About labyrinths

A labyrinth is not a maze.
A maze has many paths.  A labyrinth has only one.
A maze leads you astray.  A labyrinth leads you to the centre.
You can lose yourself in a maze.  You can find yourself in a labyrinth.

A labyrinth is a single, winding path, usually leading to a central point.  At first glance it's not always obvious how it will get there – just as we can't always anticipate the twists and turns as we journey through life.  The labyrinth invites us just to walk, giving our focus to the journey and trusting that we will get to where we need to be.

Labyrinths have a long and mysterious history. They are found in places as varied as prehistoric rock carvings, Roman mosaics and medieval cathedrals. There are several theories and little evidence of how these labyrinths were used; one suggestion is that medieval labyrinths served as pilgrimage destinations when it became too hazardous to travel to distant lands.  Whatever the truth, people have found meaning in labyrinths in many places and many times.

If you'd like to know more about the history of labyrinths, the modern labyrinth movement or the location of ancient and modern labyrinths across the world, we've listed some starting points below.

And if you'd like to know more about the experience of walking a labyrinth – come and try it!  We meet on the last Sunday of most months.

Walking into the labyrinth is an opportunity to walk towards our own centre, away from the pressures of our lives. Following the path engages the part of our minds that is easily distracted, and the physical act of walking connects and calms mind and body. At the centre we spend time in that still place, before following the same path out and preparing to rejoin the world.

We invite you to join us.
We offer the labyrinth, a quiet space, a questions to ponder and secular and Christian readings.

You are welcome to make use of any of these resources.
You are welcome to ignore them and walk the labyrinth in your own way.
And you are equally welcome to sit quietly and not to enter the labyrinth at all.

After we walk, we gather around a table and share a simple meal soup and bread.  Again, you are most welcome to join us, or to quietly leave, as you prefer.

Labyrinth Links

Listen to a discussion of labyrinths on Radio 4's Woman's Hour.

Learn more about labyrinths at Labyrinthos.

Find a labyrinth near you with the World-Wide Labyrinth Locator.