Not only did we renovate our main lavender field this summer, but we started work on a new design: a lavender labyrinth. Unlike a maze, a labyrinth has only one path forward that eventually leads to the center. Its roots are in both Greek mythology and medieval Christianity, and the most famous of all labyrinths can be found in Chartres, France.
According to ancient Greek mythology, Theseus enters the labyrinth of Crete and there kills the minotaur, a monstrous creature that feeds on the children of Athens. He escapes from the labyrinth with the help of Ariadne's thread. In the 13th century, the largest labyrinth was edified in the central nave in the Cathedral at Chartres. The reason behind this labyrinth still remains at the crossroads of the Christian faith and the beliefs from the Medieval era. To meander through the labyrinth represented the long and demanding life, full of hardships, which advances, beyond death, towards a definitive reconciliation with God.
Our peit labyrinth will invite you to take a "pilgrimage." Unlike the enormous labyrinth at Chartres which has eleven concentric circles, ours will have five. We plan on planting new lavender between the graveled path so as to complete the full effect of contemplation through all the senses. We can't wait to share this special field in the years to come.