The world’s largest labyrinth is in Santa Rosa, Costa Rica in the province of Guanacaste, just 29 kilometers from Sugar Beach. Its origin is a uniquely Costa Rican story, an illustration of how humans can bring forth beauty and harmony by tuning in to the natural world.
A labyrinth has only one path which symbolizes our life’s journey and takes us inward guiding us to find out who we really are
Griet Depypere, a Belgian émigré, wanted to reforest her Santa Rosa property, and consulted with biologist and energy expert Sergio Salas. While using a dowsing rod to inspect the land, Salas discovered two great energy centers pulsing from the earth, one masculine, the other feminine. This reading of the land led to the idea of building a labyrinth, a way of working with the emerging energy – of answering its request to be walked.
Depypere and Salas contacted architect and labyrinth designer Ronald Esquivel who created the Le Senda design in the tradition of sacred geometry. Using the number three, the labyrinth unites the two opposing centers – masculine and feminine – into a third center, the Vesica Pisces or point of creation. In sacred geometry, the Vesica Pisces is the entry point or womb, the beginning of the Tree of Life. It’s where any journey of self-discovery begins.
It took Esquivel and his team six years to build the Le Senda Labyrinth. They planted more than 4,000 cacti, prickly pears and caldera, in honor of the indigenous belief that cacti attract prana, or life force. The labyrinth spans two and half acres and the path through the spiral takes about one hour to walk. With time the cacti will grow larger and plumper, creating solid walls to emphasize the inwardness of the journey.
A labyrinth is not a maze. A maze is created to confound, confuse and disorient. There are many entry and exit points in a maze and getting lost is a natural outcome. A labyrinth by contrast has one entrance and exit point, at the north and south. It symbolizes the life journey – every life has but one outcome. The purpose of walking a labyrinth is meditative, the enactment of a ritual, the quiet inward journey through one’s spiritual life.
Le Senda Labyrinth is open year round. There is no entrance fee but a $20 donation is appreciated. Located on a farm, Le Senda also offers dining, horseback riding, and canopy and Tarzan swings. To arrange your day trip to Le Senda, contact Sugar Beach reception.