What is a Labyrinth?
The labyrinth is an ancient pattern found in many cultures around the world. Labyrinth designs were found on pottery, tablets and tiles date as far back as 4000 years. Many patterns are based on spirals from nature. In Native American culture it is called the Medicine Wheel and Man in the Maze. The Celts described it as the Never Ending Circle. It is also called the Kabala in mystical Judaism.
One feature they all share is that they have one path which winds in a circuitous way to the center. This single path or unicursal tool for personal, psychological and spiritual transformation. Labyrinths are thought to enhance right brain activity. For more information on visit The Labyrinth Society’s website
The Eighth Street Center has 2 portable indoor labyrinths the Santa Rosa Labyrinth and the Chartres Labyrinth. We also have an outdoor labyrinth onsite.
Experience these labyrinths yourself to find a way to quiet the mind, find balance,and encourage meditation, insight and celebration. They are open to all people as a non-denominational, cross-cultural tool of well-being.
The Santa Rosa Labyrinth (©1999). Designed by Lea Goode-Harris in 1997, this seven-circuit labyrinth is divided into four quadrants and includes a unique space on the fourth circuit inline with the labyrinth’s mouth. Called the “heart space” this area is not walked but serves as a sacred vessel for holding symbols of one’s issues, needs or celebrations. Looking at the path, you will realize that this “heart space” is approached from all four directions, allowing the walker to view his/her symbols from various points of view. This portable indoor labyrinth is 26′ in diameter and we would love to bring it out to your site!
The Chartres Labyrinth is a replica of the labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral near Paris, France. The labyrinth at Chartres was built around 1200 and is laid into the floor in a style sometimes referred to as a pavement maze. The exact geometrical copies including lunations around the perimeter, and petals in the goal may be called “Chartres.” This portable indoor labyrinth is 36′ in diameter and needs a 40’X40′ available space or a gymnasium. If you have such a space and would like us to visit just give us a call!
Eighth Street Center’s outdoor labyrinth is a Classical 7 Circuit. Created with a seed pattern of a cross, a right angle, and a dot in each quadrant, this labyrinth has seven paths. This is often referred to by some as the Cretan Labyrinth.