Maui Memorial Medical Center Blesses New Labyrinth
By Wendy Osher
A new labyrinth was blessed recently at the Maui Memorial Medical Center (MMMC), providing an opportunity for healing of patients, staff and families, as they release physical, emotional and spiritual stresses.
The labyrinth is a replica of the Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth in France.
The path, in ancient times, provided spiritual renewal. It also served as a full body prayer for releasing stress, receiving comfort, seeking resolution and experiencing peace.
The new labyrinth was facilitated by MMMC Chaplain Amy Hill Crowe with the support and encouragement of Eve Hogan who has a labyrinth walk known as The Sacred Garden in Makawao.
Crowe and Hogan introduced the medical center community to the labyrinth via the Integrative Medicine Committee in 2010 by bringing Eve’s portable canvas labyrinth to the facility for monthly walks.
After getting community and administrative support, the labyrinth was designed and painted by local labyrinth enthusiasts, Robert Burton and his wife Jean-Rachelle. “We are so grateful for the support provided by Eve, Robert and Jean-Rachelle,” said Crowe. “Because of their kindness, we now have a beautiful center for healing within our hospital.”
The labyrinth is located on the patio outside the old entrance, now known as the Wailuku Courtyard. It is open to patients, families, staff members and the community during the courtyard’s open hours.