Types of Labyrinth Walk
There are three primary types of labyrinth walks, each a little more structured than the previous category.
1. Open Labyrinth Walks
Open labyrinth walks are just that: individuals or groups are invited simply to walk the labyrinth as they choose. Sometimes people can be reminded that the labyrinth is a tool for prayer, reflection, contemplation, meditation, celebration, fun, problem solving, and personal growth. People may be reminded that the labyrinth often is seen as a metaphor, or a symbol, for the journey of life.
2. Themed or Focused Labyrinth Walks
Themed, or focused labyrinth walks go a step beyond open labyrinth walks in providing suggested structure for walks. Usually a themed or focused walk will provide some suggested material to read where the labyrinth is located. This could be as simple as providing some meditations before beginning the walk.
Guided labyrinth walks are very similar to themed or focused walks, except that much more structure is provided for each phase of the walk. A guided walk comes very close to being scripted
3. Finger Labyrinths
Let go of any thinking which dismisses the finger labyrinth as less “real” than a full scale, walking mode. Tracing the labyrinth offers many of the same gifts as walking, with several added advantages and possibilities.
Finger labyrinths are portable and accessible and ready for use 24 hours a day, regardless of distance, location, weather, or health/mobility issues. All that is needed is an expectant spirit and an open heart.
Walking a “finger” labyrinth is very simple. There is no right or wrong way to “walk.” Click on one of the following the links to download a printable labyrinth, then use the guide below to get started:
There are a variety of free printable finger labyrinths or inexpensive handheld labyrinths available:
Praying with a finger labyrinth The Upper Room
“Walk” a virtual labyrinth: Virtual Labyrinth Walk - YouTube
If you would like an interactive hand labyrinth available for iPads and iPhones - look for an app called Labyrinth Journey by Mount Mojo...it is free to download. https://www.labyrinthjourney.app/
Veriditas.org - Home of the Labyrinth movement is hosting a virtual labyrinth walk and meditation each Friday in April at 4 pm. Register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/vpEtdu-vqz4uVNox7l01AOyjSCEspCNsjg