In our fast-changing and often chaotic world, many people find clarity, peace, and renewal in quiet rhythmic practices such as yoga, tai chi, or labyrinth walking. This year we are adding two labyrinths at Petals in the Pines—away from the sights, scents, buzzing, and activity of the gardens and pollinator meadow.
These sacred spaces in the woods allow guests to achieve a transformative inward focus, to enter into a spiritual connection to pray or seek direction (listening for the “still, small voice” of God), or simply to slow down enough to notice the small miracles of nature all around them.
The first, at the top of our Meditation Trail, is called “Love and Grace”—a modified 7-circuit Chartres-type medieval labyrinth, with a forest peat path lined with pasture stones, and custom designed with separate entrance and exit (so more than one visitor can walk it at the same time without having to step off of the path). The center of the labyrinth is in the form of a heart.
A second labyrinth is under construction and will open in early Summer. The “Peace” labyrinth, located in our shady hemlock grove, offers an activity space for quiet family-friendly focusing. Listening to the sounds of water, wind, or birdcalls, while slowly walking the winding labyrinth’s path among the trees, will provide a soothing and comfortable break for kids and caretakers, all while heightening a sense of wonder.
Admission for walking the trails and labyrinths, is a free-will donation offering. Thank you for your support! For trail-walkers with kids who also play in the Pavilion and Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom, the admission is $5 per kid; adults and infants are free. You can leave your donation/admission at the Farm Stand porch (cash, check, credit card, venmo). Please let us know how many adults and children were in your group and record it in our notebook on the table in the Farm Stand. Hike at your own risk, and watch for slippery rocks! Sturdy shoes are recommended. The trails are not suitable for strollers; Please leave pets at home.