Labyrinth at First UMC

The Labyrinth laid in the Simkins Hall floor of First UMC Santa Monica is a replica of the Chartres Labyrinth laid in the cathedral around 1220 CE. Walking the Labyrinth is an ancient spiritual practice, a way to quiet our minds and open our spirits to the presence of the Holy. Every step a prayer.

**Read the May 4, 2023 LA Times article Feeling lost? L.A.’s labyrinths can help you return to center with mention of First UMC!

First UMC was pleased to celebrate World Labyrinth Day on Saturday, May 6, 2023 in Simkins Hall.

The Labyrinth Society — in collaboration with Veriditas, The Legacy Labyrinth Project, and the Australian Labyrinth Network — invites you to join in celebrating World Labyrinth Day on Saturday, May 6, 2023.

Walk as One at 1 p.m. On this 15th Annual World Labyrinth Day (WLD), as in previous years, many will walk a labyrinth at 1:00 p.m. local time creating a unified rolling wave of peaceful energy passing from one time zone to the next around the globe.

Virtual Labyrinth Walk Available

We are grateful to offer you a virtual labyrinth walk. You may “Walk” in silence to listen to your breath, to look within, to find peace.

The Labyrinth can be a tool for meditation and prayer, for gaining insight, clarity and balance, and to quiet the mind. It is a spiritual practice that is open to people of all faiths, to those with no religious affiliation, and to individuals from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds.

We invite you to tell us how this virtual walk experience felt and what you think of the labyrinth in general. We’d love to hear your feedback. Email

The History of the Labyrinth at First UMC

In 1995, six women from First UMC walked the labyrinth for the first time during a retreat led by The Rev. Lauren Artress, who authored the popular book, Walking a Sacred Path.  That walk proved so powerful that they wanted to make such experiences available to the church and surrounding community.  Thus, was born the Labyrinth Ministry. The women prayed and held the vision for acquiring a labyrinth. In the meantime, the church rented portable ones and offered special walks.  In 1999, the church purchased a portable canvas labyrinth and lovingly used it for 9 years.  Then, as part of the renovation of Simkins Hall in The Shelby Center, a permanent labyrinth replicating the Chartres Cathedral labyrinth, was laid in the floor. 

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