The Labyrinth at Rapides Regional Medical Center will host an event to mark World Labyrinth Day on Saturday, May 7 at 1:00 pm.

World Labyrinth Day is an annual event sponsored by The Labyrinth Society held on the first Saturday of May. “It is to encourage worldwide action to ‘walk as one at 1' local time to create a rolling wave of peaceful energy across the globe,” according to The Labyrinth Society.

The Labyrinth at Rapides Regional Medical Center is located at the Rapides Cancer Center, 605 Medical Center Drive. It was built in November by master labyrinth builder Lars Howlett. It is patterned, in part, after the Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth that was built in 1201. It is a 7–circuit aligned Chartres Essence with heart space design.

The schedule for World Labyrinth Day at Rapides Regional Medical Center will begin at 12:45 pm with an opening, introduction to the labyrinth and a peace walk. At 1:00 pm, a silent, facilitated walk for peace will take place. The closing will take place at 2:00 pm.

The creation of the Labyrinth at Rapides Regional Medical Center was championed by Martin Tanner, M.D., and his wife, Annelle. Both are trained labyrinth facilitators. The labyrinth at RRMC is just the second in a hospital in Louisiana and the second in Central Louisiana, with the other being located at the Wesley Center in Woodworth.

“Once you step onto the labyrinth, you just follow the path,” said Annelle Tanner. “It is a peaceful, meditative time for you to listen and to reflect.”