Walk a 7 circuit outdoor Labyrinth at the Otto Labyrinth Park in Otto, North Carolina and enjoy our unique Labyrinth Gifts and Services
Labyrinth Gifts and Books
Unique labyrinth gifts include our inspirational Life Path Porcelain Finger Labyrinths, sand blasted Labyrinth Stones, Pewter Labyrinth Plates, pendants, bracelets, keychains and recommended books.
Labyrinth Park Welcome Center
The Welcome Center has all our online gifts, plus one of a kinds not on line; the Healing Room for one on one energy work, restrooms, and special surprises. Come and spend the day in retreat and sanctuary!
The Otto Labyrinth Park, Otto, NC
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. We opened the Otto Labyrinth Park to the Public in 1998. Come walk with us!
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 Faerie Forest
Visit the Otto Labyrinth Park Today!
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
43 Shambala Way
Otto, NC 28763.
Phone Toll Free 888-773-2491
The labyrinth is open dawn to dusk. The Welcome Center is open in the Afternoons Wednesday - Saturday. 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. Your tax deductible contributions help us maintain the Labyrinth Park and help us move forward to provide expanded services. We appreciate your support!
If you have enjoyed the Otto Labyrinth Park and want to support parks like this, please make your tax deductible contributions here.
or mail your contributions to:
Otto Labyrinth Park Fund
65 Shambala Way
Otto, NC 28763
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.
2018 Full Moon Labyrinth Gatherings - Back to our Roots
The first Gathering at the Otto Labyrinth Park was in the Summer of 1998. We had just completed building the Labyrinth, and 5 of us Gathered to walk it, build a fire, drum and sing. Over the past 20 years we have offered Gatherings throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall. Sometimes 5 people attend, other times 60 people come. Always the perfect number for the Energy that's needed at the time.
This year we return to our roots -the original Labyrinth Gathering We will meet at 7 pm at the Labyrinth. A brief visit to the Faerie Forest starts the Gathering, followed by a group walk to the Center of the Labyrinth. At the center a guided meditation allows us to lift our Energy in service of the World as well as ourselves. We then walk out to sit around the fire, drumming, talking and sharing as the night approaches and the moon comes out.
Gatherings are always Free. We do appreciate any love offerings you make to support the maintenance of the Park.
So plan to join us this year. What the world needs now is the Energy of Peace and Renewal. We are pleased to offer a place to connect throughout the years.
2018 Labyrinth Gathering Schedule
Saturdays, 7-9 pm
Note: Gatherings are held on the Saturday closest to the Full Moon
May 26~ Flower, Milk or Dyad Moon
|Flowers come into full bloom and corn is ready to plant.
Actual Full Moon Date is May 29th
June 30 ~ Mead or Strawberry Moon
|In late June the meadows, or meads, were ready to be mowed for hay. Also called The Strawberry Moon, as Strawberry picking season reaches its peak during this time.
Actual Full Moon Date is June 28th
July 28~ Hay or Buck Moon
|Hay is gathered to be dried and stored. and deer start growing velvety hair-covered antlers in July.
Actual Full Moon Date is July 27th
August 25~ Sturgeon or Barley Moon
|Sturgeon are most readily
caught during this month. It was also called the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon. Persephone, virgin Goddess of rebirth, carries a sheaf of barley as a symbol of the harvest.Actual Full Moon Date is August 26th
September 22~ Corn or Harvest Moon
| Harvest Moon, occurs closest to the Autumn Equinox. The chief Indian staples of corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and wild rice are now ready for gathering.
Actual Full Moon Date is September 24th
Otto Labyrinth One of a Kind
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!!