Surrounded by 20 acres of vines and Olive trees on California’s Central Coast, Allegretto Vineyard Resort has created what they are calling the “World’s First Sonic Labyrinth.”
Via a news release, the 171-room luxury resort in the Paso Robles wine region of California announced that the creation of Sonic Labyrinth Sound Circle” designed to provide guests a tranquil space with a distinctive series of sounds created by wind instruments. It deepens the resort’s wellness offerings
According to proprietor Doug Ayres, the Sonic Labyrinth utilizes music and space as a way to compel guests to slow their pace and become more mindful. As a symbol of life’s journey, a labyrinth is an archetypal pattern that leads one along a single, meandering path to a center point – the center being a metaphor as well as a physical spot. Labyrinths provide an opportunity to free the mind at one’s own pace, by incorporating sound into the experience.
Activated by motion sensors, the Sound Circle creates a series of soft, soothing tones that evolve as one walks through the labyrinth, cultivating a sense of relaxation and focus, while an intentional central null space creates an added sense of grounding.
Guests will hear the unique sounds of vessel flutes known as The Innate; these original handcrafted wind instruments made from European clay, have three chambers that impart an unusual harmony. “The idea is not to have a musical melody exactly, but to have different notes of harmonic sound to help evoke various emotions, ultimately creating a calming state of mind through this transformative experience,” said Ayres.
The award-winning hotel also offers a European-inspired spa, Chära wellness program, individually selected and purposefully positioned art collection by Ayres throughout the resort, peaceful garden walkways and French-inspired Abbey. The custom-designed Sound Circle exemplifies another way Allegretto seeks to foster a serene, contemplative environment for its guests.
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Travel to Wellness editor Anne Dimon visited a few years ago for this story on Allegretto Vineyard Resort