Calendar of Events

    • 28 Feb 2017
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (PST)
    • Online

    Okay, so now you’ve done it. Your labyrinth is finished! The next step is often to dedicate the labyrinth. It is an opportunity to thank your donors and educate your broader community as to why a labyrinth has been built. This webinar will cover the ins and outs of creating a Dedication: what to do, what to say and how to design this special community time.

    Join Lauren on February 28th at 4 PM Pacific time… 

    The Reverend Dr. Lauren Artress is author of Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Practice, The Sand Labyrinth Kit and The Sacred Path Companion: A Guide to Walking the Labyrinth to Heal and Transform (Putnam/Riverhead Books, New York). She is an Honorary Canon at Grace Cathedral and the Founder of Veriditas a non-profit dedicated to introduce people the healing, meditative powers of the labyrinth. She has traveled worldwide offering workshops and lectures on the labyrinth including a twice a year program in Chartres, France. In addition to being an Episcopal priest, she is a spiritual director and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California.


    • 10 Mar 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • 11 Mar 2017
    • 9:00 PM
    • Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, CA
    • 2


    Walking the labyrinth orders chaos, both in the inner world as well as the outer.  It quiets the mind and once the mind is quiet, we have choices over how we direct our thoughts.  We can choose to reflect deeply.; we can focus on prayer; and we can look at the uncertainty we feel about our personal circumstances or the challenge of the times we live in.

    Join the Reverend Dr. Lauren Artress to learn about the labyrinth and how to apply walking it to our lives. Experience the labyrinth in the majesty of Grace Cathedral on Friday and Saturday evenings to strengthen our commitments, deepen our reflective nature and gain perspective about where we are "on the Path."

    Friday afternoon, we open with an introductory session followed by lite reception and the Candlelit Walk in Cathedral. We offer a small selection of continental breakfast foods on Saturday morning; you are on your own for lunch; and a wonderful catered dinner is served on Saturday that follows our private Harmony Walk in the Cathedral.


    • 12 Mar 2017
    • 10:00 AM
    • 13 Mar 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
    • 19


    The goal of Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator Training is to prepare people to introduce others to the labyrinth in an articulate, professional and effective way.
    The training addresses meditative walking in a variety of settings, with a variety of different populations. It is focused primarily on the Eleven Circuit Medieval Labyrinth but is inclusive of all forms.


    Walking the labyrinth is being embraced as a spiritual practice throughout the Western world mostly because of Veriditas trained facilitators. The Veriditas Facilitator Training -- which began in 1997 -- remains the most rigorous and comprehensive training offered

    How to know if Facilitator Training is right for you?

    • Want to deepen your own labyrinth practice?
    • Want the tools and guidance that will enable you to bring the labyrinth to your community?
    • Want to connect with a supportive community of Labyrinth Facilitators around the world?
    • Find yourself heading up a labyrinth program at your church, school, hospital, college etc. and need broad training and/or specific answers?
    • Considering offering labyrinth walking as part of your healing, counseling, yoga or  coaching business and are curious about the business considerations involved?
    • Love the labyrinth and want to offer workshops of your own? Consider completing Facilitator Training on the path to becoming Certified, Advance Trained and Accredited. Our Veriditas Accredited Presenters are now offering some of our qualifying workshops.

    We encourage you to join us! 

    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.

    • 11 Apr 2017
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • Online


    Public artist and community builder, Reginal C. Adams, shares his insight and experience working with Houston area high school students in designing and building sacred spaces and labyrinths locally and abroad.


    • 22 Apr 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • Unitarian Universalist Church, 538 West Chestnut Street, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
    • 25


    a Veriditas Qualifying Labyrinth Workshop in Lancaster, PA

    During these challenging times, it is especially important for each of us to be grounded in who we are, in our spirituality, in the earth. Walking the labyrinth is a way of grounding ourselves, providing that time of peace, of listening to what our inner voice has to tell us. Walking the labyrinth allows us to connect with the earth and with its wisdom. What does the wisdom of the earth have to tell us? Join us for Walking the Wisdom of the Earth: A Labyrinth Journey on Earth Day. As we walk the labyrinth, we heal ourselves and the earth.

    To register, please email dldobbins44@yahoo.com

    Led by Veriditas Master Teacher, the Reverend Dr. Kay Mutert ...

    Kay uses her experience as musician, minister, and teacher in working with groups and individuals from all arenas of life, inviting them to discover the possibilities of the labyrinth in the journey to experience a reconnection with the sacredness of life. She has worked with labyrinths for the past 12 years. Kay's focus is on helping others find ways for renewal of mind, body, spirit and creative energy, through retreats, workshops and sacred events. Kay served congregations in the United Methodist Church and the British Methodist Church. Before that she worked as a music educator and musician in Florida and Alabama. She is a conductor, composer and pianist, wanting to let her love for the spirit of music and movement speak to the hearts of others.

    Kay has served as musician and program presenter at Iona Abbey, and has been an associate of the international ecumenical Iona Community based in Scotland. She offers workshops and worship experiences utilizing the resources of Iona, Taize and global music.

    Kay believes the ancient archetype of the labyrinth serves as a strong source of possibility for today's world, in meditation, reconciliation, peace-making, for young and old, for cross-cultures, for community and personal use. Through her experience in the a variety of settings, Kay works to honor the non-verbal expression of meaning, as felt in the labyrinth, through movement, and through visual and musical expressions.

    • 05 May 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (PDT)
    • Lynn Valley United Church, 3201 Mountain Highway, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
    • 24


    Explore your spirituality as a family using movement, music, art and fun! Families of all shapes and sizes will learn what a labyrinth is, how to walk one as a tool for learning about yourself, play in the labyrinth using music and movement and discover why labyrinth walking can be good for the whole family! Families will learn to use the labyrinth as a tool for healing, exploring and play.  


    Led by Veriditas Master Teacher, the Reverend Dr. Kay Mutert ...

    Kay uses her experience as musician, minister, and teacher in working with groups and individuals from all arenas of life, inviting them to discover the possibilities of the labyrinth in the journey to experience a reconnection with the sacredness of life. She has worked with labyrinths for the past 12 years. Kay's focus is on helping others find ways for renewal of mind, body, spirit and creative energy, through retreats, workshops and sacred events. Kay served congregations in the United Methodist Church and the British Methodist Church. Before that she worked as a music educator and musician in Florida and Alabama. She is a conductor, composer and pianist, wanting to let her love for the spirit of music and movement speak to the hearts of others.

    Kay has served as musician and program presenter at Iona Abbey, and has been an associate of the international ecumenical Iona Community based in Scotland. She offers workshops and worship experiences utilizing the resources of Iona, Taize and global music.

    Kay believes the ancient archetype of the labyrinth serves as a strong source of possibility for today's world, in meditation, reconciliation, peace-making, for young and old, for cross-cultures, for community and personal use. Through her experience in the a variety of settings, Kay works to honor the non-verbal expression of meaning, as felt in the labyrinth, through movement, and through visual and musical expressions.


    • 06 May 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (PDT)
    • Lynn Valley United Church, 3201 Mountain Highway, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
    • 24


    Are you looking for a tool or practice to deepen your understanding of the Holy and help you and others let go of experiences, heal and gain new insights? The ancient practice of walking a labyrinth can be a rich tool for all ages! The day includes information on the history of the labyrinth, experiences on the labyrinth using music and movement, sound and silence as a spiritual and communal practice. This workshop serves as a prerequisite for the two-day facilitator training for those wanting further in-depth work.  Perfect for teachers, musicians, artists, counselors, clergy and the curious! 


    Led by Veriditas Master Teacher, the Reverend Dr. Kay Mutert ...

    Kay uses her experience as musician, minister, and teacher in working with groups and individuals from all arenas of life, inviting them to discover the possibilities of the labyrinth in the journey to experience a reconnection with the sacredness of life. She has worked with labyrinths for the past 12 years. Kay's focus is on helping others find ways for renewal of mind, body, spirit and creative energy, through retreats, workshops and sacred events. Kay served congregations in the United Methodist Church and the British Methodist Church. Before that she worked as a music educator and musician in Florida and Alabama. She is a conductor, composer and pianist, wanting to let her love for the spirit of music and movement speak to the hearts of others.

    Kay has served as musician and program presenter at Iona Abbey, and has been an associate of the international ecumenical Iona Community based in Scotland. She offers workshops and worship experiences utilizing the resources of Iona, Taize and global music.

    Kay believes the ancient archetype of the labyrinth serves as a strong source of possibility for today's world, in meditation, reconciliation, peace-making, for young and old, for cross-cultures, for community and personal use. Through her experience in the a variety of settings, Kay works to honor the non-verbal expression of meaning, as felt in the labyrinth, through movement, and through visual and musical expressions.


    • 07 May 2017
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 12 May 2017
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • Southwest England

    Join Veriditas faculty, Judith Tripp on a magical 6 day pilgrimage in England. Based in Glastonbury, we travel to Wells Cathedral, Tintagel, Avebury and a special dawn ceremony inside the stones at Stonehenge. Sacred circles, yoga and meditation daily,

    • 5 nights B&B accommodation in Glastonbury
    • Transportation to Tintagel, Wells Cathedral, Stonehenge and Avebury
    • Daily meditation, yoga, sacred circles, live music and ceremony
    • $1,600 (single room occupancy, $250 additional)
    Judith Tripp, MA MFT, Transpersonal Psychotherapist, leader of Women's Dream Quest, Veriditas certified Labyrinth Facilitator, author and musician invites you to join her on this pilgrimage to Avalon!

    For additional information see www.circleway.com 
    or call 415-552-4546

    • 07 May 2017
    • 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • 08 May 2017
    • 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • Lynn Valley United Church, 3201 Mountain Highway, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
    • 40


    The goal of Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator Training is to prepare people to introduce others to the labyrinth in an articulate, professional and effective way.The training addresses meditative walking in a variety of settings, with a variety of different populations. It is focused primarily on the Eleven Circuit Medieval Labyrinth but is inclusive of all forms.

    Walking the labyrinth is being embraced as a spiritual practice throughout the Western world mostly because of Veriditas trained facilitators. The Veriditas Facilitator Training -- which began in 1997 -- remains the most rigorous and comprehensive training offered. 

    How to know if Facilitator Training is right for you?

    • Want to deepen your own labyrinth practice?
    • Want the tools and guidance that will enable you to bring the labyrinth to your community?
    • Want to connect with a supportive community of Labyrinth Facilitators around the world?
    • Find yourself heading up a labyrinth program at your church, school, hospital, college etc. and need broad training and/or specific answers?
    • Considering offering labyrinth walking as part of your healing, counseling, yoga or  coaching business and are curious about the business considerations involved?
    • Love the labyrinth and want to offer workshops of your own? Consider completing Facilitator Training on the path to becoming Certified, Advance Trained and Accredited. Our Veriditas Accredited Presenters are now offering some of our qualifying workshops.

    We encourage you to join us!

    Prior attendance at a Veriditas Qualifying Workshop is required. The workshop led by Kay Mutert immediately preceding this training serves as a qualifying workshop.

    Learn more about becoming a Veriditas Trained Facilitator.

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

    Payment plans are available - call the office: 707-283-0373 for details.


    • 13 May 2017
    • 2:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • 14 May 2017
    • 6:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Chartres, France
    • 36

    Meeting Mary at Chartres – a two day experience of the Sacred Feminine.


    Led by Judith Tripp, MA, MFT, a member of the Veriditas Faculty, a transpersonal psychotherapist, leader of Women's Dream Quest, and teacher.  She leads pilgrimages and retreats in the US, Europe and Australia.  She is also an author, a musician and singer.

    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.

    Over this weekend, 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 time will include special evening in Chartres Cathedral, with a procession and a candle-lit labyrinth walk with flute and vocal music.  

    This can be a stand-alone workshop or a perfect pairing with to Cycle One of Walking A Sacred Path.

    Below is a 20 minute webinar which outlines what you can expect in this mini Pilgrimage.


    Accommodation:  

    Accommodation at the Maison is now available, please click here to book your room. Please click here for a list of accommodation options beyond the Maison.


    • 15 May 2017
    • 4:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • 19 May 2017
    • 10:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Chartres, France
    • 35

    Constantly bombarded by information and overloaded with knowledge, what we lack is wisdom. We need wisdom to grasp the heart of the issues that face us in both our personal lives as well our culture.  So, can we “learn” wisdom?  Yes, through the ancient art of storytelling…

    Lauren Artress and Cynthia James will lead us on the path of reflection on our lives through storytelling, song, discussion and writing prompts to stir our own personal stories. Drawing from the rich wisdom traditions around the world. these morning seminars will nurture wisdom through the labyrinth’s four-fold process: Remember as we are blessed, Release what no longer serves us, Receive guidance along the path and Return to our Ground of Being. Together we will create a wisdom community that connects, nourishes and deepens our capacity to evoke wisdom in our lives.  

    What better place to nurture wisdom than the sacred space of Chartres Cathedral. We begin with a reception to meet each other followed by an opening ritual and  orientation to the program. Then each day, there is a morning seminar, a small processing group, and an experience of what Chartres has to offer. Tuesday evening holds a unique Pilgrim's Walk through the Crypt of Chartres Cathedral, on Wednesday, an orientation to the labyrinth and a once in a life-time candlelit labyrinth walk with medieval music on the Chartres Labyrinth, on Thursday a tour of the Cathedral itself, and a closing celebratory dinner on Friday.

    Lauren Artress is author of Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Practice, The Sand Labyrinth Kit and The Sacred Path Companion: A Guide to Walking the Labyrinth to Heal and Transform (Putnam/Riverhead Books, New York). She serves as a Canon at Grace Cathedral and is Founder of Veriditas a non-profit dedicated to introduce people to the healing, meditative powers of the labyrinth. She travels worldwide offering workshops and lectures on the labyrinth including creating a twice a year program in Chartres, France.

    In addition to being an Episcopal priest, she is a spiritual director and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California. Artress is on the Editorial Board of Presence Magazine. For more about Lauren and her work visit: www.laurenartress.com 

    Cynthia is a transformational specialist and one of today’s brightest and best loved inspirational leaders, guiding people to make changes at a deep level for lasting healing. Cynthia excels as a speaker, coach, singer, and multiple award-winning author of I Choose Me: The Art of Being a Phenomenally Successful Woman at Home and at Work, What Will Set You Free and Revealing Your Extraordinary Essence. Cynthia James embodies the quote “I am not what I have done.  I am what I have overcome;” and, she leads others to do the same. 

    Ms. James has facilitated hundreds of workshops, seminars, pilgrimages and keynotes Internationally. She is personally committed to utilizing creative expression as a vital and effective healing modality that will assist everyone in their own personal and professional growth.  For more information about Cynthia and her work, visit: www.cynthiajames.net.

    To book your accommodation for this Pilgrimage, please click here.

    Suggestions for Reading:

    On Chartres:
    Malcolm Miller’s Chartres
    Philip Ball’s Universe of Stone
    Jane Welch Williams’ Bread, Wine and Money

    On the Labyrinth:  
    Lauren Artress’ Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Practice and The Sacred Path Companion: Using the Labyrinth to Heal and Transform
    Jill Geoffrion’s Praying the Labyrinth

    On Medieval Times:
    William Manchester’s When the World was Lit Only by Fire

    On Storytelling: 
    Storytelling Magazine published by the National Storytelling Network www.storynet.org

    Safety Concerns?

    As you probably know, the U.S. government is continuing its Worldwide Caution with respect to foreign travel in general. France is not specifically mentioned in the latest update. On a separate website, the U.S. embassy in France notes that the French government is continuing its reinforced security measures. The State Department provides a program for concerned travelers to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency: see Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

    • 20 May 2017
    • 10:00 AM (UTC+02:00)
    • 21 May 2017
    • 6:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Maison St. Yves, Chartres, France
    • 22


    The goal of Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator Training is to prepare people to introduce others to the labyrinth in an articulate, professional and effective way.The training addresses meditative walking in a variety of settings, with a variety of different populations. It is focused primarily on the Eleven Circuit Medieval Labyrinth but is inclusive of all forms.

    Walking the labyrinth is being embraced as a spiritual practicethroughout the Western world mostly because of Veriditas trained facilitators. The Veriditas Facilitator Training -- which began in 1997 -- remains the most rigorous and comprehensive training offered. 

    How to know if Facilitator Training is right for you?

    • Want to deepen your own labyrinth practice?
    • Want the tools and guidance that will enable you to bring the labyrinth to your community?
    • Want to connect with a supportive community of Labyrinth Facilitators around the world?
    • Find yourself heading up a labyrinth program at your church, school, hospital, college etc. and need broad training and/or specific answers?
    • Considering offering labyrinth walking as part of your healing, counseling, yoga or  coaching business and are curious about the business considerations involved?
    • Love the labyrinth and want to offer workshops of your own? Consider completing Facilitator Training on the path to becoming Certified, Advance Trained and Accredited. Our Veriditas Accredited Presenters are now offering some of our qualifying workshops.

    We encourage you to join us! 

    Please note: prior attendance at a Veriditas qualifying workshop is required. Either of the two weeks surrounding this training in Chartres are considered qualifying workshops.

    To book your accommodation for this program at the Maison St. Yves, please click here.

    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.




    • 22 May 2017
    • 4:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • 26 May 2017
    • 10:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Chartres, France
    • 34

    Pilgrimage is as much an inner journey as it is an outer one. You are invited to travel to the frontier of your soul to discover the hidden presence of the divine in every step you take. Christine Valters Paintner will be sharing eight stages of the pilgrim's way–from hearing the call to packing lightly to being uncomfortable to coming home—in support of making an intentional, transformative journey to your own inner "wild edges." Through stories from the Celtic spiritual tradition, contemplative practices. teaching, sharing, creative exploration, music, and movement we will uncover the ways your own journey is breaking open something new.

    Together we will cultivate attentiveness to the divine in daily life through deep listening and opening ourselves to the profound gifts that arise in the midst of discomfort and mystery. Often it is at times of life transition that we are called to approach a new threshold. Pilgrimage can be a way of navigating these crossings with grace and awareness. You will come away from the retreat with powerful practices to ground and guide you, a new appreciation for the spiritual gifts of being uncomfortable, and the invitation to continue the pilgrimage of discovery in the midst of your own life.

    Bio:

    Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, REACE

    is the online Abbess of AbbeyoftheArts.com, a global online monastery integrating contemplative practice and creative expression. She is a retreat leader, spiritual director, and the author of ten books on monastic spirituality and the arts including The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within. Four years ago she embarked on her own life pilgrimage which brought her eventually to Ireland where she lives with her husband and together they lead pilgrimages and writing retreats to the sacred and wild edges.

    To book your accommodation for this Pilgrimage, please click here.

    Suggestions for Reading:

    The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Journey Within by Christine Valters Paintner

    The Art of Pilgrimage: A Seeker's Guide to Making Travel Sacred by Phil Cousineau

    The Solace of Fierce Landscapes: Exploring Desert and Mountain Spirituality by Belden Lane

    Lectio Divina--The Sacred Art: Transforming Words and Images into Heart-Centered Prayer by Christine Valters Paintner

    On Chartres:
    Malcolm Miller’s Chartres
    Philip Ball’s Universe of Stone
    Jane Welch Williams’ Bread, Wine and Money

    On the Labyrinth:  
    Lauren Artress’ Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Practice and The Sacred Path Companion: Using the Labyrinth to Heal and Transform
    Jill Geoffrion’s Praying the Labyrinth

    On Medieval Times:
    William Manchester’s When the World was Lit Only by Fire

    On Storytelling: 
    Storytelling Magazine published by the National Storytelling Network www.storynet.org

    Safety Concerns?

    As you probably know, the U.S. government is continuing its Worldwide Caution with respect to foreign travel in general. France is not specifically mentioned in the latest update. On a separate website, the U.S. embassy in France notes that the French government is continuing its reinforced security measures. The State Department provides a program for concerned travelers to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency: see Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

    • 27 May 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Chartres, France
    • 12


    The medieval Chartres Cathedral takes one’s breath away. The massive stones are magnificent and skillfully cut! So, “Where did they come from?"  The ancient quarry of Berchères les Pierres, about 8 miles from Chartres.

    At 9:30 am on Saturday, our band of pilgrims will leave from Maison St. Yves and shuttle to the quarry. We will meander along the edge of the fields of LaBeauce and descend into the wooded quarry bed through terrain that requires sure-footedness.

    Leaving the quarry, we will walk along village streets, country roads, lanes of fast traffic, the banks of the Eure River and back into Chartres. As a pilgrim ritual, we’ll circumabulate the cathedral and return to Maison St. Yves about 3 pm.  

    Bring a bottle of water, trail snacks, sturdy (tennis) shoes, and be prepared to adventure and walk for three hours.

    Guide: MJ McGregor, PhD

    MJ first visited Chartres Cathedral with Veriditas in 2003.  It captured her heart and changed her life. The ancient quarry has been one of her favorite pilgrimage sites since 2009.

    Along with her husband, MJ is a seasonal resident of Chartres in their 15th century pied-à-terre. MJ guides walking pilgrimages from Paris to Chartres each year and is an English-speaking guide for the Cathedral.  She is a Veriditas Advanced Labyrinth Facilitator.

    • 17 Jun 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • Chatham, Massachusetts


    SAVE THE DATE for a workshop on the Labyrinth with Lauren Artress in Chatham, Massachusetts JUNE 17.

    The Reverend Dr. Lauren Artress is author of Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Practice, The Sand Labyrinth Kit and The Sacred Path Companion: A Guide to Walking the Labyrinth to Heal and Transform (Putnam/Riverhead Books, New York). She is  an Honorary Canon at Grace Cathedral and the Founder of Veriditas, a non-profit dedicated to introduce people the healing, meditative powers of the labyrinth. She travels worldwide offering workshops and lectures on the labyrinth including a twice a year program in Chartres, France. In addition to being an Episcopal priest, she is a spiritual director and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California.

    This serves as a qualifying workshop for the Veriditas Facilitator Training that follows

    Registration opening soon through Pilgrim's Landing - www.pilgrimslandingcapecod.org

    • 18 Jun 2017
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 19 Jun 2017
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Chatham, Massachusetts
    • 24


    The goal of Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator Training is to prepare people to introduce others to the labyrinth in an articulate, professional and effective way.The training addresses meditative walking in a variety of settings, with a variety of different populations. It is focused primarily on the Eleven Circuit Medieval Labyrinth but is inclusive of all forms.

    Walking the labyrinth is being embraced as a spiritual practice throughout the Western world mostly because of Veriditas trained facilitators. The Veriditas Facilitator Training -- which began in 1997 -- remains the most rigorous and comprehensive training offered. 

    How to know if Facilitator Training is right for you?

    • Want to deepen your own labyrinth practice?

    • Want the tools and guidance that will enable you to bring the labyrinth to your community?
    • Want to connect with a supportive community of Labyrinth Facilitators around the world?
    • Find yourself heading up a labyrinth program at your church, school, hospital, college etc. and need broad training and/or specific answers?
    • Considering offering labyrinth walking as part of your healing, counseling, yoga or  coaching business and are curious about the business considerations involved?
    • Love the labyrinth and want to offer workshops of your own? Consider completing Facilitator Training on the path to becoming Certified, Advance Trained and Accredited. Our Veriditas Accredited Presenters are now offering some of our qualifying workshops.

    We encourage you to join us! 

    Please note: prior attendance at a Veriditas qualifying workshop is required. 

    Learn more about becoming a Veriditas Trained Facilitator.

    Payment plans are available - call the office
    707-283-0373 for details.


    Don't miss this opportunity to learn from Veriditas Founder, Lauren Artress.


    • 07 Jul 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • 08 Jul 2017
    • 5:30 PM
    • Earthrise Retreat Center, 101 San Antonio Road, Petaluma, CA 94952
    • 29


    The impact of walking labyrinths continues to touch peoples’ lives. And, we search for a way to understand the power behind this ancient archetypal form. In the opening night lecture, we will explore the Organizing Principle of the Labyrinth.  Then in Saturday's workshop, we will posit that the labyrinth is a parable; not a biblical one, but one that serves as a powerful metaphor for this journey, this pilgrimage from birth to death we are all participating in.

    This workshop is designed for those who want to enrich and deepen their spiritual lives and to be in service to others. It serves as a qualifying workshop for the Facilitator Training that follows.

    • 07 Jul 2017
    • 7:00 PM (PDT)
    • 13 Jul 2017
    • 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • Earthrise Retreat Center
    • 17


    Join us and immerse yourself in the world of labyrinths.  Veriditas is offering a potpourri of experiences designed to teach you everything you ever wanted to know about walking and building labyrinths - all in one week. Join us for the whole week for the discounted price of $1250.

    Lecture and Workshop with Lauren Artress

    An evening introductory lecture and one day workshop for anyone interested in beginning or renewing their connection to the labyrinth. Workshop also serves as the pre-requisite for those going on to Facilitator Training.

    Facilitator Training with Lauren Artress

    An in-depth professional training to learn to present and work with the labyrinth in a variety of settings and differing audiences.

    Learn more about becoming a Veriditas Trained Facilitator.   

    Labyrinth Definition and Design 
    with Lars Howlett

    Learn to draw and create tabletop labyrinths through a variety of simple artistic methods. Explore the differences between spirals and meanders, mazes and labyrinths to discover the essential elements for creating and adapting designs.

    Labyrinth Materials and Construction
    with Lars Howlett

    Do you dream of building a temporary or permanent labyrinth for yourself or your community? In this two-day experiential workshop, professional labyrinth builder, Lars Howlett will lead you in the creation of walkable Classical, Chartres, and modified Contemporary Labyrinths. Techniques for efficient and accurate installation will be demonstrated including many tools. See first-hand how intention, design, proportions, materials, site, and alignment benefit the labyrinth and those who walk it.

    Lunch and refreshments provided in each program.

    Accommodation Information

    Accommodation reservations sold separately, and will be available soon. 


    • 09 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 10 Jul 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Earthrise Retreat Center, 101 San Antonio Road, Petaluma, CA
    • 19


    "The labyrinth is a spiritual tool that has many applications in various settings. 
    It reduces stress, quiets the mind and opens the heart. It is a walking meditation, a path of prayer, and a blue-print where psyche meets Spirit." 

    -- The Reverend Dr. Lauren Artress

    The goal of Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator Training is to prepare people to introduce others to the labyrinth in an articulate, professional and effective way.The training addresses meditative walking in a variety of settings, with a variety of different populations. It is focused primarily on the Eleven Circuit Medieval Labyrinth but is inclusive of all forms.

    Walking the labyrinth is being embraced as a spiritual practice throughout the Western world mostly because of Veriditas trained facilitators. The Veriditas Facilitator Training -- which began in 1997 -- remains the most rigorous and comprehensive training offered

    How to know if Facilitator Training is right for you?

    • Want to deepen your own labyrinth practice?
    • Want the tools and guidance that will enable you to bring the labyrinth to your community?
    • Want to connect with a supportive community of Labyrinth Facilitators around the world?
    • Find yourself heading up a labyrinth program at your church, school, hospital, college etc. and need broad training and/or specific answers?
    • Considering offering labyrinth walking as part of your healing, counseling, yoga or  coaching business and are curious about the business considerations involved?
    • Love the labyrinth and want to offer workshops of your own? Consider completing Facilitator Training on the path to becoming Certified, Advance Trained and Accredited. Our Veriditas Accredited Presenters are now offering some of our qualifying workshops.

    We encourage you to join us! 

    To read more about Facilitator Training, what topics are covered, our Facilitator Network and more, please click here.

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

    • 11 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Earthrise Retreat Center, 101 San Antonio Road, Petaluma, CA 94952
    • 30


    Learn to draw and create tabletop labyrinths through a variety of simple artistic methods. Explore the differences between spirals and meanders, mazes and labyrinths to discover the essential elements for creating and adapting designs.

    Taught in a classroom setting, students will receive a workbook highlighting the history, classification, and methods for drawing traditional or one-of-a-kind labyrinths. Students can apply new skills in the creation of finger labyrinths, artistic projects, or formal plans for a large-scale installation. This is a great opportunity to learn about a diversity of designs, explore how and why certain patterns resonate with people, and gain the confidence to explain and introduce the definition and philosophy of these beloved symbols to others.

    Lars Howlett is a leading expert in the design and creation of sacred space for walking meditation, centering prayer, personal healing, conflict resolution and community building. Lars is a practitioner of mindfulness and student of sacred geometry since 2003, experimenting with a wide variety of designs, materials, intentions and settings in his personal and professional projects. Lars was a three year apprentice to Robert Ferre, inheriting the tools, techniques, and teaching curriculum of a master builder. Lars is a Veriditas Faculty Member and Certified Labyrinth Facilitator trained by the Rev. Dr. Lauren Artress at Grace and Chartres Cathedrals. Visit http://www.DiscoverLabyrinths.com


    • 12 Jul 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 13 Jul 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Earthrise Retreat Center, 101 San Antonio Road, Petaluma, CA 94952
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    Do you dream of building a temporary or permanent labyrinth for yourself or your community? In this two-day experiential workshop, Lars Howlett will lead you in the creation of walkable Classical, Chartres, and modified Contemporary Labyrinths. Techniques for efficient and accurate installation will be demonstrated including many tools invented by Robert Ferré. See first-hand how intention, design, proportions, materials, site, and alignment benefit the labyrinth and those who walk it.

    Stories and slideshows will explore the best options for a variety of communities and settings, from schools to festivals, churches to hospitals, backyards to public parks and more. Learn how to appropriately alter proportions, paths, circuits, and the center to fit a variety of environments. See photos from Lars’ professional projects and pilgrimages to sacred sites around the world including Chartres, Iona, and Sweden. The cost and qualities of dozens of different materials will be discussed, from tape to canvas, rubber mulch to grass, pavers to stone and more. Receive feedback on your own designs and projects and take the next step in realizing your dream labyrinth!

    Lars Howlett is a leading expert in the design and creation of sacred space for walking meditation, centering prayer, personal healing, conflict resolution and community building. Lars is a practitioner of mindfulness and student of sacred geometry since 2003, experimenting with a wide variety of designs, materials, intentions and settings in his personal and professional projects. Lars was a three year apprentice to Robert Ferré, inheriting the tools, techniques, and teaching curriculum of a master builder. Lars is a Veriditas Faculty Member and Certified Labyrinth Facilitator trained by the Reverend Dr. Lauren Artress at Grace and Chartres Cathedrals. Visit http://www.DiscoverLabyrinths.com

    Accommodation and meals are an additional cost. 


    • 11 Sep 2017
    • 4:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • 15 Sep 2017
    • 10:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Chartres, France
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    This summer, Pope Francis lauded Mary Magdalene as a model for humanity, reclaiming her ancient title of Apostle to the Apostles. In this five day pilgrimage, Magdalene scholar Kayleen Asbo, PhD will weave together history, art, music and spiritual practices that illuminate the central transformative role Mary Magdalene has held for such pivotal figures as St Francis, St Teresa of Avila and Catherine of Sienna. We'll explore how Mary Magdalene embodies the archetype of healing, wholeness and integration--and what she can mean for us in our 21st century lives today.

    Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D is lecturer at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, Dominican University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Music Historian in Residence for the Santa Rosa Symphony.  Her PhD dissertation was "Passion and Paradox: The Myths of Mary Magdalene in Music, Art and Culture". She has lectured on Mary Magdalene for UC Berkeley, the Graduate Theological Union, the San Francisco Opera, Oxford University in England, the New York Open Center Esoteric Quest in Carcassonne, France, the Assisi Institute of Depth Psychology in Italy and for churches and Jung Institutes across the country. Dr. Asbo leads sacred pilgrimages to Europe, including  In the Footsteps of Mary Magdalene, a yearly journey to Provence. Her pioneering work has been hailed for its integration of head and heart, a "brilliant combination of impeccable scholarship and pure passion". You can learn more about her at www.kayleenasbo.com

    *Our gratitude to the artist Brut Cariollus for permission to use the artwork featured for this event.

    Accommodation will open for registrations at the end of May 2017

    Safety Concerns?

    As you probably know, the U.S. government is continuing its Worldwide Caution with respect to foreign travel in general. France is not specifically mentioned in the latest update. On a separate website, the U.S. embassy in France notes that the French government is continuing its reinforced security measures. The State Department provides a program for concerned travelers to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency: see Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

    • 15 Sep 2017
    • 5:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • 17 Sep 2017
    • 2:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Amberley Center, Melbourne

    Join us for a weekend retreat of Labyrinth walking, meditation, song, healing and process.   We will create a sacred women's circle and connect to the circles that have been formed throughout the thirty years of the Women's Dream Quest, listening deeply for our role in the world at this pivotable time in the life of our planet.

    Led by Judith Tripp, MA, MFT, transpersonal psychotherapist, musician and teacher. Judith is on the faculty and Board of Veriditas and leads retreats, pilgrimages  and Dream Quests in the US, Europe and Australia . See CircleWay.com for more information. 

    Price is $600 AUD. Includes all meals and two nights lodging.

    Contact Marg Counihan 
    margcounihan@gmail.com
      03-9391 1989


    • 16 Sep 2017
    • 10:00 AM (UTC+02:00)
    • 17 Sep 2017
    • 6:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Maison St. Yves, Chartres, France
    • 22


    The goal of Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator Training is to prepare people to introduce others to the labyrinth in an articulate, professional and effective way.The training addresses meditative walking in a variety of settings, with a variety of different populations. It is focused primarily on the Eleven Circuit Medieval Labyrinth but is inclusive of all forms.

    Walking the labyrinth is being embraced as a spiritual practicethroughout the Western world mostly because of Veriditas trained facilitators. The Veriditas Facilitator Training -- which began in 1997 -- remains the most rigorous and comprehensive training offered. 


    How to know if Facilitator Training is right for you?

    • Want to deepen your own labyrinth practice?
    • Want the tools and guidance that will enable you to bring the labyrinth to your community?
    • Want to connect with a supportive community of Labyrinth Facilitators around the world?
    • Find yourself heading up a labyrinth program at your church, school, hospital, college etc. and need broad training and/or specific answers?
    • Considering offering labyrinth walking as part of your healing, counseling, yoga or  coaching business and are curious about the business considerations involved?
    • Love the labyrinth and want to offer workshops of your own? Consider completing Facilitator Training on the path to becoming Certified, Advance Trained and Accredited. Our Veriditas Accredited Presenters are now offering some of our qualifying workshops.

    We encourage you to join us! 

    Please note: prior attendance at a Veriditas qualifying workshop is required. The Pilgrimage prior to this training in Chartres is considered a qualifying workshop.

    Learn more about becoming a Veriditas Trained Facilitator.

    Payment plans are available - call the office 707-283-0373 for details

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




    • 20 Sep 2017
    • 3:45 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • 22 Sep 2017
    • 9:30 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Chartres, France
    • 30

    Once we awaken to the awareness that we are all on a journey, life becomes much more intriguing. We begin to value knowing our inner depths, learn from our experiences rather than be victimized by them and live consciously in relation to other sentient beings with whom we share the planet.

    The Grail Stories—originally written in Germany in 1208—will serve as our guide in the realms of the spirit. The journey of Parsifal, the pure hearted fool, is the story of an evolving soul. It is a story about a journey from unconsciousness, and naiveté to finding one’s true self.  Along Parsifal’s journey three significant questions emerge: What ails you? How can I help? And whom do I serve? These three questions go to the heart of who we are and who we long to be as we make the earthly pilgrimage.

    This three day seminar is designed for those who want to enrich their lives and deepen their spiritual lives to those in service to others: clergy, counselors, spiritual directors, therapists and others. 

    Recommended Reading:


    Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Practice by Lauren Artress
    Chartres Cathedral by Emile Male If this is difficult to find, then substitute it with Malcolm Miller’s Chartres Cathedral

    A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance by William Manchester

    Mount St. Michelle and Chartres by Henry Adams. This is a classic for those of us steeped in history and the classics.

    The Speech of the Grail: A Journey Toward Speaking That Heals and Transforms by Linda Sussman, Lindiisfarne Press, 1995


    • 22 Sep 2017
    • 5:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • 24 Sep 2017
    • 2:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • St. Joseph's Center, 8 Humphreys Road, Kincumber South, NSW 2251
    • 27


    Join us for a weekend retreat of Labyrinth walking, meditation, song, healing and process, We will create a sacred women's circle and connect to the circles that have been formed throughout the thirty years of the Women's Dream Quest, listening deeply for our role in the world at this pivotable time in the life of our planet.

    Led by Judith Tripp, MA, MFT, transpersonal psychotherapist, musician and teacher. Judith is on the faculty and Board of Veriditas and leads retreats, pilgrimages  and Dream Quests in the US, Europe and Australia . See CircleWay.com for more information. 

    Price is US$450. Includes all meals and two nights lodging.



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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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