In order to have a spiritual practice using a labyrinth regularly, you need to have access to a labyrinth. The first preference is to find a labyrinth near where you live or work, to which you have reasonable access. The World Wide Labyrinth Locator is a good place to start.
The World-wide Labyrinth Locator is a collection of labyrinths which have been listed by their creators/caretakers as available to the public. You can search it by various parameters, including zip code, and varying “within XX Miles” choices. The website is jointly created by the Labyrinth Society and Veriditas. In my experience, there are more labyrinths in the Austin area than are listed on the Labyrinth Locator, but those which are listed there have been listed by the creators/care-takers of the labyrinths as available to the public.
You are invited to go to the Labyrinth Locator to find labyrinths near your home, school or work. You could also learn about labyrinths in Kerrville, Fredericksburg, Wimberley or other places you might visit for the day or weekend or week.
Absent a convenient walkable labyrinth, there are some alternatives. One alternative to a labyrinth you can walk is to use a finger labyrinth. There are many examples of “finger labyrinths” carved in stone dating back many centuries including one in Lucca, Italy dating from the 12th century.
A modern finger labyrinth could be either a wooden or metal replica of a labyrinth small enough to hold in your hand or sit in your lap. My personal preference is to use a wooden one with a groove wide enough that I can use my finger and not a stylus. These wooden labyrinths tend to be larger, heavier and clumsier. However, with the larger size labyrinth and larger groove, I can close my eyes and “get lost” in the meditation, and my finger still stays on the path. But that is personal preference and not everyone is as challenged with a stylus as I am. Finger labyrinths of all shapes and sizes are available from a number of sources.
Another alternative is to print up a paper labyrinth which you can then trace with your finger, color as part of your meditation, or both. The paper labyrinth can be laminated and kept for long term use. The Labyrinth Society has both a 7 circuit “Classical” pattern (Original drawing by Jeff Saward, final graphic by Vicki Keiser) and an 11 circuit Chartres pattern (such as the one we have at St. David’s) (Original drawing by Robert Ferre, final graphic by Vicki Keiser) available in a format that you can print. The Labyrinth Society is a highly reputable source for information on labyrinths.
A third alternative is to use a virtual labyrinth, such as the one available through the Labyrinth Society. Once again the Labyrinth Society is a highly reputable source.
A glance through the App Store on the iphone found a number of labyrinth apps, but these are games which in fact are mazes and not labyrinths. A maze has multiple paths and dead ends, and takes you outside of yourself trying to solve the puzzle. A labyrinth has a single path which, if followed, will take you to the center and back out again. Your choices in a labyrinth are what to think about and how fast to move. Be aware of what you are looking at if you go this route.
In Central Texas, I find it necessary to go to labyrinths with abundant shade.
Below is my list of shaded labyrinths:
St. David’s Episcopal Church
304 East 7th Street
Austin, Texas 78701
Available regular church hours 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday to Friday; 8:00 AM to 8:30 PM Sunday; and Saturday mornings. During COVID 19 there are limited hours. You should call the church to see if the labyrinth is open. 512-610-3500.
11 circuit Chartres pattern labyrinth, located between the parking garage and the church building in a meditation garden. There is an overhead trellis which helps provide dappled shade.