Parks and Recreation
Grove City, OH 43123
Hours: M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Labyrinths are an ancient meditation tool that have been used throughout the world for more than 4,000 years. Unlike a maze, the circular paths have one entrance point that lead to its center with no dead-ends. The Gantz labyrinth, constructed in 2010, is surrounded by an herbal grove including American Beech, Sweet Bay Magnolia and Sassafras.
The classic 11-circuit labyrinth design was first laid on the floor of the Chartres Cathedral in northern France in 1201. The rosette in the center has six petals and is often a stopping point for users to stand, sit or kneel and reflect. The Chartres labyrinth is made up of eleven concentric circles connected by 34 turns, 28 of which are 180° switch-backs.
Walking the Labyrinth
Walking the labyrinth represents a journey to one’s spiritual center and then back into the world. There is no right or wrong way to walk a labyrinth’s path so do what feels natural. Follow your own pace. Lose your way. Pass others and be passed. You may want to stop, especially at the switch-back turns. Sit or lie down, with or without shoes, and stay as long as you’d like. This is intended to be a personal and reflective experience that mimics the twists and turns of life.