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New York Times

“Finding Yourself in Los Angeles”

 The novelist Reif Larsen seeks out sites of reverence in and around this sprawling city, places of quiet contemplation far from the gridlock and glamour. -New York Times Travel Section

The novelist Reif Larsen seeks out sites of reverence in and around this sprawling city, places of quiet contemplation far from the gridlock and glamour. -New York Times Travel Section

Washington Post

“Station to Station: What to do and see along L.A.’s Expo Line”

 This Italian Renaissance/Beaux-Arts mansion, one of many sumptuous historic homes on West Adams Boulevard, is now the Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens. (Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens). -Washington Post Travel Section

This Italian Renaissance/Beaux-Arts mansion, one of many sumptuous historic homes on West Adams Boulevard, is now the Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens. (Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens). -Washington Post Travel Section

L.A. Times

“Parts of South L.A, such as the Peace Awareness Center deal with…”

 Thousands of people come every year to meditate and reflect at the Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens, a South L.A. center that dubs itself “a spiritual oasis in the city.” -Los Angeles Times

Thousands of people come every year to meditate and reflect at the Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens, a South L.A. center that dubs itself “a spiritual oasis in the city.” -Los Angeles Times

 
 

Reviews - Visitors share their experience...

I did not realize how there is such a beautiful place like these gardens in the middle of such an urban area.I would definitely consider returning if I need to de-stress!

I felt as if all the troubles in the world were invisible for the time we spent there.

When I was walking [the labyrinth] I actually did not think of anything because it helped me relax and enjoy the moment. I had never quite experienced anything like that before.

I was relaxed after the experience. I loved it.

Focusing on the present, keeps you on the right path, and reminds me that I’m right where I need to be. This was a wonderful realization for me, that came while walking this labyrinth.

The gardens were so beautiful and inviting that after a few minutes of venting about problems, the serene atmosphere left us less heated and more calm. It is amazing how speechless nature can leave us.

Entering the mansion, I was immediately reminded of the Doheny Mansion when the faint aroma of old wooden furniture struck my nostrils. It’s definitely a nice smell that reminds me of old books. I was led outside and shown the gazebo which had beautiful vines growing on the wooden planks. On my left, there was the labyrinth which was not what I imagined. It was lovely nonetheless. Walking further down, I came upon a beautiful garden that was shaded by plenty of different trees and plants. The breeze was deliciously comfortable and I heard the distant trickle of water over rocks. What a magical place indeed.

Sometimes we need to take a break from the world. I loved how this labyrinth was in the center of Los Angeles, yet it was so peaceful.

I really liked the little red bridge that goes over the pond with koi fish and a turtle. I sat by the pond for about 30 minutes and the stress of school just seemed to melt away as I stared into the lake and watched the fish swim about and the turtle pop its head out of the water from time to time.