University of Calgary

U of C labyrinth

December 13, 2010

Relax, reflect, re-energize

By Adriana Tulissi

The Wellness Centre and the Multi-Faith Chaplains’ Centre invite University of Calgary students, faculty and staff to drop-in to the Dance Studio in Kinesiology during the exam period.

The space will feature a variety of tools promoting personal wellness. In the centre of the space is a fabric labyrinth, funds for which were donated by the Graduate Students’ Association. Also available to visitors is space for seated meditation, mats for sleeping, lamps for studying, a place for yoga and healthy snacks.

“This is a high-stress time of year for students,” says Rev. Tim Nethercott of the Multi-Faith Chaplains’ Centre. “Students need a space to relax, chill-out, and get re-energized during exams. That is what this space is for.”

The labyrinth pattern is of mysterious origin and dates back 3,500 years to diverse religions and cultures in regions stretching from Peru to Arizona, from Iceland to India and from Scandinavia to Sumatra. The Chaplains use it as a multi-faith spiritual practice. It can be used as a pattern for walking meditation, as a form of prayer, or as a healing modality.

Volunteers from the Chaplains’ Centre will be at the room’s entrance to greet visitors and to answer questions. New this year are two workshops to orient visitors to the use of the labyrinth.

The U of C labyrinth is sponsored by the Multi-Faith Chaplains’ Centre, the B.A. Dance Program, SU Wellness Centre, and the Graduate Students’ Association.

The labyrinth is in the Dance Studio, room A 163 Kinesiology and will be open Dec. 14 - 17 and 20 - 22 from 11 - 4 p.m. Workshops will be held Dec.15 and 20 from 12 - 1 p.m.

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