The Fire Circle
The Fire Circle dates back well into the early 1990’s. Ben Blodgett placed the stones that form the circle according to the pattern he learned in his years of experience traveling with the Rainbow Tribe. Most of the original stones that Ben used to form the circle are still present. Hard to say how many bonfires we have had over the years, but the number is likely to be in the hundreds. Oakwood residents and close friends typically have fires at the summer and winter solstice and the spring and autumnal equinox. Retreat groups are welcome to have us arrange a bonfire at an appropriate time during their stay at Oakwood.
Tending to the campus grounds has always been near and dear to us. It is a reflection of our natural tendency to co-create with the world of plants a place of beauty, grace and ease. We have our own style that is a mix of the wild and the cultivated, carefully combined and arranged into places that call you to “come and see”. We do not seek to be a botanical garden or any other type of garden that others have created in other places. The gardens at Oakwood have their own presence that fits this place and that’s really the point. There is a spirit of the place that we dress and keep. You are warmly invited to come and see!
Megan Biner inspired the creation of the Labyrinth in 2015 and with the assistance of Steve Lange it came into form. It is a replica of the labyrinth in the world-famous Chartres Cathedral, although here at Oakwood, much larger in size.
The labyrinth reflects deliberate principles of sacred geometry, especially regarding the
numbers three (trinity, soul, divine) and four (body, earth, this world). These two numbers can be combined, symbolizing the integration of body and spirit, physical and divine. Added, they give seven and multiplied, they give twelve. Both numbers are important to the Chartres
labyrinth. You are always welcome to walk the labyrinth during your stay, in a group ceremony or in individual meditation. The Oakwood Labyrinth is registered by Veriditas and The Labyrinth Society and has a listing on their World-Wide Labyrinth Locator site: