Labyrinths at The Residences

Four Labyrinths at The Residences


‘Labyrinths offer the opportunity to walk in meditation to that place within us where the rational merges with the intuitive and the spiritual is reborn.’


A labyrinth can offer possibility for people to find back their own unity: body and soul, spiritual life and business life, failure and success, anger and peace, joy and sorrow.


Walking to the center of the labyrinth, I let my troubles, problems, frustrations, bitterness, unquietness, coming out slowly (letting go). Once in the center, I rest to open up to get inspiration (receiving). Then I come back to my life with a new awareness (integrating).


On the complex of The Residences you can find four labyrinths. Two of these are permanent and offer you the possibilty to walk. The Cretan / Classical Labyrinth at Sala Mala (The top sala, an open covered space in nature to rest, on the hill of the resort) and the Chartres / Medieval Labyrinth in the large residence garden next to the hotel between the main pool and the townhouses. 


Not to walk but only as a decor, a small Clasical private garden labyrinth in the front yard of townhouse 'Villa Asia' offering a fantastic and welcoming energy. The Chartres essence / Petite Chartres (canvas) labyrinth is only available in consultation and/or due to extreme weather conditions.



May the Labyrinths at this energetic place, - which have been mindfully created to allow people searching for insight peace and unity -, help all those coming to this peaceful and natural place for healthy living, finding their way and their path.



Find here some general history information about labyrinths and how to walk.


The Pavana Chiang Mai Resort classical (Cretan) Labyrinth in Thailand

Labyrinths offer the opportunity to walk in meditation to that place within us where the rational merges with the intuitive and the spiritual is reborn.

"Your life is a sacred journey. And it is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path... exactly where you are meant to be right now... And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love." 
Caroline Adams


Labyrinth coordinates (Garmin):


N   18°58.220ˈ

E 098°53.475ˈ

Find here some explanation about the classical (Cretan) Labyrinth at Sala Mala from The Pavana Chiang Mai Resort

Chartres / Medieval Labyrinth at The Pavana Chiang Mai Resort Thailand


Agreement by the owner of The Pavana Chiang Mai resort at April 5th 2017. Ready at October 11th 2017

Constructed by Frans Captijn by meditative handwork in his free time.

In consultation it is possible in the evening / at night to switch on the specific Labyrint lights to walk.


Labyrinth coordinates (Garmin):


N   18°58.262ˈ

E 098°53.669ˈ

For background and information about this specific Labyrinth and how to walk it click here.

Inauguration and blessing of the Chartres Labyrinth at The Pavana Chiang Mai Resort


The official Chartres Labyrinth inauguration and blessing at The Pavana Chiang Mai Resort / The Residences took place at Friday November 24th 2017 by the French Jesuit priest Father Olivier, accompanied by the Italian Father Giovanni.


After the inauguration Tibetan Purba’s where placed around the labyrinth to pin down restless energy and to create a stable, balanced, “protected” and “holy ground”.


The Phurba is triple sided Tibetan ritual tool, a nail/dart. Not a kind of weapon, but a spiritual implement. The Tibetan meaning for Phurba refers to a stake used for tying or a pin/fastener used for securing a tent.


One of its meanings is that it is used to subdue negative energies. The Phurba is said to be able to transform this energy into positive energy.


The three edges have very special symbolic significance and powers. They represent:

  • the Three Worlds (desires, form and emptiness also called the three planes of existence) united by the “world axis” (handle of the Phurba) (which unites the three worlds)
  • the Three Poisons: each edge represents one of the three: Moha (Ignorance and confusion), Raga (Attachement and greed) and Dvesha (aversion or ill-will)
  • the Three Remedies (Wholesome Qualities) that remedies the three Poisons: Amoha or Prajna (non delusion or wisdom), Alobha or Dana (non-attachment or generosity) and metta and advesa (loving kindness and non-hatred)
  • converting the Thee Poisons with the Three Remedies
  • purification of the Body, Speech and Mind.

The lower part of the blade is said to represent "Method" while the handle "Wisdom".


The Chartres essence / petite Chartres (canvas) Labyrinth


Due to bad weather conditions during the rainy season, overload of mosquitos, or very high temperatures, Captijn Insight bought a canvas Labyrinth to use insight a room. 


Our Chartres Essence is a round, 7-circuit labyrinth with elements resembling the Chartres labyrinth. Typically, it is 24 feet / 7.3 meter in diameter.


The lunations of the Chartres labyrinth form a lunar calendar, sufficient for determining the date for Easter (the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox). The full Chartres labyrinth in The Pavana Chiang Mai Resort / The Spa Resort Residences garden has 112 lunations (in our labyrinth represented by 112 bushes), being four lunar months of 28. The Chartres essence, like our Petite Chartres design, has 84 lunations, being three lunar months. Hence, the symbolism is



The biggest drawback for a smaller labyrinth is not the size of the paths, but rather, the small size of the center, which accommodates few people. To remedy this, the Chartres Essence has a center the same size as a full Chartres pattern, almost one-third of the diameter. This proportion allows it to serve a larger number of people at the same time. The entrance is also the most like the full Chartres, simply having one turn in each quadrant rather than a pair of turns.



Labyrinth prayer


Just and only a free offer. Some thoughts if you are a believer and want to prepare yourself for walking a labyrinth.


Trappist monk Thomas Merton writes about some practices of the spiritual life in this classic volume. Here is a prayer in which he embraces uncertainty through the practice of trust, an essential element of faith.


Thoughts in Solitude

(by Thomas Merton)


My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. 
I do not see the road ahead of me. 
I cannot know for certain where it will end. 
Nor do I really know myself, 
and the fact that I think I am following your will 
does not mean that I am actually doing so. 
But I believe that the desire to please you 
does, in fact, please you. 
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. 
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. 
And I know that if I do this 
you will lead me by the right road, 
though I may know nothing about it. 
Therefore, I will trust you always though 
I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. 
I will not fear, for you are ever with me, 
and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.



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