Download an informational labyrinth brochure here.
The Womanspace labyrinth (walking meditation path), located on the heart of our developing prairie, is open to visitors seven days a week during daylight hours (unless it is being used for private functions). Our labyrinth was created by a very devoted team of volunteers between 2000 and 2002, when it was dedicated as a sacred space, available to anyone seeking quiet and reflection. To reach the Womanspace Labyrinth, follow the “prayer ribbon” markers, beginning at the entrance to the woods just off the circle in front of New Dimensions Studios.
Labyrinths have been in use for over 4000 years. Our 11-circuit design is modeled after the labyrinth in medieval Chartres Cathedral in France. The basic design is fundamental to nature as well as to many cultures and religious traditions. Whatever one’s religion, walking the Labyrinth clears the mind and gives insight. It opens a person to a new spiritual experience – the ancient practice of “Circling to the Center.” The rediscovery of this self-alignment tool to put our lives in perspective is an important spiritual movement of our day.
To locate other labyrinths in Illinois, click here.
The Womanspace prairie is a work in progress. It is located “behind” our small pine forest, and is accessible by following the same ribbons that lead to the labyrinth. This acreage is an unspoiled, never-developed part of the original Illinois prairie. Its restoration is a multi-year project that goes forward as volunteers have time and energy to devote to it, removing invasive exotic species and planting prairie flowers and grasses native to this area. Our ultimate goal is a bio-diverse native landscape of prairie and savannah, as well as walking paths that will allow visitors to enjoy this beautiful area. Currently, the prairie is home, at least part of the year, not only to the members of the Grounds Committee and other volunteers, but also to white-tailed deer, a few foxes, a large flock of wild turkeys, squirrels, rabbits, and an occasional coyote.