st mark parish

222 McVeagh Road  -  westbrook, ct  -  (860) 399-9207

"Jesus said, 'Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened."' Luke 11:9-10 (nrsv) 

 Labyrinth Brochure

Contact Information:  Julia Gallicchio   (860) 388-5186   e-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What is a Labyrinth?

Labyrinths have been in existence for thousands of years and are found in many religions and cultures.  Often built in or near churches, they were used in medieval times as a symbolic pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  A labyrinth is in essence a pathway to be walked thoughtfully.  Different from a maze, there are no trick turns or dead ends.  There is only one path and while it does have twists and turns, you can’t get lost.  The same path takes you into the center and then out again.  You don’t have to think or analyze; with a labyrinth you just trust that the path will lead you to where you need to be.  It’s a form of meditation.   There are over a thousand labyrinths in the U.S. used for prayer, contemplation, problem-solving, healing or just as a quiet place in which to find peace in today’s harried world.  They are used in hospitals, schools, prisons, wellness centers, hospices, churches, public parks and retreat centers.  Walking meditation has been found effective in reducing stress, lowering blood pressure, reducing incidents of chronic pain and insomnia.

St. Mark’s Labyrinth

The St. Mark Labyrinth was constructed by G.E.M. Hardscapes in December of 2006 with funds raised by the St. Mark Garden Group over a two year period.   They held tag sales; sold tee shirts, plants and candy; compiled and sold “Cookie Jar Favorites”( a cookie cookbook of parishioners recipes); and  applied for and received a grant from the Westbrook Foundation.   Landscaping the area followed (and continues) with assistance of many parishioners, who offered their time, effort, expertise and money.
Located adjacent to the Church’s upper parking lot, the 40 foot diameter labyrinth is made of stone-look concrete pavers.  It provides a level surface, making it accessible to all, with benches for resting.   It is available to parishioners and others from the area and is intended to provide people of all beliefs and ages the opportunity  to make a journey through the labyrinth part of their on-going spiritual growth.
It is open every day (weather permitting) from dawn to dusk, with nearby parking.

Walking the Labyrinth

There is no right or wrong way to walk the labyrinth.  You may us the labyrinth in many ways.  Perhaps you seek some quiet.  Maybe you bring some care or concern that you wish to let go of for a time.  Perhaps you seek some direction to a perplexing problem…or you may bring great joy and thankfulness to your walk.    The labyrinth is made of 2 colors of pavers: grey and yellow.  The grey is the border; yellow is the pathway.  Just “follow the yellow brick road” to the center and then out again.   You may choose to stay in the center for a time.   
Here are some suggestions for your walk:
~  Focus on a particular concern or question.
~ Read a passage from scripture or some other piece of writing.  Pay attention to a word or phrase that   
   captures your attention.  Repeat this word or phrase to yourself as you walk.
~ Pause in the center and rest awhile in God’s presence before heading back into the world.
~ Walk once or several times. Alter your pace through the labyrinth.  Pause along the way.
~ Children will often race through – let them!

Each time you walk the labyrinth, you become more empowered to find and do the work you feel your soul is reaching for.
May God’s peace always be with you.

Feel free to download our “Welcome to St. Mark the Evangelist Labyrinth” booklet
The Garden Group occasionally hosts guided labyrinth walks.  Contact Julia Gallicchio at 860-388-5186 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you wish to be notified of these walks .