What is a Labyrinth?

A labyrinth is an ancient design, which has been found in all religious traditions in various forms. Its history spans the globe as well as thousands of years. The Christian labyrinth was first developed around the fourth century and is believed to have provided a pilgrimage experience for those unable to make the dangerous and expensive trip to Jerusalem.

Unlike a maze, a labyrinth offers no tricks, puzzles or dead-ends. The design forms a winding unicursal path which leads toward the center and back out again. This sacred path in a sacred circle simply leads to a deeper connection to God, others, and ourselves.


The labyrinth is a tool for prayer, a walking meditation. This is a personal tool, just one among many used for prayer and meditation. As with any other tool, continued use produces more and more comfort with its manner of “speaking” to our lives. Using everything that occurs on the walk as a metaphor, the labyrinth becomes an effective mirror for life, a reflecting pool of sorts.

Walk a Labyrinth

We offer guided labyrinth walks throughout the Knoxville and East Tennessee area throughout the year. Please contact us for more information.

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