Dr. Noelle Nelson

The Appreciator's Labyrinth

What is a labyrinth?

The labyrinth is a pattern laid out on the ground or floor, which forms a specific path composed of a number of circuits. The patterns of the labyrinth have been used for over 4,000 years by cultures all over the world. The oldest known labyrinth is the classical 7-circuit labyrinth , which is the design used for the Appreciator's Labyrinth.

The labyrinth is not a maze. There is nothing confusing about your path through the labyrinth. You start walking through the labyrinth at its opening, slowing make your way through the circuits until you come to the heart of the labyrinth. You then come out the way you came.

Appreciator's Labyrinth laid out for the MindBodySpirit Festival in Melbourne, Australia, 2005.

What is a labyrinth used for?

The labyrinth is used primarily for personal or spiritual growth. It is considered a symbol, a metaphor for the journey of life. You enter the labyrinth to journey into yourself, into your life, and having moved through the labyrinth, you come out with a different understanding of who you are, of how you can better pursue your particular path through life.

The labyrinth is highly valued as a vehicle of transformation, helping you progress from wherever you are in your life or relative to a particular situation, to where you want to be. When you walk its ancient geometric path, the movement itself appears to impact your brain in a way that facilitates insight, helps you gain perspective and restores a sense of clarity and inner peace.

How is the Appreciator's Labyrinth used?

The Appreciator's Labyrinth is used by Dr. Noelle to help people shift their focus to an appreciative and valuing way of thinking and feeling. Its goal is to help them deal more successfully with the various issues of life and living.

The concept of combining appreciation with the transformative power of the labyrinth is unique to Dr. Nelson's work. Her Appreciator's Labyrinth already has enthusiastic fans in the U.S. and around the world.

In the "Walk the Appreciator's Labyrinth to Health and Longevity" workshop, for example, the Appreciator's Labyrinth is used to help participants take charge of their mental, emotional and physical well-being by engaging the power of appreciation to positively impact their health and longevity. Participants discover what science has to say about the tremendous health benefits of appreciation and how they can use appreciation for increased well-being and a longer, healthier life. They then experience first hand the transforming impact of appreciation using the profound and mystical energy of the labyrinth.

When workshop participants walk the Appreciator's Labyrinth, they are guided by a series of questions that help them apply appreciation to a particular circumstance in their life. Participants have commented that after they experienced the transforming impact of appreciation using the profound and mystical energy of the labyrinth, they emerged with a better understanding of who they are. They felt they could use the power of appreciation to better pursue their particular path through life successfully and joyously.

How can I walk the Appreciator's Labyrinth?

Scheduled workshops using the Appreciator's Labyrinth are announced through our free monthly e-newsletter, "A Note from Dr. Noelle." (Click to subscribe)

You can also purchase the original "Walk the Appreciator's Labyrinth to Health and Longevity" workshop on DVD . The DVD comes with a finger labyrinth which can be used when you don't have access to a full scale labyrinth.

What Workshop Participants have to say:

"Loved the workshop, all the scientific data and other examples, the content, the Labyrinth and Dr. Noelle's passion! Thanks."
- Jerry K.
"When I walked the Labyrinth the second time, it was an instant smaller version of all of life … and support of all traveling life's path. Thank you."
- Terrie

Can I book an Appreciator's Labyrinth Workshop for my company or organization?

An Appreciator's Labyrinth Workshop, specifically tailored for your business, professional or social group, religious organization or non-profit association, is available by contacting:

Diane Rumbaugh

The Appreciator's Labyrinth measures 22 1/2' x 22' and can be set up inside or out. When space is an issue, Dr. Nelson uses 4 personalized labyrinths each measuring approximately 6' x 6' which can be placed in different parts of the room or facility.

Dr. Nelson can also conduct workshops using labyrinths that are already in place, such as permanent labyrinths located at religious centers, hospitals and hospices, parks, etc.

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