Carol Shields a Labyrinth Brick Installation Event

by Catherine Sproat

On Wednesday, September 9th, a few members from WIMG attended a brick installation ceremony at the Carol Shields Memorial Labyrinth in King’s Park, Winnipeg.

WIMG purchased a commemorative brick that was placed inside the labyrinth during the ceremony. WIMG is the first meditation group to have a brick installed at the labyrinth.

Carol Shields was a beloved Canadian novelist, poet, playwright, biographer and professor at the University of Manitoba in the English Department.  During her lifetime, Carol Shields won numerous awards for her work. In 2009, the labyrinth was opened as a tribute to her memory.

Anne Nesbitt led Wednesday’s ceremony. Anne recently stepped down as the labyrinth coordinator and handed this responsibility to her daughter, Rose-Anne Harder, Executive Director of the Manitoba Arts Network. The Manitoba Arts Network manages the sale and installation of commemorative bricks. Proceeds are used to support the arts and culture in all regions of Manitoba.

The entrance to the labyrinth showcases two stone walls engraved with quotes taken from Carol Shields’  various books and interviews.

The entrance to the labyrinth showcases two stone walls engraved with quotes taken from Carol Shields’  various books and interviews.

The Carol Shields Memorial Labyrinth is open year round.  Located inside King’s Park, it is one of many beautiful places in our city that you can experience for free.  The labyrinth is a wonderful space for walking and sitting meditation practice.

For more information on how you can purchase a commemorative brick and support Manitoba’s arts and culture or to help out with caring for the labyrinth, please check out their website.