In addition to being available for walking on a daily basis, our labyrinths play a role in the cathedral's life in other ways. Yoga on the indoor labyrinth occurs each Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. On Sundays, the evening Eucharist occurs on the indoor labyrinth at 6 p.m. The candlelight labyrinth walk takes place on the indoor labyrinth typically on the second Friday evening of each month. Each Friday, labyrinth peace walks occur from 12:30 - 2 p.m. on the indoor labyrinth. For information about how you can volunteer to help with candlelight labyrinth walks or the peace walks, click here.
For information about walking the labyrinth, click here.
The labyrinth at Grace Cathedral was introduced by the Rev. Dr. Lauren Artress in 1994. in 1995, she founded Veriditas which now exists to "facilitate the transformation of the human spirit through offering the Labyrinth Experience".
Grace Cathedral has two labyrinths. The outdoor labyrinth, to the right of the cathedral doors, is always open.
The indoor labyrinth is open when the cathedral is open: normally 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday - Saturday and 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Sunday, when no special events or services are being held. On cathedral holidays, hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Services and events with large attendance can sometimes require that the indoor labyrinth is covered with chairs — for example during the Christmas concert season in December.
Labyrinth walks should begin at least 30 minutes before the cathedral's closing time. Please call 415-749-6300 to learn if scheduled events may affect your labyrinth walk.
To find labyrinths in other locations around the world, click here to access the World-Wide Labyrinth Locator.
One Friday evening each month (usually the second Friday), we invite you to walk the labyrinth by candlelight and music and pray for peace in our hearts and peace in the world.
The walk is hosted by our Labyrinth Guild. Each month we feature a different musician and offer an introduction to the labyrinth. This event is open to all who have an interest in the labyrinth or just wish to experience the cathedral in a way that is seldom possible.
Our next candlelight labyrinth walk is Friday, January 9. Sign up here to be notified about future candlelight labyrinth walks.
If you would like to support the walks financially, please click on the button below. Be sure to select 'Labyrinth Guild' as the Program Designation.
The labyrinth is an archetype, a divine imprint, found in all religious traditions in various forms around the world. By walking a replica of the Chartres labyrinth, laid in the floor of Chartres Cathedral in France around 1220, we are rediscovering a long-forgotten mystical tradition.
The labyrinth has only one path so there are no tricks to it and no dead ends. The path winds throughout and becomes a mirror for where we are in our lives. It touches our sorrows and releases our joys. Walk it with an open mind and an open heart.
Quiet your mind and become aware of your breath. Allow yourself to find the pace your body wants to go. The path is two ways. Those going in will meet those coming out. You may "pass" people or let others step around you. Do what feels natural.
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