A long held dream

When we first came to live at Leshiba almost 20 years ago, John wanted to build a labyrinth before anything else. Business, maintenance, construction and other logistics got in the way and each year we shelved the idea.

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Matthew makes dreams come true

At the beginning of this year, Matthew decided he was going to come and spend three weeks at the farm and while he was here, he would build the labyrinth. No one held their breath but sure enough, in April, Matthew and Lucie arrived here and three weeks later Leshiba’s first labyrinth was created.

In such spaces as the labyrinth we cross over [between real and imaginary spaces]; we are really travelling, even if the destination is only symbolic.”

Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking

Ancient structures

Labyrinths are ancient patterns found all over the world. They are of many types sharing a single overall design. Their origin is as mysterious and their uses are as varied as their patterns are. All labyrinths are a kind of game, but that does not negate their seriousness. According to Hindu lore, the universe itself is a game, a lila that the gods play. Walking a labyrinth is following in the steps of Shiva Nataraja, the Divine Transformer who is Lord of the Dance.

What Is a Labyrinth?

A labyrinth is a complex and circuitous path that leads from a beginning point to a center. There are two primary varieties…read more

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