We could not have picked a more splendid day to tour the labyrinths we know in Cedar Rapids area. Ina, Lea and I met at noon at Prairiewoods and walked past amazing prairie grasses and forbs to the classical labyrinth. We shed our shoes and began to walk the sand. Lea found a large turkey feather and I found a couple of small ones to leave in the center. Again, the cool sand contrasted with the warm sun-soaked sand. The crickets chirped, the goldenrod and deep blue sky surrounded us.
At Regis Middle School, where Lea’s kids attended, we paused to see the different style of the Labyrinth – Seven circuit. I simply mentioned to look around as they walked as there is something neat about the circuit. They discovered the words on the bricks. Very cool. The arrangement is a slightly perceptible dome – rising to the middle. This path is more hard packed and overlooks the City and upper First Ave.
On to my house via round about due to construction. I am glad I mowed the labyrinth last night because it made the features stand out more. I explained how I came to do this, what the plants are and about the border that will be/is prairie plants. They loved the entry way with the stepables, laughed about the rocks (Honkin’ Welcome, and Sparkly as well as “Marcus”, “Triad”, and “Rustle”. )
Ina said that she had a different feel at each place: Prairiewoods felt meditative, Regis spiritual, and 1080 natural with the flowers and grasses. Then, we sat out back and visited over tea and the wonderful cheeses now available at HyVee and, of course, New Pioneer. They liked the Armenian String cheese! They like my idea of the Autumn workshop next year and the elements I am considering. Now, for me to discern and invite just the right mix of “cooperators” to help make this happen.
What a pleasant day.