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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.


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Historically gold has been an important color in metaphysical healing for protection, cellular healing methods, and mental clarity. As gold represents the element of metal in the ancient discipline of Feng Shui, it also symbolizes heaven, promotes communication, enthusiasm, and independence. Feng Shui practitioners use gold to symbolize money, to attract financial abundance, and to stimulate an auspicious feel in any space.

Place a gold item in the far left corner of the garden or room, from the perspective of the entrance. You might want to consider visualizing gold around your home, pouring over your business, and even surrounding your body.

For more Feng Shui tips visit or sign up for one of the Feng Shui for Business classes being offered by the Shambhalla Institute.




A part of sustainability is being mindful of how shape affects the atmosphere of a garden, especially how easily the wind moves through the garden and the comfort that’s felt when walking by different shapes that might be present in a garden.  Shape can be seen in the outline of a garden bed, the shape of a water fountain design, tables and chairs, the type of stones that define edges, round pebbles spread along a path, and in the shape of the stepping-stones that are used to mark a path

Although vegetables are commonly planted in long straight rows, round is the most commonly seen shape in a garden. Most containers are round, as are bird baths, bird nests, flowers, tree trunks, bamboo stakes, the rain barrel, buckets, the handles of garden tools, and even the broom. Those small frog ponds and wonderful garden beds that surround large old trees are usually round. Seeds come in a variety of shapes, but mostly are round or at least have rounded edges – the tiniest seeds of amaranth, mustard, and quinoa are perfectly round.

Ancient indigenous gardeners knew the circle to be a shape of harmony. Rounded edges allow easy movement of the wind, feel soft to the eyes, are easy to hold, and comfortable to touch. Tiny bugs, worms, and other critters enjoy the tiny protected alcoves that rounded edges create.

Read more about shapes in the book Shamanic Gardening: Timeless Techniques for the Modern Sustainable Garden; see ‘Garden Design for Right- and Left-brain Individuals.


MUGWORT, (Artemisia vulgaris) is a shrubby perennial that is native to North America where it grows easily in any type of soil, in sun or shade and is drought tolerant.  A medicinal herb our ancient ancestors called the ‘woman’s herb’ to stimulate the uterus during the birthing process and to reduce uncomfortable symptoms during menstrual cramping and menopause.

NOTE: Not to be ingested during pregnancy, while breast feeding or when taking any type of blood thinners.


Mugwort has long been seen as a sacred herb of protection; placed over doorways, added to sage and cedar blend for burning during a ceremony and in the Chinese tradition of Feng Shui, its leaves were sprinkled around the house for protection.

During the flu season or any other viral outbreak I eat a tiny dime-sized leaf each day until I feel the threat of sickness is over. In your garden place it where you can touch the leaves and rub a bit of its essence on your arms and legs.

Add some dried leaves to a dream pillow to calm your mind and emotions.

Make a strong tea to make a powerful addition to your bath. Add dried crushed leaves to your bath salts.

Mugwort likes to grow alone, adding ingredients to the soil to keep other plants from growing easily nearby. It makes an excellent container plant.

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