We visited a lovely labyrinth deep in the heart of the forest near Hilversum. Before reaching the labyrinth itself, we spent a few minutes in the special prayer room whose floor to ceiling windows look out onto the labyrinth, a perfect place to meditate and pray before and after walking.
The labyrinth is well tended by its Guardian Cat; he clearly came to welcome and accompany us, but maintained his distance, obviously taking his responsibilities very seriously.
This was a lovely place to open my heart as my feet followed the meandering path. The sense of peace was profound and the gracious welcome deeply appreciated.
Casella is a religious community born from the Sisters of St. Augustine Monica. They provide a place of Silence and Encounter for young people, but happily they welcome even us oldies to walk their beautiful labyrinth. How grateful I am for these few days with Els. She knows just how to welcome me to her home and her country. These are the places that speak to my heart.
As Els says, “we never walk alone.”