stephen shibley, land artist
walking Jeffrey's labyrinth in Washington
Shibley at home in his family's garden oasis
catching a reptile on the island of Curacao
I am a land artist and labyrinth builder working within both public and private sector environments. My life journey has led me to explore the labyrinth as an inclusive expression, with its varied form and function, of the uniquely circuitous path to discovering one’s center, or creative core. My company logo embodies this journey. I design and build labyrinths that inspires transformation and harmony in our communities through reflection, play, celebration, and discovery.
I retired my landscape architect licensure of 15 years in 2020. I continue to maintain my landscape contractor’s license of 28 years, living and working in Estacada, Oregon. For the last 30 years I have been reimagining a sense of place through the creative process of landscape design and construction. I am committed to co-creating playful, vibrant, rejuvenating and transformative landscapes that feed people’s mind, body, and soul.
In my home community, I operate Oregon’s first SERF certified christmas tree farm (a program that promotes Socially and Environmentally Responsible Farms). I am a founding member and Co-Chair of SEED, a school district wide school garden program operating since 2009. In November of 2019, SEED became a program of the local non-profit Estacada Area Food Bank. I am a graduate of the Ford Institute for Community Building Leadership Program (TFFF) in 2011.
I became involved with Labyrinth Network Northwest (LNN) and was active on the Governing Circle from 2007 -2011. In the global community I have served on The Labyrinth Society’s (TLS) Board of Directors from 2011 – 2015 and continue to be an active member. In 2018 I was a founding member of the Liminal Space Society, a network of Oregon creatives who wanted to explore threshold experiences to invite re-enchantment of self and community.
When the opportunity arises I enjoy playing volleyball, canoeing and paddleboarding, mountain biking, hiking and camping. I have a bountiful edible garden and love going to Portland Timbers and Thorns soccer games with my family and friends.
“May our collective Vision be playful enough to be non-threatening and contagious, the paths we create be wide enough to carry us all, and may the footprints we leave invite exploration, celebration, and harmony.”