Created in 2012, the labyrinth at St. Peter’s is a replica of the medieval labyrinth found in Chartres Cathedral, France. It consists of 11 concentric circuits with a twelfth circle in the centre. The rosette in the centre where people stand, sit or kneel is made of six petals. It was designed and installed on the floor of the St. Peter’s Chapel with the help of Dr. Vanessa Compton, Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator & Educator and Karen Ehlebracht, BScN, RN.
The Labyrinth, an archetype, is represented in some form in most civilizations throughout history with the earliest examples of Christian labyrinths, found in Northern Africa, dating back to the 4th century. Today, labyrinths have been re-discovered through the work of Lauren Artress (Verditias) and are used as tools for meditation, spiritual growth, wellness and healing.
Labyrinths symbolize a transformative journey that allows walkers to learn more about themselves and the lessons they are seeking in their lives. Unlike a maze, walking the labyrinth is not a puzzle, there are no dead ends to navigate or a specific direction to find. Walking the labyrinth is a creative endeavour that involves the right brain’s creativity, imagery and searching.
For many walkers, the labyrinth’s path of twists and turns is a metaphor for life. The best way to learn about the labyrinth is to walk it; there is no right way to walk the labyrinth. Begin with an open heart and mind and see and hear where it takes you.
Some Notes About the Labyrinth
There is no “right way” to walk the labyrinth. Just be open to whatever happens as you walk.
- You may remove your shoes to walk the labyrinth, if you wish.
- Maintain silence for your reflection and that of others.
- Let go of extraneous thoughts as you enter. Become aware of your breathing. Enter your walk in a receptive, non-judgmental state.
- Walk at your own pace. As you meet other walkers, gently give way to your meeting and passing.
- You may stay in the centre of the labyrinth as long as you wish-being respectful of others coming in.
- Take time after your walk to reflect and meditate. Consider journaling your experience.
The labyrinth is available for individual/group walking, with or without facilitator support. Please contact us at (519) 745-4705 or email@example.com to arrange for an appointment and to learn more.
If you would like to rent the facilities at St. Peter’s Church, please download and complete our booking form and email it to the Parish Administrator, David Roth.
We have a 600-seat auditorium, chapel and Labyrinth, fellowship hall, lounge, and kitchen.
Musical instruments at St. Peter’s Church, Kitchener
Details about our Hallman organ and other instruments. St. Peter’s also owns a small, portable pipe organ built in the 1980s by the late local builder Gerhard Brunzema. This organ has three ranks and is suitable for continuo work. It can be available anywhere in the facility. There is a 6’6” Kawai grand piano in the Sanctuary and a Clavinova in the choir room and a Yamaha upright piano in the Chapel. The Clavinova and upright pianos can be moved to suit renters.