In April, a group of students, staff, and alumnae installed a labyrinth near Paramecium Pond. The structure—a five-circuit version based on a traditional layout from Chartres Cathedral in France—is composed of sustainable, natural material from the Wellesley campus. It comprises rounds from fallen trees, including a section of one of the original College plantings, which sits at its center.
Part of a larger program to foster wellness on campus through contemplative practices, the labyrinth is the gift of Laura Becker-Lewke ’77. Its design and construction was a yearlong collaborative project of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, the Botanic Gardens, facilities, and the Wellness Outreach Collaborative. “The minute we finished it, students magically appeared and began to walk it,” says Tiffany Steinwert, dean of religious and spiritual life.