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The classical 7-path labyrinth design is a perfect sacred space for community gatherings, sacred ceremonies, as well as creating a means for connecting with nature, and as a tool for developing peace. Used as a form of sacred space in cultures around the globe for over 3200 years, this type labyrinth design can actually, de-stress the nerves, help to integrate and balance the right and left brain, center the focus, and organize your day.

I have been walking my personal since 1981. Mostly in the morning before the sun rises so I can enjoy the energetic and shamanic sacred space designed by the Great Mystery. My walk sets the day for me in a very powerful and enlightening way. I walk my labyrinth when starting a new project, I need a solution or new insight, I want to connect to my deepest inner wisdom, or just get connected and express gratitude. It has become a sacred space that is an important ingredient of my life.

Because the Shambhalla Institute blends the design and installation with sacred teachings of ancient indigenous cultures, feng shui, and sustainable garden design, personal sacred space reflects individual lifestyle, innate strengths, goals, and spiritual nature. The experience gives the mind a chance to slow down and get focused. The senses are heightened to feel, see, and hear the natural environment surrounding the labyrinth while the intuition opens into what the mind is thinking, the heart is feeling, and my gratitude.

The Shambhalla Institute is looking for people who want to learn about the labyrinth and help install labyrinths for themselves, friends, schools, nature centers, community gardens, and public parks. If you are interested in working together to add sacred space in your community, please contact the institute, 352.638.2617.



Nature’s Sacred Space is our greatest teacher of SELF.

Sacred Spaces are necessary for the wellbeing of the body, the mind, the emotions, and to be healed by our spiritual nature. As a plant is moved in a garden to find the spot where it can best realize itself, a sacred space offers the best place to learn how to become who you were meant to be. Your inner sacred space teaches who you are—your purpose, strengths, gifts, and special talents.

Mother Earth is our greatest teacher. A walk in the woods, along the beach, or walking through a meadow filled with butterflies opens a path to the wisdom of the earth and that of your soul. Sacred spaces allow a quiet, stillness; where silent questions can be asked; answers can be heard; and emotions can be calmed.

These are spaces where the mind can focus on the spiritual aspects of the natural world and your spiritual self. Personalized sacred spaces can be created in individual homes and gardens. They offer a safe haven for rest, to attune to the natural elements, hear the birds singing or the soft music of a water fountain. They are designed to be comfortable spaces where we can experience beauty while writing or meditating, and to journey Within.


Good feng shui in the home often starts with a high-impact idea! The plant shown, Pink Chaos’ Coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides), is the perfect way to stimulate the chi for your home. Create a balance in your home by using the 5 natural elements of feng shui — Water, Earth, Fire, Wood, and Metal. Place this plant in the far back, middle areas of your garden – the fame area.  

The root of an edible species of Coleus, Coleus forskohlii, is  historically used in Ayurvedic medicine to burn fat. For more tips for using interior design feng shui for the home see KimColwellDesign. Check out tons of tips on herbal medicine and feng shui for the garden in our book. It is a fact-filled resource that you will have for life, Shamanic Gardening: Timeless Techniques for the Modern Sustainable Garden.

Note: Beautiful image of Coleus was found on .

IMG_0264 The Classical Seven-Circuit Labyrinth is known to be a form of harmony and an easy walk through it gives a calming, relaxing feel. Not known as well are the results of a 2008 research program that analyzed the effects of a daily labyrinth experience on children that exhibited ADHD symptoms. Each day the children moved their finger through a hand-sized labyrinth.

For the research, children were chosen because they were hyperactive, easily distracted, had poor concentration skills, and had difficulty engaging in quiet activities both alone and with other children. There was a persistent problem interfering in the child’s life at home and at school.

After 4 weeks of ‘finger walking’ a labyrinth every day there was significant reduction in ADHD-type behavior. The results suggested that, over time, the labyrinth experience could cause a positive improvement in the children’s ADHD behavior.

The Shambhalla Institute offers an interesting Labyrinth Class to learn how to install a personal Classical Seven-Circuit Labyrinth. Here are some comments from participants. Please share your labyrinth experience with others with a comment below or on the Shambhalla Institute and Shamanic Gardening Facebook pages.

Annie Retamel, a Shamanic Gardener in Pasadena, California:   “Thank  you again for doing the Labyrinth class at my house, it was such a spiritual gift and it keeps on giving and giving.  For a woman who recently lost her husband, our labyrinth has become a huge healing space for her.”

Millie Fink, Medical Trainer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:    “Walking a labyrinth revealed to me a long-forgotten spiritual aspect of my true being.”

Lynn Thiel, Travel Agent, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:    “The labyrinth centers me, taking me into a oneness with nature. My personal labyrinth brought sacredness to my land.”

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