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The Labyrinth Awaits You...


Please feel free to walk on your own anytime!

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A labyrinth in a grove of trees awaits your footsteps...

A photograph of a sign pointing the way to the Labyrinth  The Labyrinth awaits down the path through the trees...

The UU Church grounds contain several wooded areas.
A clearing in one provides just the right setting for a labyrinth, a circling pathway for walking meditation.


A Labyrinth

A labyrinth is a circular path that leads to a center. Because there is only one path, unlike a maze, you can't get lost.

Labyrinths are often used for walking meditation. It’s an ancient practice, found in many cultures, that can represent a journey to our own center and back out again into the world. Walking a labyrinth brings a different meaning and experience to each person, in keeping with this church's philosophy of providing a safe place for people to develop their own spirituality.

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How To Walk The Labyrinth

The entrance to the labyrinth is on the east side, near the information stand. Pause here, to focus and/or calm your thoughts. Then step within and let the pathway guide your feet while freeing your mind. Walk at your own pace. Please pass gently at the curves if your walk takes you faster than others. Courtesy suggests your silence unless group consensus calls for drums, music, or chanting. Notice thoughts and feelings while walking to the center. Then pause and process what you have experienced so far. When you feel the time is right, proceed back out along the path. When meeting others, simply step aside and then resume your place. Your exit walk may have a different tone. Some people draw or journal afterwards; others may sit in quiet reflection.

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A Brief History of Our Labyrinth

The idea for a labyrinth at UUCOC began in 1998, when member Sally Jones was inspired by a speaker named Victoria Stone. By the next summer, a labyrinth in the woods was taking shape. Members from the community began dropping in, and the labyrinth’s popularity grew. It has been featured in several publications and is listed on LabyrinthLocator.com. The labyrinth was maintained for years primarily by energetic retirees. As the church began to lose these members the labyrinth fell into disrepair. In 2016, volunteers with the labyrinth’s namesake, the Labyrinth Walk Coffee House, offered to take on restoration of this sacred space. Generous donations of time, talent, and treasure returned the labyrinth to its former glory. Decomposed granite replaced mulch, paths were widened, and flowering and fruiting native plants replaced a number of non-natives. The Labyrinth was rededicated March 19, 2017.

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