Labyrinths in Higher Education Instructional Practice

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Labyrinth Photo Taken by Dan Smith

Labyrinth video by Andy Long

Within contemplative pedagogy, labyrinths are one form of “active meditative practice.” UCO’s labyrinth is the first at a public university in Oklahoma, and it is perfectly suited to our campus for a number of reasons, one of which is that contemplative instructional practice can be a key strategy which prompts for Transformative Learning experiences. Another is that labyrinth walking, as a form of active meditation, benefits students’ 
cognition and attention (see the Brief Mindfulness Training Improves Cognition resource from the Contemplative Pedagogy page).

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Discipline-Specific Uses:
  • Health & Wellness - Walking the labyrinth; stress reduction; mindful meditation
  • Psychology - Stress; grief; reflection
  • Research - Research and problem-solving activities
  • Leadership - Group/single activities; team-building
  • Dance - Use of unconventional space; team-building
  • Language & Liberal Arts - Writing activities; mythology; history; design; philosophy
  • Service Learning/Civic Engagement - Community events surrounding/featuring the labyrinth