Labyrinth Peace Garden

What is a labyrinth? A labyrinth is a winding, meditative walkway used for spiritual growth, creativity, healing, and centering. Labyrinths in various styles and shapes have been around for more than 4,000 years in Greek, Celtic, Egyptian, Indan, and Native American cultures.

How do you walk a labyrinth? Once you enter, simply follow the path to the center and then turn around to follow the path back out. Different people approach the labyrinth in different ways. Some are serious and quiet, using the process to think, pray, or meditate. Some are playful about walking the labyrinth and find that it brightens their mood.

Three-stage Walk. Many people find it helpful to divide a labyrinth into three parts. First, as you walk to the center, let go of anything that is bothering you. Part two, in the center, is used to focus. Some pray, meditate or take a deep breath to find new ways of approaching life. Part three, as you walk out of the labyrinth, gather energy and strength for the future.

From the Labyrinth Journal. Philip: "What a peaceful, positive experience. A near perfect place for reflection." Donna: "I was struck by how my consciousness shifted from total inwardness to total connectedness to another path walker, and both were equally joyful." Susan: "As I walked the path, I felt the Spirit of God in the gentle breeze and in the canopy of trees overhead. I felt that God was showing me my own faith journey and His presence throughout." Marlene: "I felt peace. I felt oneness with all those who have walked the path now and before now. I felt the strength, power, and guidance of God for my life." Yuki: "Give peace a chance."

Labyrinth Peace Garden

The Park. The Labyrinth Peace Garden was dedicated on the final day of the last century "for the nourishment of our spirits and the development of a just and loving community." This beautiful park, provided at the north side of Gaia House Interfaith Center by generous friends and supporters, includes a small waterfall and pond, flowering plants, shading trees, benches, a picnic table, and a specially designed labyrinth.

The Labyrinth is uniquely inscribed on the cement foundation of a former geodesic dome designed by the renowned American architect, inventor, futurist, and SIUC University Professor, Buckminster Fuller.

Educational Programs. All are invited to visit throughout the year. Programs and assisted group labyrinth walks may be scheduled by calling our office..

Labyrinth and Peace Garden (Close-Up): This is a close-up of the design of the Labyrinth at Gaia House-Interfaith Center. It is a custom design made especially for the concrete pad that was formerly the foundation of a geodesic dome that was home to a program called Synergy.