OF THE PATTERN FROM REIMS
There is much to share about our featured walking pattern, which originated in Reims, France in the 13th century. This particular design is unique as far as labyrinths go, and we chose it for its interesting aspects and opportunities. It features four arrival harbors “along the way” as well as the center arrival point. The original was featured in the nave of Reims Cathedral (the chief seat for royal coronations) for over 500 years, and was then removed by the clergy at the church.
There are so many different patterns throughout the thousands of years of history, including the first simple patterns drawn in ochre on the walls of caves by our ancestors. In our monthly walks here at Cerimon House - which take place on the third weekend of every month - we add three-dimensional and artful elements to the experience. With the use of props & prompts at each “harbor”, our Creative Path Walk creator and author, Randall Stuart, writes a new theme for the walk each time.
It is suggested by professionals in the fields of wellness and philosophy that the walking of unicursal labyrinths helps to settle the mind and balance the two sides of the brain. And we agree: there’s definitely something to that. The path is all.
We welcome you to join us at Cerimon House for this in-depth experience, an activity that helps, perhaps, to illuminate the meaning of it all.
For what is the fascination and lure of the labyrinth in human history?
Why does it continue to prove irresistible, and find its way into a modern landscape of revelation and evolution?
How was this particular threshold used in medieval times?
And who were the fascinating medieval architects and masons of Reims, and might we wave to them over the eras,
with admiration for how they created such deep historical significance with their unique labyrinthian geometry?
The Creative Path Walk at Cerimon House strives to illuminate, and embellish upon the idea of this Reims pattern.: by adding a three dimensionality, lights, and soundscape, each themed walk is endowed with a focus that speaks to these times. The journey to the center is an immersive and contemplative activity, and the center awaits.