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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”

Lake Hamilton Wedding in Hot Springs

April 21st, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

On a gorgeous April day, with a perfectly blue sky and slight breeze, Jeff and Tracy exchanged vows at Lookout Point.

Congrats, Jeff & Tracy!

Standing before family and friends, the couple chose the lakeside labyrinth for the site of their lakeside garden wedding.

Tracy’s stylish bridesmaids carried yellow bouquets, and the chairs were also adorned with yellow pom-poms.

Congratulations to the happy couple! We wish you all the best.

There are many good reasons to choose a stress-free intimate wedding. Give us a call, and we’ll be pleased to assist you.

Congrats to Lookout Point’s New Master Gardener!

March 18th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

The typical response for everyone that steps  into our gardens is lots of oohing and aahing.   Our gardens really take your

Glimpse of the gardens

breath away with stunning beauty. Such beauty doesn’t just happen: the gardens were lovingly and painstakingly planned with the help of local landscape architect Liz Frazier.

For years our gardener Pat lovingly cared for “his babies”, as he referred to the many plants and trees. Pat became a dear friend and member of the Lookout Point family. Even as he struggled with chemo and radiation, he still came to the inn to check on “his babies”.

Prior to Pat’s passing in 2011, he hand-picked his replacement: Sonja.  For a full year, Pat taught Sonja the secrets to our gardens.

We proudly announce that Sonja (who does NOT like getting her picture taken), is now a certified Master Gardener.

We celebrate this achievement,

Master Gardener Sonja!

and appreciate all the artistic work that Sonja puts into making our Hot Springs B&B gardens so incredibly beautiful! She is one hard-working woman.

 

Better Homes & Gardens Blog Brags on Hot Springs

February 26th, 2012 by Kristie Rosset

The editor of Better Homes & Gardens Country Gardens magazine,

BHG Country Gardens editor James Baggett

James Baggett recently included Hot Springs, Garvan Gardens, and our inn in the  BHG blog.  It was our honor to welcome James to the inn!He’s been a magazine editor for 30 years, and he is full of life, and great ideas. Rarely one to sit still, when he had a few extra minutes James could be found in our gardens, deadheading flowers.

When James asked if he could re-pot our house plants, I was speechless! Within a week of his departure, our houseplants had all been lovingly tended.

Here’s James’ comments about our Hot Springs B&B:

But the highlight of my too-short visit had to be my impeccable accommodations at Lookout Point Lakeside Inn. Nestled in the Ouachita Mountains overlooking a serene bay of Lake Hamilton, the inn—built in 2003 in the Arts and Crafts architectural style—is surrounded by pretty manicured gardens and pathways and waterfalls that lead to the lake itself, where turtles gently paddle near the water’s edge. Innkeepers Ray and Kristie Rosset have created a labyrinth for guests to explore, above. (Remember, you get lost in a maze and find yourself in a labyrinth.) While I slowly followed the twists and turns of the labyrinth, hummingbirds were busy sipping nectar from the many flowering shrubs and perennials that line the paths that crisscross this idyllic getaway. Like I said, it’s especially comforting to reflect on just such an escape at precisely this time of year.

 

Thank you, James! We would love to welcome YOU to enjoy Hot Springs, Garvan Gardens,  our inn, and perhaps find yourself in our labyrinth.

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.

Muses Creativity Week Enjoys Tea at Lookout Point

April 3rd, 2010 by Ray Rosset

Lookout Point Lakeside In hosted the participants of the Muses Creativity Week for high tea and a labyrinth walk last Sunday.  While sipping on tea and savoring scones, the group delighted to the amazing music of Shana Norton, harpist from Austin, Texas.  This was a first for the inn–the soothing harp melodies wafting throughout.  Shana treated us to one of her own compositions, entitled “Spa Day” written after a day of relaxation at a Hot Springs bath house.   What a blissful moment!

The Muses, under the direction of talented Deleen Davidson, is a creative artistry project, blending fine art, classical music, and creative education.  The Spring Creativity Week embraced art, music, poetry, and dance.   How appropriate to end a dynamic and creative week with a walk on the labyrinth, offering a time of centering and peace.  Thank you, Muses!

Kristie

The Muses

Church Group Meets at Lookout Point, Hot Springs

April 30th, 2009 by Ray Rosset

Companions In Christ Study GroupCompleting the 27-week Companions in Christ study, this terrific group celebrated at Lookout Point with further study, lunch, the sacrament of Holy Communion, and a labyrinth walk.  Thanks to Darby, the group facilitator, for choosing Lookout Point as their site for their final group meeting.  The class presented Darby with a dogwood tree, in thanksgiving for her leadership.

What a joy to have this wonderful group here at the inn for the day!  The inn is a perfect setting for small groups, up to 20 persons, to meet.  The beautiful setting inspires creativity.

Easter Sunrise at Lookout Point Lakeside Inn, Hot Springs

April 12th, 2009 by Ray Rosset

easter-09-001Every Easter, I have the great privilege of celebrating Easter with a sunrise service on our lakeside garden labyrinth. This morning the rains held off until after the service, the birds sang out in loud chorus, and we heard the holy resurrection story from the Gospel of Mark, in both English and Spanish. Guests, staff, and friends are gently invited to the service. Our guests tell us that they feel invited, but not pressured in any way to attend. Some watch the service from their windows, others savor much needed sleep.
A blessed Easter to all!
Kristie Rosset

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