More than 40 staff, faculty and students – including Student Administrative Council members – attended the opening of a new outdoor meditation space at the Orillia Campus on Oct. 30.
The labyrinth helps people who walk it find peace and calmness. Located outside, behind the library, it’s a circular path laid out on the ground using rocks. Surrounded by trees, it provides a welcome refuge or sanctuary.
Susan Stott-Hood, professor, and Scott Anderson, President of Orillia SAC, officially opened the labyrinth. As part of the opening, Beth Fryer, a trained labyrinth facilitator, introduced the group to the new space.
Stott-Hood first took steps to develop a permanent labyrinth after the Orillia Campus hosted a well-received indoor labyrinth event last year. She partnered with Fryer, staff and student volunteers to make the new meditation space a reality.
“People are drawn to labyrinths because of their calming and peaceful influence,” explains Stott-Hood. “Sometimes walking is the discipline that allows the mind to reflect, or helps to reduce stress. Sometimes great insights come as one walks.”
Orillia Campus staff hope to host information sessions and counselling session at the labyrinth soon.