The University of Calgary's multi-faith spaces are managed by the Faith & Spirituality Centre and are available for students, staff, and faculty on a drop-in basis for quiet reflection, meditation, prayer, or smudging.
Spaces can also be booked for one-time or re-occurring events. Events that may be booked in our spaces are to support spiritual wellness and religious observance.
We require a minimum of 72 hours booking request notice of your desired booking date.
June 4, 2021 Update- Vitruvian is now closed due to Alberta COVID restrictions. The Vitruvian Centre will be opening on June 10th for drop-in prayer and reflection.
Vitruvian Man is perhaps Leonardo da Vinci's most famous illustration. In this work, Leonardo used both image and text to express the ideas and theories of Vitruvius, a first-century Roman architect and author. Vitruvius believed that an architect should focus on three central themes when preparing a design for a building: firmitas (strength), utilitas (functionality), and venustas (beauty). These Vitruvian ideas, presented by Leonardo, formed the basis of Renaissance proportion theories in art and architecture.
Vitruvian Man is Leonardo da Vinci's own reflection on human proportion and architecture, made clear through words and image. The purpose of the illustration is to bring together ideas about art, architecture, human anatomy and symmetry in one distinct and commanding image. By combing text and illustration, da Vinci evokes a meaning which could not be created through words or image alone.
This space is used for spiritual health and wellness to acknowledge and support a pluralistic and inclusive campus. The space is called the Vitruvian Space – a coming together of strength, functionality and beauty – a space where meaning is created beyond words and images alone.
Vitruvian Space opened on campus in January 2016 and boasts over 4,000 sq. ft. of space for the campus community and is located in the basement of the Dining Centre (DC 12), next to the Unicard office.
MSC Multi-Faith Rooms
May 13 Update - The MSC multi-faith rooms are closed due to COVID restrictions. Please check back for more updates.
MacEwan Student Centre is home to two multi-faith rooms on the east side of the building. In the adjacent washrooms, there are ablution (wudu) stations for use. The space is open during MacEwan Student Centre hours and varies throughout the year. Please check with Campus Security for building hours.
Foothills Multi-Faith Room
There is a multi-faith space located at Foothills Campus in the Health Sciences Centre, room 1001. It holds approximately 10 people. Please note that this space is not bookable, and can be used for drop-in only.
The labyrinth is a pattern that is found in artifacts around the world. It has been found in Scandinavia, Pakistan and Nevada. A labyrinth is not a maze. You cannot get lost in it. It has a single path in to the centre and a single path back out. Recently, the labyrinth has been revived as a multi-faith spiritual practice. It is easy to use: you just walk the path. Simply walking it will help you to meditate.
There is an outdoor labyrinth available for use by the campus community. It is located on the west side of the Dining Centre, facing residence.