If you, like me, forgot to pick up your cheese co-op yesterday, Wesleyan Story Co-op coordinator Sarah Corey ’15 is offering some creamy Dutch Womanchego storytelling in its place:
Take a study break and celebrate the end of the year by telling stories with the Wesleyan Story Co-op!
Theme: “What I learned at college this year…”
We’re doing it outside this time (!!!!!!!!!) in the CFA Labyrinth. It’s the big stone circle thing behind/between the Anthro dept. and the Skull and Serpent building. Yay stories! Yay Wesleyan!!
Date: Friday, May 11
Time: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Place: The Labyrinth
Cost: spill yr guts
Around the world on Friday the 22nd (today), people are walking labyrinths as a communal prayer for healing in the Haitian Earthquake Recovery. Join friends at Wesleyan on our labyrinth by Davison between 4 and 5 p.m.
An introduction to the labyrinth will happen at 4 p.m., but stop by anytime. From Áine McCarthy ’10:
Where is the labyrinth?
- Approaching from Wyllys Ave: You’ll find it in between the Secret Society Tomb, and the World Music Hall
- Approaching from High St: You’ll find it in between the Anthro and FGSS Dept. buildings
- Approaching from the CFA: It’s right behind the Davison Art Center next to the fountain
What is the labyrinth?
- The labyrinth is an archetypal pathway which you can walk. Different from a maze, there are no tricks on the path, walking it leads you to the center. Wesleyan’s labyrinth is an eleven-circuit medieval labyrinth design, originally laid into the floor of Chartes Cathedral as a symbolic pilgrimage. The experience invites reflection, meditation, and calm. This is a nonreligious, spiritual practice that many different people find meaningful. You can come to it with a question, an intention, a problem, or just a need for a study break.
Date: Friday, January 22
Time: 4-5 pm
Place: Davison Labyrinth
As a well-informed poster by the name of “johnwesley” noted in reply to our last post about the labyrinth, more information regarding the provenance of the labyrinth has been unearthed and propagated on the alumni listserv. (Those who don’t want the mystery dispelled should stop reading here.)
Áine McCarthy ’10 has some answers to Braille’s musings about the labyrinth thing behind Davison Art Center.
It’s still unclear where this thing came from, but as a Certified Labyrinth Facilitator through Veriditas, a nonprofit organization devoted to educating people about the labyrinth, Áine knows more about what’s up and wrote an explanatory Wespeak.
The Davison labyrinth is modeled after one installed in the floor of the Chartes Cathedral in France in the 13th century, intended as a space for symbolic pilgrimage when travel was too dangerous because of the Crusades.
At Wes, its purpose is open-ended: a sacred space, a place of contemplation, a site for secret nighttime rituals? Use it well… read on for context.