Solon-Schwab Labyrinth

A beautifully crafted and sited labyrinth in Iowa’s countryside.

Mary Ann Peters put me on to this labyrinth providing directions from I-380.  Naturally, I came from another direction and entered into GPS only 245 St. Solon, IA.  Somehow, the GPS knew this was the destination and the “voice” announced, “Arrive at your destination in 300 yards.” Stunningly beautiful, eerily quiet in the still fog, emotional.  This would be a perfect setting for a retreat centering on labyrinths.

The way in seemed very long and at one point,noting the path I was on, I confidently stepped out to get a picture.  But, when I stepped back in I miscalculated the circuit I was on and found myself on the way out again, seemingly very long.  So, re-tracing some of the steps, I found the point of “mis-entry” and went into the center.

This has been such a hard month and day.  Head aches which are common around the solstices and the habitual lack of funding for the Nature Center that has Rich very discouraged.  While it is fine for critics to “hate” billboards, it is not like Cedar Rapids or our society is “virginal” in that regard.  So, critics put the kibosh on the leasing of land and $200K, yet where is the money where their mouth is?

I didn’t really seem to be “present” and got lost on the way in and out then simply stepped away and returned to the conference at Kirkwood.  Lessons?  I don’t know. I’m tired.

About marionpatterson

From the Heartland: Marion is a master educator, writer, Veriditas Trained and Certified Labyrinth Facilitator, a member of the Veriditas Council, creator and workshop promoter, and environmental educator. A Holy Fire II Usui and Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki Master Teacher, Healing Touch Spiritual Ministries Certified Practitioner (HTSM-CP), Advanced Integrated Energy Therapy practitioner she seeks to connect with others in their knowledge and spiritual quests. She leads Healing Talking Circles using the principles embraced by indigenous populations and in Restorative Justice Circles. She and her husband, Rich, co-own Winding Pathways LLC and live in Eastern Iowa. "Encouraging people to create wondrous yards." Go outside and Play!
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