For those wishing to join with others seeking personal transformation, Grailville is the home of four groups that meet weekly. All are welcome to attend.
- Spiritual Paths Group of Narcotics Anonymous: Open meditation meeting, Sundays at 7pm at St. Brigid’s. We are a group of recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean.
- Loveland Zen Meditation: Two 25 minute silent periods of seated meditation with 10 minutes walking in between. Optional tea and conversation following. Please plan to arrive by 7:15pm to prepare for the meditation. You are invited to bring a zafu (cushion) and zabuton (mat) if you have your own and would like to sit on the floor. Chairs are provided for those who prefer them for sitting. Monday evenings 7:30-8:30pm at St. Brigid’s. For more details visit: http://www.lovelandzen.org or http://www.facebook.com/LovelandZen
- Being Peace Sangha: Tuesday 6pm, St. Brigid’s
- Grailville Friday morning prayer: 8-8:30 a.m., All Saints Hall, Grailville Oratory
Grailville is nestled in 242 acres of woods, pasture, creeks and gardens. Our trails are available to nature lovers during daylight hours. No vehicles are permitted.
Our one-mile long South Trail leads from the Welcome Center, through woodlands, streams, and pastures, down to Bares Creek. Nature-inspired art, sculpture, and mosaic pieces enhance the journey. Take a moment to rest and reflect on one of our beautiful natural benches. This trail emerges from the woods near the barns and gardens – follow the gravel drive back.
The North side trails offer an opportunity to enjoy a peaceful walk in nature. Approximately a mile and a half in total, you can walk along the fields, by the Grail cemetery and see the modern-art telephone pole sculptures installed in the 1960’s. The path also intersects with O’Bannon Creek, one of the most beautiful areas of Grailville and a favorite for bird lovers. Native plant and wildflower lovers also enjoy the diverse plant life that flourish in the prairies that surround these paths.
- There are 3 Trails at Grailville
- Each Trail is marked with a white and green sign
- 1 Trail on the south side starts behind the Welcome Center
- 2 Trails criss-cross the north side starting at The Ark and The Oratory
- The trails are NOT paved and are NOT flat
- The Trails are open to the community every day of the year during the daylight hours
- There is no fee for use
- Dogs on leashes are welcome to walk with you
- Vehicles are not permitted
- The Welcome Center (open Mon-Fri) has maps, bird guides, plant and tick info, and poison ivy soap available for your use
- There is a kiosk behind The Oratory with north side Trails information
- Thanks to grants from ArtsWave and Ohio Arts Council there are place-based art installations and benches along the Trails
- Thanks to several Eagle Scouts there are benches and places for reflection along the Trails
- The Trails are cared for by volunteers
For more information on the Trails or to organize a group activity utilizing the Trails, please contact Terrie at 513.683.2340 x 225 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Our labyrinth, mown in the grass and 200 feet in diameter, is one of the largest in the Midwest. Described as a Cretan labyrinth, the most universally used labyrinth pattern, its name refers to the Greek island of Crete and the labyrinth there, in the palace of Knossos. This pattern was chosen for Grailville’s labyrinth because it has traditionally symbolized feminine spirituality and the universality of all religions.
Unlike a maze, a labyrinth contains a single continuous path that leads to the center of a spiraling or regularly circling pattern. At its most basic level, the labyrinth is a metaphor for a journey to the center of one’s deepest self and back. A journey to the center and back can provide both opportunity and inspiration for quiet meditation, reflection, prayer, and self-awareness.
Found in almost all religious traditions around the world, labyrinths have re-emerged from the ages as a spiritual tool for creating sacred space, for journeying inward, and for reconnecting with the Earth/Cosmos. Ancient labyrinth patterns, which date back to 4500 B.C., are found in Northern Europe, India, Peru, Greece, and the American Southwest.
Our outdoor labyrinth is available during daylight hours. Meditators are invited to the Welcome Center for labyrinth information, program flyers, and information about the history and mission of Grailville and The Grail.