Months and months ago, I noticed one of our Northfield neighbors, the Y.A.L.E. School, clearing a patch of land.

Later they brought in what looked like a big truckload of big rocks.

"What are they doing?" I continually wondered.

Finally, in the last week, my questions have been answered.

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By the way, the Y.A.L.E. School is located on Burton Avenue in Northfield. It's "in our backyard" at Townsquare Media, and it backs up to one of my favorite places, Birch Grove Park.

According to their website, the school "serves students 5 to 21 years of age with one or a combination of emotional, behavioral, social, or learning disabilities."

So, what did they build?

It's a labyrinth! For not only the school but the entire community.


(Right now, you're probably thinking, "A labyrinth. What is that? I remember hearing about labyrinths somewhere, sometime...")

Congratulations! You're exactly where I was when I saw the word, labyrinth!

According to Merriam-Webster, a labyrinth is "a place that has many confusing paths or passages: maze."

Not to worry, though, the labyrinth in Northfield has the meaning all spelled out in a nice little sign.

Among other things, the labrinth can be used as a psychological tool "for contemplation and emotional wellness." Unlike a maze, it's not designed to "trick you." There is one path and how you choose to tackle it is up to you.


If you're still stuck and aren't quite certain how to use the labyrinth, there are some tips included on another sign. Basically, though, you're invited to use the labyrinth how you see fit to help you reach "personal enlightenment."


What a cool thing to do for the community, right? I don't know any other town that has its own Peach Labyrinth!

There was an official opening and ribbon-cutting last week:

Kudos to the Y.A.L.E. School for this great addition to our community!

SOURCE: Y.A.L.E School and Merriam-Webster

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