Labyrinten op The Recidences

Vier labyrinthen op 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.’


Een labyrint kan mensen de mogelijkheid bieden om hun eigen eenheid terug te vinden: lichaam en ziel, geestelijk leven en zakelijk leven, mislukking en succes, woede en vrede, vreugde en verdriet.


Naar het midden van het labyrint lopend, laat ik mijn zorgen, problemen, frustraties, bitterheid en onrust, langzaam naar buiten komen (loslaten). Eenmaal in het centrum rust ik om inspiratie op te doen (ontvangen). Dan kom ik terug in mijn leven met een nieuw bewustzijn (integratie).


Op het complex van The Residences  waar ik woon 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 hotel converentie ruimte 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.


In de grote residence tuin, naast het hotel, tussen het hoofdzwembad en de townhouses ligt het Chartres Labyrint.



Moge de Labyrinten op deze energierijke plek - die mindful zijn gemaakt om mensen inzicht, vrede en eenheid te kunnen laten vinden -, iedereen die naar deze vredige en natuurlijke plek voor gezond leven toe komt, helpen in het vinden van hun weg en hun pad.


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.


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

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.