Advisory Note: All walks require protective footwear and clothing including a hat. Carry a first aid kit or at least a snake bite kit. Also carry drinking water.
Earth & Soul Labyrinth
Earth & Soul Labyrinth is a spiritual sanctuary, that provides an opportunity for a walking meditation.
Earth & Soul Labyrinth is based upon the 11 circle Rose Labyrinth built in the floor tiles of the Chartres Cathedral in France sometime between 1215 to 1235.
The Chartres Labyrinth is not a maze. A maze is designed to trick and fool people - you can get lost in a maze. The Labyrinth is where you find yourself. (If you want some fun in a maze check out the Granite Belt Maze)
The labyrinth is designed as a walking meditation - a spiritual pilgrimage. From the single entrance point, you quietly follow the single path that winds its way in to the centre of the labyrinth. The walk is intended to quieten the everyday mind and enhance the intuitive, creative mind. At the centre you have returned to your spiritual source. Take the time while you are there to reflect and meditate. When you are ready, follow the meandering path back out again and return to your life in the outer world.
The inner circle of the Labyrinth has a 6 petal rose design with each petal holding a meaning that I have based upon the teachings of the Lord's Prayer. At the centre of the rose is the word Love. The 6 petals - Belief, Purpose, Kindness, Harmony, Happiness and Support - should be applied with Love.
The inward journey of the Labyrinth is approximately 438 metres. (Inward and Outward total 876 metres.) The challenge of the labyrinth meditation is to quieten the mind for that length of time as you walk in and then to do it again and walk the return journey. While you are walking be mindful of your breathing. Try to develop a rhythm to your walking that is naturally in time with you. When you reach the centre, pause and take a breath, release and be. When you return to the outer world, pause at the exit, take a breath, release and return.
Some people experience dramatic life changing effects, emotional, ecstatic, humbling, intuitive and inspirational while walking within the sanctuary of the labyrinth. If anything, you have taken the time to get in touch with your inner self and the primary benefit is relaxation and peace.
Earth & Soul Labyrinth is located near the main residence, approx. 530 metres from the Retreats. If you would like a guide or to talk about the Labyrinth then let me (Mark) know and I will gladly be of assistance.
Please respect the privacy of others and avoid the precincts of the Main Residence and the Cabin Retreats of other guests.