Walk the paths
Refresh your soul in nature
Exploring Benet Hill
Renew your spirit and quiet your soul while exploring contemplative prayer sites and meditative paths throughout the grounds. You are welcome to seek the Divine on your own while in the serenity and beauty of this wooded setting.
You are welcome to walk the prayer paths and Sites during daylight hours
Take a meditative walk to assist you on your journey to inner peace and understanding. During the Middle Ages, when it was not possible to complete a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Christians used the labyrinth to fulfill their obligation. A labyrinth has only one path into the center and back out. Our outdoor labyrinth incorporates the Ponderosa pines and the undulating forest floor.
Allow 30 – 60 minutes to walk the labyrinth. Let it nurture your relationship with your God, yourself, and others.
On July 15, 2000, friends, oblates, family, community and retreatants gathered to joyfully and prayerfully build the labyrinth. In September 2000, the labyrinth was dedicated in memory of Becky Reichardt, a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, teacher and faithful friend to the Benedictine Sisters.
Meditate on the beauty and wonder of creation in the Zen garden. These gardens are places set apart, to appreciate the wonders of everyday things, liberate the imagination, nourish the soul, and be in touch with our Creator. More than 600 years ago, the Zen priest-gardeners of Japan developed simple techniques to create visually stimulating outdoor environments—oases of peace and serenity.
The Zen garden was the first meditative site developed at Benet Pines and was dedicated to Sister Mary Agnes McPhee. Prior to her death, Sister Mary Agnes spent her days on earth at Benet Pines tending to the needs of retreatants, and her own community and monastic spirit. Her life was devoted to goodness and walking lightly, as the plaque on the boulder within the garden suggests.
When you're done exploring outside, come on in
Whether you’re grabbing a sticky cinnamon roll on a Sunday morning or looking to pray with a sister, we’ll meet you where you are—wherever you are.