Voted Best Downtown Place to Feel the Spirit by the Austin Chronicle
“St. David’s offers a labyrinth to walk in the heart of Downtown, a perfect getaway meditation garden that’s shielded from onlookers by tall walls. A labyrinth is a kind of symmetrical maze, and this one takes about 20 minutes to walk at a casual pace,
but those 20 minutes represent the search for peace that endures through the ages. It’s a spiritual map to the center of ourselves, and many a lost soul would do well to drop in.”
The St. David’s labyrinth is a replica of the ancient one on the floor of the Cathedral at Chartres near Paris. Walking the labyrinth is a way to pray and meditate, just as kneeling is, or folding one’s hands and bowing one’s head. In walking the labyrinth in prayer, we seek to know God’s presence in our lives.
The first Friday of each month we host a Labyrinth Walk that is free and open to the public. We have a short meditation at 6 p.m., and facilitators are available to assist those who have never walked a labyrinth. We have music, candles and a prayerful space in the midst of the city. A labyrinth walk usually takes about 20 minutes, but we invite you to stay for prayer and meditation.
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sunday 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Tips On Walking the Labyrinth
It may be helpful to think of walking the labyrinth in these three stages:
* Purgation: releasing, letting go of the details of your life. This is an act of shedding thoughts and emotions. It quiets and empties the mind as you walk into the labyrinth.
* Illumination: may occur in the center, or anywhere along the path. Stay as long as you like. It is a place of meditation and prayer. Receive what is there for you to receive.
* Union: Each time you walk out of the labyrinth, you become more empowered to find and do the work you feel your soul reaching to do.
The labyrinth was certified as a Wildlife Habitat in 2012.
Bring the Labyrinth To You: Our canvas labyrinth is available to other churches and groups. Our trained facilitators are also available. For details on fees and schedules, contact Sally Miller.