Peace Labyrinth

A labyrinth embraces the walker.

Words and music by Sarah Pirtle © 2017, Discovery Center Music, BMI


This labyrinth of peace, this labyrinth of peace,

an ancient code our feet walk in the ground.

Silent thoughts wait there, each footstep like a prayer

That echoes down the whole world round.



What messages will you pass into the earth?

What messages will you pass into the earth?


2. This labyrinth that dares, this labyrinth that dares,

to twist us up and lead us out once more.

Releasing the straight line, suddenly we find

what we held stuck moves through a door.


3. This calendar of peace, this calendar of peace

has times of loss and has times of found.

Through doubt we keep the beat and walk on steady feet

and what we learn is printed in the ground.

Production: Engineered by Loren Feinstein at his studio in Colrain, MA.

The Story of the Song

People walk the labyrinth at Starseed every first Sunday of the month as Starseed director Satyena Ananda leads prayers for the earth. We formulate prayers inside us as we walk the winding circuits, and then stand together in the center and offer our prayers out loud. Find more information about Starseed within the “Starseed Celebration” song. 

This song began to formulate after meeting Clive Johnson, an Interfaith minister from near London, UK who has launched Labyrinth Across America. Clive is the author of several books. including Understanding Interfaith. Clive travels the US with a portable labyrinth is described

I came out of my house at just the right time to see Clive set up this labyrinth on the village green across from my home when he was starting his road trip journey, and I heard this song arrive.

Labyrinth Across America is described by Clive as a project “to take a single portable labyrinth around the states that mark the boundaries of the United States. The idea is to create a positive energy by the movement of the labyrinth in a circle around this great country, and to introduce many people to the pleasure of walking a labyrinth.” He says that walking a labyrinth we receive its embrace and allow ourselves to just be in the present.

Sister of St. Joseph of Springfield, MA Lorraine Villemaire says, “The labyrinth is a simple meditative tool that provides time to calmly reflect on the presence of a Higher Spirit within common everyday experiences. Through the gentle act of walking, people find guidance and direction in their lives.” Sister Lorraine co-authored Labyrinth Reflections, a new resource for facilitators and labyrinth walkers, along with Cathy Rigali. For more information, contact Sr. Lorraine at 413-532-6134 or

Here is another description. “A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path. It represents a journey to our own center and back again out into the world. Labyrinths have long been used as meditation and prayer tools. A labyrinth is an archetype with which we can have a direct experience. Walking the labyrinth can be considered an initiation in which one awakens the knowledge encoded within their DNA.’   (from:

The ancient history of the Labyrinth is described by Sister Lorraine in her book called the Labyrinth Experience: “The design was found on pottery, clay pottery, roof tiles, coins, stones, graffiti, and rocks in Southern Europe dating back to 4,500-4000 BCE.”