TLS Members e-Newsletter

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Labyrinths in Education: Focus on the TLS DVD Labyrinths For Our Time

This issue of TLS eNews continues to explore the impact labyrinths have in modern life, as we introduce "Labyrinths in Education," another segment from The Labyrinth Society’s DVD, Labyrinths For Our Time.

Handpainting a canvas labyrinth

Handpainting a canvas labyrinth.
Photo: The Labyrinth Society

Marge McCarthy, school psychologist, remarks “I’ve never met a child who doesn’t enjoy walking a labyrinth.” Dr. Janet G. Sellers, recently retired professor at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK, describes their labyrinth as being a place for teaching, learning and quiet reflection; “a breathing space in their studies.”

Labyrinths in schoolyards and on college campuses are extremely well received; kids love to run, walk, skip and huddle in the center while older students find that walking prior to test taking actually helps them concentrate and get better grades. Labyrinths are used for conflict resolution in high school and university settings, by student groups, teachers, administrators, and family members. They are also used in research studies for psychology and science majors, and as examples of alternative healthcare options with medical students.

Some of the most creative and lively labyrinths are ones that have been imagined and built by the students themselves: from the simplicity of elementary students using their handprints dipped in paint or a graduate arts major using delicate hand-cut, multicolored terrazzo triangles for the lines. Students learn history by studying labyrinths in different cultures, and there are opportunities for curriculum development in mythology, math (geometry), English (metaphor), religion (pilgrimage), wellness (meditation), and dance, among other subjects.

The TLS website has lots more information on using the labyrinth in education. To find a labyrinth near your home or while traveling on vacation, visit The Labyrinth Locator, a website with a searchable database of nearly 5,000 sites around the world. You can set the search parameters to find labyrinths at schools and college campuses!