The Diocese of Gloucester has two prayer labyrinths that are available for hire. The Canvas labyrinth for indoor use only and the Rope labyrinth which can be used either indoors or outdoors.
The Labyrinth is an ancient way of prayer which has been known to exist for over 4000 years resonating with people from all over the world of different faiths and cultures. It is a gentle and beautiful way for individuals to reflect on life as they allow the twists and turns of the physical labyrinth to touch the changes and challenges of their life. Walking the labyrinth enables us to slow down, to unwind as though the movement itself through the winding path allows us to make connections with our heart and mind in deep and meaningful ways. It’s not surprising that in a time when our lives are more and more hectic people are turning once again to the labyrinth to calm and inspire them
Labyrinths come in many forms – many are permanent in gardens or mosaic floors. Others are more portable made from rope or stones – marked out in a hall, church, garden or beach. It doesn’t matter where they are people love the simplicity of walking them – the opportunity to be quiet and internally still. Walking the labyrinth helps the mind to focus on things that matter – on feelings, to think through challenges and to become open to new ideas.
A Labyrinth looks a little like a maze but it is very different. In a maze there are lots of dead ends. The labyrinth only has one path which takes you to the centre. If you stay on the path you won’t get lost. Walking prayerfully has always been part of the Christian tradition and using it in this way to support prayer and meditation has certainly been known since the fourth century. Walking the labyrinth gives the walker the opportunity to reflect quietly with God. It offers time to think, to pray, to become aware of God.
Rental charges for each labyrinth are £40.00 per week, per part week or per weekend.
Please send a cheque made payable to ‘Gloucester DBF’ to:
4 College Green Gloucester GL1 2LR
All fees must be paid in full before the date of hire.
The labyrinths will need to be collected from and returned to the address above.
Please make arrangements for this within normal office hours: Monday- Friday 9am-4pm
Useful information & instructions
Rental Agreement Click here
Using a Prayer Labyrinth Click here
Children using a Prayer Labyrinth Click here
Instructions for using a Rope Labyrinth kit Click here
Canvas Labyrinth care guidelines Click here
How to draw a Prayer Labyrinth Click here
Labyrinth – A three part journey Click here