Events at the Otto Labyrinth Park

Gatherings, Workshops, and Well Being Services

Join us in the North Carolina Smoky Mountains (an easy drive from Atlanta, GA, Asheville, NC and Greenville, SC) for Labyrinth Walks, workshops, private instruction and more. We also offer on-line classes, including our Certified Facilitator of Adult Learning program designed for anyone, anywhere, who teaches Adults in a workshop or classroom setting

Nancy Gnecco speaking at the Otto Labyrinth Park and giving EFT sessions

On Thursday, March 24th, CLAIM YOUR BIRTHRIGHT OF EMOTIONAL FREEDOM

 

By chance or appointment, Nancy Gnecco, LPC is offering individual half-hour introductory sessions in Emotional Freedom Techniques at Mountain Valley Center from 1 to 4 on Thursday, May 5th.  EFT, a user-friendly protocol that is quickly learned, can expedite resolution of issues that prevent individuals from living the lives of health, joy, and emotional freedom all are meant to live.

The suggested fees are
$60/one half hour, $100/one hour.

Nancy’s experience in EFT – she was there in the beginning! is well worth your time and money. She is able to help you identify the core issue or block and then tap it out. You’d spend far more with far less results with anyone else.

With a 30-year background in teaching and counseling, Nancy has trained extensively in Energy Psychotherapy modalities. She is an EFT Founding Master and a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s Degree in Education. Nancy’s gentle, skilled and compassionate way of working with people facilitates healing at the deepest level of the Being. 

Friday, April 8th, Aura photo Readings with Atena 2 to 5 pm.

Find out what your aura looks like and receive a personal reading with Atena about what the colors mean to you. But there is more to your Aura than just color, Atena’s personal interpretation will help you understand what your aura is telling you and offer advice on shifting problem areas if any arise.

$25 per photo – Cash, CC or Touch-Free via Paypal. No appointment required
Please arrive early to register, allow 5 to 15 minutes per session. Find out more about Atena at PsychicAtena.com

Atena Aura photos at Mountain Valley Center Otto Labyrinth Park

More events are coming soon.  

Events in the Welcome Center by appointment. 

  • Meditation Instruction and General readings are drop in
  • Past Life Regression and Remote Energy Body Balancing. By appt. over the phone.  

Call 888-773-2491 for further information or contact us!

Earth Bag Pavilion

Where the Pavilion Stands as of March, 2022.

earth bag pavilion at the Otto Labyrinth Park

Hi, my name is Jill Henry, and the photo you see is me standing in front of an Earth Bag pavilion in Otto, NC, in 2019 that my husband, Charlie, and I started building. We were excited about offering people a primitive, sheltered building for concerts, workshops, meditation at the Labyrinth Park in Otto, NC.

History: Charlie and I were inspired to build the Otto Labyrinth Park in 1998. It consists of an outdoor 7 circuit Cretan Labyrinth (12 tons of stone) walking path in the center of a 2 acre Park. Walking a labyrinth brings a sense of peace and calm to all who walk it. While the entire path may be viewed, one must be mindful of each step while walking, taking us into our own places of deep peace, insight and healing. In addition to the labyrinth, the Park consists of an old-growth laurel forest (faerie forest), several bubble springs, and a rushing creek. In addition, we have offered gatherings, meditation circles, drumming circles, holistic fairs all outside at the park. That is why we decided to build a pavilion in 2019, to be able to offer more experiences of well-being at the park that could go in despite the weather, including concerts, weddings, workshops, healing circles, women’s circles, men’s circles at little or no charge.
 
Here are just a few comments from visitors to our Park over the years. The Pavilion is for them, not for me.
 

 
  • Thank you for sharing your space with us. We came from Baton Rouge and Atlanta to experience your sacred place. Now we will carry this energy to others. Glenda.
  • I’ve never walked a labyrinth of moss – such gentleness, such care. The bees, hungry, everywhere. The flowers, producing. The water flowing. Our lives and loves unfolding. Our deepest selves, honored here. Thank you. P.F.
  • A calming and peaceful experience. I smiled nonstop! I appreciate the sharing of such a lovely place. Katharine
  • Hi, my name is Amanda. This is my first time here. it was great. I loved every thing very peaceful. Love the sound of water.
  • Today I brought my younger children and one of their friends. They bring so much life energy it is often difficult to stop and reflect, but this is oan ideal place to do so! Blessings to all who come to this place seeking wisdom and serenity. Mother Earth needs us! Retia.
  • With every step I felt this burden of my human body dissipate as my spirit was filled with the blessings of God. Thank you
  • I did a prayer walk in the Labyrinth, blessing myself and everyone I could think of. I prayed for true love and I felt sweet peace here. The wind whispered her answer… Yes, my prayers were heard here. To the caretakers of this place, may you be blessed! Lauren
  • Pondering the mystery of the Resurrection, I look around me and see resurrection every where. All of nature is coming to life again. So may it be for everyone who comes here. from Asheville
  • I arrived here full of anger towards my daughter. Halfway on, I saw the pink quartz stone lying on the “patience” rock, and held it until I returned. I feel much calmer now and enriched in spirit. ready to go back and face my obstacles with grace and love. Thank you for a gentle respite. Elyse
  • Blessed Be to this magical space – receiving my love and returning me to me self my family my world – my niece was born this morning at dawn and I joyously celebrate her birth and the birth of this new beginning – welcome Dannella.
  • walked alone, but really with many. Thank you for sharing. Christy
  • We have been coming here for many years (anniversaries, valentines day, etc). Today we brought our granddaughters for the first time. They love it. Thank you for this. Bill & Becky.
  • Dear Jill and Charlie, We found a winged messenger – he is a fly. We also found a amethyst. This is such a beautiful place! Thank you for making such a wonderful place for everybody to share. Signed, Marissa (& Mama)
  • Enjoyed our wedding here. It was peaceful and thank you for letting us have it here. We will be back.
  • The peace that hath come shall dwell within my mind and ot its work within my breast. My thanks for all, and to all. I shall never forget the cool breeze that caressed me upon my entrance, or the resolution gifted me upon my exit. Carley, Greensboro, NC
 

 
In March 2020 my husband was told that he had less than 20% heart function, among other things, and it was suggested he go on hospice. We had completed what you see in the cover photo, and no more. I am grateful we chose to spend 2020 together. The Earth Bag Pavilion left as it was, untouched. Dying can be a full-time job. Charlie passed in November of 2020.
 
After being married for 40 years to my soulmate, co-creating our metaphysical store and labyrinth park, I was lost. Not only had COVID affected store sales, but I had done only the bare minimum in the store in 2020 while caregiving Charlie. Now that 2021 had arrived, I wasn’t ready to be in it! I always thought that Charlie and I would complete the Pavilion together, so I just ignored it in my grief. And again, the Pavilion sat for a second year, untouched.
 

 
 
During my first year alone, I toyed with the idea of selling the land and walking away to get out of the financial burden of mortgages and funding the Park. I meditated. I prayed. I listened. And I received miracles. The right people showed up at the right time to help me. Now, at 72 years old, I know that I cannot do it by myself, including earning the money to complete the pavilion. After my husband’s death, I did pay down our credit cards, but we have 2 mortgages that we were paying using both of our social security checks. I now find myself starting to build the credit cards back up and it scares me to go into debt at my age. I am seeking doners to complete the building through a GoFundMe campaign at: https://gofund.me/69ac6cf1
 
So, what will your donations be going towards?
 

 
  • Repair some walls that have settled during the past year empty.
  • Finish the cobbing/sealing of the earthbags inside and out. It’s labor-intensive as the diameter of our building is 36 feet and the walls are 8 to 10 feet high. Cobb has to be applied by hand inside and outside, then dried, then a coating of some sort of sealer, usually a limestone mix is applied again to both inside and outside. Since we can not do it, because there is no we, I need to hire help. I’ve found a builder but he is waiting on money for supplies and a crew. The whole thing could be cobbed within 2 weeks with the right crew. (put first layer on, wait a week to dry, then apply the second layer.)
  • After cobbing, the plywood floor needs covered with tiles? carpet? in the path of a labyrinth so visitors with disabilities or visitors in bad weather can still walk a labyrinth.
  • Glass windows need to go in, and the back door leading to a storage building needs built. The storage building has been lying inside the pavilion for a year.
  • A small solar energy generator for inside lighting
  • The minimum estimate for materials and man/woman power is $15,000.
  • And if my a miracle we receive more than requested, the money will go for chairs and cushions and things that will make participants more comfortable when attending a function within the pavilion.
 
In the scheme of things, funding for a Pavilion does not rank close to funding for medical care, funding for the homeless, or funding for loss of home.
 
Yet funding the Pavilion at the Labyrinth Park is funding for a place anyone can go to experience a moment of peace and learn how to bring peace and healling into their lives and the lives of those around them. Peace is what is necessary now in the world. And I know that even if my husband is not here, I need to continue to offer learning and peace to others along the way.
 

I know its up to me now that Charlie’s gone, to find a way to preserve and park and complete the pavilion.
I know I cannot do this without help. Your help.  

There are three ways you can help.
 

1. Donate to My GoFundME campaign.

2. Send energy to the Park and Pavilion, that it may be completed with ease and used by many in their search for happiness and well being.

3. Spread the word about this campaign through word of mouth, social media, and/or your contacts.
 
 Thank you so much for your time, energy and money!

Mountain Valley Pavilion at the Otto Labyrinth ParkJune 2021 Update 

Finished or not, we are beginning programs in the Earth Bag Pavilion at the Otto Labyrinth Park in July, 2021. We started building summer of 2019. Got the roof on and the walls up. But did not get the earth bags cobbed (covered with mud/straw and then lime/straw). 2020 was not a great year for anyone. Charlie, my husband, was dealing with health problems and transitioned into the Light last year. It rained all spring, summer, and fall, so whatever cobbing/mudding we did fell off the walls. And COVID prevented any group help.

Today Rod, our builder and Master Beekeeper and Socrates, who recently moved here from Sedona (see bottom left photo) are finishing the decking required to get into the building. It is huge inside, and cool, and organic and earthy and loving. And unfinished.  In July, 2021 we will start offering Community Drumming Circles and what programming we can do in the unfinished space.

During this summer we are seeking financial or physical volunteers to help us complete the building. Rod is a Master carpenter and wood has gone up 300% from last year. Financial help would be greatly appreciated so we can frame in, screen, and build shutters for the windows. All we have now is a door we purchased last year! Your donations through PayPal will be put to good use!  We are looking for either physical bodies or financial donations to pay for hired labor, to complete the cobbing of the walls inside and outside. We want to “seal” the walls before another winter.  Contact Jill at Mountain Valley Center, 828-369-5698 to be placed on a volunteer list. Or donate at PayPal:



When finished, we see the Pavilion providing shelter for programs ranging from drumming to children’s rock painting, harp concerts to bluegrass bands, weddings to family reunions, sound healing to self-healing events. Any group who appreciates nature, the forest, creek, and lily ponds and of course, the outdoor Labyrinth Park. Fees will be reasonable and proportioned to the event taking place. The Labyrinth Park was established in 1998 and has had thousands of visitors since then, providing sanctuary and peace. The Pavilion shelter has been a long time coming. Let us make its time now! Thank you for reading and spreading the word and participating in our dream.

earth bag pavilionIn May 2019 we began building our Earth Bag Pavilion

The Center is 36 feet in diameter and  built with mixed medium including EarthBag Foundation and Earth Bag low walls with Screened windows and shutters.   The Center is located between the ponds and the Welcome Center store and connected with ramps to the Welcome Center Gift Shop. Aand now have parking on two levels!

The 1,000 square foot building will provide the community with meeting and retreat space, glamping for those who prefer camping inside a structure, and much more. Though not completely finished, the energy inside the Pavilion is incredible. Sitting within earthen walls, with the breeze flowing through the widows (to be screened and shuttered once the cobbing is completed, brings a sense of peace and grounding. It’s purpose is becoming more clear as a perfect balance to the Labyrinth. We see the Pavilion being used by individuals for reflection and meditation, by groups for family gatherings, weddings, and ceremony, by healers for Sound Healing experiences and concerts, and by groups for workshops, support groups, yoga and chi gong classes, and much more.

Even though we’ve had delays this year due to weather, finances and Covid 19, we look forward to offering this to our community in 2021.

Enjoy the Peace, Healing and Well Being the Otto Labyrinth Brings

Otto Labyrinth in 1999The Labyrinth Park is special any time of the year! Come and enjoy the peace of the Labyrinth and Old Growth Faerie Forest from dawn to dusk all year long. In addition, if you have a group that would like to use this space for a retreat, or wedding or family reunion, just let us know. We’d be happy to share our land and resources. Enjoy the space!!!

Location:

Otto Labyrinth Park
43 Shambala Way
Otto, NC 28763
phone: 828-369-5698

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.

Visit our Labyrinth Page for more photos and information!

Visit Foundation for Well Being.org to make your annual donation to support and enhance the Labyrinth Park experience for everyone! Click on the link provided to make your tax deductible donation using PayPal to keep the Park beautiful for all in 2019! If you wish to donate by check, mail your check to the address above!

Or use the PayPal button below to donate to the Park

Mountain Valley Center Services at the Otto Labyrinth Park

Become a Certified Facilitator of Adult Learning today!certified Facilitator of Adult Learning

Jill teaches this one on one course customized to your unique training and instructional situation. In CFAL, Certified Facilitator of Adult Learning, you learn How to Teach, What you Teach. We provide one on one feedback as you learn the skills to develop your in person or on-line training course. Without the Knowledge, Skills and Mindsets, in person and online training become nothing more than show and tell. Create or expand upon a course you teach, ensuring your Adult Learners gain the skills they need from your training, whether its for a work or personal growth.

Feel the Flow Workshop

Feel the Flow drawingFeel the Flow Energy SourceBook Workshop for Meditation, Chakra Balancing and Polarity Energy Balancing with author Dr. Jill Henry. Feel the Flow is an intensive workshop that will provide you with practical skills for Energy Balancing and Healing. The full day workshop gives you the knowledge and practice you need to make a real difference in your life and the lives of those around you.
Based on Dr. Jill Henry’s Energy SourceBook – The Fundamentals of Personal Energy, participants will be guided through in-depth study of 3 major Energy sources – Meditation, Chakras, & Polarity. This workshop is appropriate for all levels of experience, from the novice in Energy Healing to Massage Therapists, Energy Workers and Body Workers.
Join us in Feeling the Flow of Source Energy in your life! **To provide the optimal experience, this workshop is designed for 4 participants**
Offered on site – Call for further information or to book a workshop at your facility. Note: Live workshops will begin again after the Pavilion is complete and when Covid 19 is under some sense of control.

Sample Schedule

Friday Evening

6:30 pm Registration & Pre-Test
7:00 pm 
Welcome & Expectations
7:30 pm 
Meditation as a Tool for Action
9:00 pm Adjourn with optional slumber party in the Pavilion (bring weather appropriate gear)

Saturday
8:45 am Chakra Energy
10:45 am Break
11:00 am Polarity Energy Balancing
11:45 am Lunch (on your own)
optional Otto Labyrinth Walk
1:00 pm Polarity Energy Balancing (cont.)
3 pm  Post-test and Adjourn

Feel the Flow
2022 Dates to be Determined
Tuition (includes materials and handouts) $175.00

For Info and to Resister contact: Mountain Valley Center, 43 Shambala Way, Otto, NC, 28763
Phone: 828-369-5698 Toll Free: 1-888-773-2491

Click here for detailed information on Meditation, Chakra Balancing, Polarity Energy Balancing, and Feng shui based on her international, award winning Energy SourceBook – The Fundamentals of Personal Energy You are invited to spend a day, or a week learning how to balance body/mind/spirit energy through meditation, chakra balancing, polarity 5 element balancing and feng shui.
Private Instruction

Dr Jill Henry offers private instruction in Meditation, Chakra Balancing, Polarity Energy Balancing, and Feng shui based on her international, award winning Energy SourceBook – The Fundamentals of Personal Energy You are invited to spend a day, or a week learning how to balance body/mind/spirit energy through meditation, chakra bala
Certified Facilitator of Adult Learning

About Dr. Jill Henry

Dr. Jill Newman HenryIt all began with my dissertation at the University of Georgia in 1988 titled: Development and Learning for Transformation. After being awarded my doctoral degree, I left my position as a tenured professor of Physical Therapy at the Medical College of Georgia and opened up a metaphysical store (the only one) in Augusta, Georgia called The Relaxation Station. Here I spent the next 6 years learning the practice of metaphysics with over 100 different instructors who taught at “The Station”. In 1994 I moved to the mountains and In 2004 I submitted a manuscript to Llewellyn Worldwide, who “bought” my book, titled: Energy Sourcebook, the Fundamentals of Personal Energy. My book won the prestigious COVR award for best in Alternative Medicine in 2005 and has since been translated into 4 languages across the world. I continue to work part time as a physical therapist and up until now my schedule has kept me from my first love, teaching & learning & sharing with others. I hope you join me in this series of workshops!