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Labyrinths have a history stretching back more than 4,000 years in various cultures. Christianity appropriated the symbol around 324, when the first known labyrinth appeared in a cathedral in Algeria. The intricate designs, which vary from church to church, are thought to represent an internal pilgrimage.
The Womanspace labyrinth and gardens are free and open to the public daily during daylight hours. The 11-circuit design is modeled after the Chartres Cathedral labyrinth in France. Its many turns reflect the journey of life, with its change and transition, rites of passage, and cycles of nature. Visitors are encouraged to embark on their own meditative journey by walking at their own pace.
Know Before You Go
Look for the entrance to the labyrinth at the edge of the woods beginning at the right of the circle drive; follow the ribbon hoops through the woods and out onto the prairie to discover the labyrinth. Allow yourself 20 to 40 minutes to fully experience the journey to the center and back.