Rhodes’ Garden Spaces Offer Students a Go-To Space for Reflection and Renewal

an aerial view of a stone labyrinth with students sitting within it
A recent aerial view of the campus’ labyrinth.

Regardless of one’s religious beliefs, spiritual and emotional health are a huge part of succeeding in college, according to a feature on “The 50 Best Campus Meditation Spaces” by Best Counseling Schools. Rhodes’ Claire Markham Collins Meditation garden, located adjacent to the larger Fisher Memorial Garden, is included in that feature.  

Another nearby seated area is the Daughdrill Meditation Garden established by the student body in April 1999. 

Located southwest of Fisher Garden is the Adrienne McMillian Burns Memorial Labyrinth, which opened on campus in 2005. It was given in loving memory of Adrienne McMillian Burns ’88 by her friends and family in hopes that others might find peace and solace on its path.

Those entering the labyrinth follow a circular path from the labyrinth’s outer edge to its center and then make their return along the same course. For some, a labyrinth walk is a time to reflect upon one’s life journey, looking within and moving outward into the world or relationships and action. For others, a labyrinth walk can be an exercise in relaxation, or a form of meditation or contemplative prayer.