Labyrinth connects mind, body and soul

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Monday, June 11, 2012
What it is: Construction is nearly complete on a healing labyrinth at Earthsong Books and Gifts, 2214 Kennedy Road, Janesville.

Julie Dieterle, a physical and massage therapist who has been taking classes at Earthsong for years, is sponsoring the labyrinth along with the Friends of Earthsong.

The labyrinth is a seven-ring path that leads walkers to its center.

"Walking the path can be a meditative process for people with thoughts, questions and issues that they are contemplating," Dieterle said. "Often, the labyrinth will help them heal and find answers."

The 50-foot by 50-foot labyrinth should not be confused with a maze, which Dieterle said often has dead ends that don't fit with the labyrinth's purpose.

Its construction has required more than 1,000 bricks, 26 cubic yards of sand and 20 cubic yards of crushed red granite.

For that, she's especially grateful to Diane Witte and her husband, Jim, for their work.

"We've had them before, laid out with ropes, but this one will obviously be much more permanent," she said.

The path, she said, will help walkers enhances inner peace, engage self-knowledge, open intuition and balance the body, mind and spirit.

The labyrinth will be open to the public from dawn to dusk.

A dedication is planned for 2 to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 23, with a ceremony at 3 p.m.

Earthsong is accepting donations to pay for the labyrinth, and a silent auction is planned for the dedication June 23.

For more information, call Earthsong at (608) 754-3933 or visit earthsongbooksandgifts.com.

Last updated: 8:48 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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