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Austin's Labyrinths

"It is solved by walking," St. Augustine said. While not much is known about how labyrinths figured into the times of antiquity, we do know this: Like most other forms of mysticism, the use of labyrinths was quashed in "enlightened" times. Yet the forms of labyrinths remained behind, on hilltops, on tabletops, in churches, in gardens. And the postmodern world seems to need them now more than ever. Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Lauren Artress, an Episcopal priest in San Francisco, interest in labyrinths in the U.S. has been on the rise over the last 10 years. In fact, we have over 25 public labyrinths to walk here in the Austin area. At least one is the community project of an Eagle Scout! Most are on church campuses, but one is in place at the Natural Gardener, another at Clear Spring Studio, and another at Seton Southwest Hospital. Others are installed on private property at retreat centers, such as the Labyrinth of the Lake in Canyon Lake and Red Corral Ranch in Wimberley. Remember, a labyrinth is not a maze; you can't get lost, no matter what, and no particular spiritual affiliation is required. Walking the labyrinth allows you to explore a relationship with the Divine, and a chance to figure things out.

The Natural Gardener
8648 Old Bee Caves Rd., 512/288-6113

Seton Southwest Hospital
7900 FM 1826 (Camp Ben McCollough Rd.), 512/324-9000

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