Visual Presentations: The Chartres Labyrinth

As a scholar, Dr. Geoffrion presents relevant, historic, and accurate information. As a photographer, Jill engages her audiences visually through color, image, and viewpoint.  

Those new to the labyrinth as well as seasoned labyrinth users will appreciate the material. The length of each presentation depends on the needs of the group. All presentations include “mini-pilgrimages” to help participants personalize their learning. When possible, the use of a full-scale labyrinth aids in maximizing experiential learning. Alternatively, using paper labyrinths is also suitable.

Jill is available to present in Chartres or wherever you are.

Context Matters: Turning to the Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth:
Keynote for The Labyrinth Society 2021. The goal of this presentation was to visually explore the context of this labyrinth through focusing on lenses of history, architecture, and medieval theology that underpinned its creation. Reviewing the stained glass that was placed around the labyrinth opened horizons of further understanding.
YouTube Recording of the presentation.
Slides from the presentation.

The Unique Features of the Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth
In-depth study of the Chartres Cathedral labyrinth and its cathedral context.

Praying the Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth
Introduction to the labyrinth in the Chartres Cathedral in service of exploring labyrinth use as a spiritual practice.
Le labyrinthe dans la cathédrale de Chartres: Une démarche de prière
Prier le labyrinthe à la suite du Christ Ressuscité

Pilgrimages to the Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth
Presentation of the concepts and questions addressed in Praying the Chartres Labyrinth: A Pilgrim’s Guide (JKHG, Pilgrim Press). Participants are also encouraged to consider how they can become pilgrims while using local labyrinths near home.

Praying the Chartres Labyrinth by author Jill K H Geoffrion

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Sacred Geometry and the Chartres Labyrinth: Understanding the Messages Embedded in the Chartres Cathedral pattern
Introduction to understanding the Chartres labyrinth through the lens of sacred geometry. Includes exploration of numbers 1-12 as they are found in this labyrinth.

Lighting the Labyrinth: Stained Glass Windows Around the Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth
Exploration of the Chartres labyrinth in context. Consideration of stories, colors, shapes, and other aspects of the famous windows of Chartres.

Mary of Chartres & The Labyrinth in Her Cathedral
Exploration of how the labyrinth in the Chartres Cathedral reflects the Marian nature of the church.

The Portals of Chartres Cathedral and Its Labyrinth
Presentation of how cathedral doorways and other thresholds relate to this labyrinth and walkers’ experiences of it.

Good Samaritan cares for the wounded pilgrim by photographer Jill K H Geoffrion
Good Samaritan cares for the wounded pilgrim. Visible from the labyrinth.

Holy Mystery and the Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth: Exploring Ancient and Contemporary Stories. 
Encouragement to ponder deeply one’s own experiences of labyrinth prayer.

The Camino (Way of St. James) Passing Through Chartres: Pilgrimage, Chartres Cathedral & Its Labyrinth
Introduction to the medieval pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela including its relationship to this cathedral and the pilgrimage path of its labyrinth.

Chartres-style Labyrinths Around the World
Modern-day labyrinth enthusiasts often make use of the beautiful 12 circle Chartres labyrinth design. This visual presentation highlights the unique features of this pattern, as well its French cathedral context. Relevant historical and theological background information as well as the contemporary creation and usage of Chartres-style labyrinths around the world.
Le labyrinthe de Chartres qui se promène dans le monde entier
The Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth: An Ancient Pathway Meeting Contemporary Needs

Meditating on the Chartres Labyrinth as a Rose  (30 minutes)
Visual meditation that brings together the images of the unfolding rose and the Chartres labyrinth. A brief introduction helps to prepare participants to silently engage the images.

Advent Prayer on the Labyrinth: Echoes from the Chartres Cathedral
Images from Chartres, Advent Scriptures, and labyrinth prayer.

Praying in the center of the Chartres labyrinth by photographer Jill K H Geoffrion

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