To commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen, a labyrinth was laid in the grassed centre of The Cloisters in 2002.
The Labyrinth forms a continuous path and represents a spiritual journey. Although there are many twists and turns, and at times we may be uncertain where the path will take us next, we are never lost. Unlike a maze which sets out to challenge and disorientate us and often taking us into dead-ends, a labyrinth affirms the gentle guiding hand of God, who even when we may feel lost or confused, is leading us ever onward.
On the way to the centre one walks the way of the world, asking God's forgiveness for wrongdoing and seeking to make amends. On reaching the centre, there is a moment to be open to the love of God before returning along the path, seeking to follow in the way of Christ.
Quietly walking the labyrinth can be a way of seeking to resolve a problem, seek guidance, grieve a loss, release a fear or just to be with God. Labyrinths are familiar feature in all cultures. The seemingly simple act of following a pattern is a surprisingly profound means of soul-searching, engaging body, mind and soul.
We invite you to walk the Labyrinth for your own purposes – perhaps a period of reflection or just for fun.
To discover more about labyrinths please visit the Labyrinth Society website.
NB: Please note that the Labyrinth will be closed for the winter season from 1 November 2015, to allow the grass to recover. We apologise for any disappointment caused.