2005 Season

Litchfield, CT -- Contact: Janet L. Serra For Immediate Release 860-567-4506 lhcvbnwct@aol.com In a troubled world where many people are seeking a sense of direction, a Litchfield County spiritual retreat has a partial answer: the paths of a labyrinth. Wisdom House, an interfaith center in Litchfield that has been called "a resort for the spirit," draws many to walk the 40-foot-wide, seven-circuit paths of a circular labyrinth, an ancient symbol of the spiritual quest. The sandy paths edged with brick and rocks from an old stall provide an opportunity for quiet reflection and meditation, a chance to come to peace with one's thoughts and feelings. The labyrinth is intended as a physical path to a spiritual place. Common in medieval cathedrals, such designs are rare in the U.S. The design is not a maze; the paths lead right to the nine-foot-wide center so you never have to wonder where you are going, according to the designer, Litchfield architect Barbara Putnam. She researched famous labyrinths such as the one painted on the floor of Chartres Cathedral in France before completing her plan. Set on 54 acres of meadows, woods and brooks, Wisdom House began as a Catholic convent but has evolved into a Retreat and Conference Center, a place for women and men who wish to seek and learn in a contemplative environment. Still a ministry of the Daughters of Wisdom, it offers indoor and outdoor sanctuaries for meditation, prayer, creative thinking and spiritual development for individuals and groups of all faiths. The program includes guided spiritual retreat weeks and weekends as well as retreats for writers, and special talks, programs, discussions and art exhibits. The center has been used for meetings by many religious groups as well as by businesses from the Visiting Nurse Association to banks, the Golf Digest editorial board to the Yale Drama School. Labyrinth Morning Retreats for the public, with a video introduction, labyrinth walks and refreshments will be held May 22, June 12 and 26, July 10 and 24, August 12 and 28, and September 4 and 25 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. Phone 860-567-3163 for reservations. To learn more about Litchfield activities and to receive a free copy of UNWIND, a 40-page color guide to lodging, dining and all the activities in the Litchfield Hills, write to the Litchfield Hills Visitors Bureau, PO Box 968, Litchfield, CT 06759, call (860) 567-4506 or visit their web site at www.litchfieldhills.com.