The labyrinth has been used for thousands of years as a means of walking meditation and worship. The way of walking the labyrinth is not something to memorize, but something to experience.
Dedicated to the memory of Shalom Vegodsky, the Shalom Labyrinth is an exact replica of the Chartres Labyrinth found in Chartres Cathedral in France. For centuries, the labyrinth has been used for reflection and walking meditation. The Shalom Labyrinth is open to the public and is listed on the International Registry of Labyrinths.
The labyrinth is not a maze, but is one continuous path winding into the center, and back out again. There are no tricks to it, and one can not get lost. Walking the labyrinth is a powerful experience which increases in meaning each time you do it.
When Unity of Charlottesville was first constructed in 2006, the large grass circle in front of the building was reserved for a labyrinth. Unity members were treated to a wonderful seminar on labyrinths and walking meditation. Temporary markings were placed on the grass forming a traditional labyrinth. Many of us were discussing plans for the creation of a permanent labyrinth. During this time, Steve Vegodsky, a long time Unity member and former board member, felt inspired to plant some seed money and give time and energy toward overseeing the project. Steve asked that the project be named the “Shalom Labyrinth” to honor his late wife, Shalom Vegodsky. Shalom was a long time Unity member and board member, as well as a devoted healer. She had changed her name to “Shalom” to dedicate her life to helping create peace, so it seemed a fitting tribute.
After years of fund raising and planning, the Shalom Labyrinth was completed in May, 2013 by master labyrinth builder, Robert Ferre, and many Unity volunteers. It is now available for our Unity congregation and for the general public and Charlottesville-area community. The Shalom Labyrinth is also listed on the international web site, www.labyrinthlocator.com.