The Best Laid Plans:
Our vision was clear, we wanted a Labyrinth to add to our guest offerings and to enhance our beautiful surroundings. What is a Labyrinth? According to the famed Veriditas Organization, committed to educating the world about Labyrinths:
The labyrinth is a walking meditation, a path of prayer and an archetypal blueprint where psyche meets Spirit. It has only one path that leads from the outer edge in a circuitous way to the center.There are no tricks to it and no dead ends. Unlike a maze where you lose your way, the labyrinth is a spiritual tool that can help you find your way.
As they say, make a plan and anything BUT will happen. Having a beautiful labyrinth on property has been a dream of ours for years. Finally our dream is coming true! The gears have been moving at The Lodge at Woodloch for over a year to make this unveiling possible. Starting with working with the amazing Katja Marquart to custom design the perfect labyrinth plans. Sourcing the perfect craftsman, Mark Bell of Rock Solid Landscaping to carefully lie each stone. Hand selecting and sourcing pavers that would compliment and not detract from the nature-inspired design of the building and grounds. Leveling the ground to prepare in the fall for a fresh early start in the Spring to make the most of the labyrinth throughout the 2015 year. The plans lined up perfectly. Until, they didn’t. The stones didn’t come in the colors we wanted and new stones needed to be sourced. The ground needed to be re-leveled to be in the perfect location, the spring has not sprung and the ground is still in need of a deep thaw.
But with all of that planning, and re-planning and re-thinking and adjusting it will make walking the Path within the labyrinth that much more gratifying!
Here is a sneak peak of the labyrinth design that will be unveiled Memorial Day Weekend of 2015.
Save the date for:
A Day of Awakening at The Lodge at Woodloch
Labyrinth Unveiling and Workshops- Saturday, May 23, 2015
Join The Lodge at Woodloch as we proudly unveil our new 9 circuit paved labyrinth which has a surface area of over 1589 square feet. The new custom Labyrinth will offer new programming and a serene location for meditation and relaxation hugged by the arms of the forest. Uniquely designed by Katja Marquart, Associate Dean & Head of Interior Architecture at the University of Wisconsin, the Labyrinth features a lotus flower at the entrance and exit of the Labyrinth. To celebrate and commemorate the newest amenity at The Lodge at Woodloch, join us with renowned trainers Veriditas for a day of warmth and wisdom to learn more about the importance of the labyrinth.
- Half day workshop with boxed lunch: $50.00 –
- Choose morning or afternoon workshop session with boxed lunch
- Full day including 2 workshops and boxed lunch: $75.00
Saturday Workshop – May 23 from 9:30 – 12:30 (Lunch will be served from 12:30-1:30pm)
“Seasons of Change: Carrying Our Stories into the Labyrinth”
Veriditas Master Teacher, Jo Ann Mast will facilitate an experiential workshop using the spiraling path of the labyrinth to access stories we carry in our in our memories.
Labyrinth walking with a personal story offers us a way of learning other than the linear, empirical, didactic way of growing and evolving our lives. In this workshop, each participant will sift through memories, using meditation and writing to identify a snippet of a story, a picture, a few words or some sensation. Each will carry this story fragment through the labyrinth pattern. Placing one foot in front of the other, which relaxes the body, quiets the mind and integrates our head and heart. Our stories teach us wisdom and offer avenues to change, grow our lives and enhance personal and spiritual growth.
Box Lunch at the Labyrinth or explore property grounds (weather permitting) created by chef team at TREE Restaurant and Bar
Saturday Afternoon Workshop – May 23 from 1:30 – 4:30pm (Lunch will be served from 12:30-1:30pm)
A Path Less Taken: Ancient Wisdom for Today’s World
PATH, a universal concept we all understand, crosses many cultures and sacred traditions
“It is through the act of trusting the Path, of giving up conscious control of how things should go and being receptive to our inner state, and opened up to a whole new world.”
“Walking A Sacred Path” by Dr. Rev. Artress
This afternoon you are invited to look into your inner being when walking the labyrinth. Ask yourself how or where am I out of sync in my life? Why am I upset over little things? I can’t even think straight.
It’s well known that stress is bad for your health, being one of the major causes of premature aging. It disrupts sleep patterns, alters your metabolism and upsets your hormonal balance. We live in stressful, chaotic times. Scientific research proves when you relax you move out of the stress response. So where are you stressed? How does your stress show itself? Walk your stress away in the winding path of the labyrinth.
It’s no surprise that labyrinths have become a form of meditation for stress reduction and self-reflection. Even people who find meditation difficult often enjoy walking the labyrinth.
To sign up for the 1-day Workshop on Saturday May 23 (am- $50, pm- $50 or both- $75), please contact The Spa Concierge at 1.800.WOODLOCH.
For a more in-depth experience and to earn a certificate as a Labyrinth Facilitator, contact http://www.veriditas.org/ft to sign up for the Labyrinth Facilitator Training from May 23-25 at The Lodge at Woodloch.
Veriditas is a 501c3 non profit incorporated in the State of California in 1995 by Lauren Artress. The word “Veriditas” originated with Hildegard of Bingen and means “the greening power of life”.
Mission: Veriditas is dedicated to inspiring personal and planetary change and renewal through the labyrinth experience. We accomplish our mission by training and supporting labyrinth facilitators around the world, and offering meaningful events that promote further understanding of the labyrinth as a tool for personal and community transformation.
About Veriditas Master Teacher, Jo Ann Mast:
Jo Ann Mast is an International Master Labyrinth Teacher with Veriditas* dedicated to the worldwide labyrinth movement. She is also a founder of the Council of Labyrinths a cooperative of highly experienced labyrinth volunteers. Jo Ann’s life passion is to deepen people’s understanding and experience of the labyrinth, offering them the opportunity to participate in this ancient art form, by walking their own sacred path.
She is a speaker, retreat leader, teaching university and seminary curriculum and consulting with community and church organizations on a variety of major labyrinth projects. Jo Ann leads labyrinth workshops and facilitator trainings in France, Canada and the across the US and served on the Board of Directors for Veriditas during six formative years, a member of Veriditas Council and the US Mountain Regional Representative for Veriditas. Jo Ann resides in Santa Fe New Mexico.