Louisiana Labyrinths

New Orleans

New Orleans Labyrinth

Friends of the Labyrinth at Audubon Park

The photo above was taken on the labyrinth dedication day, which was the first Easter morning after Hurricane Katrina. Photo by Lynn Randall

Friends of the Labyrinth at Audubon Park

Friends of the Labyrinth at Audubon Park

Friends of the Labyrinth at Audubon Park (Photo by George H. Long)

From the Friends of the Labyrinth at Audubon Park website:

The Labyrinth at Audubon Park has been waiting for its own timing and purpose and that purpose has now become clear, particularly as our beloved New Orleans is consumed by the gutting of homes, the rebuilding of levees and the removing of debris from our neighborhoods. The labyrinth stands as a symbol of hope and will offer our New Orleans community a place to heal, to walk together, and to celebrate new life.

The labyrinth has been a five-year collaborative effort of the Audubon Nature Institute and The Friends of The Labyrinth at Audubon Park. One of America’s most well-known creators of labyrinths, Marty Kermeen, was commissioned to construct it in Audubon Park.

The permanent labyrinth is located among the oak and sycamore trees on Audubon Park’s East Drive where Laurel Street meets Audubon Park near the Tree of Life.

Walking the Labyrinth

The labyrinth’s archetypal symbol of the spiral is the universal representation of transformation. The labyrinth is a tool that provides a sacred place for meditation, centering, and healing. A labyrinth is a walking meditation. All people and all cultures are invited to journey along the labyrinth. As in life, you will encounter many turns. Trust the path. There is no right or wrong way to walk a labyrinth. There are no tricks or decisions, just follow the single path, one foot in front of the other, until you reach the center. Return along that same path.

We are a non-profit organization whose mission is to build and support the first permanent labyrinth for the New Orleans community. The Friends are also active in projects to educate the public about the history of the ancient labyrinth and to raise awareness about the resurgence of the labyrinth as a meditative and spiritual tool.


St. Luke's Methodist Church Labyrinth

St. Luke's Methodist Church Labyrinth - Design collaboration with Lea Goode-Harris, Ph.D., Santa Rosa© Labyrinth

This lovely labyrinth features the Santa Rosa© pattern created by Lea Goode-Harris, Ph.D. It is the first stone installation of the Santa Rosa© design in the United States – and the first permanent labyrinth installed in the state of Louisiana. Created as a site for Christian Pilgrimage, the labyrinth was presented as a gift to the Shreveport community by St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.

Sculpted in taupe and gray concrete paving stones, the labyrinth is encompassed by a beautiful Prayer Garden that was landscaped by St. Luke’s Garden Club. The labyrinth is 37 feet in diameter, and the path is 18 3/4 inches wide, extending a total of 680 feet in length. The simple yet elegant 7-circuit Santa Rosa© design features a pausing stone at the entrance and a heart space stone located near the fourth path. A three-inch crown insures proper drainage, and the perfectly smooth surface allows for handicapped accessibility.

St. Luke’s Labyrinth and Prayer Garden is actively used for church activities, community walks, and even weddings. St. Luke’s active labyrinth ministry focuses on creative activities for the children of the church. The Sunday school teachers, for example, often bring the children to the center of the labyrinth to blow bubbles that carry their prayers to God. The labyrinth is also incorporated into church-sponsored social events, such as the annual Pumpkin Festival.


Essence of Chartres Labyrinth

Ochsner Medical Clinic Essence of Chartres Labyrinth

This Essence of Chartres Labyrinth, is a seven circuit beauty. Its paths are a red/brown blend and the lines are buff. It is thirty feet in diameter and has a surrounding five foot charcoal walkway bringing it to a total of forty feet in diameter. It sits near a pond and along a walking trail.

This labyrinth has the distinction, of having the shortest time frame, between first phone call and completion of project. The first inquiry came in mid December and the installation started on Feb 2. We are thankful for all of our projects, this one came at a time when we really needed the work.

A single donor wanted to gift the clinics healing garden with a labyrinth. She had walked our labyrinth in Audubon Park in New Orleans and liked it so much that the husband asked the landscape architect to find out who created it, he hired them to create a memorial for his wife. The contract was signed and we started the installation right away.

The clinic plans to hold training about the labyrinth with their staff. They are organizing walks on the labyrinth for Breast cancer and heart awareness week. It is being well used by caretakers who are waiting for their loved ones to receive treatment and by visitors and staff alike.