Open Day offers unique labyrinth walking experience

27 Apr 2021

A chance to experience what it is like to wander through an 11-circuit medieval labyrinth is being offered to anyone interested in a unique walk in a very special environment.

Te Moata Retreat Centre north of Tairua is marking World Labyrinth Day on Saturday, 8 May with an Open Day for anyone who would like to walk an earthy labyrinth, a hidden treasure and living work of art nestled in the native bush.

According to Te Moata, “The labyrinth is an ancient pathway of quiet contemplation and inspiration. It can be approached as a walking meditation, a path of prayer, a crucible of change, a way to reduce stress and find balance in life. Walking the labyrinth quiets the mind, opens the heart and grounds the body.”

Those new to the experience are assured that the labyrinth is not a maze and you cannot get lost. There is one entrance and as long as you take one step after another you will eventually arrive at the centre.

Ancient spiral and circle labyrinth patterns are found in many cultures around the world, some dating as far back as 5,000 years. The labyrinth design at Te Moata is a replica of the labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral in France. 

Te Moata will be open for visitors from 9:30am to 5:30pm during the Open Day. Visitors can arrive at any time, take their time to walk the labyrinth and to look around. Hot cuppas will be available. Entry is by koha and Sonya Lyn, a Veriditas-trained labyrinth facilitator, will be on site. Those who would like to visit are asked to register in advance on the labyrinth page at temoata.org or text Maniisha on (021) 273 9946.

Te Moata is 6km north of Tairua. A short drone video of the labyrinth and Te Moata surrounds is also available on the website for those who would like a preview.

Pictured: The labyrinth design at Te Moata.