Kimberly Lowelle Saward, Ph.D., has been working with labyrinths since 1995, earning her doctorate in 2003 with a study of labyrinth walking as a transformative practice. Prior to her move to England, she worked clinically as a school counsellor and somatic therapist, and taught psychology at Sonoma State University in California. Kimberly is the author of Ariadne’s Thread: Legends of the Labyrinth, a psycho-spiritual study of labyrinth folk practices worldwide. She is currently researching modern and historic uses of the labyrinth, comparing and contrasting their uses in folk customs, mythology, and spiritual development. Travelling frequently between the USA and Europe as a speaker and an organizer of labyrinth-oriented conferences, pilgrimages, and events, she has a unique cross-cultural insight into the modern resurgence of interest in mazes and labyrinths. She is a founding member of the international Labyrinth Society and served as its president from 2003 – 2008.
In addition to her work with labyrinths, Kimberly is an artist who also teaches fibre arts courses and workshops, emphasizing their potential for spiritual practice and community building. Her own artwork has spurred her to explore traditional women’s crafts in indigenous cultures. She uses her extensive travels to further her research in this field. She is passionate about building community wherever she goes, and is never without a pen to record her journey.Other areas of interest include medieval mysticism and symbolism. In that vein, she is an avid student of the tarot and continues her lifelong interest in Jungian psychology and the study of dreams.
People often ask how I came to be living in England, doing what I do with the labyrinth. You can read my story here.