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Walk the Labyrinth

Walk the Labyrinth

Walk the Labyrinth

 
 

a sanctuary in the woods. our space for meditation and forest bathing.

Following a meditation in 2010, I wrote about visualizing a sacred space in the forest; a meditation center & yoga studio... a sanctuary in the woods. I began taking steps towards that goal and over a 9 year journey, it became fully realized, with the opening of my labyrinth, completed June 21, 2019. I share this, because I want to motivate everyone to find a quiet space for meditaion, reflection and dreaming. By finding a quiet space to seek refuge from daily life, I believe we direct our attention inward and listen to our own wisdom and gain clarity of mind. I believe the personal healing and peace we all seem to seek can be found in nature, and also through the experience of walking a labyrinth.

I believe that I have been blessed in my life and am guided to share the labyrinth as a gift to others, seeking sanctuary. Therefore, I have opened the labyrinth and forest mediation space as a gift to my community and students, in need of refuge, at no charge. I hope that in the stillness of the forest and streamside nooks, the path of the labyrinth bings a time to journey inward, to your sense of center. Center is the place of stillness that lives within each of us. The chaos and demands of life can get in the way of seeing our true path. In meditation there is a center where clarity resides. One way into that center, the stilling of the mind is walking the labyrinth.

The directions are simple; there is only one path, unlike a maze a labyrinth is not intended to confuse you, so you cannot get lost in it. You need to allow about 15-20 minutes to complete the journey in and back out. The process is simply that you “arrive” and walk inward. Once you reach center, you may pause as long as you like and reflect. Then you return out of the labyrinth on the same path. You may sit in the forest, journal, sing, chant and meditate as long as you need, but please do not wander the woods. I am happy to share this experience with you after any class or by private appointment. I do ask that you contact me in some manner prior to entering… as this is located on secured, private property. If sharing the experience as a group, please honor the silence of those around you and refrain from comments or questions until after you have departed. Silence is so rare, that we need to ensure that it is honored and preserved during this time.

“Walking a labyrinth clears the mind and gives insight into the spiritual journey. It urges action. It calms people in the throes of life transitions. It helps them see their livesin the context of a path, a pilgrimage. They realize that they are not human beings on a spiritual path, but spiritual beings on a human path.
— Walking a Sacred Path, By Lauren Artress