The Labyrinth is an archetype, a symbol found in ancient cultures around the world, dating back at least 4000 years a classic labyrinth composed of seven circles appeared on every continent. During the Middle Ages, an eleven-circuit labyrinth pattern emerged and was designed into the floor stones of many cathedrals in Europe. This pattern was in place in Chartres, France no later than 1220. Both the classic seven-circuit labyrinth and the medieval labyrinth containing eleven circles have been recreated here at The Land Celebration, as well as a unique Heart Labyrinth of our own design. The pathways of our permanent outdoor Labyrinths are lined with stones, mostly from the property, intermingled with special stones and crystals, some from distant lands. In the center of the medieval labyrinth are eight large stones serving as seats, and a stone table altar. From the moment of its completion, each labyrinth has been a powerful energy vortex, and every person who walks it adds to it. Sometimes the words "labyrinth" and "maze" are confused. While both refer to circling patterns, the two are actually totally different. A maze is a puzzle designed to confuse; walkers must use their reasoning and cunning to escape. A labyrinth is a single path which leads the walker to the center and back out. The point is not to use reasoning powers, but rather to turn these off and to go into a "right brain" or imaginative mode. In an open, receptive frame of mind, the walker simply follows the path and experiences a deep refreshing form of meditation. The walk in is said to be about purgation, the time in the center about illumination, and the walk out about integration. The average walk takes about half an hour, though walkers move at their own pace. From time to time the labyrinth is used for group experiences: group walks with a focused intention, or labyrinth dances, based in Celtic or Native American traditions. Please check the calendar for any such upcoming events.