What is a Labyrinth?
Labyrinths are a type of pattern that have existed in cultures and religions throughout the world for thousands of years. Designs can vary in intricacy and complexity, but all feature a winding path leading to a center point.
Though the path of the labyrinth is winding, it is not a maze in modern terms. It is not a puzzle designed to trick you; there are no wrong turns or dead ends. In a labyrinth, there is a single, circuitous path which leads you to the center and safely guides you out again.
At 38 feet in diameter, the Omnisara labyrinth is nearly a full-size replica of the 11-circuit labyrinth in the Chartres Cathedral in France. We are honored to be the second labyrinth built through the Legacy Labyrinth program at Veriditas, which aspires to create lasting places where communities can come together and heal. Our labyrinth was lovingly crafted by hand; drawn by expert labyrinth builder John Ridder of Paxworks and hand-painted by our family and friends.
How to Walk the Labyrinth
There are unlimited ways to walk the labyrinth. It is a versatile tool that can be used for mediation, for spiritual growth and development, for celebration or grief, for ceremony, or for relaxation and health improvement. You can walk it individually or as part of a group, privately or with a facilitator.
There is no right or wrong way to walk the labyrinth, but here are some practical tips:
- The speed with which you walk is your choice.
- It is okay to pass someone.
- It is okay to pause or stop anywhere along the way.
- We encourage walking barefoot; however, should you wish to wear shoes, comfortable, soft-soled, flat footwear is required. (High heels and hard-soled shoes that could damage the surface are not permitted.)
- Children are welcome with parental supervision.
- Canes and walkers can be used on the labyrinth.
- If walking in a group, be polite.
When in doubt, remember to practice basic grace and courtesy.
Respecting the space, yourself, and the people around you is the most important thing.
Our facilitators can offer you more in-depth guidance on walking the labyrinth. This insight can enrich your experience without dictating it. Our various facilitators can help you become more familiar with the history of the labyrinth, its philosophy, and with its use.