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Calendar of Events

Upcoming events

    • 03 May 2014
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • At a labyrinth near you
    The 6th Annual World Labyrinth Day will be celebrated on
    Saturday, May 3rd! You are invited to 'Walk as One at 1" in the afternoon to participate in a global group walk for peace. A recently launched survey already reveals that events are planned in at least 22 states and eleven countries!

    Whether your walk is an individual, private experience to honor the
    day or a facilitated event, workshop, or building project, I hope you
    will participate in this shared and open celebration. If you are
    unable to participate at 1pm or walk a labyrinth, it's ok to find
    another time or trace a finger path. For a list of eleven ways to
    celebrate and more info about the event, click here.

    Also, in honor of World Labyrinth Day the new outdoor labyrinth at
    Grace Cathedral will be dedicated following the 11am service on Sunday, April 27th. I'll be leading a group walk on the following Saturday (May 3rd) for those in the SF Bay Area beginning at 12:30p.

    Our goal is to touch all fifty states and include 1,000 people
    worldwide! To be counted among the celebrants please take this short survey (can be completed anonymously) to share your intention!


    Thank you to Lars Howlett, World Labyrinth Day Coordinator for the links and information!

    • 13 May 2014
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • Online
    A Conversation between Lauren Artress and Diane Rudebock about research around the labyrinth.
    • 14 May 2014
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Earthrise Retreat Center, 101 San Antonio Road, Petaluma, CA 94952
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    Veriditas, in partnership with the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) and the EarthRise Retreat Center, will be offering a Full Moon Labyrinth Walk each month on or near the evening of the full moon. There is no cost for this hour-long event, but donationas are gratefully accepted. First time walkers are welcome.
    • 25 May 2014
    • 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Chartres, France
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    Meeting Mary at Chartres –
    a daylong experience of the Sacred Feminine.


    Anyone who comes to Chartres whether it be to visit the labyrinth, to explore the magnificent medieval architecture or to meditate in the glory of this always sacred site, soon realizes that this holy place is an homage to Mary. The Sacred Feminine is alive and well in Chartres and has been throughout history.

    In this day we will create a sacred circle to explore how Mary has been honored in Chartres throughout history. We will meet her spirit through lecture, meditation, art, music and ritual. We will share insights, creations and stories. Our day will include an ending ritual for our Lady of Chartres.

    This can be a stand-alone workshop or a perfect introduction to Cycle One.

    Accommodation at the Maison St. Yves now available.

    Please click here to book. (We are trying a new booking management system - you will be taken to our accommodation booking website to complete this process. Call the office 707-283-0373 if you would like assistance. We welcome comments and suggestions - please email those to anne@veriditas.org)

    • 26 May 2014
    • 4:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • 30 May 2014
    • 10:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Chartres, France
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    The most cherished image in the Celtic Christian world is the memory of John the Beloved leaning against Jesus at the Last Supper. It was said of him that he therefore heard the heartbeat of God. He becomes an image of the practice of listening for the beat of the Sacred deep within ourselves and one another, and deep within the body of the Earth. The course will focus on the spiritual practice of listening as the key to transformation in our lives and world.


    JOHN PHILIP NEWELL


    John Philip Newell is the celebrated author of Listening for the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality.  In 2011 he received the first-ever Contemplative Voices Award  from the Shalem Institute in Washington DC for his work as poet, peacemaker, and scholar. He divides his time between Edinburgh with his family where he does most of his writing and the United States of America where he teaches and preaches across the nation. Formerly Warden of Iona Abbey in the Western Isles of Scotland, he is now Companion Theologian for the American Spirituality Center of Casa del Sol at Ghost Ranch in the high desert of New Mexico where he and his wife spend their summers. They are ordained Church of Scotland ministers with a passion for peace among the great wisdom traditions of humanity. John Philip’s PhD is from the University of Edinburgh. He is internationally acclaimed for his work in the field of Celtic spirituality, having authored over 15 books, including Christ of the Celts, Praying with the Earth, and his most recent visionary work A New Harmony: the Spirit, the Earth, & the Human Soul. (www.salvaterravision.org)


    Accommodation at the Maison St. Yves now available.

    Please click here to book. (We are trying a new booking management system - you will be taken to our accommodation booking website to complete this process. Call the office 707-283-0373 if you would like assistance. We welcome comments and suggestions - please email those to anne@veriditas.org)


    Just Added! Spend three days in Paris on your way to or from Chartres.

    Follow your dream of being in this city of light.
    Dates are May 23-26 or May 31 to June 2.
    Click here for more information or to register for the add on.

    • 31 May 2014
    • 10:00 AM (UTC+02:00)
    • 01 Jun 2014
    • 6:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Maison St. Yves, Chartres, France
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    Learn to offer the labyrinth experience to others in this professional, in-depth, two day training.


    Interested in having Lauren Artress lead a workshop and Facilitator Training in your area? Download her speakers packet here.




    Accommodation at the Maison St. Yves now available.

    Please click here to book. (We are trying a new booking management system - you will be taken to our accommodation booking website to complete this process. Call the office 707-283-0373 if you would like assistance. We welcome comments and suggestions - please email those to anne@veriditas.org)
    • 02 Jun 2014
    • 4:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • 06 Jun 2014
    • 10:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Chartres, France
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    The labyrinth is undergoing a worldwide resurgence in human consciousness because it orders chaos, encourages our intuitive knowing, enlivens the body, embraces the receptive, feminine archetype and opens the reflective, contemplative world where symbols resonate within. The singular circuitous path offers a clear, profound and shared metaphor for life’s journey, the human pilgrimage we are all on together. Above all, it addresses our soul’s hunger for meaning and to be of service in our struggling world.


    Join this Veriditas pilgrimage in Chartres, France to learn more deeply about the labyrinth that is embedded in the floor of Chartres Cathedral since 1201. Discuss the present day spiritual issues with like-minded people, enjoy the medieval village and experience the cathedral at night in a private group ritual that ends with a candlelit labyrinth walk.

    Accommodation at the Maison St. Yves now available.

    Please click here to book. (We are trying a new booking management system - you will be taken to our accommodation booking website to complete this process. Call the office 707-283-0373 if you would like assistance. We welcome comments and suggestions - please email those to anne@veriditas.org)


    Just Added! Spend three days in Paris on your way to or from Chartres. 

    Follow your dream of being in this city of light.
    Dates are May 23-26 or May 31 to June 2.
    • 13 Jun 2014
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Chaplaincy Centre, Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster LA1 4YW
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    The experience of walking the winding path of a labyrinth offers an integrating way of participating in a journey of step by step trust. The labyrinth awakens the imagination to metaphorically step into the unknown in the company of the Sacred.

    The Workshop will begin at 9.30am with registration and finish at 4.00pm.


    Need more information? Contact Di Williams at diwilliams.labyrinth@gmail.com
    • 14 Jun 2014
    • 9:30 AM (UTC+01:00)
    • 15 Jun 2014
    • 4:00 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK
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    Learn to offer the labyrinth experience to others in this professional, in-depth, two day training.

    Learn more about becoming a Veriditas Trained Facilitator.
     
    Interested in having Di Williams lead a workshop and Facilitator Training in your area? Download her speakers packet here.
    • 27 Jul 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Earthrise Retreat Center, 101 San Antonio Road, Petaluma, CA 94952
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    We live much of our lives in a left-brain oriented world that values knowledge as power. But there’s another way to experience the world-from the reflective, emotionally embodied, intuitive, and integrative right brain. As we learn the ancient practice of walking the labyrinth with Reverend Dr. Lauren Artress, we shift consciousness from our left brain to our right brain, and bring to the surface the deeply intuitive part of ourselves that offers wisdom rather than simply knowledge. Through labyrinth walks, group discussions, individual reflection, and journaling, we bring balance between our left and right brain. Serves as a qualifying workshop for Facilitator Training that follows.


    If you plan to attend all 4 programs (the whole week), please use the code "WHOLEWEEK" as you register for each one for your discounted rate.


    Accommodation is now available. Click here to book your room.



    • 28 Jul 2014
    • 9:00 AM
    • 29 Jul 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • Earthrise Retreat Center, 101 San Antonio Road, Petaluma, CA
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    Learn to offer the labyrinth experience to others in this professional, in-depth, two day training.

    Learn more about becoming a Veriditas Trained Facilitator.   

    Interested in having Lauren Artress lead a workshop and Facilitator Training in your area? Download her speakers packet here.

    If you plan to attend all 4 programs (the whole week), please use the code "WHOLEWEEK" as you register for each one for your discounted rate.

    Accommodation is now available. Click here to book your room.
    • 30 Jul 2014
    • 10:00 AM
    • 31 Jul 2014
    • 5:30 PM
    • Earthrise Retreat Center, 101 San Antonio Road, Petaluma, CA 94952
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    Every facilitator should know how to lay out a labyrinth. No one is more qualified to teach that skill than Robert Ferré, who has spent the last two decades as a full-time labyrinth maker. As a special bonus, he will be assisted by Lars Howlett, a creative builder of spontaneous labyrinths. The first two days will include essential design considerations, an introduction to sacred geometry, a survey of contemporary labyrinths, and hands-on experience.


    Topics will include:

    • The geometry of labyrinths
    • Principles of Sacred Geometry
    • Classical and medieval labyrinths
    • Contemporary labyrinth patterns
    • Tools and techniques
    • Making temporary labyrinths
    • How to make a labyrinth in 10 minutes
    • Materials for permanent labyrinths
    • Amenities and site enhancements
    • Painting a labyrinth on a wood floor
    • Making portable canvas labyrinths
    • The cost of making a labyrinth
    • Fees for professional labyrinth makers
    • Working with volunteers
    • Promotion and fundraising

    This training is suitable for you if:

    • You have some knowledge of labyrinths
    • You want to make your own labyrinth
    • You want to hire someone to make a labyrinth
    • You are on a committee to obtain a labyrinth
    • You are an architect, artist, or designer
    • You want to make labyrinths as a business
    • You want to know “why” as well as “how”


    “In my retirement I want to pass on my knowledge of 

    labyrinth building to as many people as possible, while I’m still coherent. This will be the most comprehensive training I have ever given. Participants will leave this training fully capable of making or advising about making labyrinths in a variety of 

    patterns and materials.”

    ~ Robert Ferre:


    Assisting Robert Ferre will be his apprentice, Lars Howlett -- a talented and artistic labyrinth maker in his own right. Two presenters means more personal interaction, more questions answered, more hands-on experience.


    Robert Ferre


    Robert Ferre worked for 17 years as a full-time labyrinth maker. He invented many of the tools and techniques currently used today. He has been involved in all aspects of labyrinths, including research, writing, editing, training, lecturing, and building. He has served as builder or consultant for major labyrinths in the United States and abroad.




    Lars Howlett


    Lars Howlett is a holistic and intuitive labyrinth builder who specializes in creating site-specific labyrinths using natural materials. He designs, builds and walks labyrinths as a practice in mindfulness, setting intention and connecting with the present moment. Past projects include a ‘literal labyrinth’ of used books for the SF Poetry Festival, a labyrinth of shoes on the theme of immigration, and a labyrinth of coconuts in Puerto Rico. He is the apprentice to master builder Robert Ferre and a Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator. Lars leads workshops and meditative walks in the SF Bay Area and beyond. Visit http://www.DiscoverLabyrinths.com


    If you plan to attend all 4 programs (the whole week), please use the code "WHOLEWEEK" as you register for each one for your discounted rate.


    Accommodation is now available. Click here to book your room.

    • 01 Aug 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Earthrise Retreat Center, 101 San Antonio Road, Petaluma, CA 94952
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    The optional third day will step things up to a higher level of technical requirements, skills, and business considerations, including detailed instructions for making a portable canvas labyrinth. Everyone who attends this conference should leave with the ability to make a temporary labyrinth in less than an hour as well as building or instructing workers in the creation of permanent labyrinths. This master class is given only once a year and space is limited.


    Robert Ferre


    Robert Ferre worked for 17 years as a full-time labyrinth maker. He invented many of the tools and techniques currently used today. He has been involved in all aspects of labyrinths, including research, writing, editing, training, lecturing, and building. He has served as builder or consultant for major labyrinths in the United States and abroad.




    Lars Howlett


    Lars Howlett is a holistic and intuitive labyrinth builder who specializes in creating site-specific labyrinths using natural materials. He designs, builds and walks labyrinths as a practice in mindfulness, setting intention and connecting with the present moment. Past projects include a ‘literal labyrinth’ of used books for the SF Poetry Festival, a labyrinth of shoes on the theme of immigration, and a labyrinth of coconuts in Puerto Rico. He is the apprentice to master builder Robert Ferre and a Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator. Lars leads workshops and meditative walks in the SF Bay Area and beyond. Visit http://www.DiscoverLabyrinths.com


    If you plan to attend all 4 programs (the whole week), please use the code "WHOLEWEEK" as you register for each one for your discounted rate.


    Accommodation is now available. Click here to book your room.

    • 10 Aug 2014
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Earthrise Retreat Center, 101 San Antonio Road, Petaluma, CA 94952
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    Veriditas, in partnership with the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) and the EarthRise Retreat Center, will be offering a Full Moon Labyrinth Walk each month on or near the evening of the full moon. There is no cost for this hour-long event, but donationas are gratefully accepted. First time walkers are welcome.
    • 15 Aug 2014
    • 3:30 PM
    • 16 Aug 2014
    • 9:00 PM
    • Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, CA
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    As a culture, we have begun to seek, retrieve and integrate the feminine, receptive archetype. We search for both the female images of the major spiritual traditions and the qualities of feminine archetype: receptivity, inclusivity, and fierce compassion. We long to see her face in our churches and in our traditions. 

    Join us to explore the feminine face of the sacred down through history. Through lectures, meditations, writing practice, ritual and music, we will seek Her face. Each evening we will conclude our exploration with a private candlelit labyrinth walk in the glorious nave of Grace Cathedral. You will be encouraged to explore your pilgrim's soul and understand how the inspiration of this holy place can help in your search for the sacred and nourish your spirit.

    Historic Grace Cathedral located atop Nob Hill honors feminine faces that have nourished people for centuries. Along with depictions of Mother Mary, the Icon of Mary Magdalene by Robert Lenz, dedicated to the installation of Barbara Harris as the first woman bishop in the United States, the murals that capture Hildegard of Bingen and Julian of Norwich as well as the last window to be installed in this cathedral—the Birth of Creation—serve as symbols of sacred feminine.


    Be our guest in the beauty and grandeur of Grace Cathedral as we explore the Feminine Face of the Sacred.
    • 08 Sep 2014
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Earthrise Retreat Center, 101 San Antonio Road, Petaluma, CA 94952
    • 50
    Veriditas, in partnership with the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) and the EarthRise Retreat Center, will be offering a Full Moon Labyrinth Walk each month on or near the evening of the full moon. There is no cost for this hour-long event, but donationas are gratefully accepted. First time walkers are welcome.
    • 22 Sep 2014
    • 4:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • 26 Sep 2014
    • 10:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Chartres, France
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    The Chartres Cathedral has served as a stunning inspirational religious site for millions over the centuries. As a pilgrim in Chartres, you will be gently guided by Jill as she reveals the beauty and potential of the cathedral to connect you with the nurturing love of the Divine. Daily sessions with integrated visual presentations using images taken at the cathedral, rituals, quiet reflection, and prayer. You will be shown a pathway of spiritual revitalization that should you choose to explore it, will help you to move more fully into service wherever your heart is leading.


    Titles of Daily Sessions: 

    • Pilgrimage and the Chartres Cathedral: Ancient Traditions, Modern Journeys
    • The Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth in Context: History, Placement, and Practice
    • Meeting Notre Dame (Mary) in the Chartres Cathedral
    • Beyond Chartres: Continuing the Pilgrimage


    The Rev. Jill Kimberly Hartwell Geoffrion, Ph.D. has been praying in the Chartres Cathedral since 1978. Jill now spends 2-3 months in Chartres each year studying and photographing the cathedral daily. She guides individuals and groups using all the artistic expressions of faith found in the cathedral (architecture, stained glass, sculpture, etc.) as springboards for the spiritual growth of those visiting. As a photographer, Jill seeks to express the potential of this UNESCO world heritage site to address the needs of our troubled world. When not in Chartres, Jill serves as an artist and minister through Faith, Hope and Love Global Ministries, a non-profit that teaches, inspires and encourages Christian leaders around the globe. She gratefully installs labyrinths and offers labyrinth programming on four continents. Two of Jill’s seven books on labyrinth prayer, Praying the Labyrinth and Praying the Chartres Labyrinth focus on the pilgrimage experience in the Chartres Cathedral. (See: jillgeoffrion.com; throughjillseyes.wordpress.com; fhlglobal.org)


    Recommended Reading for the Pilgrimage: 


    Praying the Labyrinth and Praying the Chartres Labyrinth. Also of interest are Jill's other books Living the Labyrinth, Pondering the Labyrinth, The Labyrinth and Song of Songs, The Labyrinth and the Enneagram, and Christian Prayer and Labyrinths (all published by Pilgrim Press).


    Accommodation at the Maison St. Yves where the program will be held will be available soon.

    • 27 Sep 2014
    • 10:00 AM (UTC+02:00)
    • 28 Sep 2014
    • 6:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Maison St. Yves, Chartres, France
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    Learn to offer the labyrinth experience to others in this professional, in-depth, two day training.


    Interested in having Lauren Artress lead a workshop and Facilitator Training in your area? Download her speakers packet here.





    • 29 Sep 2014
    • 4:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • 02 Oct 2014
    • 10:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Chartres, France
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    SAVE THE DATE: More information coming soon!

    • 03 Oct 2014
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Gorslwyd Farm, Tan y Groes, Cardigan, West Wales, UK
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    It is hard to stay focused in the present. Sometimes the pull of the past and the uncertainty of the future exert a surprising strength. Walking the labyrinth invites us into stillness and
    attentiveness to the present moment in which our soul may find peace, healing, joy and gratitude. 

    There will be opportunity for journaling, small group sharing
    and simple art work as well as chance to walk a labyrinth
    alone with others.

    The Workshop will begin at 9.30am with registration and
    finish at 4.00pm.

    Registration Fee
    The registration fee is $112.00 (£70.00 / early bird rate £60.00
    before June 1st 2014)This includes lunch and refreshments during the workshop.

    The workshop is open to all, but particularly serves as the
    pre-qualifying workshop for the labyrinth facilitator training
    weekend immediately following the end of the day workshop.
    It will be limited to 24 people.

    Download a copy of the flyer for this event by clicking here.

    Need more information? Contact Di Williams at diwilliams.labyrinth@gmail.com
    • 04 Oct 2014
    • 9:30 AM (UTC+01:00)
    • 05 Oct 2014
    • 4:00 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Gorslwyd Farm, Tan y Groes, Cardigan, West Wales, UK
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    Learn to offer the labyrinth experience to others in this professional, in-depth, two day training.

    Learn more about becoming a Veriditas Trained Facilitator.
     
    Interested in having Di Williams lead a workshop and Facilitator Training in your area? Download her speakers packet here.
    • 08 Oct 2014
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Earthrise Retreat Center, 101 San Antonio Road, Petaluma, CA 94952
    • 50
    Veriditas, in partnership with the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) and the EarthRise Retreat Center, will be offering a Full Moon Labyrinth Walk each month on or near the evening of the full moon. There is no cost for this hour-long event, but donationas are gratefully accepted. First time walkers are welcome.
    • 25 Oct 2014
    • 26 Oct 2014
    • Atlanta, Georgia
    SAVE THE DATE!

    Lauren Artress is coming to Atlanta, Georgia!

    She will be the keynote speaker for the Spirituality Conference at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta addressing "The New Emerging Spirituality" with sessions on:
    1) The Spiritual Hunger of Our Times;

    2)  Living a Symbolic Life; 

    3)  Walking a Wisdom Path

    4)  Reflections on the New Emerging Spirituality.


    She will also be speaking at the Cathedral's Dean's Forum on Sunday, October 26.

    A Veriditas Facilitator Training will follow.

    For more information, or to register, please visit:
    https://www.stphilipscathedral.org/Content/Lauren_Artress_Conference.asp.

    Questions? Email Jeannie Mahood at jmahood@stphilipscathedral.org or call 404-365-1034.
    • 27 Oct 2014
    • 9:00 AM
    • 28 Oct 2014
    • 5:00 PM
    • St. Phillips Cathedral, Atlanta, GA
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    Learn to offer the labyrinth experience to others in this professional, in-depth, two day training.


    There will be a Reception with Lauren Artress and Kay Mutert on Sunday night, October 26th for those coming to the Facilitator Training Monday and Tuesday. Trained Facilitators in the area will be invited to gather with those being newly trained. Watch for details to come.  
    • 06 Nov 2014
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Earthrise Retreat Center, 101 San Antonio Road, Petaluma, CA 94952
    • 50
    Veriditas, in partnership with the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) and the EarthRise Retreat Center, will be offering a Full Moon Labyrinth Walk each month on or near the evening of the full moon. There is no cost for this hour-long event, but donationas are gratefully accepted. First time walkers are welcome.
    • 07 Nov 2014
    • 7:00 PM
    • 08 Nov 2014
    • 11:00 AM
    • Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

    The Women’s Dream Quest offers women the rare opportunity to spend the night in the sacred space of Grace Cathedral. 


    We gather together for our yearly autumn Quest to dream for the Earth. We will listen to her wisdom and her need. Our time together in the sacred circle of women will be focused on how we can be her voice, how we can become Mothers of the World.


    Come, wake up with us in Grace!

 

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Veriditas is dedicated to inspiring personal and planetary change and renewal 
through the labyrinth experience.

We accomplish our mission by training and supporting labyrinth facilitators around the world, 
and offering meaningful events that promote further understanding of the labyrinth 
as a tool for personal and community transformation.

Our Vision is that the labyrinth experience guides us in developing 
the higher level of human awareness we need to thrive in the 21st century.


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