Little Labyrinth on the Prairie

Photo by Matt Rauch

Photo by Matt Rauch

Sometimes you just need to get away for a few minutes, take a stroll and clear your mind. Central students proposed the college create a labyrinth—a path for walking meditation—during a first-year seminar.

“Students researched the history and health benefits of labyrinths, surveyed peers on their preferred location and designed and laid out the costs of construction and maintenance,” says Brian Campbell, director of sustainability education.

He and Kristi Leonard ’97, assistant dean of students, responded by mowing a labyrinth into a small portion of the prairie on the south end of Central’s cross-country course. It’s always open and anyone can use it.

You may get lost in your thoughts there, but you won’t get lost in the labyrinth. Unlike a maze, it has only one path and no wrong turns.

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