Walking on the retreat center’s paved eleven-circuit labyrinth; slow and meditative, some uneven surfaces. Stretching and movement exercises.
In the San Pedro Center dining room, have what you like from the breakfast buffet with choices such as eggs, cereals, fruit, and a rotating variety of other breakfast foods plus juice, coffee, tea, water.
Our first morning will include a welcome and expert-led overview of the program with readings from various selections on the history and usefulness of labyrinths, as well as works of Joseph Campbell. After a brief break for refreshments, we’ll continue with our second lecture on the ways and approaches to labyrinth walks, labyrinth designs, Chartres, and medieval labyrinths. UNESCO has designated the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres — one of the most completely surviving churches of the Medieval era — as a World Heritage Site. Among its mysteries is the origin and purpose of the famous labyrinth with eleven concentric circles. It is believed to represent the pilgrim’s quest for the right path, requiring concentration and balance to maneuver. Like the labyrinth of Chartes, the San Pedro Center’s labyrinth is an intricate path that leads to the center.
In the San Pedro Center dining room, have what you like from the lunch buffet with a rotating variety of choices including salad and coffee, tea, water.
As a group, we will walk San Pedro Center’s eleven-circuit labyrinth based on Chartres. Afterwards, we’ll share impressions, questions, and comments. Following our class there will be an opportunity for stretching and movement led by a qualified instructor.
Dining room buffet.
We will engage with members of the local community and hear from some of the religious friars who live on the San Pedro Center's grounds. They will talk about their way of life in the Franciscan tradition and answer questions. We’ll then be joined by a local organist who will present an organ recital in our beautiful San Pedro Chapel. The evening will end with time to socialize with fellow Road Scholars, play games, complete a puzzle, or just relax.