Follow the Winding Road
Some say labyrinths are gateways to illumination designed to clear the mind and release mental clutter. Not convinced? Try it yourself at one of these East Bay circuits.
Photo by Ben Davidson
Grace North Church
The hand-painted indoor path is open the last Friday of each month at 6 p.m.
2138 Cedar St., Berkeley, gracenorthchurch.org.
Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church
Modeled after the labyrinth at France’s Chartres Cathedral, this path is aligned with the church’s doors. Always open.
49 Knox Dr., Lafayette, lopc.org/labyrinth.asp.
Peace Lutheran Church
A half-scale pattern, also modeled after Chartres, is lit and open from dawn until midnight.
3201 Camino Tassajara, Danville, peacejourney.org/explore-peace/labyrinth.
Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve
The largest of several labyrinths here is in a former rock quarry inside a 10-million-year-old volcano. Follow Round Top Loop trail to the quarry.
6800 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, ebparks.org/parks/sibley.
Skyline United Church of Christ
The crushed rock labyrinth (pictured above) is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, but do call ahead before visiting.
12540 Skyline Blvd., Oakland, skylineucc.org.
Walnut Avenue United Methodist Church
The labyrinth, made from crushed granite and brick, is next to a meditation garden. Always open.
260 Walnut Ave., Walnut Creek, walnutavenueumc.org.