Lehigh Acres Florida Labyrinth & Butterfly Garden
Hello, my name is Linda Jacobson and I invite you to walk our beautiful hand made Seven Circuit Medieval Labyrinth, and visit our Butterfly and Native Plant gardens on our half acre here in Lehigh Acres Florida near Lehigh Middle School.
Jim and I have lived in Lehigh for over 20 years. We keep busy with Nature, Camping and working on things here on the half acre. I write a Backyard Nature blog you can read here on this site. I do a lot of volunteer work, and I stay busy with my Nature Tours. You might be wondering.. What is a Labyrinth?
Labyrinths at their core are an archetype. They are very old structures and designs with the earliest Labyrinths dating to 4,000 years. Some appear as archaic petroglyphs or as designs woven into Amerindian baskets or fired into ceramic pots. They appear in paintings and drawings from various peoples across the globe. The earliest reported labyrinth was a two-story stone building in Egypt described by the Greek historian Herodotus.
Walking forward into the Christian Middle Ages labyrinths were made into the floors of quiet, serene cathedral naves such as the Labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral, built in 1145 over 20 years.. Old outdoor Labyrinths in England were often constructed of hedges and raised berms of turf. It has been suggested that some of the aerial pictographs that appear on the plains of Nazca are in effect a type of Labyrinth.
Lisa of Paths of Peace writes “Labyrinth walking today can provide a sense of calm that is conducive to meditation, self-exploration and prayer. Though the labyrinth is thousands of years old, these ancient patterns still speak to us today. I believe our culture is so steeped in rapid stimulation, information and technology that we are yearning for places for quiet introspection and release. Labyrinths provide that well of solace where we can go to drink deeply.”
Organizations and individuals are welcome to come and walk the labyrinth. To make arrangements, contact Linda at this link. Since this is a private residence, there are no public facilities. The Labyrinth can be acessed via a side gate and is beautiful by moon or torch light.
all Photography and web design by Linda Jacobson.