PeaceSanctuary.org began with the creation of
an 11 circuit / Chartres labyrinth on the grounds of UTS Interfaith Seminary in
2002. A second 3-circuit labyrinth was added in 2005, dedicated to peace in the
Middle East. From 2003, candlelight, full moon walks were held every month
along with many other community walks, such as those celebrating Earth Day,
marking the changing seasons, the International Day of Peace, and Healing the
Waters of the Earth.
In 2009 Gillian Corcoran, founder of
PeaceSanctuary, moved to PA for a one year residency as a hospital chaplain.
Cecilia St. King tended the labyrinth and hosted labyrinth walks - deep
gratitude to Cecilia, until she too moved and began touring as a Peace
Troubadour. The organized community labyrinth walks are on hiatus, although the
labyrinth is still available for people to walk. If you feel called to host
labyrinth walks, please call Gillian at 845-417-1345.
Through her work as a spiritual director and
hospital chaplain, Gillian realized how we all need to create our own inner
peace sanctuaries. While it is wonderful to be able to visit a peaceful site, we
need to be able to tap into inner peace within ourselves at a moment’s notice,
wherever we may be. To this end, Gillian partners with people in the creation
of inner sanctuaries of peace.
As well as compassionate listening, contemplative
silence and guided meditation, Gillian draws upon various healing modalities including
Reiki, the Emotion Code, and Emotional Freedom Technique, and utilizes Bach
flowers and essential oils.