The Houchen Retreat House Labyrinth is a grass Labyrinth overlooking farmland. The labyrinth is set in the Retreat House grounds of 5 acreas of landscaped gardens. The Houchen Retreat House is 10 minutes from Hamilton International airport and 10 minutes from the city centre. Accommodation is often available.
The Houchen Retreat House Labyrinth was designed by a group of people affiliated with the retreat house in March 2003. It was developed by the Houchen Team under Paul & Valerie Dyer.
The design work was influenced by two main sources. The ancient Classical or Cretan design and the group's response to the land and space where the labyrinth was to be located.
These various influences together with the inspiration of the group resulted in a unique design. The design takes into account the slope of the land and its hill top location. There are two additional circles added to the labyrinth before entering the seven circle pattern. These extra circles allow time for the walker to establish focus and a rhythm of movement before entering the central pathway.
The gazebo beside the labyrinth provides a place to sit and review the experience either in solitude or with companions. Houchen Retreat House staff can provide flaming torches to illuminate the labyrinth for night time use and are available to further discuss the experience of walking the labyrinth.