Labyrinths are not to be confused with Mazes. While mazes are designed to trick you with dead ends and false paths, the labyrinth has only one path leading into the center and the same path leads back out. Mazes are games that cause you to get lost. Labyrinths are paths of peace, prayer and contemplation and are designed to help you find your Self.
Under a beautiful Kukui forest, The Sacred Garden on Maui is home to two labyrinths:
A medieval 11-circuit labyrinth
A classical 7-circuit labyrinth
in the greenhouse.
The labyrinths are free to walk daily (donations are gratefully accepted) and available during the nursery’s open hours.
A Full Moon Labyrinth Walk is offered monthly. A group talk and walk at other times of the week/month can be offered by appointment. Please call to 808-573-7700 to schedule
Just like a pilgrimage, the labyrinth offers a three-fold path;
The walk into the labyrinth is a time for contemplating your life and letting go of any inner obstacles you may encounter—stress, grief, thoughts, feelings, judgment, and self-doubt—in preparation for reaching the center. Notice what you experience, as this will be the very thing the labyrinth is teaching you. If what you discover about yourself serves you, great—do it with intention. However, if you find that the way you maneuver through the labyrinth of life is not serving you, the labyrinth offers you an opportunity to experiment with new ways of going forth.
The center—the sacred destination is a time for silent meditation, contemplation and renewal. Stay in the center as long as you like, until you feel complete.
The return journey back out—offers a time for integration in which we take the insights that we gained on the labyrinth into our lives for implementation. By applying them through aligned action, we are able to create transformation and bring about change.
The magic of the labyrinth walk happens with METAPHOR. Be self-observant as you walk. The labyrinth will mirror to you what you need to see. Whatever you experience on the labyrinth will offer you insight as to what you need to pay attention to, and perhaps amend, in your life.
You do not walk the labyrinth to learn about the labyrinth—you walk the labyrinth to learn about yourself. Everything is metaphor. Be self-observant. There are no rules for walking the labyrinth but there are helpful guidelines.
The Labyrinths at The Sacred Garden are open to the public, free, daily during open hours. Private labyrinth talks/walks with labyrinth facilitator/author Eve Hogan can be scheduled by appointment for your retreat or group. We offer Full Moon Labyrinth walks monthly.