Guests arrived on Thursday, January 28 at 6:30 p.m. on the grounds of the Franciscan Center, and we walked the beautiful labyrinth together that’s on our property here along the Hillsborough River.
Maureen Connors, PhD., offered guidance to participants through this transformative and meditative activity, and we shared our experiences around a fire when we finished. Over 60 people joined us for our meditative, safe, and fun night under the light of the full moon.
A labyrinth is a geometrically designed walking path leading to and from a central point. It is not a maze; you cannot get lost. There are no dead ends. The goal is orientation – not disorientation! The labyrinth, located outdoors here on the grounds along the Hillsborough River, is designed after a thirteenth-century labyrinth at the Chartres Cathedral in France.
Labyrinth walks have been used for centuries and in many cultures as a tool for prayer, healing, and personal and spiritual growth. Walking a labyrinth has something to offer everyone. It can get creative juices flowing, help with grief, anger, a physical challenge or illness, encourage gratitude, or simply give time to reflect on life.
We’ll be doing these quarterly, so sign up at the bottom of our Home Page to receive our e-newsletters and keep checking back here, and we’ll let you know when the next Labyrinth Walk will take place. The event is always FREE, and donations will be accepted. First-timers are welcome and encouraged! Social distancing practices will be observed and masks will be required.
Here’s what our Labyrinth looks like in the day time:
Here are some photos from January 28:
You can watch (and listen) to a beautiful short video here: