the participant-leaders of our Winged Women group, a group for survivors of domestic violence who support one another to be thrivers

Chrysalis; Esperanza Shelter – Labyrinth at Esperanza Shelter

Date grant awarded: June 22, 2019

The Labyrinth at Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families Support Center is a circuitous pathway design, that unlike a maze, there are no dead ends or tricks, but the winding pathway leads to the center and back out again. Walking the labyrinth is an ancient practice re-popularized in the last 20 years, proven to facilitate stress reduction, body-mind integration, and centering.

The vision for creating a permanent outdoor labyrinth at Esperanza Shelter is to engage the current residents who are recovering from traumatic situations, and engage the families in a fun outdoor activity that also creates a space for reflection and refuge, as well as a legacy for future residents.