Here's a piece about the IHM Sisters (Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary) in Monroe Michigan who are known for promoting ecology-friendly architecture. Now they've opened an outdoor labyrinth that's wheelchair accessible.
Some of the 200 sisters at the motherhouse in Monroe use wheelchairs or scooters so the labyrinth, done in patterned concrete to match the Art Deco colors of the motherhouse, was built to accommodate them as well as visitors.
The article states:
"Labyrinths are circular walking paths designed so that people can walk slowly in a reflective setting as they pray or meditate. They’ve been a Christian tradition for at least 800 years and were popular in French cathedrals as a symbolic way to make a short pilgrimage, rather than taking a journey to Jerusalem.
Americans began promoting the practice in the 1990s and Michigan’s first outdoor labyrinths were built in a wide range of settings, among them: churches, including Church of Our Saviour in West Bloomfield; hotels, such as the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island; schools, including Oakland Community College in Farmington Hills; and hospitals, such as Sparrow in Lansing."
Via Detroit Free Press
The labyrinth is open now to the public during daylight hours and will be dedicated July 27.