Otto Labyrinth Park in Otto, North Carolina
A labyrinth is a magical single path maze. A maze has many paths and is essentially a left-brain puzzle. A labyrinth is a right-brain intuition and creativity enhancer. Let the labyrinth answer your questions and bring you peace.
Walk the Otto Labyrinth at Mountain Valley Center.
Between the ponds and the creek, 10 tons of stone have gathered to form a classic 7-circuit labyrinth. It has been placed there for all to enjoy and use.
Park & Benches
View from the Center of the Labyrinth
Welcome Sign and First Lily Pond
Welcome Center, up the drive!
Group Labyrinth Walk
Fire Circle at Labyrinth Gathering
Path Behind Labyrinth into the Old Growth Laurel Forest
See a photo journal of our Labyrinth, draw your own labyrinth, learn about labyrinths history and meaning.
Visit the Labyrinth Park
The Otto Labyrinth Park was open to the public in April 1998. It is made of 10 tons of stone and sits in a high energy spot with a creek on two sides, a pond on the third and a hillside of mountain laurel above.
Mountain Valley Center & The Otto Labyrinth Park
65 Shambala Way
Otto, NC 28763.
Phone Toll Free 888-773-2491
email: Contact Us
The labyrinth is open dawn to dusk. After hour activities must be arranged in advance at Mountain Valley Center. Guided tours of the labyrinth and special group activities must be arranged in advance.
We have established a non-profit organization to facilitate development of facilities at the Labyrinth. Plans include building a "screen house" with restrooms and a fireplace just beyond the pond. Plans have also been drawn up for building several cabins in the woods to accommodate visitors on site. Click below if you would like to help us fulfill these plans by making a tax deductible contribution to the Foundation for Well Being.
FROM THE NORTH - We are an hour and a half drive from Asheville, NC. Cherokee and the Smoky Mountains National Park are 45 minutes away. Drive to Franklin, NC and come south on 441 (towards Atlanta) approximately 7 miles. Turn right on Calvary Church Rd. Turn Left on Shambala Way.
FROM THE SOUTH - We are an hour from Gainesville, GA and 1 & 1/2 to 2 hours from Atlanta. From Atlanta, take 985 to Gainesville, then drive North East until 441 North joins the four lane. Continue on the same road to Clayton, GA and on to Dillard, GA. We are 3 miles North of Dillard. Turn left on Calvary Church Rd. Turn Left on Shambala Way.
If you are using GPS to locate us, enter "438 Calvary Church Rd, Otto, NC 28763". Shambala Way was 438 Calvary Church a couple of years ago, but some GPS systems can't find us yet.
2016 Gatherings at the Otto Labyrinth
Gatherings are held on the third Friday of Each Month. The Welcome Center is open 1-4 pm and re-open at 5 pm on Gathering evenings.
Labyrinth Walks are Healing to Body, Mind and Spirit. We have been offering Group Walks since 2000. When it rains on a Gathering date, we have come inside for some very special healing experiences. This year we are placing the healing experiences into the schedule.
All Heal Sessions alternate with outdoor Labyrinth Walks. During an All Heal session participants learn, give and receive one or more Energy Modalities: Chi Gong, Reiki, CranioSacral and Polarity Techniques, Chakra Balancing, Singing Bowls, Guided Meditations. All Heal Sessions are designed to shift your energy into Balance and Flow. After an All Heal session you will experience immediate sense of Relaxation and Well Being. All Heal Sessions are indoors and begin at 7 pm. You are invited to come early to take a Labyrinth walk and explore the Faerie Forest prior to this All Heal session.
2016 Gatherings at the Labyrinth Park Schedule
- April 15th - All Heal Session - Join us to Shift your Energy into Flow and Balance by learning, giving and receiving group Energy through Reiki, Polarity, Chi Gong, Singing Bowls and more. 7-9 pm in Welcome Center. Come early to walk the Labyrinth and visit the Faerie Forest.
- May 20th - Flower Moon Labyrinth Walk - Join us at 7 pm for our traditional visit to the old growth Laurel Faerie Forest, Group Labyrinth Walk and Energy Meditation in the Center, Fire Circle and Drumming.
- June 17th - All Heal Session - Join us to Shift your Energy into Flow and Balance by learning, giving and receiving group Energy through Reiki, Polarity, Chi Gong, Singing Bowls and more. 7-9 pm in Welcome Center. Come early to walk the Labyrinth and visit the Faerie Forest.
- July 15th - Full Moon Labyrinth Walk - Join us at 7 pm for our traditional visit to the old growth Laurel Faerie Forest, Group Labyrinth Walk and Energy Meditation in the Center, Fire Circle and Drumming.
- August 19th - All Heal Session - Join us to Shift your Energy into Flow and Balance by learning, giving and receiving group Energy through Reiki, Polarity, Chi Gong, Singing Bowls and more. 7-9 pm in Welcome Center. Come early to walk the Labyrinth and visit the Faerie Forest.
- September 16th - Harvest Moon Labyrinth Walk - Join us at 7 pm for our traditional visit to the old growth Laurel Faerie Forest, Group Labyrinth Walk and Energy Meditation in the Center, Fire Circle and Drumming.
- October 21st - All Heal Session - Join us to Shift your Energy into Flow and Balance by learning, giving and receiving group Energy through Reiki, Polarity, Chi Gong, Singing Bowls and more. 7-9 pm in Welcome Center. Come early to walk the Labyrinth and visit the Faerie Forest.
Otto Labyrinth Park
43 Shambala Way
Otto, NC 28763
Gatherings are Free to the public and held rain or shine. The Welcome Center opens at 1 pm and stays open before and after the Gathering. Your tax deductible donations to the Foundation for Well Being.org help us maintain the Parka and provide these services!
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Otto Labyrinth One of a Kind
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THE FRANKLIN PRESS - Friday, March 12, 1999- Section D Page 9
The seven circuit Otto labyrinth park is composed of 10 tons of stone. The labyrinth measures 65 feet in diameter and is approximately a half mile long from start to finish. ( Photo by Johnny Woodhouse)
By Johnny Woodhouse
Not many folks would turn two acres of their private land into a nature park.
Fewer still would encourage strangers to visit the site unannounced.
But that's exactly what Jill and Charlie Henry had in mind when they built their one-of-a-kind labyrinth park in Otto last April.
Unlike a maze, a labyrinth is one clear but winding path to the center. This centuries-old design is one of many that has been revived for the public by churches and individuals such as the Henrys.
Labyrinth walks are reportedly being rediscovered across the country as a tool of meditation. There are labyrinths at St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church in Toco Hills, GA. and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Decatur, GA.
Area labyrinth locations include Leicester and Fairview. During the middle ages, Catholics made symbolic journeys to the Holy City by walking a labyrinth.
The Henrys, who Own Otto Based Mountain Valley Center, said more that 200 people have visited their seven-circuit labyrinth which measures 65 feet in diameter and is a half a mile long from start to finish.
Walkers sign a register after strolling the park, which also includes a tree lined walking path and ponds. The labyrinth is composed of 10 tons of stone, including five keystones of rose quartz at its center.
For the Henrys, building the labyrinth, they say, is a way to share the land with others. There is no charge to visit the site, but contributions to its maintenance and further development are accepted.
Directions to the labyrinth may be obtained by calling or visiting Mountain Valley Center, which is located at 43 Shambala Way, Otto, NC.
What is an Energy Vortex?
An energy vortex is formed in a place where focused thoughts and feelings have gathered in unison of common vibration. Such energy vortexes can often be found at the sites of schools and universities, large companies and organizations, temples, churches and mosques. Wherever people have gathered or an extended period of time in common purpose with powerfully focused intention you will find an energy vortex. Sometimes these groups were drawn to gather at these sites by preexisting man-made vortexes, or by naturally occurring geographic vortexes. Such natural vortexes are often found in mountain ranges and at the confluence of converging bodies of water.
Vortexes are a focusing and pooling of the natural life energy, sometimes called "chi" or "prana." Prana energy flows about us all of the time, but energy vortexes create a situation where the energy becomes focused and magnified in one spot. We are then able to literally steep in the focused energies of the vortex when we go to these places. Being in the vortex can help us more easily achieve a special focus of thought or feeling. Some vortexes are known for healing, or for a profound sense of peace, or for stimulated creativity or endeavor.
Some energy vortexes, such as special temples in India, are known for their ability to help us to break out of negative patterns or karma. These negative patterns keep us set into the same kind of life, the same kind of job making the same range of salary, and the same kind of relationships that we have been experiencing in our lives. These special vortexes can act as a remedy to the negative pattern that has been repeating in our lives. By visiting the vortex, your energy field becomes powerfully impressed by this remedial energy, counteracting the negative pattern and replacing it with a new vibration. Dr. Pillai often organizes through Pillai Center special trips in the fall of each year to such energy vortexes. This year’s trip will be in the south of India to energy vortexes that include water, forests, caves, and temples.
If you are ready to take charge and make powerful changes in the sort of life you have been manifesting, you may like to discover and visit the most powerful energy vortexes where you live, or travel to where they can be found.
Thanks to Dr. Pillai, Pillai Retreat Center for Mind Science, San Diego, CA
Please see attached Map of Otto, NC Energy Vortexes sent to us from John J. (Jack) & Evie Brodbeck. Thank you!!
Article from Rabun Laurel Magazine, May 2008