Experience the beautiful landscape of Peacewhisper. Admire the majestic view of the mountains in the distance and glorious sunsets from the canyon rim; walk the cracked red earth trails laden with history and enjoy the smell of juniper berries and pinyon pines; take in the sight of orange lichen-patterned rocks and tiny wildflowers peeking around fallen branches. All your senses will come alive and find wonder and peace in these unique and awe-inspiring surroundings.
Stations of the Cross
The Stations of the Cross, also called the Way of the Cross, is a devotion to the passion of Christ. It consists of prayers and meditations on 14 experiences of Christ surrounding his crucifixion.
The devotion originated in the late 4th century when pilgrims flocked to the Holy Land from all parts of the world to visit the land of Jesus and walk his path to Calvary.
The Stations may be experienced individually or in a group. Feel free to walk, pray, and meditate through this 1/4 mile loop as you wish. A stone bench has been placed at each station for rest and reflection. There are several remaining benches available for sponsorship.
A spiral staircase leads to the rooftop deck, a perfect place to enjoy endless views day or night. During the day you can view:
Mesa Verde, the Uncompahgre Plateau, and Ute, La Plata, and San Juan Mountains in Colorado
The La Sal and Abajo Mountains and Cedar Mesa in Utah
The Carrizo Mountains in Arizona
The Chuska Mountains and Ship Rock in New Mexico
At night, the sky stretches down to the horizon in all directions, offering retreatants a magnificent star-studded display. Some retreatants and all of our family enjoy sleeping on the rooftop deck observing constellations, satellites, and shooting stars.
A labyrinth is a reflective, meditative walk that is different from a maze, with only one way in and back out. Walking the path to the center, moving into our own center, integrating body, mind, and spirit - this is the rhythm of the labyrinth. Walking a labyrinth clears the mind, nourishes the soul, connects us to our intuitive nature, and gives us insight to the spiritual journey.
Added in September 2016, the Sister George Antoinette Rosary Garden is a reminder of her inspiration as a Peacewhisper board member and her enthusiasm for the rosary. She was instrumental in the planning of Peacewhisper, long before a Board of Directors was established.
The garden trail situated a few hundred yards from the main retreat center is a short loop through old growth junipers. The Rosary Garden provides four stops representing the Mysteries of the Rosary - Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glorious. A rusty iron placard displays the five decades of each mystery. A stone bench nearby allows time for reflection. One bench remains available for sponsorship.
The ceramic tiles that depict Christ's life and death were hand painted and donated by Rosario Young of Glenwood Springs, Colorado.
The Rosary Walk was completed in June 2015. Stepping stones representing each bead of a rosary are laid out through trees on this nearly 500 feet circular walk beginning and ending on a 16' cross. The Rosary Walk has been enjoyed by people of all faiths and beliefs and adds another dimension to the Peacewhisper environment.
Each rosary bead may be sponsored in honor or in memory of a loved one.