A Labyrinth is a “Unicursal” walking path that has been used by many cultures for thousands of years. The oldest labyrinth in the United States is found in Galesteo, New Mexico and is 3,500 years old. The most well known labyrinth is located at Notre Dame de Chartres Cathedral in Chartres, France. The Chartres Labyrinth is the model for our own.
Our Labyrinth is designed to add to our guest’s experience, it’s complimentary and open to the public. The labyrinth is gracefully situated in our Meditation Garden along side the San Luis Creek in a rustic natural setting. Experience the Labyrinth and enjoy a picnic creek side under the canopy of sycamore and oak trees.
1) Walk: There is not a "required way" to walk the labyrinth. The beauty of the labyrinth is that people can approach the experience on their own terms. However, as a guideline, we can break the ‘walk’ down into these stages.
2) Entering: (also referred to as shedding or purgation.) During this stage you walk the path toward the center, and should try to acquire a relaxed, peaceful state, temporarily release concerns and quiet the mind.
3) Illumination: The time in the center. This is a time of openness and peacefulness; you experience, learn or receive what this unique moment offers. Take your time.
4) Union: The journey outward. You choose when to leave the center, following the same path. This is a time to review and consider what occurred in the center and how it may be applied in your life.
5) Implementation: This stage represents your life outside the labyrinth; the world where your experience or illumination is carried into and affects your everyday life.
For an in-depth look at labyrinths we suggest reading “Walking the Sacred Path” by Lauren Artress, which is available in our Gift Shop.
The labyrinth is directly across Avila Beach Drive from the entrance to our parking lot. Please be extremely careful when crossing the street.
The labyrinth is only available for use during daylight hours.