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Get Centered in Tucson

Posted on August 30, 2013

One of the more distinctive features of our Sonoran Spa is the Labyrinth, blessed by an Elder of Tohono O’odham. The spiral is based on a traditional Tohono O’odham motif, known as “The Man in the Maze,” which you may recognize from hand-woven baskets, silverwork and pottery.

One interpretation of the “Man in the Maze” involves I’itoi, the ancestral founder of Arizona’s Tohono O’odham and Pima tribes. I’itoi’s spirit lives at the top of Baboquivari Peak, a 7,730-foot monolith southwest of Tucson. As the story goes, the spiral is Iitoi leading his followers on a merry chase back to the mountain, tracing and retracing his steps.

Baboquivari East Side TucsonBaboquivari (bah-boh-KEE-vah-ri) remains remote even to locals, because it is one of the few summits in Arizona that can be reached only by technical rock climbing, which requires anchors and other equipment. (You can also think of Baboquivari as the mystical cousin to Kitt Peak, about 10 miles away, which offers such a majestic view of the stars that it hosts observatories, including one run by the Vatican.)

Labyrinths are found in many cultures, because humans have always looked for answers, at first in nature and eventually within ourselves. Put another way, who hasn’t ended a long week feeling utterly lost in the maze?

Even if your biggest journey here is from pool to spa, you can still enjoy our labyrinth. It’s a reminder in stones and sand to take things at your own pace, that life is seldom the straight-line dash it seems to be. After all, if you’re going to relax and head back to your center, a serene space amid 80 acres of desert seems a pretty good place to do it!