Labyrinth Walking

Outdoor Labyrinth

Public Access – Always Open
The Outdoor Labyrinth is located just off Arbot Rd to the west of the main entrance. 

Why Walk a Labyrinth?

In labyrinths, whether ancient or modern, we walk in and we walk out. We coil and we uncoil. We do so both physically and spiritually. The body and the spirit experience an intentional, simultaneous outing. We walk a path one foot after another, and it is a path to the holy place inside us.

The American Cancer Society states that labyrinths “may be helpful as a complementary method to decrease stress and create a state of relaxation.”  Labyrinths are thought to enhance right brain activity.  Research studies conducted in a variety of settings consistently have shown that walking a labyrinth reduces stress.

labyrinth on solstice

Suggestions When You Take Your Journey

Take a moment to stand at the entrance of the labyrinth and become clear about your intentions for walking.

Perhaps enter with a question, a statement, or an image; perhaps with prayers or meditation for a particular person or situation.  You may want to reflect on the past year or walk into your dreams and goals for the upcoming year.

As you walk, let your intention or question sink more deeply into your heart and soul with each step.  Responses and intuitions may come in the form of words, feelings, awareness, images or just knowing.

Godden Finger Labyrinths

A Unique Collection!

While you are at the Centre, we invite you to explore Bill Godden’s finger labyrinths.

Bill Godden created over 3,000 finger labyrinths in his lifetime and we are pleased to house a collection which comprises some of his most amazing works.

The Godden finger labyrinths are located in the Centre’s main building. Please come and see us in the office before your visit.

Finger labyrinths
All the labyrinths are created from recycled wood, and the variety and intricacy of both labyrinths and the wood itself have fascinated visitors, labyrinth facilitators and educators.

Bill has never charged for his labyrinths. Instead, he has donated them to hospices, retreat centres, schools and churches, as well as to practitioners who use them in facilitating events and retreats. His finger labyrinths are scattered in countries around the world including Peru, Chile, Mexico, Britain, Holland, the United States and Canada.

The Bethlehem Centre is honoured to be the home of this remarkable exhibit donated by Bill and Anne. The spirit of generosity behind Bill’s gift of so many labyrinths is one which characterizes both indoor and outdoor labyrinths and the people who walk them.

Labyrinth History

The Labyrinth at Bethlehem Centre

The labyrinth is designed in the pattern of the classical eleven-circuit Labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral.

It is a proportionally enlarged labyrinth that has been constructed so it is more accessible to those who may have difficulty walking. 

There are about 8300 stones and the distance is just over .5 km in each direction.

It was constructed by staff and friends of the Centre and is open to everyone. We invite our Westwood neighbours, visitors, guests and the general public to enjoy the labyrinth.

building the labyrinth
image - labyrinth plaque

We would like to gratefully acknowledge the roles of Phillip Pawlik, Aubrey Hamilton and Judith Thomson in the creation of the labyrinth.