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Spiral Journeys: Finding Ourselves on the Labyrinth of Life

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Spiral Journeys: Finding Ourselves on the Labyrinth of Life

  • Inn at Mountain Quest 303 Mountain Quest Lane Marlinton, West Virginia, 24954 United States (map)

The labyrinth is a winding, spiral path with many twists and turns. As such, it is a metaphor for our many-layered lives. 

It is also a metaphor for trusting the path.

Where are you on your journey through the labyrinth of life? Have you lost your center? Do you need to unwind? Perhaps you've reached a turning point—there are lots of them in the labyrinth!

Join Catherine and Tamela Rich for a three-day exploration of the labyrinth of life in West Virginia's Inn at Mountain Quest over Labor Day Weekend. There, nestled behind the Inn, awaits a Seven-circuit Classical labyrinth (pictured above).

What's in store during this retreat

We designed Spiral Journeys to help you access your inner wisdom and insight as you decide where your next steps will lead. Using photography, storytelling, SoulCollage®, the labyrinth (and more), you will connect to the rhythm of the natural world of which you are an integral part. This exploration will encourage contemplation and creativity as you expand your boundaries in solitude and in community. This is an opportunity to stretch your soul as you listen to your intuition and explore and embrace the mystery of this journey of life. 

Please arrive any time the afternoon of Friday, September 4 and settle in. We'll gather for dinner and get to know each other that evening. Checkout is noon September 7 (Labor Day).

Retreat Schedule

Each day will be designed to help you discern you next step as we explore:

The Mountain Quest labyrinth
Encounters with the natural world (Mountain Quest is a 450-acre farm)

Three daily sessions

We will have a morning and afternoon session each day and a community gathering time each evening. Evening gathering time will be for sharing and maybe even songs around the baby grand piano; weather depending, we'll go out and play with orbs and myst (see Tamela's post on that here). There will be plenty of creative projects, yet Spiral Journeys not about mastering a new skill or technique; it's a retreat. A time to go inward as the spirit moves each of us with the support of the sessions, the facilities, and the community.

Journey at your own pace

Catherine and Tamela will kick off each "official" session and then support our guests as their intuition leads them. We don't want folks to feel like it's summer camp ("this morning we're making a widget") or that everything we've planned is required. We will provide you with meaningful content and inspiration, and also allow time and space for your own rhythm and intuition to unfold.

About Mountain Quest

In a valley of the beautiful towering mountains of West Virginia, the Inn At Mountain Quest is a tranquil retreat from the ordinary. Centered on 450 acres, the family-owned and -operated Inn centers around a quaint 1905 farmhouse. A separate modern wing offers 12 uniquely themed guest rooms with common areas such as a recreation center, jacuzzi and sauna. The library holds over 10,000 volumes and a baby grand piano. On the second floor, the community room holds 2500 DVDs, a pool table, video games and a doll house. Spiral Journeys a retreat. There will be plenty of structure for those who want it and plenty of flex time for those who want to go their own way. You can read about Tamela's recent visit to Mountain Quest in this post.


$875 Per person based on double occupancy



Use of all facilities at Mountain Quest Inn
Art materials
Three nights double occupancy lodging at Mountain Quest
Friday dinner
Saturday and Sunday breakfast-lunch-dinner
Monday breakfast

What is Not Included

Travel costs to Mountain Quest Inn, Marlinton, West Virginia
Personal items
Alcohol - Alcoholic beverages will be added to your tab upon checkout.

About Catherine Anderson and Tamela Rich

The author of The Creative Photographer and Journaling the Labyrinth Path, Catherine teaches at retreats in Italy, France, Ireland and South Africa, as well as in her studio in Charlotte, NC. Catherine is a Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator and SoulCollage® Facilitator Trainer. She believes that the creative process helps us remember what we have come to earth to do, and loves helping others discover their own path to meaning. 

Tamela Rich is a traveler whom Providence has placed in the path of souls whose journeys inspire us on our own. She has shared lunch with a homeless Vietnam veteran, encountered a man walking across America before he went completely blind, and interviewed eighty-year-old motorcycle-riding grandmas. Tamela is the award-winning author of Live Full Throttle: Life Lessons From Friends Who Faced Cancer and the forthcoming Lessons from the Road: Pack Light, Travel Slow, Connect Deep. Her website is

Tamela has a great interview and article about the area around Mountain Quest Inn and the Myst photography experience here.