We built our prairie labyrinth
on May 11, 2010. Clayton Miller,
Jae Clewell, our two interns that summer,
and Jane and Jim Bond,
two friends who volunteered to help,
took the 11-circuit Chartres design,
some instructions,
some supplies and headed to the top
of the hill overlooking the Big Pond.
On the spring solstice, we had determined
East as best we could
and set a stake for the entrance.
Step by step, we laid out the design
and when Clayton mowed the first quarter,
we cheered. When he finished mowing
the entire 82-foot-wide set of circuits,
he danced.

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Many people have walked the labyrinth
since then. Some, including us,
multiple times. It is never the same
experience. And lately,
once in the light of the full moon,
and a few days later,
with MaryAnn Sonntag on a beautiful
August morning, the experiences
have been more…
It’s never possible for me to describe
what happens. Connections are made,
I think,
with self, the sky, the Earth,
with others as we pass and part
repeatedly,
and with some connection
of wholeness,
life,
something beyond.
This labyrinth is big
and taking the time
to mindfully walk up the prairie toward it,
around it
and then to let go of everything
and simply follow the path through,
to the center
and back out
is to receive a gift.

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We are thrilled about our next labyrinth retreat.
MaryAnn, who has studied labyrinth facilitation
through the much-respected Veriditas program,
will lead and guide us through the day,
Saturday, September 19. You can register
on our website, on the calendar page.