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UMass Amherst Libraries

Contemplative Studies

Selected resources and practices for learners and teachers

Fall 2020 update

Spring 2021 temporary installation coming...
A temporary labyrinth is slated to be installed on the lawn behind Munson Hall. A triple spiral design will allow for social distancing as it is a "processional" style, meaning you enter one end and exit the other end.

Permanent installation in the works
 A permanent labyrinth is slated to be installed near the Lincoln Campus Center, along Ellis Way (currently under construction). A graduate student in Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning is working on an independent study to design the labyrinth. 

Explore more here:
Labyrinths in Higher Education -  A campus labyrinth can engage all members of a campus community in ways that honor the uniqueness of their academic culture while strengthening the institution.

Learning with the Labyrinth: Creating Reflective Space in Higher Education - This book discusses the theory and practice of labyrinth creation and use. From issues of design and cost, to how a labyrinth may be used as a university-wide resource and also be used for outreach to the wider community. 

Using the Labyrinth as a Teaching Tool in Psychology - This article describes the use of the labyrinth for inquiry-based, hands-on activities suitable for a variety of psychology courses.