Duluth, MN, is home to at least three labyrinths all registered on The Labyrinth Locator page of The Labyrinth Society’s website. For the past few years I have led walks for Outdoor Writers of American Association members and spouses/partners. The curious and seekers join me.
In June five pilgrims paused in their busy days and walked two challenging labyrinths. The McCabe Renewal Center houses a simple grass mowed labyrinth to the side of the large home. The design is unusual and because it is all grass, walkers had to pay attention to the height of grass to stay on the path. They all did well. Initial tentativeness gave way to confidence as each walked. Birds sang gloriously, the wind whispered in the evergreens, yet for one pilgrim, “Time stood still.” For another walker, an issue began to take form and the resolution clarity.
The Forest Hill Cemetery labyrinth is located near one of the buildings and unfortunately, at this time, was in need of weeding and resetting of some stones. I opted for us to not visit this time because I wanted the novice walkers to have an optimal experience. The manager of the cemetery was kind in his reply to my concern and said hiring adequate crews has been tough and they will get to the needed care. It can be a lovely place for those grieving and to see it taken care of will be encouraging.
Holy Rosary School labyrinth is set overlooking Lake Superior in Duluth. This unusual design has at least two ways to enter and then a set of ways in the shape of a + to access the center. Each walker found her own way in and out. This was a challenge to be individual, have confidence and then return with serenity.
The wind whipped past us, the Lake sparkled, children played in the nearby playground and some teens bounced and tossed basketballs on the court down below. Although I did remind people that outside noises can be a distraction, we also have a choice to perseverate or allow to pass by us and just accept.
One walker could not concentrate with the external noises. Another entered and left by different entrances and exits and a third found increased clarity in her situation. She plans to walk another labyirnth close to a family homestead and simply put out to the Universe the situation and ask for openness and guidance.
Overall satisfying and I introduced to two long time Duluthians these amazing resources in their home town.