Labyrinth and Teaching
Labyrinth and teaching
Kent is, we believe, the first university in the world to introduce a labyrinth as a teaching and learning resource across the disciplines. The Canterbury Labyrinth, launched by the Vice Chancellor in 2008, provides an opportunity for a reflective, meditative walk for everyone, and is open 24/7 (except when events are booked) as part of the University’s Creative Campus Initiative. The Labyrinth is wheelchair accessible and is a few minutes’ walk down the footpath – and the cycle path, the Crab and Winkle Way – below Eliot College. Four nearby benches, each inscribed with a finger labyrinth, provide a quiet, contemplative space. To find out more about approaches to labyrinth walking, see the range of books now available in the Templeman Library.
A labyrinth walk or workshop can contribute to modules and programmes and to personal and professional development in a variety of ways, adaptable for students and/or staff. Examples include: creativity (Creative Writing; Dance); reflection (MBA students; strategic planning); exploring values (educational development); reflection on a life journey or on experience and aspirations (any discipline). Examples are detailed below. This work has attracted interest across the HE sector; examples include workshops at a variety of universities and conferences, drawing on permanent and temporary labyrinth installations. If you have a particular idea or query, please get in touch.