Living Labyrinths for Peace - Power Point presentation
In its short lifespan since 2005, LL4P has:
Sandra Wasko-Flood’s vision from the Great Kiva of Chaco Canyon, New Mexico would establish permanent Labyrinth Centers all over the world that would unite all disciplines, institutions and cultures in working and living in peace.
The pictures on the left shows Sandra Wasko-Flood standing in the center of “Dance of the Labyrinth." The second picture shows two children walking the Labyrith and the third picture shows the final sequence of the labyrith.
The spirit behind Living Labyrinths for Peace, Inc.is artist, poet and teacher, Sandra Wasko-Flood. In 1991, she sat in the center of the Great Kiva Indian ceremonial center of Chaco Canyon, New Mexico having a visionary experience of people of all races, cultures, and beliefs ascending an underground spiral to do a dance in the kiva and ascend another spiral under a space dome to the skies. This vision led her to this book by Sig Lonegren: Labyrinths: Ancient Myths and Modern Uses. On the floor of the kiva, she imagined lighted faces of mummies, icons, people, and animals emerging from the earth in the shape of a labyrinth. She went on to create an interactive installation, “Dance of the Labyrinth,” symbolizing a peaceful dance of opposites for our times. Here visitors experience computer programmed light sequences: walk on light box images, see rotating wheels and pillars, and phosphorescent mulch glowing like moonlight.
Following a path into the collective unconscious of our times, Wasko-Flood became a part of the present Labyrinth Renaissance. She discovered the labyrinth to be an amazing symbol for life’s journey. These ancient designs of wisdom and peace were over four thousand years old and found in most cultures of the world. Unlike mazes with many confusing paths, labyrinths had only one path to the center and back. Many people found that the single meandering path slowed the breathing, focused the mind and induced a peaceful state. She knew that labyrinths could lead to inner peace. As the design emerged in churches, schools, museums, hospitals, parks and seats of government, she envisioned that labyrinths could also bridge the boundaries of institutions.
In 1994, Wasko-Flood exhibited “Dance of the Labyrinth” at Gallery 10 in Washington, D.C., where she realized that the labyrinth could unite people of all cultures. An environment where art, science, technology and nature enhanced each other, could also help sustain the earth. She permanently installed the “Dance” in her studio at 57 N St. NW, Washington D.C. where from 1994-2012 it had been open to the public by appointment for individual and group walks, workshops and events.
In 1998, she joined a gathering of labyrinth aficionados in St. Louis to form of the International Labyrinth Society. Through the Washington Performing Arts Society and the D.C. Commission on the Arts, she received grants to install labyrinths in local schools. As students together paint a canvas or playground labyrinth, place labyrinths designs from around the world on a timeline, and make peace wishes—she realized that labyrinths can unite disciplines.
As the first project of the International Labyrinth Society, she directed “Labyrinths for Peace: 2000,” a photo exhibit in the Cannon Rotunda of the U.S. House of Representatives and a labyrinth walking “demonstration for inner peace” on the east lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Her vision of inner peace to world peace became clear.
In the spring of 2005, she proudly birthed Living Labyrinths for Peace, Inc., which creates interactive labyrinths using art, science, technology and nature for learning programs that lead the way from inner peace to world peace. The mission of Living Labyrinths for Peace, a national organization, is to inspire healing and transformation within and among people through labyrinth building and education in the schools and the communities. In 2011 Wasko-Flood directed the Labyrinth Society’s annual gathering in Taos, and had published an article in Houston’s Teacher Education Yearbook relating the labyrinth to Howard Gardner’s Eight Intelligences and positing a ninth one, spirituality, because one of the students said: “The labyrinth told me what to do. It told me what to be.”
In 2012, she moved the LL4P Center to Taos, NM. On World Labyrinth Day, May 4, 2013, LL4P invited Ac Tah to the Washington DC Vietnam Memorial to build his Mirror of Orion Labyrinth for liberation and peace, based on the sacred geometry of the ancient pyramids. On Memorial Day weekend that year, LL4P collaborated with Dr. Virginia LoneSky, ThD. of Peaceful Endeavours, Inc. to do a labyrinth program at the Angel Fire, NM Vietnam Memorial and also at the Taos LL4P Center. That year at the LL4P Center in Taos, Grandmother Standing Bear gave a presentation on the Medicine Wheel, and the Center had an Autumn Gratitude Celebration the weekend before Thanksgiving.
[Sandra Wasko-Flood’s “State of the Union” speech, given at the House Rayburn Building: Labyrinths for Peace: 2000” labyrinth walking demonstration for inner peace, east lawn, U.S. Capitol.]
“The labyrinth is an apt symbol for peace at the turn of the millennium. It represents a union of states because it is found in most states and countries of the world. And it represents a union of states of being because it can bring inner peace. This union within people leads to a union among people, their families, friends, communities, and the world.”
Let Us Live Labyrinths for Peace!
Living Labyrinths for Peace Board Members
Sandra Wasko-Flood: President:
Address: PO Box 406, Angel Fire, New Mexico 87710
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phones: 575-377-6369 (h), 703-217-6706 (m)
Elizabeth Martina Bishop: Secretary:
Address: 2675 West Hwy. 89A No. 1100, Sedona, Arizona 86336
Email: Elizabeth.email@example.com Phone: 928-707-2341
Cheryl Chastine: Director:
Address: 22140 Jerome Ave. Oak Park, Michigan 48237
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 248-219-2546
Freedome El: Director:
Address: 3909 Sunflower Circle, Bowie, Maryland 20721
Email: email@example.com Phone: 240-468-3100
Lori Reinhold: Director:
Address: 30 Desert Willow Lane, Sedona, Arizona 86336
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 928-202-7614
Living Labyrinths for Peace Advisory Board
Address: PO Box 1047, Black Mountain, NC 28711
Email: email@example.com Phones: 828-669-9900, 603-863-7343
Mari Anna Lands:
Address: PO Box 2888 , Rancho do Taos, New Mexico 87757
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 575-643-6715
Rev. Dr. Gail Riina:
Address: 100 Berkeley Dr. Syracuse, NY 13210
Email: email@example.com Phones: 315-251-4739 (m),
315-476-5811 (h), 315-443-2439 (Lutheran Campus)
Dr. Tara Leigh Tappert:
Address: Meridian International Center 1630 Crescent Place, Washington DC 20009,
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phones: 202-667-6800, (301-326-1735)
Living Labyrinths for Peace, Inc. aspires to bring Labyrinth Centers to all areas of the world where people can walk the labyrinth path of Inner Peace to World Peace with each other. Labyrinths have a single meandering path which goes to the center and back. While you can lose yourself in a maze with its many false paths and dead ends, you can find yourself in a labyrinth. Many people find that the winding path slows the breathing, helps to focus the mind and induces a creative, peaceful state of being.
Labyrinths have Physical, Psychological and Spiritual benefits. They help to alleviate such diseases as autism, dyslexia, Parkinson’s high blood pressure. They help with anxiety and PTSD by balancing both the left and right hemispheres of the brain. They help people to de-stress, resolve conflicts and make better decisions. Walking the meandering path is a form of meditation. It centers the mind and stimulates the pineal gland, enhancing a connection to one’s higher self.
Our founder’s dream is to build this Luminous Labyrinth Center for Peace in Sedona, Arizona. Sandra Wasko-Flood conceived it from a vision she received at Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico. There she saw ceremonial dancers from all races, cultures and beliefs, peacefully ascending an underground spiral to do a labyrinth dance in the kiva and ascending another spiral under a space dome to the sky. In this light-up labyrinth, you can choose what labyrinth design to walk to project on the floor. Choose what you want walk on—grass, water, fire, stars; panoramic Images of where you want to walk—mountains, ocean or desert, and overhead Images in a dome: stars, sunrises, sunsets. You can walk for such occasions as birthdays, marriages, funerals, and most importantly, conflict resolution workshops.
Mark Goldman, head of the Architecture Dept. at the University of Taos, NM is doing excellent designs for this Peace Center as you can see in this picture on our home page. He will first help us produce a traveling exhibit of this to be used in schools and community centers worldwide. Your donations will so help in these constructions.
Also your contributions will help support “Labyrinths for Creativity and Peace” programs in the schools and the communities worldwide, both virtual and actual. Labyrinths relate to all subjects: history, geography, science, math, art, music, physical heath, relationships both intrapersonal and interpersonal. Our next book: “The Labyrinth Instructors Handbook” will have contributors relating the labyrinth to every subject.
Some testimonies from school children are:
Your contributions will help finance our instructors, our school supplies—art and writing—as well as the labyrinth construction. You can buy or donate for a labyrinth of your choice-a canvas one or an outdoor one painted on a black top or a garden one formed on grass.
You may also choose to support our adult programs at colleges or universities, as well as those in the communities—at retirement centers, and such places that Living Labyrinths for Peace has done: Veterans Center in Washington DC and Angel Fire, NM, Organizations for Suicide Prevention and for Alcoholics. Let us Live Labyrinths for Peace!
We are a 501 (C)(3) Non-Profit. Your contributions are tax-deductible.