The Labyrinth at Adams Farm
Take a walk in the woods and discover the labyrinth at Adams Farm! A labyrinth is a meditative tool used for contemplative walking that consists of a long path that continuously doubles back on itself, bordered by stones, low hedges or walls. However, unlike a maze where you might lose your way, a labyrinth helps you find your way.
The labyrinth at Adams Farm is located near #106 on the Blue Trail, a short walk off the trail to the right at #107 (not shown on the trail map), about 10 minutes from the parking lot. Look for the labyrinth signs on the trees, follow the path into the woods, and you’ll soon see the labyrinth tucked into a clearing on the right.
The labyrinth was the brainchild of Jessica Lastarza, a FOAF board member interested in meditation. Jessica invited Sandy Cardinal, a labyrinth designer from western MA, to visit Adams Farm to take a look at the site in the woods that FOAF had chosen for the labyrinth. The goal was to create an inconspicuous labyrinth made of natural materials that would blend in with the setting and be easy to maintain.
The paths of the labyrinth begin to take shape.
Working with the exact dimensions of the space, Sandy designed a 5-circuit labyrinth that fit the site perfectly. Volunteers returned to the site later to rake the paths of the labyrinth and line the walls with small rocks.
Come check out the labyrinth at Adams Farm and feel free to bring along a rock or two of your own to add to the walls!
(For those interested in walking a larger labyrinth, visit Sandy Cardinal’s Johnson Hill Farm in Buckland, MA. There she has created an 11-circuit labyrinth on a gently sloping hillside featuring many types of lavender, herbs, wildflowers, field grasses and ferns, open to the public by appointment. Find out more at https://www.lavenderland.net.)