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Earle Baum Center opens new labyrinth

Visitors enjoy the new labyrinth at the Earle Baum Center in Santa Rosa, Calif., at its dedication on Friday, September 7, 2018. Image courtesy of the Earle Baum Center.

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – Featuring gentle looping spiral paths specially designed for people with vision loss and mobility challenges but fun for all ages, the new labyrinth at the Earle Baum Center celebrated its grand opening Sept. 7.

The labyrinth, which is located at 4539 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa, was made possible by a generous donation from an anonymous donor.

Labyrinths can be found in nearly every civilization in the world. The history of labyrinths goes back roughly 4,000 years.

They are an ancient archetypal symbol of transformation. It is used as a tool where one can have a direct experience, a relaxing walk for stress relief, celebrations of seasonal renewal or for some, as a walking meditation practice. They are currently popular in parks, churches and hospitals

“Our hope is to make this labyrinth accessible to those who use a white cane, guide dog, walker or wheelchair to travel,” said Patricia Jefferson, vision rehabilitation instructor at Earle Baum Center. “Its smooth concrete paths are 39 inches wide with 4 inches high brick curbs on each side of the path to help guide visitors safely.”

Visitors enjoy the new labyrinth at the Earle Baum Center in Santa Rosa, Calif., at its dedication on Friday, September 7, 2018. Image courtesy of the Earle Baum Center.


The labyrinth is open to the public as well. For those with mobility and orientation challenges, EBC offers ongoing training sessions on how to use the labyrinth for exercise and meditation.

A meditation space adjacent to the labyrinth includes a large seating area and is suitable for study groups or as a place for quiet contemplation. A stunning 60-foot redwood bench is curved to complement the landscape.

Future additions include an interpretive sign near the entrance and a description in Braille and via audio beacon.

The official opening of the labyrinth will include some brief remarks and a thank you to the talented labyrinth builders and the donor, a short history of labyrinths, presented by labyrinth facilitator Maia Scott and a chance to travel the path. Valerie Joi and Anne Strafford of Simple Praise will provide inspirational music and food and beverage will be provided.

If you have questions about the labyrinth, please call or email Patricia Jefferson at 707-636-2314 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Visitors enjoy the new labyrinth at the Earle Baum Center in Santa Rosa, Calif., at its dedication on Friday, September 7, 2018. Image courtesy of the Earle Baum Center.

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