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The University of Central Oklahoma Labyrinth, Edmond, OK.

C. Diane Rudebock, Ed.D., R.N., Professor Emerita of the University of Central Oklahoma, Veriditas-Certified Labyrinth Facilitator, and TLS Resource VP and Research Chair shares here the history of the labyrinth at UCO.

Dr. Rudebock and the UCO eleven circuit paver labyrinth.
Photo: D.Smith

The University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) campus labyrinth was created by Marty Kermeen, brick stone artist and owner of Labyrinths in Stone, and dedicated September 6, 2013. Surrounded by native trees of Oklahoma, the 11-circuit red and gray paver labyrinth is a replica of the Chartres Labyrinth in Chartres France and rests in a serene setting on campus near the Chapel.

I introduced the labyrinth to students on the University of Central Oklahoma campus beginning in 2004 as a part of the campus leadership retreats which were held each summer for student leaders in various campus organizations. An 11-circuit canvas labyrinth was used for these events, and subsequently used as a part of various functions on campus throughout the year. When indoor space was not available for the canvas labyrinth, a temporary labyrinth design was painted on the grass by students and faculty for Earth Day and other events. During this same time, I incorporated the labyrinth in the health and wellness courses that I taught as a part of the Community Public Health program and the graduate Wellness Management, Health Studies program as well as offered labyrinth workshops for faculty and staff.

Earth Day 2008 UCO

Earth Day 2008 at UCO. 
Photo: D. Rudebock

 

Once the permanent labyrinth was created on campus in 2013, "Labyrinth time" became  a treasured opportunity for students to take a break from their full schedules and enjoy a walk on the labyrinth. Students use the labyrinth as a part of other campus events as well as walking the labyrinth in their personal time.

Several faculty and students have incorporated the labyrinth in small research studies with plans to continue research using the labyrinth. As a part of these research studies, students and faculty have received grants and have had the opportunity to present their research at various research symposiums as well as the annual Labyrinth Society Gatherings.

The labyrinth on the UCO campus is the only public outdoor labyrinth located in Edmond, OK, so it is available for the community as well. It is always a joy to see people on the labyrinth - sometimes they walk alone, other times, in community. Children can be seen skipping and running along the path, and others sit in silence in the Center of the design. The labyrinth has emerged as an integral part of the campus life of UCO and the community

Dr. Rudebock and the cool UCO character

Dr. Rudebock and a "cool" local on the UCO labyrinth!
Photo: D. Rudebock

More information is available through the University's website. The University of Central Oklahoma Labyrinth can be accessed on the World Wide Labyrinth Locator.