Halls Hill Lookout: Bainbridge Island’s Mosaic Labyrinth

by Apr 3, 2018Bainbridge Island, Kitsap County, Kitsap County Parks, Pacific Northwest, Parks0 comments

Bainbridge Island labyrinth Halls Hill Lookout

The Bainbridge Island labyrinth at Halls Hill Lookout. The labyrinth is designed in the same 11 circuit medieval styles as the labyrinth at Chartres but is a natural stone mosaic set in its own “cathedral” of trees.

W alking the labyrinth as a meditative practice has long intrigued me.  Labyrinths, such as the famous one at Chartres, were used as a metaphorical pilgrimage when a physical pilgrimage wasn’t possible.

As with any practice that encourages attention, walking the labyrinth, paying attention to each step to and from the center, can be a quieting and calming experience.

I’ve always wanted to visit the labyrinth at Chartres but never have made it there yet. Fortunately, we have a beautiful labyrinth sitting in its own “cathedral” of trees on Bainbridge Island.

Jeffrey Bale, an artist and garden designer from Portland, OR,  completed the Bainbridge Island labyrinth in 2014.  Visit his blog for the handouts from the park which go into detail about the significance of each circuit of the labyrinth and for his collection of essays about each circuit.

Bainbridge Island Labryrinth Halls Hill Lookout

Pay attention to the details in the mosaic as you walk.  Each circuit has a special significance. One, for instance, symbolizes Tibetan prayer beads, a connection with the prayer wheel at the park.  Spin the prayer wheel when you’ve finished your pilgrimage.

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Bainbridge Island Labryinth Halls Hill Lookout

Take a deep breath and follow the path to the center and back out.  It’s customary to leave an offering at the end (or, rather, the center) of your journey; a remembrance someone you’ve lost, a token of gratitude, or just something to mark that you’ve reached your destination.

Where is it?

The labyrinth mosaic is near Blakely Harbor on Bainbridge Island. If you get directions on Google Maps, it’s not too hard to find. The park is on the right-hand side of the street. Parking is on the road right next to the park, but there are usually some spots available.

Bainbridge Island Labyrinth at Halls Hill Lookout

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