Sunday, October 5, 2008

Labyrinth of Animal Remembrance

The Labyrinth of Animal Remembrance can be found at Satori Place of Healing & Enlightenment in Magaliesburg, South Africa. This unique healing centre caters for both animals and humans and is situated at the foothills of the Witwatersberg Mountains in a tranquil valley.

This stone labyrinth is dedicated to all God’s creatures, and is mainly walked by students attending the Animals: Our Soul Companions Workshop, which is taught at the centre. Participants paint the names of their animal companions who have crossed over, onto pebbles, and place them at an appropriate spot along the path as they walk. It is an unique and interactive manner of honouring their departed animals. Over time the names on the pebbles will weather and fade, just as the pain and loss of a beloved animal eases with time. Chunks of rose quartz crystals dominate the centre, for healing the heart and to symbolise the unconditional love we receive from our animal companions.

Over the years both Colleen and I have encountered many people who were grieving the loss of a beloved animal, so we created the labyrinth to assist them to find inner peace in their hearts and minds, assisting them to cope with their loss.

Labyrinths have existed for over 4000 years and can be found throughout the world. In medieval times, people undertook pilgrimages to distant lands, those unable to travel long distances walked the labyrinth found in some cathedrals instead. The spiralling designs of ancient labyrinths are thought to be inspired by nature and in keeping with the early earth religions were constructed from stones, pebbles, small trees, shrubs and even seashells.

The Labyrinth of Animal Remembrance is open to the public by appointment only.
Payment is in the form of a donation in aid of FOR A (friends of rescued animals) on the West Rand. To book an appointment you can contact Carol .

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