Discover the Cambridge Labyrinth

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A journey to find peace and reduce the stress of city life

Labyrinth at the Harvard Divinity School

Cantabrigians are always trying to find a way to get away from stress. Instead of yoga or tai chi classes, why not take a labyrinth walk? It's a great way to practice walking meditation. Best of all, it's free.

All around Boston there are free public spaces to practice labyrinth walking. I thought why not give it a try myself and make a trail map for others to follow. I found the labyrinths at Boston College, Simmons College and, finally, the largest one at the Armenian Heritage Site on Boston's Greenway. I was still missing a Cambridge labyrinth since I wanted this to be a local story.

My research lead me to World-Wide Labyrinth Locator. I was pleasantly surprised that Cambridge had its own labyrinth. However, there was only an address without any photos. This got me curious and excited to find out more. I grabbed my camera and headed out to Harvard to divinity school. When I arrived at the Labyrinth and Contemplative Garden, I almost missed it. The labyrinth was in a sad state, forgotten and covered with chairs. As I cleared away the chairs, I felt like I was uncovering a forgotten relic. Underneath lay a beautiful labyrinth made of smooth stones. A nearby plaque told an interesting history. This memorial labyrinth was built in 2008 to honor the 22 Harvard alumni lost in 9/11. The style of the labyrinth is based on a 13th-century pattern found on the floor of Chartres Cathedral in France.

To take your own journey, follow this trail map of the labyrinths nearest to Cambridge.

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