Purpose of Labyrinth
The purpose of the labyrinth is spiritual renewal. Unlike a maze there are no dead ends or high hedges. Along its single pathway there are many turns. You can walk at a pace to suit you and take time in the centre where you will find an open sided summerhouse to sit and reflect. Some walk into the centre concentrating on praise to God, and walk out praying for others.
Some see the process as one of releasing whatever is on your heart to God, receiving from him before returning to the world
In Christian tradition a labyrinth is simply a place to walk and pray.
There is nothing mystical about it. It simply gives freedom to focus on God
without getting lost.
Story behind our labyrinth
We have been blessed in having the labyrinth here designed by Jeff Saward, a leading historian of labyrinths. He writes of priests walking a floor labyrinth such as the one in Chartres Cathedral, perhaps the most famous, to celebrate the Easter pattern of death and resurrection.
When you come we will offer you some thoughts on how you might want to use the labyrinth as well as a booklet on meditations around the grounds.
Labyrinth walking guides
We have prepared laminated guides to help you find purpose as you walk the labyrinth and reflect on the inscriptions in each of the corner rest zones or reflecting on the message painted onto the wall cladding – “You shall go out with joy…. And the trees of the field shall clap their hands”