The Carol Shields Memorial Labyrinth
Artistic drawing by Friesen Tokar Architects
Carol Shields Memorial Labyrinth En-route
in conjunction with
The Labyrinth Society Annual Conference Gathering
Creative Retirement Manitoba
King’s Park, Winnipeg
Friday, Sept. 13, 2013
10:00 a.m. until noon
Is the Carol Shields Memorial Labyrinth an extension of world renowned
author, Carol Shield’s, healing journey? Is it a continuation of
her positive approach as she battled the cancer that took her life? Come
and find out how her spirit has guided us throughout the project.
Inspired by Carol’s life and guided by her energy, the Carol Shields
Memorial Labyrinth was designed as a healing labyrinth. The program will
• Chantal Alary, Principal, FT3 Architecture Landscape Interior
Design will highlight the healing aspects of the Carol Shields Memorial
Labyrinth design; the healing, herbal garden, the repetitive plant patterns
which promote colour and aroma therapy, and the unique bowl shape design,
meditative areas and accessibility components.
• Chemo Savvy Dragon Boat Team will create a paddle arch along their
• Join in Tai Chi featuring the balance, perceptual, gravitational,
and energy components of the labyrinth.
• Dona ffrench, Nicolle Soliman, Manitoba Labyrinth Network board
members will focus on the healing and cultural significance of the plant
• Norm Fear, Superintendent Park Services South and Gary Duncan,
King’s Park Foreman will discuss the Cooperation from the City of
Winnipeg in project design, bench and sign installation, planting and
• Siobhan Kari, Manager, Advancement Data and Stewardship, Donor
Relations, University of Manitoba will elaborate on the Role of the University
of Manitoba in gathering sponsors for the Quote Walls and how they represent
Carol’s life and work. Ecole St. Avila will highlight some of the
Come and experience, first hand, the interplay of solid and space which
allows for increased awareness of your body’s relationship to the
ethereal. The proximity of the Quote Walls, with quotes from Carol’s
books, juxtaposed against the openness, but intimacy, of the centre increases
left brain, right brain integration. Unique components of the design accommodate
increased access for wheel chairs and those who are visually challenged.
Participants will be invited to walk the labyrinth. Bring your own bag
lunch and join us for our Annual Lunch in the Labyrinth. Please wear loose
clothing and comfortable shoes. This event will be outside so please dress
for the weather.
Winnipeg is easily accessed for those coming en-route to The Labyrinth
Society Annual Conference Gathering on Vancouver Island, British Columbia
from overseas, Eastern Canada or the Eastern United States. This unique
labyrinth is well worth the visit. The fee for this event is included
in the registration to The Labyrinth Society Annual Conference Gathering.
The Labyrinth Society Annual Conference Gathering registrants click
here to e-mail The Manitoba Labyrinth Network.
Winnipeg & Manitoba residents click
here for Creative Retirement Manitoba's website.
For more information about The Labyrinth Society Annual Conference Gathering
Carol Shields Memorial
To get to the Carol Shields Memorial Labyrinth in Winnipeg, Manitoba
Come south on Pembina Highway from downtown Winnipeg. Turn down University
Crescent. Keep on University Crescent, driving right past the University
of Manitoba which is on the left. Drive past all the stop lights. Keep
driving around the curve at the south end of the University until you
get to the stop sign at King's Drive. Turn off of King's Drive into King's
Park which is on the left. Drive past the first parking lot. Park in the
second parking lot. Follow the Trail with the gate past the pond. The
Carol Shields Memorial Labyrinth is at the south end of the pond.
Earth Day Lunch in the Labyrinth 2010
The University of
Manitoba and the
Manitoba Labyrinth Network Unveil
the Quote Walls
The University of Manitoba and the Manitoba Labyrinth
Network unveiled two Quote Walls on Tuesday, September 23. The
quote walls are a unique component of The Carol Shields Memorial
Labyrinth. No other labyrinth in the world has an entry way designated
in this manner.
The two Quote Walls feature engraved granite tiles of different
textures which display a myriad of quotes from Carol Shields’
works. Anyone entering the labyrinth will pass through Carol’s
words. This will physically signify the escape from daily life
and the entrance into story, myth and imagination through sight,
touch and experience.
We are raising funds for Phase 2 of the project which
will include interpretive signage, a gathering area and reading circles.
To Donate or Buy a Brick, Section of
Garden or Bench!
October 30, 2007
October 23, 2007
Ecole St. Avila Pumpkin Labyrinth Walk
Red River Nordic Ski & Biathlon Club
October 25, 2007
Tai Chi in the Labyrinth
October 25, 2007
To Donate or Buy a Brick, Section
of Garden or Bench!
For more about the design and site
is a complex path. That's it. It's not necessarily something complicated
or classical as you might think. . . A maze, though, is different
from a labyrinth. . . A maze is more likely to baffle and mislead
those who tread its paths. A maze is a puzzle. A maze is designed
to deceive those travellers who seek a promised goal. It's possible
that a labyrinth can be a maze, but strictly speaking the two words
call up different ideas."
Carol Shields, Larry's Party
The Carol Shields Memorial
Labyrinth is a story.
A story that
is growing and evolving!
And the story started
with - Carol Shields!