Di Williams, former University Chaplain, initiated the University’s Labyrinth Project in 2002, using a hand-painted canvas labyrinth.
Di Williams has walked labyrinths since 1993 and realised the potential for a project within the University. She was keen to offer the University an experiential, intuitive learning tool which complemented a more didactic approach to education.
She was already involved in creating a chaplaincy provision for the University for those of all faiths and none. The inclusiveness of a labyrinth project would complement this approach.
We hired a canvas labyrinth in April 2002 to provide a space for reflection, focus and de-stressing during exam time. The success of this event led to offering the labyrinth during freshers’ week and re-freshers week as a path of transition and refreshment.
Other events have included an Easter walk, a walk for peace one year on from 9/11 and sessions at Edinburgh Prison and Midlothian Guiding Association.
In January 2003 the University purchased its own 32’ canvas labyrinth. We began to offer a weekly walk for the University and wider community.
By 2004 work had begun on the building of an outdoor labyrinth in the gardens of George Square to provide more opportunity for walking.
This has enabled us to expand the labyrinth project by offering outdoor guided walks, workshops and rituals as well as the opportunity for people to simply walk a labyrinth whenever the gardens are open.
We continue to lay the canvas labyrinth once a month in the more intimate environment of the Chaplaincy Centre where we can provide a peaceful candlelit walk to quiet music.