Thanks for your message Danielle. I’m just resting following an operation, so have finally had a chance to look at your website. Your interfaith ministry sounds most inspiring, and I’m sure the labyrinth is a wonderful tool in your work. I hope to make it to Chartres one day myself!