The Danville Labyrinth
Pathway of Peace


Danville, Kentucky

Danville Kentucky Labyrinth

 

Danville Labyrinth Sign

The Danville Labyrinth is located at McDowell Park on Main Street, between The Presbyterian Church and Centre College. It was built  in 2002 by a non-denominational committee of local citizens. The construction budget of $50,000 was raised through hundreds of donations. The labyrinth design is a replica of the 11-circuit labyrinth of Chartres Cathedral in France. This pattern, once central to cathedral culture, was inlaid into the cathedral's stone floor in 1201. It is 40-feet in circumference.
 

Robert Ferre

 

Robert Ferre

Labyrinth Designer

Construction

The Danville Labyrinth was constructed in the fall and winter of 2002. Based on the Chartre Cathedral labyrinth, it is built of quarried Kentucky sandstone. The stonemason was Richard McAlister of Danville. Robert Ferre traveled from St. Louis, MO to spend a cold and snowy week etching the design with the assistance of Chuck Hunner from Asheville, NC. 

Kentucky Educational Television documented the construction in a documentary video.

 

 

Service of Dedication

December 31, 2002

 

Danville Labyrinth Dedication

 

 

Nearly 50 people turned out for the dedication service on New Year's Eve, 2002. Light rain fell all day until an hour before the 5:00 service. Rain began again just as the ceremony ended.

Labyrinth Walking in the Rain

 

A light rain fell just as the dedication ceremony ended. It didn't dampen the determined labyrinth walkers who gave the setting an impressionistic feeling.

 

 

Bronze Labyrinth

 

Danville Labyrinth Dedication

A bronze labyrinth mounted on stone stands at the entrance. It was created by founding committee member and nationally-known bronze artist C. T. Whitehouse.

The Pathway of Peace

 

Danville Labyrinth

The labyrinth is an ancient pattern found in many cultures around the world. Labyrinth designs were found on pottery, tablets and tiles dating back 4000 years. Many patterns are based on spirals from nature. In Native American culture it is called the Medicine Wheel and Man in the Maze. The Celts described it as the Never Ending Circle. It is also called the Kabala in mystical Judaism. One feature they all share is that they have one path which winds in a circuitous way to the center.

Labyrinths are currently being used world-wide as a way to quiet the mind, find balance,and encourage meditation, insight and celebration. They are open to all people as a non-denominational, cross-cultural tool of well-being. They can be found in medical centers, parks, churches, schools, prisons, memorial parks and retreat centers as well as in people's backyards.

The labyrinth is not a maze. There are no tricks to it and no dead ends. It has a single circuitous path that winds into the center. The person walking it uses the same path to return and the entrance then becomes the exit. The path is in full view, which allows a person to be quiet and focus internally. Generally there are three stages to the walk: releasing on the way in, receiving in the center and returning; that is, taking back out into the world that which you have received. There is no right way or wrong way to walk a labyrinth.

   

New Year's Eve Walk

 
Danville Labyrinth New Year's Walk

Map our location on Google!  We welcome visitors anytime.

For more information about the labyrinth movement, visit these websites:
http://www.veriditas.net/
http://www.labyrinthsociety.org/

   

Portable Labyrinth

Walking a Snowy Labyrinth

Indoor Labyrinth Danville Labyrinth in the snow
This is our six-panel portable canvas labyrinth. This 40'x40' indoor Chartres Labyrinth  is handpainted. We used it as we raised money for construction of our outside labyrinth.  The panels have velcro for easy assembly. You have to know the labyrinth circuits pretty well to be able to walk our labyrinth in the snow!  Someone did following a recent rare March snowfall. This photo is looking north toward the new Centre College dormitory.
   

An endowment for perpetual care of the Danville Labyrinth has been set up through The Presbyterian Church of Danville. Contributions may be sent to our post office box.

 

The Danville Labyrinth

PO Box 100

Perryville KY  40468-0100       

 

For more information, contact Shelley Richardson

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