Due to the recent COVID 19 Pandemic, Great River Outfitters has made changes to our operating policies and procedures to include the Path of Life Sculpture Garden.
All admission to the Path of Life Garden will be taken outside at the Path of Life Garden gate.
The Path of Life Garden gate is located on the south side of the Great River Outfitters barn facing Harpoon Brewery. There are signs to direct POL Garden traffic from the front/ main entrance to the side/south entrance.
An attendant for POL Garden will be at the south gate from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm each day to assist you.
Masks are not required in the POL Garden. However, we encourage all POL Garden visitors to wear a face mask/cover and follow social distancing guidelines as mandated by the CDC.
Port O’ Potty’s are available at several locations in the POL Garden where sanitizing spray is available at each location.
Port O’ Potty’s are kept clean and maintained frequently during the summer season.
The GRO/POL gift shop is open for business during our normal operating hours. Masks are required to enter the building. Entry to the gift shop is at the main entrance of the GRO building. To exit the main building you must use the back door and then exit out the gate. This helps reduce traffic inside the building while encouraging a one way flow of traffic through the building.
The Path of Life Garden is a crafted landscape open to the public in Windsor, Vermont. Visitors experience the story of the great circle of life while traveling through sculptures of varying sizes and materials. Inspired by a famous garden in Europe, these eighteen works of art symbolize the journey from birth to death and beyond. Since its conception in 1997, the garden has grown on its own path, providing space for recreation, relaxation, contemplation and realization; making it a great destination for families looking for fun things to do around Quechee, Woodstock, and Hanover. The path is also home to some of a 5+ mile trail network, groomed in the winter for dogsledding, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
The garden is located in a 14-acre of field of trails, wildflowers and open spaces on the banks of the Connecticut River. It is enjoyed by people of all ages and was recently featured in Vermont Life and Pastoral Magazine.
Birth ~ Adventure ~ Hill of Learning ~ Tree of Wisdom ~ Hope ~ Creativity ~ Union ~ Family ~ Community ~ Solitude ~ Ambition ~ Sorrow ~ Forgiveness ~ Joy ~ Respite ~ Contemplation ~ Death ~ RebirthYOGA ACTIVITYEighteen works of artBirth ~ Adventure ~ Hill of Learning ~ Tree of Wisdom ~ Hope ~ Creativity ~ Union ~ Family ~ Community ~ Solitude ~ Ambition ~ Sorrow ~ Forgiveness ~ Joy ~ Respite ~ Contemplation ~ Death ~ Rebirth CLICK HERE TO READ The Story Behind the Path of Life Garden Famili Click here to read Path of Life Garden Guide & Map Familiy FunThe Garden is a fun destination for families visiting Vermont. Kids love running through the 800 tree hemlock maze and skipping through the stone labyrinth. Grandparents love bringing their grand children back year after year to see what is new and what has stayed the same. More than anything else, the Path of Life is a place for reflection and appreciation.In addition to being a great place to bring kids, the Path of Life is a unique setting for reflection and rejuvenation. For many, it is a place to mark a special event like a wedding, birthday or anniversary. Others come to the garden to reflect on the loss of a loved one or the ending of a relationship. Regardless of the reason for their visit, it seems like most people feel a little bit better for having experienced the wholeness of the Path.
We are constantly amazed at the comments that people leave in our guest book and are so grateful to be a small part of so many journeys. We offer some of the comments that have been left to give you a sense of how it works.... Please feel free to enjoy the garden in your own way.
"Such a beautiful, holy place! I have been here three times, the last on my 80th birthday, which was very special." Betty
"Terry has opened up his heart and his beautiful garden to the patients I care for on their cancer journey. I am so grateful to be able to invite patients whose lives are gripped in the palm of suffering to open to the wonders of life. May they enjoy the beauty and let go of some of the hurt. Coming to this garden allows patients to meet their true self beyond pain and by doing so discover the strength to move toward healing. This will be a welcome for all patients and families as they move on their journey. Namaste." Maggie
More than anything else, the Path of Life is a place for reflection and appreciation. We are not sure exactly how it works, but the comments from our guests speak for themselves."I love to be here. here in beauty. It always works the magic.. peace and harmony here." Lucy Vistor InformationVisitors enter the garden through our beautifully antiquated, brown barn. This barn, with it's roots dating back to the late 1800's acts as the threshold to the garden, as well as our gift shop, information center and a place to just relax and warm up by the wood stove in the colder months.
Admission: $6 each age 13 and over
Youth: $3 each age 4 -12 Children: 3 and under are free
Garden Hours: Daily - Dawn to Dusk
FOOD AND BEVERAGES: Full lunch menu (and fresh beer!) is available at Harpoon, located adjacent to the garden. Visitors are welcome to have picnics in the fields of the Garden!
FOOD AND CATERING: Artisan Eats is a catering service for large groups, small family or a simple "grab and go" meal service, located in the same building as Great River Outfitters & the Path of Life Garden.
TOUCHING OR CLIMBING: We ask for your cooperation in protecting the garden by not being too rough with our sculptures.
ANIMALS: Only trained guide and service animals are permitted in the garden. Sorry, but no pets allowed.
SAFETY: Please be aware that there is poison ivy and sumac on the edges of the field so you should try and stay on the mowed path to avoid these plants!
Family Reunions or Corporate outings
The garden is also a unique site for a family reunion, buisness outting or birthday party. In fact, we can team you up with Great River Outfitters to do an incredible combination of a float trip and picnic in the garden. GRO provides a free shuttle service that can take large groups up to Sumner Falls where you can enjoy a leisurely 2 hour float back to the garden. While you are on the river, we will set up tables, chairs and all of your food so they are ready for you when you complete your trip at the Path of Life. If you are interested in hosting an event in the garden please e-mail or call 802-674-9933 or 802-345-8248
The Path of Life is a special place to host Weddings
"Terry, we can’t thank you enough for allowing us to use your magnificent space! The wedding was truly magical…more than we could have ever hoped for." ~ Kelly and Paul
The Path of Life is an amazing place to host a wedding, reunion or company party. The garden has a large amphitheater where tents can be set up for 200+ guests. The 5-piece driftwood band from California (pictured below) provides entertainment and is one of the favorite features of the garden. Please ask about our Preferred Vendors List to see who we have worked with in the past ..
"Our BIG day went off without a hitch thanks in large part to your efforts and thoughtfulness. We have received so many compliments about the garden and how our guests enjoyed walking through and getting lost in the maze. Our family and friends were comfortable and relaxed to simply enjoy themselves and experience The Path Of Life. We can't imagine spending the day any other way. We'll be back soon... Many thanks and warm wishes to you and yours." ~Tami & Mindy
" We had our wedding here in June 2017 and had a blast! Craig was incredible on the of and Nicki helped us with all the coordination and answering our questions leading up to the wedding weekend. We cannot say enough good things about this place and Craig and Nicki Carmody. We truly had an unforgettable wedding because of them. We had our ceremony at the "Family" part of the Path of Life Garden and the the ceremony on the hill over looking the bonfire. It was beautiful." ~ Daniela & Andrew CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO
In July of 2014 the One Drum Festival was held in the Path of Life Garden! This full day celebration would bring together drummers from many different traditions and all ability levels. The event featured workshops with professional artists, an evening concert, and community drum circles.
Drumming is our oldest musical tradition and rhythm is found throughout all aspects of our lives. Exploring this deep history, the One Drum Festival provides participants the opportunity to learn about world drumming traditions from Brazil, Japan and the Middle East. In addition, there are drum circle facilitators throughout the day, and Vermont’s largest drum circle will be held at night after the concert. Food and craft vendors also attend, so come on out for a family day in the park filled with drums, dancing and lots of fun! Visit the One Drum Festival website to learn more !
NOW in 2109 Great River Outfitters will be hosting a Drum & Dance Circle on July 13th from 6-10 pm. Facilitated by Mark Zarillo of DrummingSpirit.com, who has traveled to Guinea for a drumming and culture intensive, and is a trained HealthRHYTHMS® facilitator. Mark is a versatile drummer, percussionist, drum circle leader and sound therapy practitioner. He holds an M.A. in Humanities from SUNY at Buffalo and draws upon his rich knowledge of West African music and culture, as well as over forty years of drumming wisdom, when creating community and helping others express their own individual rhythmic spirit.
Join us for an evening in front of a bonfire with the rythms of nature and a uniquely transcendent experience in the Path of Life Garden call: 802-674-9933 for more information and special pricing for personal tent camping for the event.
Click here to read The Story Behind the Path of Life Garden