If you’ve visited Brumley recently, you may have noticed an intriguing new feature— the “Healing Labyrinth.” The labyrinth, located at the intersection of Brumley North’s Stoney Creek and Cemetery Connector trails, is a space for reflection, meditation and restoration. The twisting path you see is not a maze, but rather intended for contemplative walking. It is a work in progress, as we intend to add landscaping elements that will further beautify the space.
The Healing Labyrinth at Brumley North is a gift from Ellie and Bob DeVries and the Kellogg Foundation.
About The Labyrinth
The labyrinth is an ancient pattern found in many cultures around the world. Labyrinth designs were found on pottery, tablets and tiles that date as far back as 5,000 years ago. Many patterns are based on spirals and circles mirrored in nature. One feature labyrinths have in common is they have one path that winds in a circuitous way to the center.
What to Know Before Visiting
- The labyrinth is not a maze. There are no tricks or dead ends. You will enter and exit the same place. It is in full view, which allows a person to be quiet and focus internally.
- There is no right or wrong way to walk the labyrinth, but please be respectful of others.
- As you wind your way toward the center, you may choose to try to let go of the worries of your life or to focus on a problem you are trying to solve. Either way, the act of walking quiets and empties the mind.
- Allow yourself to find the pace your body wants to go. Your pace may change throughout the walk. If you pass or are passed by others, please step carefully to the side.
- At the center, you may stop and allow yourself to receive guidance or clarity.
- As you return from the center, you may be refreshed and have clarity as you return to the activities of the world.
We hope that you find this new way to enjoy nature relaxing and restorative!