Labyrinths have been found in cultures all over the world; pottery, coins, and tiles featuring labyrinths date as far back as 5,000 years. While some use “labyrinth” and “maze” interchangeably, true labyrinths follow a simple, unambiguous route to the center and back, and they are not designed to be challenging or difficult to navigate. Instead, labyrinths provide a winding path that can be used for meditation and prayer. Walking a labyrinth provides the opportunity to quiet the mind, meditate, gain insight, self-reflect, and reduce stress.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church, Garden Street was able to remodel our upstairs chapel and build our own labyrinth. The labyrinth was dedicated in October of 2010.
The labyrinth is open for walking during office hours, Monday-Thursday, 9am-3pm, Sunday mornings before, during, and after worship, and during special prayer services. Congregants, friends, and members of the public are all welcome to use our labyrinth.