The eleven-circuit Labyrinth built at Good Shepherd is modeled upon the Labyrinth laid in the floor of Chartres Cathedral in France during the cathedral's restoration in 1201. The Chartres Labyrinth was used during the Middle Ages as part of a pilgrimage journey for those who could not travel to the Holy Land.
Labyrinths have existed in different forms since ancient times as part of the religious myth and ritual of many cultures and religions. It is a model of spiritual wholeness and order, which when walked enables one to heal the separation between body, mind, and spirit.
Good Shepherd offers a variety of programs for Christian Education, spiritual growth, healing, and fellowship. Our Labyrinth and Garden is a unique experience for anyone who would like to:
Walking the winding path of a labyrinth engages the heart, with no decisions about directions needing to be made. There is one way to the center and the same path is followed to exit. By simply yielding to and following the path, the mind slows and quiets. The voice of the heart can then be heard.
Mirroring the path of life, every Labyrinth journey is different -- contemplative, painful, joyous, even boring. It can be walked, skipped, run, danced; alone or with others; in silence or with music.
Discover, begin, or continue your quest for inner peace and deeper spirituality with a walk on the Labyrinth at Good Shepherd.
Do you represent a group that would like to explore the benefits of a labyrinth walk? The Labyrinth is always open for individual walkers, but if you are bringing a group, we ask you to please make a reservation.
The Labyrinth at Good Shepherd is in an outdoor garden that is always open. At times we may have groups that have reserved the Labyrinth for private walks. We are adjacent to a school, so you will have a quieter walk outside of school hours and on weekends.
Yes! Children are welcome to walk the winding path with their parent or guardian. They may start out running, but they gradually enter into a slower pace.
The Labyrinth at Good Shepherd is 40 feet in diameter. It has 11 circuits (rings from the center outward) and it takes about 20 minutes to walk fully.
There are benches on the shady side of the adjacent building facing the Labyrinth and beautiful garden plantings surrounding it -- perfect for quiet meditation or contemplation.
Yes. It is a flat, cement and stone surface with a broad entry. There are no steps at any part of the approach to this area of our campus.
Sometimes. We have regular guided Labyrinth Walks on the last Sunday of each month at 11:30 a.m. and on special occasions and holidays. Outside of those times, there are instructions posted at the entry and there are also brochures available.
Certainly. Pets must be leashed or crated and we expect you to clean up after your pet if needed so that the space is welcoming for the next walker.
No. We invite you to walk the labyrinth without a fee. However, if you are so inclined, we accept donations at GoodShepOnline.org on the Giving page.