A maze is designed to confuse; a labyrinth helps you find your way.
Distinct from a maze, a labyrinth has one path. There are no dead ends, no alternates. Walking a labyrinth requires no problem-solving or choices; the only decision is to enter. The rational brain is relieved of responsibility, leaving the intuitive self freed up to express itself and the senses opened up to the present moment.
The forest labyrinth is a delightful serpentine path threaded organically amongst graceful trees in a peaceful nature setting. A wide path of pine needles helps make it accessible to a broad range of people and ages, and offers a quiet and comfortable walk.
The centre of the labyrinth is a special place and large enough to accommodate several people without feeling crowded. Just outside the entrance to the labyrinth path is a circular gathering area, a good space for pre- or post-walk pause.
Visiting the Labyrinth
Never an entrance fee, and operational year-round (snowshoes may be required in winter… a truly Canadian labyrinth experience!), the labyrinth was created to be shared. It is located on private property near Owen Sound, Ontario. Available to Off-Grid Retreat guests throughout their stay, we also welcome all labyrinth walkers by advance arrangement as availability allows (scroll down for visit request form).
If a particular issue or question(s) bring you to the labyrinth, or if you might like guidance, interpretation or illumination of the labyrinth experience, a Veriditas-Trained Labyrinth Facilitator is available.
Peace · Clarity · Surrender
Labyrinths are sometimes thought of as a walking meditation—an active way to calm the mind and open the soul. While they have been found helpful to cultivate mindfulness, healing and insight, the experience can be as modest yet meaningful as a quiet, gentle walk. Here are some resources to help you get the most from your experience:
- Forest Labyrinth Visitor Guide (PDF download) – Labyrinth backgrounder plus suggestions to get the most from your walk.
- Labyrinth Community Network – Ontario-based group of labyrinth enthusiasts; includes comprehensive labyrinth directory & facilitator list.
- Veriditas – Non-profit organization dedicated to introducing people to the worldwide labyrinth movement and training labyrinth facilitators
The labyrinth can be seen from the yurt which is just steps away and available for both overnight camping and day use for your own labyrinth retreat.
FOREST LABYRINTH MAILING LIST
Get occasional (around 6/year) updates on the labyrinth, and notification of events open to the public. Add the @naturemail.ca domain to your safe senders list to avoid missing emails, or check your Junk/SPAM folder occasionally.
The labyrinth was built to be shared and there is no charge to use it. Sometimes walkers wish to leave a donation in gratitude. Such donations are quite optional but gratefully received. They are accumulated and forwarded semi-annually to local charitable organizations. In 2020, a total of $510 was split evenly and given to Chapman House Hospice and M’Wikwedong Indigenous Friendship Centre in Owen Sound. Thank you so much to kind labyrinth visitors!
REQUEST TO VISIT
The labyrinth is a tool to be shared; there is no admission charge, though we do ask that you arrange your visit in advance… no need to lock in a time, just pick morning/afternoon/evening. Located 20 min southwest of Owen Sound, directions provided once visit is confirmed.
To respect current regulations, and in light of the heightened COVID risk at this time, labyrinth visits are limited to people residing in the local (Owen Sound & environs) area. Groups must be from the same household or dedicated bubble and not number more than 5 people.
Response time is usually within a few hours, and rarely more than a day… if you have not heard back, check your Junk Mail/SPAM folder or add the @naturemail.ca domain to your safe senders list to avoid missing our email.
The Forest Labyrinth is situated on the traditional territory of the Anishinabek Nation: The People of the Three Fires known as Ojibway, Odawa, and Pottawatomie Nations. We give thanks to the Chippewas of Saugeen, and the Chippewas of Nawash, now known as the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, as the traditional keepers of this land, and commit to stewarding this land sustainably for the generations to follow.