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Walking the Labyrinth at Lookout Point, Hot Springs

July 11th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

When Ray and I first talked about building Lookout Point Inn we discussed the possibility of incorporating a labyrinth

Labyrinth in Hot Springs Arkansas

Lookout Point’s Labyrinth

into the landscape. Then, the more we planned the more it became a very necessary component of our design. The labyrinth is a beautiful part of our landscape sitting adjacent to the gardens and breathtaking yet calming view of Lake Hamilton.

The design is the Chartres 11 Circuit Labyrinth. It’s an old design that comes from the 13th century and the original can still be walked in the Chartres Cathedral in France. This design has been duplicated many times in many places all over the world. The experience of walking a labyrinth is meant for all faith traditions and is considered a form of walking prayer and meditation. For me, walking the labyrinth calms my mind and opens my heart.

We’ve had many guests walk our labyrinth during their stay at the inn. We’ve also had weddings, baptisms, Easter Sunrise,  and other services held on the labyrinth. It is such an integral part of who we are,  and it invites those who walk the labyrinth a quiet and reflective journey away from our busy lives. I’d love to have you walk the labyrinth on your next visit to the inn or use the labyrinth to celebrate a meaningful event in your life.

Walking the labyrinth does not demand a great amount of concentration in order to benefit from the experience. The sheer act of walking a complicated path …begins to focus the mind. A quiet mind does not happen automatically. But the labyrinth experience …helps us distinguish superficial extraneous thoughts from the ‘thought’ that comes from our soul level and that each of us longs to hear.  —Dr. Lauren Artress,“Walking a Sacred Path”

Hot Springs’ Labyrinth Inspires Reflection & Poetry

April 7th, 2011 by Kristie Rosset

One of the truly unique features of Lookout Point’s lakeside gardens is the 11-circuit labyrinth.  If you’re unfamiliar with a labyrinth, it is a historic form of walking prayer and meditation.  Unlike a maze, the labyrinth has no dead ends.  Ours is modeled after the Chartres, France labyrinth from the 13th century!

Lookout Point Lakeside Inn labyrinth

The Inn's labyrinth

Recent guest David R., after walking the labyrinth, was inspired to write this poem. We are truly honored!

A Place That Breathes Deeply

A place that breathes deeply that falls off the hill

Dionysus lays waiting to fend off your ills.

You yield to the magic  of natures great feast

And drink in the nectar that quietens the beast.

Alone in the garden the labyrinth stands round

To take you to places without any sounds.

A spot in the center, the middle is thine

The future is here, Yes, eternity shines.

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