Labyrinths - meditative exercises
The Labyrinth is an ancient device for centering and meditation. As opposed to a maze, you can't get lost in a labyrinth. Rev. Dianne told wonderful stories of walking the famous one at the Cathedral of Chartres in France.
Sometimes seen as a metaphor for the journey of life or a very condensed pilgrimage, a labyrinth is an elaborate winding path with but one route in and out. You can watch where you are going or you can hum a tune and allow your gaze to turn inward. When you get to the center you turn around and unwind your route.
The information on this page was obtained from a Boston Globe article published December 25, 2008. The Labyrinth at First Congregational Church of Hanover was featured in the article. It’s not clear to me if all the resources in the following list are free or open to the public; clearly some of them are featured aspects of retreat centers. Also note that many of the outdoor labyrinths are only open seasonally. I would recommend contacting the organizations before heading out.
Note: in addition to the list below, the Labyrinth Guild of New England maintains a helpful and comprehensive list of Labyrinths in New England.
- Miramar Retreat Center
121 Parks St
Outdoor labyrinth has seven paths leading to the center.
- The Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer
212 Main St.
Outdoor labyrinth with 30-inch-wide paths set into the grass.
- First Congregational Church of Hanover
16 Silver St.
Outdoor labyrinth (Wednesdays weather permitting, seasonal), an indoor labyrinth on canvas (monthly), a reproduction of the one at Chartres Cathedral in France, and a finger labyrinth where users can trace a path with their hands.
- Glastonbury Abbey
16 Hull St.
- Old Ship Church
107 Main St.
Indoor labyrinth recreates the 13th-century labyrinth at the Cathedral of Chartres in France.
- Simply Soothing Sanctuary
84 Summer St.
Outdoor labyrinth made of brick and peastone.
- Tabor Academy
66 Spring St.
Outdoor brick labyrinth edged in paver stones is a replica of the Chartres Cathedral.
- First Congregational Church
1 South Main St.
Indoor canvas featuring a simplified Chartres form. Evening candlelight walks;
- Town of Sharon
Beech Tree Park, Pond Street.
Outdoor cobblestone labyrinth.
- West Wareham
- Linden Hill
15 N. Carver Road.
Outdoor stone labyrinth and an indoor rope labyrinth;
- The Center at Westwoods
590 Gay St.
Outdoor labyrinth in a combination of the French Chartres and English Maiden's Bower labyrinths, with an extra spiral in the center;
Want to know more about labyrinths? Want to find a labyrinth beyond the South Shore? Head over to the World-Wide Labyrinth Locator.