Moxie ConsultationRae Hight, RN, MA, LMHC

HIGHT'S PATHWAY LABYRINTH


My passion for labyrinths began during a weekend retreat at Harmony Hill in Union at least a decade ago. Melissa West, author of Exploring the Labyrinth, was co-facilitating workshops on personal growth for women. After creating a “finger labyrinth” and walking the rich and centering pathway of Harmony Hill’s largest labyrinth to the center where an ancient cedar tree holds the peace, I was totally hooked!

Public Walks:

You are welcome to visit our labyrinth! Spend 20 minutes or 2 hours. Allow the spiral path to calm your nerves, help you discover something new within yourself, and create a sense of inner joy. Breathe deeply. Smile. Laugh. Journey to the center of your being and return to your world just a bit lighter. Please call to make an appointment.


The creation of our Labyrinth:

March 2008


Though I can’t remember how or when I went from loving labyrinths to wanting one on our property, I do remember the day this spring when I said to my husband, “What do you think about building our own labyrinth?” We were walking the pathways around our property (a dream that was realized during the summer of 2007), appreciating the beauty and peace. After some hesitation, with the expected concerns about cost and time, he said, “Okay, let’s go for it!"

I’m a dreamer, but I really appreciate having input and guidance from the experts. Through a series of contacts, I met Dan Niven (moderndaedalus.com), a man who has been active in the Northwest labyrinth scene for years. Dan helps individuals and organizations create their own labyrinths, whether they are temporary (for specific events) or permanent installations (such as ours). In December 2002, Dan developed NW Labyrinth Enthusiasts, a website that offers information, images and shared resources for all who are curious about, or in love with, “labys.“ Dan and I both serve on the Western Washington Labyrinth Network (WWLN.org) planning committee.

Dan came down from the Seattle area, walked our property and identified a spot that seemed “right.” After my husband viewed it from a general contractor’s perspective (how to clear the area with heavy equipment, bring in dirt, gravel and beauty bark), it was declared “perfect!” Dan created a design that matched the parameters of the land and my vision. And so, the process began!

August 2008

Throughout the next several months, we worked on our little corner of the world. By August, the land was ready for Dan to lay down the basic design. On the evening of August 16, he came out with a line drawing, yellow plastic ribbon and metal stakes. By 11:30 (yes … PM!!).  Our temporary labyrinth had become a reality!  We named “her” EmmaBella and began enjoying the meditative and joyful experience of walking anytime we wanted!

Summer 2009

The final stones were placed in June and we had an official “Blessing” with a gathering of friends.  In mid-July, EmmaBella became officially ready for Public Walks on the 3rd Sunday of the month.  We welcome all who are interested and/or curious to make an appointment and come out to walk, and enjoy, her unique pathway!

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