Walking a Labyrinth
Above left to right: Medieval, Classic and Roman style labyrinths
Walking a labyrinth is something that Christians have been doing for centuries. A labyrinth isn’t a maze. When walking a labyrinth you simply follow the path which always takes you to the centre. http://www.labyrinthsociety.org/about-labyrinths
‘A maze has deliberate tricks in it. False trails. Dead ends. This is a labyrinth because there is only one path. A long and complicated one, but only one’ (from Sally Vickers ‘The Cleaner of Chartres’).
WHY WALK A LABYRINTH?
Above left to right: Labyrinths at Woodbrooke Quaker Centre, Kings Heath Village Square, Chartres Cathedral
What is crucial to the labyrinth experience is the length and tortuous nature of the pathway: the journey along it can be surprisingly disorienting. The point of this, suggests Di Williams is that ‘by creating the feeling of not knowing where it will go next, it allows the mind to cease racing ahead. It helps the body to settle to taking one step at a time, trusting the path to reveal itself without need for thought.’
THE ‘OFFA HOUSE’ LABYRINTH AT ALL SAINTS‘
All Saints’ Church is the home of the ‘Offa House’ labyrinth. This is a large canvas labyrinth, suitable for laying down on a very large, clean, flat surface indoors. Its design is based on that found in the Cathedral of Ravenna, Italy.
The labyrinth welcomes people of all ages. Several people can walk around its pathway at the same time, providing they are courteous.
TO HIRE THE ‘OFFA HOUSE’ LABYRINTH
The labyrinth comes with various resources to enable a group to make the most of using it. For use indoors only. Contact the church office on 01926 492073 firstname.lastname@example.org.