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10.27.13 … “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” …

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Crossnore School Labyrinth, Crossnore NC, 2013 Labyrinth Walks:

Wow this is the quirkiest labyrinth ever!  But I loved it …

After entering the garden I noticed the butterfly bench and the rabbit pointing the way.

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And on the dedication marker, a great quote …

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”

― John Muir

It has what looks like church windows setup at one side.  They are made of wrought iron.

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Through the “windows” are overlooking a fun sculpture of children and a dog walking across a large log.

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There are multiple water features around the labyrinth and one in the center, in addition to the small stream that goes under the log sculpture and feeds under the labyrinth and which you can hear while walking the labyrinth.

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The barriers of each quadrant are actually large planters.  I have never seen this done before and I really like it.

Because it is fall, the labyrinth is covered with leaves, and as I walk, I hear the rustling of the leaves.

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There are 4 benches, one on the perimeter of each quadrant. The bench closest to the entrance has my favorite quote: “Be still and know that I am God.“ Psalm 46:10

I notice that on the bench on the opposite side there is another quote that is often found at labyrinths: “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.”  Psalm 119:105

I look around for the 3rd bench.  It has the quote: “Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” Psalm 30:5

And on the fourth bench … Deuteronomy 30:16: “Love the Lord your God. Walk in his ways. And keep his commandments.”

When the labyrinth path takes you between the barrier planters, it feels playful …

On the periphery is also a small outdoor fireplace.  It would be great fun to walk on a cool evening with a fire burning.

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I would love to see this labyrinth when the garden is in full glory but it is still a wonderful experience in the fall.

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And this is a great post about the Crossnore labyrinth and walking labyrinths in general.

At its most basic level the labyrinth is a metaphor for the journey to the center of your deepest self and back out into the world with a broadened understanding of who you are.

via Life in the Carolina Mountains: Crossnore Labyrinth.


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