World Labyrinth Day

2020 UPDATE

  • World Labyrinth Day in Schools - Friday, 1 May 2020
  • Walk as One at 1:00 - Saturday, 2 May 2020
  • Walk around the World - FREE 24-hour virtual event FEEDBACK FORM

World Labyrinth Day 2020 Report (click to open)

Videos from the Walk around the World event are being processed and will be made available soon.


World Labyrinth Day in Schools - 1 May 2020 (Friday before WLD)

We encourage teachers and parents to explore labyrinths with children and teens as a creative activity, calming and centering space, and walking meditation. Labyrinths have been created and walked by people of all ages as a mindfulness activity, to focus, increase connectedness, calm anxiety, quieten head chatter and for mental/emotional wellbeing. Visit the Australian Labyrinth Network website for resources and join others around the world as we walk for peace.


World Labyrinth Day: Walk as One at 1:00 - 2 May 2020 (first Saturday each May)

World Labyrinth Day will go on despite the COVID-19 crisis. We need the peace of labyrinths more than ever. Many people will still "walk as one at 1" local time in alternate ways this year. Online and local events can be found on our Events Calendar. Please check for cancellation if the event is listed as an in-person event.


World Labyrinth Day: Walk around the World - 24-hour Virtual Celebration

The Labyrinth Society is excited to announce Walk around the World, a 24-hour international online event on World Labyrinth Day, that will connect people virtually across time zones on the GoToMeeting platform (see resources below). An amazing group of worldwide labyrinth community volunteers are offering virtual labyrinth walks and presentations as we Walk around the World from New Zealand to Hawaii on World Labyrinth Day! Presenters include:

  • Erica Duthie and Struan Ashby of Tape Art New Zealand
  • Mark Healy in Tasmania
  • Clive Johnson in the UK
  • Gernot Candolini in Austria
  • Judith Tripp and Lars Howlett in California
  • Eve Hogan in Hawaii

Complete Schedule of Presenters (click to view PDF - updated 4/30/2020)

Walk around the World will run from Friday 8:00 pm EDT (May 1) through Saturday 8:00 pm EDT (May 2). Once you have registered, you can drop in at any time, even multiple times, throughout World Labyrinth Day, around any other virtual or individual activities that you have planned. While registration is free, we do welcome donations of any amount to support the work of The Labyrinth Society.

Register Now! (click to go to registration)

The organizing time zone for the schedule is Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). You can use the event schedule and the tools available on timeanddate.com to easily find your local times including the International Meeting Planner and the Time Zone Converter. You can also use the interactive map below to see example event times and presenter information. Click on the view larger map icon to go to full screen.

The event schedule includes an empty column for you to write in your own local times. Here are some examples to get you started:

  • Honolulu, HI, US (HST) = Fri 2 pm through Sat 2 pm
  • San Francisco, CA, US (PDT) = Fri 5 pm through Sat 5 pm
  • Chicago, IL, US (CDT) = Fri 7 pm through Sat 7 pm
  • Toronto, Canada (EDT) = Fri 8 pm through Sat 8 pm
  • Santiago, Chile (CLT) = Fri 8 pm through Sat 8 pm
  • London, England, UK (BST) = Sat 1 am through Sun 1 am
  • Vienna, Austria (CEST) = Sat 2 am through Sun 2 am
  • Cape Town, South Africa (SAST) = Sat 2 am through Sun 2 am
  • Vilnius, Lithuania (EEST) = Sat 3 am through Sun 3 am
  • New Delhi, India (IST) = Sat 5:30 am through Sun 5:30 am
  • Hong Kong, China (HKT) = Sat 8 am through Sun 8 am
  • Canberra, Australia (AEST) = Sat 10 am through Sun 10 am
  • Wellington NZ (NZST) = Sat 12 noon through Sun 12 noon

GoToMeeting resources:

Please note:

  • The Labyrinth Society has a GoToMeeting capacity of 250 participants at one time.


World Labyrinth Day 2020: Saturday, May 2

Celebrate the 12th annual World Labyrinth Day and “Walk as One at 1” in the afternoon to sustain a wave of peaceful energy across all time zones. Build a labyrinth, lead a workshop or facilitate an event (online this year), and walk along with thousands of people in dozens of countries around the world, from South Africa to the Americas and from Norway to New Zealand.

If you are new to labyrinths, find one to walk in your area using the World-Wide Labyrinth Locator. You can also learn to draw or build a simple labyrinth with links in our resources section below. Already planning an event? Fill out our survey and be counted on the WLD 2020 Google Form.

If you are unable to “Walk as One at 1,” other opportunities to participate include tracing a finger labyrinth on paper or using a mobile app. There is also a Virtual Labyrinth Walk available on the Labyrinth Society website. You will have to enable flash for that free resource. Labyrinth walks and events can also be held in the morning or evening, as others will be walking in unison with you in other time zones. Just as there is a wide variety of uses of the labyrinth, creativity and diversity are encouraged in celebrating this event. Here is a slideshow showcasing a variety of WLD images shared on social media in 2017.

Amid all of the sensible and necessary precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, World Labyrinth Day will be celebrated differently this year. As we celebrate in more individual and virtual ways, let us make a united effort to connect with more people worldwide as we all face this difficult situation together.

The labyrinth has much to offer in this uncertain time. As a meditative activity, it can help to reduce stress, tension, and anxiety, lower heart rate and blood pressure, and encourage relaxation and insightful introspection. As we cope with social distancing and quarantines, being part of the worldwide labyrinth community can help to mitigate isolation and loneliness.

The Labyrinth Society Global Group on Facebook has over 9,000 members from 100 different countries. We offer this challenge: share this wonderful community and all that the labyrinth has to offer, and let's see if we can reach 10,000 members as we celebrate the 12th annual World Labyrinth Day.

Lima, Peru shared by triskel tacuarembo

Here are a Dozen Ways to Celebrate World Labyrinth Day!

  • Ahead of World Labyrinth Day, help spread the word by posting flyers, sharing on social media, and listing your event on the TLS Events Calendar.
  • Walk as One at 1 in the afternoon (or as time permits).
  • Trace or draw a finger labyrinth on paper or by using a smartphone or tablet app.
  • Watch a pre-recorded labyrinth walk video (the Australian Labyrinth Network has a great list for 2020)
  • Build a temporary or permanent labyrinth
  • Find a new labyrinth or submit an unlisted site to the World-Wide Labyrinth Locator.
  • Write a blog post, newsletter submission, letter to the editor, or article for print or the internet
  • Join the TLS 365 Experience, read the posts and daily suggestion for a walk, design, or concept. Comment or share your experience. 
  • Share and view WLD stories, photos, and videos on Social Media using the hashtag #LabyrinthDay.
  • Read labyrinth books, watch movies, or sing songs.
  • Create a labyrinth art project, exhibition, or drawing class.
  • Purchase a WLD t-shirt, sign, mug, or sticker!

 

Warsaw, Poland by Sylwia Hanff


History

World Labyrinth Day is an annual event sponsored by The Labyrinth Society as a worldwide action to “walk as one at 1” local time to create a rolling wave of peaceful energy across the globe. Every year on the first Saturday in May thousands of people around the world participate in this moving meditation for world peace. A brief history of World Labyrinth Day was compiled in 2018 for the 10th anniversary of World Labyrinth Day and 20th anniversary of The Labyrinth Society.

Members of the Labyrinth Society are encouraged to facilitate group walks at public labyrinths to engage your community and amplify our collective energy. World Labyrinth Day is also a great opportunity to introduce others to the path by organizing lectures, workshops, tours, book readings, or art exhibitions, or by building temporary or permanent labyrinths.

In 2019, the Australian Labyrinth Network initiated World Labyrinth Day in Schools on the Friday before World Labyrinth Day. This extension of World Labyrinth Day encourages school communities to participate in this worldwide movement of walking for peace.


For more information about World Labyrinth Day, contact the WLD Coordinator. Press photos are available from previous years for publication in print and online as well as assistance finding local participants for quotes and coverage in your area.