The Labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. Its circular shape and
pathways toward the centre represent a journey to our own centre and back again out
into the world. Labyrinths have long been used as meditation and prayer tools.
The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Kamloops undertook to build a labyrinth in Riverside Park, in part, as a memorial to a UUFK member and friend, Dr. Karsten Iversen, who died in his early fifties. When he learned of his diagnosis of ALS, Dr. Iversen used the labyrinth as a place for reflection and contemplation when he needed to come to terms with his illness.
The impetus and some of the funding for the Labyrinth came from the congregation of the Kamloops Fellowship, however generous contributions were also received from doctors at Royal Inland Hospital, the Iversen family, and other private donors. Two Kamloops businesses, Inland Building Supplies and Pronto Enterprises, donated materials and labour. The City donated the land which is at the geographic centre of Kamloops between Riverside and Pioneer Parks.
The Kamloops Fellowship hosts special labyrinth walks at various times during the year and everyone is welcome to participate.
When travelling to the coast, be sure to visit the Vancouver Unitarians’ labyrinths: http://vancouverunitarians.ca/labyrinth/