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Jeff and Kimberly Saward are the co-founders and directors of Labyrinthos - the Labyrinth Resource Centre, Photo Library and Archive, and the editors and publishers of Caerdroia - the Journal of Mazes and Labyrinths.

They were founding members of the Labyrinth Society in 1998 and still serve as consultants for the society. Based in Thundersley, in Southeast England, they travel extensively to give presentations and research the history and distribution of labyrinths and mazes worldwide.

Kimberly Lowelle Saward, Ph.D., taught psychology at Sonoma State University in California and worked clinically as a school counsellor and somatic therapist. Bringing her perspective as a lifelong student of spiritual practice, pilgrimage and sacred sites, she has been working with labyrinths since 1995 and is currently researching modern and historic uses of the labyrinth, comparing and contrasting their uses in folk customs, mythology, and spiritual development.

She has recently published Ariadne's Thread: Legends of the Labyrinth, a psycho-spiritual study of labyrinth folk practices worldwide. Travelling frequently between the USA and Europe to organize and participate in labyrinth-oriented conferences, tours and events, she has a unique cross-cultural insight into the modern resurgence of interest in mazes and labyrinths, and served as the president of the Labyrinth Society from 2003 to 2008.

Follow Kimberly’s labyrinthine adventures on her blogs, Walking in the World and Ariadne’s Thread.

Jeff Saward was first captivated by the labyrinth in 1976, and founded Caerdroia, the Journal of Mazes and Labyrinths in 1980. Now in continuous publication for over 40 years, Caerdroia has become an internationally respected forum for news, views, new research and archival material. Many years of searching for labyrinths and mazes has taken Jeff around Europe - from the shores of the Mediterranean to the high Arctic - to India and around America on numerous occasions. His collection of photographs is unrivalled. Widely considered the world authority on the history and development of mazes and labyrinths, he has lectured extensively in the UK, Europe and the USA to both enthusiast and academic groups. Jeff has also contributed articles to numerous journals and magazines and worked with journalists and producers for numerous features in newspapers and magazines and has appeared on radio and television broadcasts in the UK, Europe, USA and Canada.

His extensive knowledge of the subject has ensured that he is frequently consulted to provide information, illustrations and photographs for many of the books on mazes and labyrinths, as well as documentation for archaeological projects, student research and restorations of historical mazes and labyrinths. He has also designed and built a number of labyrinths and mazes for clients in the UK, Europe, America and India, and also administers the Worldwide Labyrinth Locator website on behalf of the Labyrinth Society and Veriditas.

The historical editor for the English language translation of Hermann Kern's monumental Labyrinthe sourcebook, published in 2000 as Through the Labyrinth, his own book, Magical Paths, a pictorial essay exploring the modern revival of mazes and labyrinths, was published by Mitchell Beazley in the UK & in France during 2002 (paperback edition published by Sterling in the USA, 2008). His book Labyrinths & Mazes, a comprehensive illustrated history of labyrinths and mazes worldwide, was published by Gaia in the UK & Lark Books in the USA in 2003 and also in German & Russian co-editions. A contributor to Le Jardin Comme Labyrinthe du Monde, published by the Musée du Louvre, Paris, 2008, he is currently working digitising his archives, as well as writing various palaeontological papers describing new species of extinct crustaceans, his other passion when not looking for labyrinths.

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