Labyrinten op de Pavana Resort

Vier labyrinthen op het Pavana Chiang Mai Resort in Chiang Mai 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.’


Op het complex van het Pavana Chiang Mai Resort (en The Spa Resort Residences) kun je vier labyrinten vinden. Twee daarvan zijn beloopbaar. Het privé tuin labyrint in de voortuin van Villa-Asia heeft een fantastische energie maar is er verder slechts voor de sier. Het canvas labyrint in de Pavana Room is slechts in overleg en/of in verband met extreme weersituaties te gebruiken.


In Sala Mala (de bovenste Sala van het resort) is op de vloer een klassiek (of Kretaans) labyrint. Elke woensdagavond wordt er op verzoek uitleg gegeven over labyrinten in het algemeen en over dit klassieke labyrint in het bijzonder. Omringd met olielampen en met speciale muziek voor het meditatief lopen van het labyrint vinden week na week fantastische spiegelingen plaats.


In de grote hoteltuin, tussen het hoofdzwembad en de townhouses ligt het Chartres Labyrint.


Vind hier algemene informatie en achtergrond als ook over hoe een labyrint te lopen (Engels talig)

Het klassieke (Cretaans) labyrint op The Pavana Chiang Mai Resort 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

Labyrint coordinaten (Garmin):

N   18°58.220ˈ

E 098°53.475ˈ


Vind hier enige uitleg over het klassieke labyrint in Sala Mala van The Pavana Chiang Mai Resort (Engels talig)

Chartres / Middeleeuws Labyrinth op The Pavana Chiang Mai Resort Thailand


Accoord voor het maken van dit labyrint door de directeur van The Pavana Chiang Mai resort op 5 april 2017.

Gereed op 11 oktober 2017.

In vrije tijd met meditatief handwerk gemaakt door Frans Captijn.

Het is mogelijk om, in overleg, in de avond/nacht de speciale Labyrint verlichting in te schakelen zodat er ook op die momenten indien gewenst gebruik van kan worden gemaakt.


Labyrint coordinaten (Garmin):


N   18°58.262ˈ

E 098°53.669ˈ

Voor achtergrond en informatie (in het Engels) klik hier voor de hand-out.


The Chartres essence / Petite Chartres (canvas) Labyrinth at The Pavana Chiang Mai Resort


Due to bad weather conditions during the rainy season, overload of mosquitos, or very high temperatures, Captijn Insight offers The Pavana guests the possibility to have the experience of walking the canvas Labyrinth in the wonderful “The Pavana Room” studio. A great, air-conditioned, meditation and yoga studio, build on a hill, with a wonderful view over the Mae Ann rice valleys.


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.


It is not possible to make free use of this labyrinth because the room is used for several events. In the morning meditation classes will be announced if the regular Wednesday evening Labyrinth walk is changed to The Pavana Room. In consultation it’s also possible to book this guided labyrinth walk for individuals, couples or groups.


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Labyrinth prayer

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.