Labyrinth at Mt. Washington

edge of the labyrinth

At the Labyrinth's Edge - 2010

Estate Mount Washington in the lush tropical hills of northwest St. Croix contains the ruins of an old sugar plantation and rum factory. The current owners have cleared the bush from around the ruins and invite visitors to come explore the park-like grounds. Amid the ruins is a labyrinth. All are encouraged to walk it in contemplation and thanks.

A labyrinth is an ancient symbol and meditation tool. Unlike a maze which has many twists and turns, dead ends and false paths, a labyrinth has only one path into the center, and the same path back out again. The journey to the center is a metaphor for one’s own journey to their center and back out into the world.

The Mount Washington labyrinth is laid out with smooth and interesting local stones on a bed of soft wood chips. In the center is a bleached brain coral stone surrounded by several beautiful heart shaped stones, one of which forms the background for the image below.

center of the labyrinth

At the Labyrinth's Center - 2010

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16 Comments on “Labyrinth at Mt. Washington

  1. I didn’t know there was a difference between labyrinths and mazes … I just thought people used the word labyrinth in spelling contests and David Bowie movies.

  2. Hi planetross! I never knew the difference either, until it was expalined to me by a little sign when I visited this labyrinth. Makes some sense though. Thanks for visiting while on hiatus!!

  3. I once knew a guy who could recite the whole labyrinth movie by heart. My wife nick-named him, “Rainman”.

    The first image looks so lush and 3D, that it could be a photo of a decorative sculpture.

  4. It would be nice to have a Labyrinth here. Rich colors and great shapes. I’ve heard there is a very nice Labyrinth in Maui. The second image is pearly like a stained glass window, soothing.

  5. Thanks razzbuffnik! In a way, the labyrinth was a sculpture, laid out on the ground with different materials and textures, hard and soft, smooth and rough.
    Being able to recite an entire movie seems a strange use of one’s personal RAM…

  6. Thanks for your visit, Starla, and the mention on your blog! Mauai would be just the place for a lovely labyrinth experience. If you walk it slowly and contemplatively, the center is a peaceful and soothing place to be.

  7. Thanks so much, Nancy, for the links to the Maui labyrinth. I’ll make sure Starla from starlaschat sees them. The Maui “Sacred Garden” looks lovely and reminds me of what you have done with your beautiful property here on St. Croix. A real gift to those who find it!

  8. That was wonderful to be able to see the labyrinth in Maui. Thank You Nancy! I appreciated seeing the Website. My Father walked the Labyrinth in Maui, it was nice to be able to see and read and learn more about the experince. The orchicd and succulents page was also nice to see. Thank You!

  9. Oh Good I was hoping for a link to visit and look at the Mt. Washington Labyrinth. Congratulations Nancy for being featured, wonderful. I off to the link!

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