In the foreground above is the Cal-a-Vie Labyrinth. It's made in Cretan Labyrinth style, a pattern dating back more than 4,000 years, says Rich, who teaches the labyrinth-walking class. He explains the concentric-circle walking path's history and describes its threefold purpose: quiet the mind while walking in, stay in the center until you're satisfied and return to the world on the way out. It's a beautiful afternoon, and I found it a calming and thoughtful process.
The chapel building shown in the distance was originally part of a Carmelite convent in Dijon, France, built in 1615. Cal-a-Vie owners John and Terry Havens bought the building, had it meticulously taken apart and reconstructed here in 2006. It's a beautiful little place, with late afternoon sun streaming through the windows, site for the meditation class and perfect for a small wedding or other event. As Cal-a-Vie grows, imported buildings like this pop up all over the landscape, looking like they've always been here, at home in the southern California landscape.