20190410 ald4Because of its circular pattern, a labyrinth is a useful place for walking meditations where an even-paced journey leads to a single goal, the labyrinth's center. Those who walk labyrinths say that the exercise focuses the mind, slows the breathing and induces a peaceful, meditative state. A growing number of people are rediscovering the labyrinth as a path to prayer, introspection, and emotional healing.

Stony Point Center's Labyrinth is nestled between the Meditation Space and Magnolia Lodge and is always open for guest use.

In fall of 2018, under the deft leadership of Lars Howlett of Discover Labyrinths, our 7-Circuit Classical Labyrinth was redesigned into a modified 11-Circuit Medieval Labyrinth. The new design creates more space at the center to allow for small group use, and it takes longer for the journeyer to reach the center.20180926 095335

The process involved several steps. First, the rocks from the old Labyrinth were removed. Next, the ground was flattened and leveled. Then, quartz-colored sand edging stones were placed by hand in the shape of the Labyrinth. Then, the spaces between the stones were filled with dirt and planted with grass seed. After a long season of hibernation, our new Labyrinth sprang to life with a soft bed grass between the carefully laid edging stones.

For thousands of years, labyrinths have existed as mysterious symbols of uncertain origin and recently have been rediscovered by those seeking meaningful quiet space. We can still see ancient labyrinth designs--which probably evolved from simple spirals--carved into rocks, sketched on walls as graffiti and patterned on coins and seals. The spiral symbolizes the process of growth and evolution. It is a process of coming to the same point again and again, but at a different level, so that everything is seen in a new light. The result is a new perspective on issues, people and places.

"It's interesting because in history, there was an evolution from the Classical Labyrinth being the most popular, to the Medieval Labyrinth being the most popular," explained Howlett. "So we are re-tracing that shift."

20180926 104534To signify the link between old and new, rocks from the old labyrinth were removed and placed as edging to nearby flower beds. Some were turned into four stone cairns on the edge of labyrinth to ground the space in the four cardinal directions.

Our original labyrinth was financed by the Friends of Stony Point Center and designed and installed by the Feminine Way.