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Mountain Dance Lavender in Grand Junction to host open house

Brittany Markert
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Mountain Dance Lavender's labyrinth can be used as a way to meditate.
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WHAT: Mountain Dance Lavender open house

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22-23, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: 2657 Sperber Lane, Grand Junction

COST: Free

INFO: www.mountaindancelavender.com

WHAT IS A LABYRINTH?

Labyrinths provide the gift of time and space for being with oneself; to quiet the mind, cultivate peace, open the soul and listen to our own inner wisdom. Unlike a maze, a labyrinth usually has a single path which carries the walker to the center and out again. Its many turns reflect the journey of life, including changes of direction, transition, some uncertainty, but also discovery and achievement. The labyrinth appeals to seekers of every faith and seekers with no or little faith background. Labyrinths can aid to decision making, illuminate our purpose in life and act as a tool of celebration and thanks.

Source: Mountain Dance Lavender

When Roberta Cole moved to Grand Junction from North Carolina with her husband three years ago, she hoped to turn her passion for gardening into a career.

“Lavender is so beautiful and has so many healing and culinary purposes,” she said. “Gardening is also my passion and my church.”

Attending Palisade’s Lavender Festival, which is put on annually by Lavender Association of Western Colorado, only increased her interest in the fragrant plant.

Cole then decided to grow her own lavender garden, opening Mountain Dance Lavender in 2012 — a lavender gift shop, garden and labyrinth. It is located at 2657 Sperber Lane in Grand Junction. The labyrinth is made up of more than 300 lavender plants. Cole also uses the aromatic flowers to create sachets, wreaths and creations made from Colorado River driftwood. Hummingbird symbols, whether painted or a figurine, are added to each of her products “to represent love and joy.”

WANT TO LEARN MORE?

Mountain Dance Lavender will host an open house on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22-23, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Cole will host tours of the labyrinth, garden and gift shop, which will be open every weekend until Dec. 21.

The open house will also feature lavender tea and snacks along with an art exhibit by Amie Johnson, who designs wreaths, gourd birdhouses and more.

According to Cole, she hoped to create a healing garden on her property — for herself and others to visit. After one of her children passed away 10 years ago, she used gardening and walking her labyrinth as a way to cope.

Her inspiration came from a time she walked a labyrinth in North Carolina 25 year ago. That created a spark to grow her own in the Grand Valley.

For more information, visit http://www.mountaindancelavender.com.


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