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Volunteers Paint Labyrinth at Marylhurst University

For Release: July 29, 2009

Students and community members recently painted an outdoor labyrinth on the Marylhurst University campus in the parking lot below Clark Commons. The painting of the labyrinth on Saturday, July 18 was a community event by a volunteer crew of Marylhurst students, faculty, staff, alumni and Lake Oswego residents. The labyrinth is free and open to the public, seven days a week during campus open hours. Everyone is invited and encouraged to walk it.

The labyrinth is a 35-foot in diameter, seven-circuit replica of the labyrinth in Chartres Cathedral, built in 1203 and located southwest of Paris. This newly-painted labyrinth is the forerunner toward efforts to build a permanent outdoor labyrinth on the Marylhurst campus.

"A labyrinth is not a maze but is instead a path in circular form that can be walked for meditation and stress relief," said Jan Dabrowski, chair of Marylhurst University Department of Science & Mathematics. "Labyrinth walking is a way to focus on self when the needs of the rest of the world start to intrude."

A maze differs from a labyrinth in that it has many pathways and blind alleys to the center, making it a challenge to find. The labyrinth has one winding path to the center.

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Marylhurst University, a private liberal arts university located one mile south of Lake Oswego on Highway 43, is regionally accredited and nationally recognized for innovation and academic excellence. Marylhurst's small, seminar-style classes – offered weekdays, evening, weekends and online – provide convenience and flexibility for students with busy lives seeking professional certificates and undergraduate and graduate degrees.

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