"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
Facilitating the Labyrinth is a Spiritual Path ...
The goal of this Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator Training is to prepare people to introduce others to the labyrinth in an articulate, professional and effective way. The training addresses both meditative walking and ceremonial use. 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. Some people take this two-day course to deepen their knowledge of labyrinths. Others take it with the goal of becoming a Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator.
To date, Veriditas has trained more than 3,000 labyrinth facilitators -- therapists, clergy, hospital administrators, parish teams, doctors, artists and labyrinth enthusiasts -- who are introducing the labyrinth to their communities. About 1,000 people are certified.
Why Become a Trained Facilitator?
Our experience has taught us that if a person does not have a satisfying first experience, they do not easily return to walk again. Over the years a body of knowledge about labyrinths, their history and how to use them effectively has developed. The labyrinth seems deceptively easy to introduce to others. However, common mistakes have begun to appear: presenting a 'right way' to walk a labyrinth or interrupting someone's experience due to the presenter's discomfort with emotion are just two examples. Benefit from Lauren Artress' extensive experience and knowledge, through 16 hours face to face that is a behind-the-scenes conversation about using these powerful archetypal patterns as blue prints for transformation.
What Topics are Covered?
The Benefits of the Facilitator's Network
The Veriditas Facilitator Network provides ongoing opportunities to share experiences and learn from one another though offering access to the Facilitator
The Veriditas Council, empowered by the Veriditas Board continues the connection with both trained and Certified Facilitators.
There are opportunities to assist Lauren Artress at events around the country as well as in Chartres, France.
Before attending the training, please read Lauren Artress' Walking a Sacred Path and The Sacred Path Companion.
The cost is $700 for the two-day Facilitator Training led by Lauren Artress, or $600 if led by one of our Master Teachers. The fee includes instruction, materials, a twelve-month follow-up for Certification and membership in the Facilitator's Network. Lunch is provided both days, and a networking gathering the first evening if the setting allows. For further information, call or email the Veriditas Office at 707-283-0373.
ScholarshipsThere is one scholarship available for each Facilitator Training. The intention of the Melissa Postnifkoff Community Outreach Scholarship is to offer the training to someone with limited resources, who will use their training to work with traditionally under served populations (i.e.in areas of domestic violence, at risk youth, developmentally challenged, peace and social justice, incarcerated and low income communities,
etc. ). Applicants must also have the recommendation of a Veriditas Trained Facilitator in their area. For further information or to receive an application, call or email the Veriditas Office at 707-283-0373.
All Veriditas Facilitator Trainings are preceded by a Qualifying Workshop. Please check the calendar for details on individual workshops. This workshop must be led by Lauren Artress and/or a Veriditas Master Teacher, or an Advanced Trained Veriditas Accredited Presenter.
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