Labyrinth in the Woods, Brunswick, Maine

November 17, 2015

Recently completed is a Labyrinth in the Woods, a joint project of First Parish Church (UCC) and the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust. Ellen is a member of First Parish, and I’m a Board member for BTLT.  We walked the labyrinth this morning.

The Labyrinth in the Woods is a community resource in honor of Susan Fitzgerald, a long-time director of Christian education for First Parish and a long-time supporter of BTLT. It has been a joy being part of the group planning this.Version 2We will do a proper dedication in the spring, but it’s open now for use.  Located at Crystal Spring Farm (a land trust project) on Maurice Drive in Brunswick, Maine, here’s the text of the sign at the entrance to the Labyrinth:

This Labyrinth in the Woods provides opportunities for meditation and spiritual practice in a natural setting. It is open to all people.

The ancient practice of walking a labyrinth has been known to nearly all cultures and religions across the globe. Many find that taking a journey to the center, following a path, stills the mind and opens the heart. Some use walking a labyrinth simply for relaxation. Others use it in prayer. Still others use it in meditation to seek a deeper tranquility.

The Labyrinth in the Woods uses a seven-circuit design.

Marked with stones, the path is to be walked deliberately. A single path winds its way into the center. It is not a maze; there are no dead ends. Use the same path to return.

Those walking the Labyrinth will appreciate quiet.  No dogs, please.

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About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).
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One Response to Labyrinth in the Woods, Brunswick, Maine

  1. A very fine collaboration.
    The world needs more intentional spaces like this.
    Well done all.

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