Saint George’s

Episcopal Church

301 East Thirteenth Street, Antioch, CA 94509


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We invite you to use our labyrinth at St. George’s anytime. The style of our labyrinth is a modified Chartres pattern with nine circuits or rings. It is based on the 11 circuit pattern developed in 1206 AD at the cathedral in Chartres, France. The labyrinth is located in our parking lot and is available for walking anytime.

What is a labyrinth?

It is a universal tool that can be used by anyone.  It appeals to children as well as adults. It is a winding circular path that is walked into a center and out again.

What are they used for?

The process of walking the labyrinth can quiet the mind and lead to inner peace and deep relaxation.  It focuses the attention to promote personal and spiritual growth, or to expand creativity and intuition.  The labyrinth can be used for prayer, meditation, rituals and even play.  Waking the labyrinth is a journey that can be a mirror for the soul or a metaphor for our lives.  It is a tool that can put us in direct contact with the Divine.

Where did labyrinths come from?

No one knows exactly where the labyrinth originated.  However, there is evidence that they have been used in many cultures from all over the world for over 5,000 years.  They have been used for prayer, personal growth, rituals, as decorations, and even on coins.

Are labyrinths and mazes the same thing?

No.  A maze challenges you with many paths, tricks and dead ends.  It is designed so you can get lost and disoriented.  A labyrinth has only one path so you can relax and enjoy the journey, and perhaps find yourself along the way

How do I walk the labyrinth?

There are many ways to use the labyrinth. In fact, there is no right or wrong way to use this tool. Many people approach it with no instruction and have very meaningful experiences walking the labyrinth.

    One of the most common ways to use the labyrinth is to think of it as having three stages, the walk inward, being in the center, and the walk back out. With each of these phases you can:

  1. Stage One – Purgation or Release, the inward journey.  Begin at the entrance. Pause and take a couple of deep breaths. As you begin to follow the path, clear your mind and let go of the details of your life, of all thoughts and cares. Find a pace that is comfortable for you. Stop to pray or rest occasionally if you have the urge. If other people are walking the labyrinth with you, feel free to move around them if you need to, or to step out of their way and let them pass you.
  2. Stage Two –Illumination or Receiving, resting in the center.  Sit, stand or kneel. You may want to visualize yourself in your favorite spot in nature.  You may want to pray or meditate.  Stay in the center as long as you like.  Be open to what is there for you to receive.
  3. Stage Three – Union or Returning. back to the world.  When you feel the time is right, follow the path back out from the center.  Bring the closer connection to God or your Higher Power, the insights or peace you gained in the center along with you as you return to your daily life.

Comments from some of our  labyrinth users:

● This was my first time to walk a labyrinth and I have to say I’ve never known such peace and calm in my life.

●  I drive for a living and couldn’t figure out which way to go when I stopped once.  I felt lost and I’m not supposed to get lost!  I guess this tells me something about myself.    

●  When I was in there I thought about how much my family loves me and how much God loves me.

● Four words describe what I felt as I walked: Joy, love, transformation, and peace.

The Labyrinth

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