A labyrinth is a walking path to be used for meditation, introspection, prayer, or simply mindless relaxation—just to take a break. Walking a labyrinth is also thought to enhance creativity.
There are many walking labyrinths around Washington State. Some are in public spaces or parks, while others are on church properties that are offered to the public.
You can also build a labyrinth at home. It can become a feature in your garden, chalk art on the patio, or a temporary pathway in a spare room.
People walk labyrinths for many different reasons and can have a different result each time.
About labyrinth designs
Unlike a maze which can have many paths and dead-ends, a labyrinth is a single path that leads to the center. You can’t get lost or stuck in a labyrinth. You simply follow the path to the center, pause, and return the same way.
There are many different labyrinths designs. One common design is a series of concentric loops in a circular path. Labyrinth designs are often round, but can also be square, octagonal, star, or other shapes.
Lines that define the labyrinth path can be made in many ways, from permanent to temporary. You can use rope, chalk, paint, tape, simply etch lines in dirt or sand, or line up stones or leaves. If you setup a labyrinth inside your home, you might use blocks, books, canned foods, or any other small object.
You could even draw a labyrinth on an inexpensive plastic tarp (from the hardware or paint store) using felt markers. You can then roll up your labyrinth and put it away when not in use.
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How to build a labyrinth
Building a temporary labyrinth might be as fun as using it. Listed below are links to simple instructions and video that provide details for making a labyrinth.
- How to draw a labyrinth from wikihow.com
- How to Draw a 5 Circuit Chartres style Medieval Labyrinth from Discover Labyrinths (YouTube video)
- How to Draw Simple Odd-Shaped Classical Labyrinths from Discover Labyrinths (YouTube video)
- How to Build a Backyard Labyrinth using Rope from Instructables Living
- Directions to make a labyrinth from the Labyrinth Society
Calendar of meditation events in the Puget Sound region
Listed below are upcoming meditation events in the Puget Sound region.
But wait, there’s more!
- When you can get away, check out these walking labyrinths in Washington State.
- Find more meditation resources, visit our Meditation page.
- You might also like our our Fitness & Exercise page.
- Still more ideas for frugal fun: Greater Seattle on the Cheap home page.
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