Donor impact spotlight: The Labyrinth

01/08/2017 3:00:53 PM

The Labyrinth is a beautiful space in the new home of Women’s College Hospital that has been brought to life thanks to the generosity of our donors.

With its beautiful walking path and quiet location behind the north wall of The Peter Gilgan Atrium, the Labyrinth is an oasis where patients, staff and community members can engage in peaceful reflection, meditation, prayer, group exercise and activities focused on holistic healing.

Originally opened in 2002 in WCH’s previous facility, the Labyrinth was the first hospital-based labyrinth space in Canada. Today, it is a site of treatment-based, skill building and self-care activities and a beloved space used by everyone at WCH. The following are a few of the programs and activities offered at the Labyrinth:

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR): An eight week program offered three times per year that provides instruction in mindfulness meditation with a focus on dealing with emotional and physical pain.
  • Psychoeducational Trauma Group: Weekly group therapy sessions hosted by WCH’s Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care Centre to provide support to women waiting to access one-on-one counselling services.
  • Day Treatment Program (DTP): Offered by WCH’s Women’s Mental Health Program, the DTP provides meditative and reflection exercises designed to help patients whose mental health concerns are impacting their daily lives and arm them with strategies to self-manage challenges.
  • Yoga classes: Twice a week over the lunch hour, WCH’s Occupational Health and Safety Team offers yoga classes for staff, physicians, clinicians and volunteers for a chance to retreat from their busy days.
  • Wen-Do self-defense training: A fifteen hour course open to any members of the WCH community that provides a wide range of physical and verbal self-defense techniques.
We extend our deepest gratitude to donors generously supporting the Labyrinth!