Labyrinths in Places

Labyrinths are found in many places. Some are permanent and some are brought in temporarily for events. The challenge for labyrinth enthusiasts is often how to get permission to introduce a labyrinth into a specific environment. This section of the website examines some of the places where labyrinths may be found, the benefits of having them there, how they are used, and how people were able to install them there in the first place!


Monetary Requirements
The amount you spend on your labyrinth can run from a little to a lot and depends largely on what your budget will allow. There are excellent sources for new canvas labyrinths in a variety of sizes and design options; you may also be able to find a good used one in the size you are looking for . Canvas is a good option if you want to use indoor space for more than one function…dining hall by day, labyrinth hall by night. Canvas is also a good option for outdoor use; however, it cannot remain outside and does have some challenges when it comes to cleaning and storage.

Permanent labyrinths can be constructed in a large array of materials; brick pavers, painted concrete (some with radiant heating for walking during winter months), natural stone or rock, naturally lined pathways with herbs or shrubs…the list is endless and here again are in direct relation to the cost. Seed patterns are a great way to “do it yourself” and enlisting some volunteers for a labyrinth building project is the best way to save money. A good rule of thumb to ensure success and completion of your project is to remember that the larger the labyrinth and the more complicated the construction material, the longer and more costly the project will become.

Space Requirements

Determining the labyrinth design you desire along with the location you have in mind for its placement, is directly related to the space you will need to allocate for your labyrinth. The Chartres replica design is a full eleven circuit labyrinth which is laid out utilizing sacred geometry and will require over 40’ diameter for an accurate replica, while the classical labyrinth is more flexible and simplistic in its design. The classical design is perfect for you if you are limited in space, funds to build, or manpower to get the job done. The flexibility of the classical allows for the creation of a 3-5 or 7 circuit labyrinth and can be easily assembled utilizing a number of “on hand” items not to mention some very creative ones such as irrigation flags, string, sports field paint, etc. Keep in mind that the smaller the diameter of the labyrinth, the narrower the paths…this will be especially critical when considering handicap accessibility concerns.

Usage Requirements
How you intend to use your labyrinth relates directly to your decision making process:

  • Is your facility petite or a mega center?
  • How many people do you host at any one time?
  • Is the center geared toward your own work or do you look to attract outside facilitators?
  • Is your center secular or non-secular?
  • Will the labyrinth be used for ceremonies & workshops or provide repose for casual walkers?
  • Is your center for profit or not for profit?

These and many more questions may help you in the decision making process.