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The Awakened Heart Labyrinth Survives Hurricane; View it on East Campus

A labyrinth made of more than 1,000 naturally molted Canada goose and wild turkey feathers has been constructed on the East campus on top of the hill between the parking lot and Richards Avenue (at the evergreen tree) and is available for everyone to walk and enjoy.

Labyrinths date back over 3,500 years and are traditionally places for walking prayer and meditation.

The Awakened Heart labyrinth was designed by Professor Renae Edge who teaches Humanities: The Creative Voice, Art Appreciation, Public Speaking, and Film Studies. It was constructed on October 13 by Renae Edge, Melissa Slattery, Nancy Merlino, and Megan Zitnay.

The design of concentric hearts symbolizes the nature of an awakened heart, as expressed in the poem, “The Awakened Heart”. A small anthology of sacred poetry edited in celebration of the labyrinth is available on reserve in the library.

This is the third labyrinth designed and constructed at NCC by Prof. Edge who is a photographer and environmental artist. For more information, please contact Renae Edge at

The Awakened Heart

The awakened heart
is asleep for no one.

It comforts
the just
and the unjust

It cries
for the innocent
and the guilty

It sees
in the perfect
and the imperfect

Thus, it erases
the naming
of all things,
so that
every thing
it is

September 25, 2012
Renae Edge