Rise Retreats

Labyrinth Walk + Gathering

The Labyrinth Garden at the National Arboretum in Canberra is an inclusive space for contemplation and renewal.

Join Lauren Harkness, Founder of Rise Retreats and members of the Rise community as they gather together in a space of personal prayer and meditation at the Labyrinth and then enjoy conversation over a cuppa at the cafe nearby.

The Labyrinth garden includes an 18.2m in diameter, and 11-circuit concrete labyrinth with a medieval pattern. The pattern was inspired by the Notre-Dame Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth in France which dates back to the early 13th century and was reputedly walked by pilgrims as a form of pilgrimage.

How to walk a Labyrinth – National Arboretum Labyrinth Gardens

To achieve relaxation and a meditative experience, begin by quietening the mind. Become aware of your breath and soften your eyes. Enter the labyrinth and walk at your own natural pace.

Release – Focus on mindfulness, let go of thoughts and distractions. Open your heart and calm your mind.

Receive – In the centre, sit or stand there as long as you want. This is the place to reflect, meditate or pray; allowing yourself to receive what there is for you to receive.

Return and reflect – Walk the same path out and gradually reconnect with the world. This can create a sense of clarity and empowerment.

The path is two way, so respectfully pass others or let others step around you. Take your time and stay as long as you like at the centre circle before following the same path back out.

All welcome – this Gathering is FREE to attend.
Please register your details with us in the Rise Store so we know to expect you on the day.

We hope you can join us!


30 Jan 2021


7:30 am - 9:00 am



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National Arboretum Canberra
Lauren Harkness


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