Everyone is welcome to use our labyrinth! The labyrinth and prayer garden are available any time between sunrise and sunset. Groups should schedule a time with the Director (firstname.lastname@example.org).
You do not have to belong to any particular faith tradition or to any tradition at all. Your personal life and/or spiritual journey has led you to this place at this time. Confront, explore, and refresh yourself and your mind, body, and soul. Our labyrinth is accessible to those with disabilities.
Labyrinths have been used to designate sacred space for thousands of years in many cultures, religions, and traditions. A labyrinth is not a maze. A maze is something designed for people to get lost in. Mazes offer false options that lead to dead ends. A labyrinth is a place for one to find oneself. It has only one path, which leads to the center and back out again.
Labyrinths have been used to help people understand their relation to nature and God’s design, to promote a sense of well-being and healing. It is designed to reveal, release, refresh, and free the human spirit in a quest to become connected to the Divine in each person. One of the benefits of the labyrinth is that tracing its path is a spiritual practice open to everyone. For every person and group, the labyrinth can be a tool for introspection, creativity, and reflection.
One can find that getting up and moving while praying or meditating helps clear the mind, reduce stress, and promote creativity, as well as spiritual, mental, and emotional equilibrium. Many people in our hectic world feel cut off from the out-of-doors, the changing of the seasons, fresh air, the phases of the moon, and other reminders of the natural world in which we live.
Visiting a labyrinth in an outdoor setting can help people feel re-energized and re-connected to the world around them, beyond the car exhaust, air conditioning, and cubicles of their work places.
There is no right way or wrong way to walk a labyrinth. The following points are merely suggestions you may consider when approaching the path, if you do not already have something in mind:
- Prepare for the experience with prayer of a few moments of silence before entering the labyrinth.
- Enter the labyrinth. Concentrate on your breathing and let go of the stresses of your day.
- Reach the center and take a moment to rest. Be silent, or pray out loud, or sing. Stand still or dance. You may find your reaction to the labyrinth is not the same as anyone else with you, or it may be different each time you walk the path.
- Return to the world, hopefully with a new awareness of the world around you and your place within it.
We hope that your time on the labyrinth will be one of peace and transformation. Comment cards can be found at the labyrinth. Let us hear from you about your experience. Wild blessings on your journey!