Labyrinths have been used for thousands of years, dating back to prehistoric times, as a sacred journey of transformation. The classic Cretan labyrinth is reminiscent of an early path from Greek mythology that was also minted on Cretan coins in 430 BC. During the Middle Ages in Europe labyrinths were installed in the floors of Cathedrals. It is believed they served as a symbol of doing a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. One of the most famous that is still in use today is the labyrinth in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres in Chartres, France. Located in the nave of the Cathedral it is over 40 feet in diameter.
In 2002 Penny & Bill designed one of their first custom labyrinths. Rich in symbolism “The Call Labyrinth” was a one-time use paper labyrinth that was 15 feet in diameter. It was created for the Fall 2002 Gathering of the Fox Valley Association of the Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ (UCC). The path invited users to reflect on God’s call for their life. Also in 2002 the couple integrated theological and psychological constructs in designing the LifeQUEST labyrinth, a finger labyrinth, that offered an examination of one’s deeper self. Several designs have followed inspired by the ancient tradition of labyrinth creators while integrating constructs from theology and psychology. Today Penny & Bill continue to design custom labyrinths for their mindful coloring books encouraging mindful reflection toward self-discovery and well-being.