Many years ago, when I stepped into Chartres Cathedral, I felt for the first time a connection to the mysteries of the labyrinth.
Since that first visit to France, I’ve been drawn back several times. With each return the richness, complexity, and beauty of this Gothic cathedral and its labyrinth have inspired me to further explore the profound impact of the art of creating intentional space on humankind.
Years later while working on my doctorate, I walked a simple labyrinth design painted on a courtyard. Once again, my life was deeply changed. I wanted to know: Who first made these labyrinths? Where did they come from? And, how were they used? Even after many years, I am still in awe of these ancient archetypal mandalas. Though I do not know the answers, these questions have led me far and wide and home again. The explorations have honed my skills as a labyrinth architect, bringing my perspective and expertise to my designs and installations. I used the Santa Rosa Labyrinth© (an internationally recognized original labyrinth design that I created in 1997) in my doctoral research at the Institute of Imaginal Studies/ Meridian University, to explore and demonstrate the psychological significance of the labyrinth. My research focused specifically on the relevance of the life-long process of individuation with particular attention to the transitional period of adolescence using the labyrinth as a container for these explorations.
The labyrinth is a vibrant flowerbed of creation and the perfect place to plant seeds for the future.
/ Lea goode-Harris, PhD /
Over the years I have created many traditional and contemporary labyrinth installations for both public and religious organizations, corporations, and individuals throughout the United States and internationally. Included among them are: the Santa Rosa Labyrinth©, the SNOOPY™ Labyrinth for the Charles M. Schulz Museum, the Ladybug Labyrinth book for children (and adults).
My Santa Rosa Labyrinth design was installed on the first green roof-top garden in the United States by the American Psychological Association in Washington, DC. I have given classes and experiential labyrinth talks at Universities, Junior Colleges, High Schools, and to numerous organizations. I was the keynote speaker at the 4th annual New England Labyrinth Guild Festival in 2005, the Northwest Labyrinth Gathering in 2007, and one of the three-featured speakers at the 2009 International Labyrinth Society Gathering.
APA Santa Rosa Labyrinth
The Snoopy Labyrinth
Rock Labyrinth - Private Residence
Labyrinths find their own way in the world, we are only their handlers.
/ Robert Ferré, Master Labyrinth Builder /
Decades ago Lea and I had many discussions about labyrinths: their origins, our obligation to make them, nurture them, and keep them safe. Together we made decisions about finalizing the Santa Rosa pattern, about a license to reproduce it, and about other matters pertaining to making labyrinths as a business, but in fact, none of that is the main story. The underlying motivation was always how to get out of our own way and let the power and potential of the labyrinth shine through.
Lea recognized that being the originator and caretaker of a labyrinth is both an awesome honor and a great responsibility, a holy appointment that transcends ego and personality. It requires a person of sensitivity, openness, compassion and, yes, love. No one represents these qualities better than Lea. Clearly she was chosen by some higher power and for good reason. Her work, her creativity, and her glorious personhood speak for themselves. But wait, I think I have it backwards. It has really been the labyrinth that has taken care of Lea all these years, a match made in heaven manifested beautifully in the world.