Welcome to the Richland College Teaching-Learning-Community Building (TLC) Labyrinth. Our outdoor labyrinth is part of an inviting installation on the northeast side of the lake. Alongside the labyrinth is a memorial walkway, with bricks engraved in honor of deceased staff. An arbor, a heritage flower garden, and a well pump mark the homestead site of the farm that became Richland's campus. Under the arbor are bricks honoring college staff who have served the DCCCD for 35 years or longer.
The Richland TLC Labyrinth provides students, staff, and community with an ancient meditation tool that has been rediscovered by the modern world. You are invited to experience the mindfulness, insight, and peace that come from walking the labyrinth. Found in almost every spiritual tradition, the labyrinth is a metaphor for the journey of life and spirit. Our labyrinth is a valuable complement to Richland's Mind-Body Health Program.
The Richland TLC Labyrinth is based on the classic pattern of the Chartres labyrinth, found in the thirteenth century French cathedral. Our outdoor labyrinth combines stones and plants to outline the gravel path. Though similar in appearance to a maze, the labyrinth has only one path, no wrong turns, and no dead ends. Walkers are led to the center and back out by the same path. The distance to the center and back is just over one half mile. Allow a minimum of 15 to 20 minutes for the walk.
There are no rules for how to walk the labyrinth, but these guidelines can enhance the meditative experience. Clear your mind and become aware of your breathing. Find the pace your body wants to go. Walking toward the center, let the path quiet your mind. When you reach the center, take time for illumination, reflection, or meditation. As you walk the winding path back out, be strengthened for your return into the world. The path is two ways, so those going in will meet and pass those coming out. Please remember to respect the plants, the earth, and others who may be on the path at the same time.
For visitors in wheelchairs, there is a finger labyrinth installed, which provides the opportunity to trace a path to and from the center of the Chartres pattern.
May your journey through the labyrinth be a meaningful one