A labyrinth is an ancient sacred pattern that has one path, beginning at the outer edge and leading in a circuitous way into the center. The Turtle Haven Sanctuary labyrinth is based on the eleven circuit labyrinth at the Chartres Cathedral in France. Walking the labyrinth allows one to listen deeply within and awaken creativity and the yet undiscovered. The rhythm of walking, placing one foot in front of the other, relaxes the body, quiets the mind and refreshes the spirit. This practice is "highly effective for reducing anxiety and producing what's called the relaxation response," according to Dr. Herbert Benson, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. This practice has the potential to lower blood pressure and breathing rates and decrease chronic pain. Jillian first walked a labyrinth at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco where she trained as a labyrinth facilitator and knew that a labyrinth belonged on the Turtle Haven land.
Guests at The Hermitage are invited to walk the labyrinth at Turtle Haven Sanctuary and experience this ancient healing and introspective tradition.