Yes the Drakensberg has some very special attractions. Awakening Circles near Estcourt have an 11-circuit Medieval Chartres design, 33m in diameter, with a grass pathway. The circle (feminine) within a square (masculine); wind, fire, water and earth in each of the corners with the entrance/exit of the labyrinth in the east – the place of new beginnings.
A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path. The Labyrinth represents a journey to our own centre and back again out into the world. Labyrinths have long been used as meditation and prayer tools.
At its most basic level the labyrinth is a metaphor for the journey to the centre of your deepest self and back out into the world with a broadened understanding of who you are.
Labyrinth walks and workshops are held at every full and new moon, on summer and winter solstices and spring and autumn equinoxes. See calendar for schedule
An approach to walking the labyrinth:
1. Stand at the entrance and affirm some intention for your walk. A generic intention may be “to walk in gratitude for all the blessings in my life”. Some people ask for clarity on a question they have or special blessings for someone.
2. Walk the path and remember that you are going into yourself, to your inner knowing, to any resources that available to you. Let go of thought and control.
3. At the Centre pause. You may choose to say some prayers. You may sit for awhile. Give yourself time to take in the walk to centre and to prepare for the transition out.
4. Follow the path and walk out of the labyrinth. Remind yourself that you are taking whatever you received from your centre out into the world. You are walking out to action. You are integrating as you walk out of the labyrinth.
5. When you’ve completed the walk, turn toward the centre and give thanks.
When walking the labyrinth with a group, you may want each person to enter after the person in front of them is about 10m or so in.
There is not just one way to be with the labyrinth. There is no “right” or “wrong” way. You can make up your own way. You can talk and sing and dance your way around alone, in small groups or all together. You can go right to centre or skip paths. I ask that whatever you do, you honour the land the labyrinth and the people you may be walking with.