The outdoor labyrinth at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Labyrinths are ancient symbols of journey and spiritual renewal, dating perhaps to 4500 B.C. or earlier. These beautiful patterns have been rendered in tile floors, stone pathways and dirt.

From a distant perspective, a labyrinth appears to be a maze of winding paths. In reality, a labyrinth is a single path with one opening serving as both beginning and end. There are no “dead ends,” and there is no way to be lost. A labyrinth is designed to lead people along a path and, in doing so, allow for a prayerful and meditative journey.

This temporary indoor labyrinth was set up in Providence Center at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

This temporary indoor labyrinth was set up in Providence Center at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

The Sisters of Providence labyrinth is simply constructed. Bricks set into the soil outline the design, and the pathway is covered in recycled rubber mulch. The labyrinth is located in Sacred Heart Grove, an area just south of Owens Hall at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

The labyrinth has been called a “transformational spiritual tool.” It is known to aid people in healing, releasing grief (letting go), praying and meditating (letting in) through God’s guidance. The labyrinth is a tool — guiding one through problems in life, providing clearer thinking, enhancing times of celebration and gratitude.

The Sisters of Providence invite you to learn more about the labyrinth. The public is welcome to use our labyrinth. Groups and organizations can schedule special labyrinth programs through Providence Center.