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 a discounted price.



Lecture and Workshop

We launch into the week with an evening introductory lecture, followed by a one-day workshop for anyone interested in beginning or renewing their connection to the labyrinth. The workshop also serves as the pre-requisite for those going on to Facilitator Training.

Facilitator Training

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.

Learn more about becoming a Veriditas Trained Facilitator.

We encourage you to join us! 

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.

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.

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, 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 Ferre. 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!


GPS address for Conference & Retreat Center: 471 Kanuga Chapel Drive, Hendersonville, NC 28739


Kanuga is easily accessible via Interstates 26, 40 and 85 as well as via US Highway 25. If this is your first visit to Kanuga and you will not be using a GPS, we recommend using these directions.

Interstate 26 East (from Asheville and I-40)

Take exit 49-B on US-64 W/Four Seasons Blvd into Hendersonville. Continue for 2.3 miles.

Turn left on N. Church Street (South Business 25) and drive nine blocks.

Turn right on Kanuga Street (becomes Kanuga Road) and following for 3.75 miles.

Turn right on Kanuga Lake Road.

Proceed to the Conference and Retreat Center.

Interstate 26 West (from South Carolina and I-85)

Take exit 53 Upward Road toward Hendersonville

Turn left on Upward Road, continue 2.5 miles. You will cross over US-176/Spartanburg Hwy (intersection with large Ingles Grocery) onto Highland Lake Road and proceed until the road ends.

Driving a bus? Please avoid Little River Road and take this alternate route.

Turn left on NC-225 South (Greenville Hwy) towards Historic Flat Rock.

At the traffic light (just past the Flat Rock Playhouse), turn right on Little River Road and continue for roughly 4 miles until the road ends at a blinking red light.

Turn right on Crab Creek Road/Kanuga Road.

Take first left onto Kanuga Lake Road (watch for the brown road sign).

Proceed to the Conference and Retreat Center.



Asheville, NC (AVL – 30 min.)

Asheville Regional Airport, located thirty minutes from Kanuga, offers service on Allegiant, US Airways, Delta and United, with daily nonstop service to Charlotte, Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Orlando and other major hubs. Taxi services and major rental car companies are available at the airport terminal. When exiting Asheville Regional Airport take a left onto Airport Road and follow the signs for I-26 East toward Hendersonville. Follow directions for Interstate 26 East.

Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (GSP – 1 hr.)

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, located one hour from Kanuga, offers service on Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta, Southwest, United and US Airways. Taxi services and major rental car companies are available at the airport terminal. When exiting Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport follow signs for I-85 N. Continue for 14 miles and take exit 70 to merge onto I-26 West towards Asheville, NC. Follow directions for Interstate 26 West.

Charlotte, NC (CLT – 1 hr. 45 min.)

Charlotte Douglas International Airport, located one hour and 45 minutes from Kanuga is the largest airport in the region. If flights into Asheville or Greenville-Spartanburg are unavailable we recommend Charlotte as an alternative. When exiting Charlotte Douglas International Airport follow signs for I-85 South towards Gastonia/Spartanburg. You may choose to follow I-85 all the way to I-26 West. Alternatively you can take exit 10b to merge onto US-74 W towards Kings Mountain/Shelby for 56 miles. US-74 merges with I-26 near Columbus, NC. Follow directions for Interstate 26 West.

Once you arrive at Kanuga:

Follow Kanuga Lake Road for approximately 1.25 miles.

Turn right on Kanuga Chapel Drive at the large Kanuga welcome sign.

Follow signs for check-in continuing past the business office, tennis courts and Kanuga Lake Inn (approximately .5 mile).

Turn left just before the Chapel of the Transfiguration into the paved lot.

Check-in is in the Lobby located just to the left of The Shop at Kanuga.


The Reverend Dr. Lauren Artress

Lauren is the Founder of Veriditas. She is the author of: Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Tool (Putnam/Riverhead Books, New York), The Sand Labyrinth Kit, (Tuttle Publishers) and The Sacred Path Companion: A Guide to Walking the Labyrinth to Heal and Transform (Riverhead, 2006). 

Lauren is a priest of the Episcopal Church, and her home parish is Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, California. From 1986 to 1992, she served as Canon Pastor and then as Canon for Special Ministries until August 2004. In May of 2006, her rediscovery of the labyrinth was honored by Grace Cathedral and she was designated Honorary Canon, a lifetime title. 

In 1991, while on a brief sabbatical, Lauren walked an informal taped labyrinth through the work of Jean Houston. The idea gestated for a few months and then she was compelled to go to Chartres Cathedral, where she moved the chairs and walked the medieval labyrinth. This courageous act has led to the rediscovery of the labyrinth. Lauren not only introduced the walking meditation back into the Christian tradition but also introduced the labyrinth back into Western culture. By December 1991, she had replicated the Medieval Eleven Circuit Labyrinth at Grace Cathedral beginning in canvas form. Due to the enormous response of people desiring to learn a walking meditation, the tapestry labyrinth was installed inside the Cathedral in 1994.  The outdoor terrazzo labyrinth was installed in the Interfaith Meditation Garden in 1995. In 2007, Grace Cathedral installed a permanent limestone labyrinth in the floor to replace the tapestry labyrinth… (to read Lauren’s Bio in its entirety, please click here.)

Reverend Dr. Kay Mutert

Kay is a member of the Veriditas Council and a certified Veriditas Advanced Facilitator, now serving as Veriditas' USA Southeast Regional Representative. Her current business is called "DaySpring - a source of creative expression and renewal of spirit". She 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. Her work has included compositions and concerts for those affected by cancer and AIDS.

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.

(to read Kay’s Bio in its entirety, please click here.)

Lars Howlett

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. Universities, churches, health centers, retirement communities, mental health centers, retreats, and individuals find Lars for inspiration and insight in creating exact replicas of historical patterns or one-of-a-kind artistic installations. 

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. He is the Chairperson of World Labyrinth Day and Board Member of the Labyrinth Society. Lars is an inspiring teacher and passionate speaker on the history, spirituality, and practice of walking labyrinths, leading workshops to cultivate inner wisdom for personal transformation with slideshows of personal projects and visits to sacred sites on four continents.


EarthRise at IONS is located approximately 30 miles north of San Francisco, off of Highway 101, at the intersection of beautiful Marin and Sonoma Counties. Our address is 101 San Antonio Road, Petaluma, CA 94952.

Driving Directions

Google, MapQuest & GPS devices typically direct you to the EarthRise Center / Institute of Noetic Sciences entry gate as though that is your final destination. To finish your journey to EarthRise, pass through the gate and drive along the meadow until you come to the green road signs that direct you up the hill to the left.

Driving Directions Southbound from Sonoma County: Hwy 101 Southbound from Petaluma, Santa Rosa, and points north:

Traveling South on US 101, take the “San Antonio Road/Silveira Ranch Road” Exit 467.

Turn RIGHT onto San Antonio Road at the stop sign at the top of the exit ramp.

Follow the San Antonio Frontage Road for approx 1.5 miles.  Turn LEFT at the “EarthRise / Institute of Noetic Sciences” sign.

After turning onto our property, drive ½ mile on the flat road (Burdell Drive)

Follow the road left and drive another ½ mile up the hill  (there are signs at the bottom of the hill pointing left to “EarthRise Retreat Center”)

At the top of the hill, look for the check-in signs for your group. Parking is to the right.

Driving Directions Northbound from San Francisco or the San Francisco International Airport: Hwy 101 Northbound from San Francisco and points south:

Travel North on 101 and take the San Antonio/Silveira Ranch Road Exit

From this exit turn left and continue on to the San Antonio Frontage Road for approx 2 miles.  Turn LEFT at the “EarthRise Center / Institute of Noetic Sciences” sign.

After turning onto our property, drive ½ mile on the flat road (Burdell Drive)

Follow the road left and drive another ½ mile up the hill  (there are signs at the bottom of the hill pointing left to “EarthRise Retreat Center”)

At the top of the hill please look for the check-in signs for your group. Parking is to the right.

Driving Directions from the East Bay/Oakland Airport

Take Highway I-580 W / I-80 E

Cross the Richmond Bridge (this route has tolls)

Merge onto US-101 N

Once you hit Highway 101 north you'll be joining northbound traffic from San Francisco. Please see the northbound directions above for the final part of your journey.

Ground Transportation from the Oakland and SFO Airports

EarthRise at the Institute of Noetic Sciences is located approximately 30 miles north of San Francisco off of Highway 101 at the intersection of beautiful Marin and Sonoma Counties.

Direct travel time from the San Francisco and Oakland airports to IONS is approximately one hour from Oakland and slightly over an hour from SFO, depending on traffic.

Shuttle Services

Door to Door Shuttles: The most direct way to reach our campus 24 hours/day

Western Eagle Shuttle
Advanced reservations required
Online Reservations Available
Phone: +1.415.342.6444
Mention “EarthRise @ IONS” to receive $5 off when booking

Advanced reservations required
Online Reservations Available
Phone: 1-800-258-3826

Airport Shuttles: Neither of these shuttles will take you directly to IONS. You will need to take a taxi service from the drop-off location if you choose this ground transportation option.

Airport Express – closest terminal is Petaluma Fairgrounds, 6 miles (707) 837-8700

Marin Airporter – closest terminal is Hamilton Parkway Terminal in Novato, 11 miles (415) 461-4222

Taxi Services

From Petaluma to EarthRise at IONS
Petaluma Green Taxi (707) 769-8294
A-1 Taxi (707) 763-3393

From Novato to EarthRise at IONS
Novato Taxi (415) 898-8484

Earthrise Retreat Center Location

101 H Street, Suite D, Petaluma, CA 94952   |   707-283-0373   |

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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