Environment matters. The unique beauty of this labyrinth stems from both internal and external features.
When the Boy Scouts and church volunteers installed the pathway, they modified the traditional Chartres-style medieval pattern to incorporate the trees that were already there. Walking around them and looking through their branches invites reflection on how one moves with what is discovered along the way of life.
The trees were left to provide a shady environment for contemplation and prayer. While it is natural to look down to find one’s way in a labyrinth, it is also helpful to look up from time to time to consider and incorporate what is above as well as what is below.
Many artistic features placed outside this labyrinth invite reflection and deepen the experience of the walker.
The cross evoked the image of an angel witnessing all that happens on the labyrinth.
There were many places to sit both in the center of the labyrinth, beside its border, and beyond it under a magnificent live oak. Well-placed signs encouraged either understanding of the labyrinth or meditation.
When envisioning or constructing labyrinths, it always helps to imagine those who will come to walk and pray. The hospitality offered by those who built and maintain this labyrinth in the trees is obvious and appreciated. Their care for the outer and inner landscapes of the labyrinth and its visitors is felt at every turn.
This labyrinth was built as a replica of the Chartres Labyrinth in the floor of the Chartres Cathedral in France (1220). It was designed and created with love and donations from Boy Scout Troop #1 and church volunteers. The labyrinth was modified slightly to incorporate the shade of the Texas trees in its surrounding area. From the campus page of the church website.
Address: 8001 Mesa Drive Austin, TX 78731 Phone: 512-345-8866 Church website. It is next to the Children’s Building. See the bottom of this page for their suggestions about labyrinth walking on their campus.
To find labyrinth information related to local labyrinths in Austin (or close to you) use the World Wide Labyrinth Locator, the Well-Fed Spirit Labyrinth Map of labyrinths in the United States, and the Austin Labyrinth Project (Google) Map.
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Suggestions for Walking the Labyrinth from the First Presbyterian Church webpage on their campus:
A labyrinth is a spiritual tool for meditation and prayer, representing unity and the journey of life. There is no right or wrong way to walk our labyrinth. As you walk, simply let go of the details of your life. Each turn can be imagined as the turns in one’s own life or in their day. Pray for guidance and listen for God’s voice in the noises around you.
This labyrinth was built as a replica of the Chartres Labyrinth in the floor of the Chartres Cathedral in France (1220). It was designed and created with love and donations from Boy Scout Troop #1 and FPCA volunteers. The labyrinth was modified slightly to incorporate the shade of the Texas trees in its surrounding area.