The Labyrinth

The legend of the labyrinth can be traced to Greek mythology and an elaborate, circular maze that King Minos used to house the half-man, half-bull beast known as the Minotaur on the island of Crete. In recorded history, it can be seen on 5th century coins, in the petroglyphs of ancient Egypt, in basket-weaving patterns across the globe, even in the cathedrals of the Middle Ages, where the labyrinth was a devotional representation of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. In fact, the classic Irish hymn Lord of the Dance is rooted in the journey to confront challenges and then return to paradise.

In modern times, the labyrinth has evolved into a place of quiet meditation—a place to connect with the land, to find your center, or simply to reflect and still the mind. The meandering spiral is symbolic, representing the unique paths we take in life, arriving at a destination and then back into the world with new purpose.

At Southall, you may discover the labyrinth deep in the woods while on a hike, or as part of a guided meditation. We invite you to enter, seek inspiration and leave with a renewed spirit.