The labyrinth has been around for more than four thousand years and is present in almost every spiritual tradition. It is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. Christians have been walking the labyrinth since at least the twelfth century. In the Middle Ages, when it was dangerous for pilgrims to travel to the Holy Land, seven European cathedrals were built with labyrinths carved into their stone floors and designated as destinations for pilgrims. One of these was Chartres Cathedral in France. It was the re-discovery of the Chartres labyrinth that sparked the world-wide revival of interest in the labyrinth as a tool for spiritual formation and growth.
Today, labyrinths are found in churches, retreat centers, gardens, hospitals, colleges, prisons and other public spaces. They are a metaphor for our life’s journey and can speak to people from all walks of life and religious or spiritual backgrounds
At its most basic level, the labyrinth is a symbol for the journey into the center of our deepest self where we find God and then back out into the world with a broadened understanding of who we are and how God calls us to live in the world. It is not possible to get lost in a labyrinth; this is the essential difference between a maze and a labyrinth. A labyrinth has only one way in and the same way out. There is no right or wrong way to walk it. The movement could not be more simple: we walk in, we reach the center and then we walk out.
We invite you to continue your journey here. Our Earth Centered Canvas Labyrinth is available on the first Wednesday of every month from 10:00am until 9:00pm. For the last two hours, from 7:00pm until 9:00pm there will be meditative music playing and the labyrinth is surrounded with candles to light your path.