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What is a Labyrinth?

A labyrinth is:

a walking meditation that has been used since ancient times and across cultures to calm the mind, relax the body, and revive the spirit by following a single circuitous, uninterrupted path to a center and back.

a sacred path that has been both symbol and ritual in Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist religious traditions.

a metaphor for life that has unexpected turns in the pathway moving toward and then away from the goal as in one's life experiences.

a stress reducer that focusses the mind on walking the 1000 steps to the center and the 1000 steps back out at one's own pace and in one's own time without pressures of expectation or performance since there is no right or wrong way to walk it.

a healing resource that allows one to let go of grief and loss and trauma to discover the comfort and strength from the calming process of walking this timeless path in the beauty and inspiration of the natural environment.

a special way to appreciate nature that comes from remaining in an outdoor space for an extended period of time to experience the balance that comes from the interaction of mind and nature. The multi sensory experience of the sounds of the ocean waves, sights of the birds and animals, the touch of the breezes, and aroma of the flowers deepens the effect of the labyrinth experience.

a land art work that respects the beauty and fragility of the natural environment while encouraging human engagement with it, providing an example of one of the oldest artistic creations to be inspired by the human imagination.

a gift of inner peace and renewal that can sustain the walker through the stresses and presses of daily life and produce well being. "Go placidly amid the noise and the haste..." (Desiderata)