The Outdoor Labyrinth at St. Michael's was constructed in 2015 as a resource for prayer and contemplation for anyone who wishes to make use of it at any time. The labyrinth is located near the back of the west parking lot, across the wooden bridge adjacent to the education building playground. It is open 24/7/365 for private prayer and meditation. Group walks are offered on occasion in Lent and Advent. Community groups wishing to utilize the St. Michael's labyrinth for group walks are especially welcome, please contact the parish office for more information.
At present, the labyrinth is not accessible for individuals in wheelchairs or other walking-assistant devices. We hope to amend this situation soon.
Each individual’s approach to labyrinth walking is highly personal.
We offer the following guide (links below) as a resource for meditative walking and prayer, available to the St. Michael’s congregation and the community at large.
Decide whether you will walk barefoot or with shoes on. With bare feet, you can feel the texture of the earth beneath your feet and connect to its grounding forces.
If you are very upset: fast walking lets the emotions dissipate easier. Most people try slowing down their mind by slower walking, relying on the mind and body reflection.
If you're problem solving, walk as if you didn’t have any problems at all, let it all go. Surrender to the activity of attentive walking. Let the burden (your problem) fall off your shoulders. Various parts of your being are now processing your wish for a solution. All you have to do is to let it incubate and not interfere, let it be and let go of any expectations. Continue to walk as you didn’t have any problems at all, let it all go.
If you're going on a spiritual journey or seeking creative inspiration, again let it all go
and just surrender to the experience of walking the labyrinth.
If you don't have a problem, question or quest for inspiration, just sit quietly and let things be.