The double labyrinths at Rolling Ridge was built in 2002 by Leslie University student, Dot Wright-Irwin, and is nestled among the trees overlooking Lake Cochichewick.
A labyrinth is a single path that circles around until it leads to the center, a place of reflection and meditation or prayer. Most labyrinths have 7 or 11 circuits or rings that take one close to the center and back out to the edges before finding the way in. Labyrinths are ancient symbols found in many cultures yet recently rediscovered as a tool for walking meditation.
The rocks and stones that make up our labyrinths come from all over the world as Leslie University students brought stones from their homelands and travels: Singapore, Turkey, England, Ghana, Austria, Germany, France, and fromt eh rocky coast of Maine to the Oregon coast, and one shipped from Sedona Arizona because it was too big for a suitcase.
Individuals are welcome to walk the labyrinth most days, but it is suggested that guests stop in the office for a guest pass.
Groups and individuals staying at Rolling Ridge are invited to include a labyrinth walk in their retreat or meeting time. Rolling Ridge staff is available to give an overview and suggestions for walking the labyrinth.
Labyrinth retreats are held each year at Rolling Ridge, and led by a trained labyrinth facilitator (See Programs). Groups who wish to have a labyrinth program should call Rolling Ridge to arrange for a leader.
"I dedicate this Labyrinth to all those seeking peace. May we take the peace that we find here into our daily lives, then out into the world.” -Dot Irwin, October 2002 Dedication
"Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from illness; I have walked myself into my best thoughts." -Soren Kierkegaard