The Labyrinth

Finding yourself in the Labyrinth

“Solvitur Ambulado” – It is solved by walking

Experience a Labyrinth

One Day Retreats for women held by Gillian in the Studio offer participants an opportunity to walk a classical labyrinth laid out in the garden. Please see the Retreats page for details and dates.


Create Your Own Garden Labyrinth:  A Bespoke Consultancy With Gillian

Experience the Joy of Labyrinth Creation, Create Sacred Space in Your Garden & Support Your Journey of Spiritual Transformation and Soul Connection.

Please email Gillian for more information at or call 01372 722816 or 07867 542456 for details…


Gillian Lenane surrey labyrinth facilitator

Gillian Lenane laying out a labyrinth at St. Michael’s Sanctuary, Ewell, Surrey

The Labyrinth is a spiral pattern with a 4000 year history across many human cultures and traditions. Its origin is obscure but the original classical Labyrinth pattern has been found throughout Southern Europe and North Africa since about 2000BCE for example, inscribed in caves in Sardinia, on pottery from the Cretan civilisation and on coins, tiles and in paintings.

kosman labyrinth

Gillian created this outdoor permanent 7 circuit classical labyrinth at Walton-on-the-Hill in Surrey, with the help of her local community

From 165BCE – 400CE the Romans created more complex Labyrinth designs for mosaic pavements laid out in villas and other buildings, but these were too small to walk.

In the 9th Century a monk called Otfrid, added 4 extra circuits to the Labyrinth symbol and created what became known as the medieval Labyrinth, the best example of which can be seen in Chartres Cathedral in France. These were built to walk as were the later classical or medieval Labyrinths of the 12th to 17th Century in Northern Europe.

Recently, a late 20th early 21st Century revival is now creating many new Labyrinths of contemporary design especially in Europe and North America.

In the Labyrinth there is only a single path that leads to the centre and out again. Unlike a maze, you cannot get lost in a Labyrinth. In a maze it is an intellectual exercise to find your way around.

In a Labyrinth you can relax, allowing you to engage the intuitive right side of the brain as you wend your way to the centre.

Garden labyrinth in surrey

Garden labyrinth for retreat participants

In the context of the group walks the Labyrinth is a sacred space for participants to completely relax into meditative reflection as they walk. It seems that the single path, that constantly turns either right or left, has a soothing, ‘rocking’ effect on the brain.

The Labyrinth can be seen as a metaphor for the Spiritual Journey. During a  walk participants may experience a release of emotional or mental layers as they move towards the centre, a feeling of receiving wisdom/peace/ guidance in the centre and a sense of integration as they walk out. It is said that the more you walk a Labyrinth the more you become yourself.

Perhaps the revival of the Labyrinth across cultures will assist humanity towards a more reflective, balanced and inclusive view of life on our planet.

If you would like to know more about the Labyrinth events on offer, or about any of the courses or retreats on offer, please call me on 01372 722816 or 07867 542456 or send me an e-mail.

Circular turf labyrinth

Medieval style turf labyrinth near Milton Keynes

Rectangular turf labyrinth

Rectangular turf labyrinth in Cornwall

Labyrinth at St Beuno's retreat centre in North Wales

Labyrinth at St Beuno’s retreat centre in North Wales