Labyrinths can be found in almost every country of the world, having been used for a variety of spiritual, ceremonial, ritualistic, social, and untold reasons from the Bronze Age to today. Sites may be indoors or outside, inlaid stone or an unfolded canvas, a wall carving or improvised creation. I have built labyrinths out of cobblestones, masking tape, chalk, driftwood, fenceposts, shoes, bottle caps, coconuts, and garbage.
San Francisco is the epicenter for the labyrinth movement, thanks to the dedication and spirit of Lauren Artress who brought the labyrinth to Grace Cathedral. Through her work with Veriditas, Lauren leads and organizes pilgrimages in San Francisco and to France, home of the world's most cherished labyrinth dating from 1200AD at Chartres Cathedral. The Labyrinth Society was formed in 1998 “to support all those who create, maintain and use labyrinths, and to serve the global community by providing education, networking and opportunities to experience transformation.” Each year TLS hosts an Annual Gathering in a different location with keynote speakers, workshops, presentations, and an opportunity to meet other enthusiasts from the world over.
The Labyrinth Society and Veriditas worked together to create the World Wide Labyrinth Locator which is available for people to find or share labyrinths available for visiting. Close to 5,000 labyrinths in 75 countries are now included in this database!