Come and walk our Life Labyrinth at Kinghorn Loch. Sustainable Communities Initiatives at the Earthship have spent months working with local community groups and volunteers creating the Life Labyrinth – planting native wild flowers and shrubs to symbolise life and its stages and transitions. The official opening of the labyrinth was held at the Harvest Festival on 12th September 2015 and was opened by David Torrance, MSP and volunteers.
What is a Labyrinth?
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a maze and a labyrinth? What’s the point of walking a labyrinth?
Labyrinths and mazes are intricate paths that eventually lead you to the centre.
A maze is a place where you can go the wrong way many times, it has dead ends and paths that take you back instead of to the centre; people go into a maze for entertainment, to try to solve the puzzle.
A labyrinth is different, the path also turns this way and that, but there is only one path, no forks, no dead ends or loop backs. When you go into a labyrinth, you know you cannot get lost (though sometimes it may feel like it).
Labyrinths can be used for fun too, but people often walk a labyrinth with an intention, for example meditation or reflection. You can think of a labyrinth as a small pilgrimage, or as a symbol for the path of your life, twisting and turning, but never anything else than a single path, there are no dead ends nor can you go back.
We think that in the past people may have used labyrinths to confuse the demons that they thought were following them (the mythological Minotaur was trapped in a labyrinth.)
Walking into a labyrinth, you can slow down, quieten your mind, and when you come out, you can bring the peace you found with you into the world. When walking a labyrinth, you can use the time for yourself or dedicate your walk to the well-being of someone else or to some purpose. It is up to you. Some people meditate, some people pray, others just enjoy.
There is no right or wrong way to walk a labyrinth.
Use the Life Labyrinth in whatever way is helpful for you.
If you would like to visit the Earthship Fife Visitor Centre while you are here, have a look at our website for opening hours
The Life Labyrinth project wouldn’t have been possible without the help of so many people.
Warmest thanks for the incredible hard work of the boys and staff at Hillside School, especially Jay Wallace, Jordan Fraser, Darren Inglis, Thomas Anderson, Robbie Dudgeon and their teacher RoseAnn Carlin.
The project would not have been possible without the help of the Community Payback team, Scottish Water volunteers, as well as Douglas Collins, Kenneth Mullen, Geetam, Teodora Bokonyi, Kenny Grieve and anyone else who helped out.
Appreciation is given for the generous support from Pumphouse Trust, Breedon Aggregates (Orrock), CSV Action Earth, and site owners Diana and Richard Neil and Penny and Chris Holland.