Calendar of Events

    • 16 May 2022
    • 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • 20 May 2022
    • 5:30 PM (PDT)
    • Online
    • 0

    The Virtual Facilitator Training, led by the Reverend Dr. Lauren Artress, will be held online Monday through Friday each afternoon from 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm pacific time. We will mail you the Facilitator Training manual so you will have it to follow along with in the class. There will be plenty of time for questions along with the didactic material. Programs will be held on Zoom and you will be sent the link to join once you register.

    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. The online workshop prior to this training is considered a qualifying workshop.

    Learn more about becoming a Veriditas Trained Facilitator.

    Payment plans are available - please select that option when you register.

    The Reverend Dr. Lauren Artress

    Lauren is the grandmother of the modern day Labyrinth movement and 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), The Sacred Path Companion: A Guide to Walking the Labyrinth to Heal and Transform (Riverhead, 2006) and most recently, The Path of the Holy Fool: How the Labyrinth Ignites Our Visionary Powers (Rose Petal Press, 2020). In May of 2006, Lauren's rediscovery of the labyrinth was honored by Grace Cathedral and she was designated Honorary Canon, a lifetime title. 






    • 23 May 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (PDT)
    • Online
    • 450
    Register


    Join Veriditas founder the Reverend Dr. Lauren Artress to learn more about connecting with sacred time in your life and with the labyrinth on Monday, May 23, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM PDT.   Lauren’s guest will be Christine Valters Paintner, PhD., an author, poet, mystic and abbess of the Abbey of the Arts, a virtual monastery. 


    Dr. Paintner will discuss how by becoming in tune with the rhythms of the natural world, we can live more intentionally and experience a conversion toward a more expansive way of being.  In her recent book, Sacred Time: Embracing an Intentional Way of Life, she invites readers to embrace a world that urges us toward rest, reflection, and growth. 


    In this webinar you will learn more about the concept of sacred time and how it can deepen your labyrinth practice.  Whether you are new to the labyrinth or a facilitator looking for a theme for your next event, you will be inspired by the concepts in this month’s webinar.


    Registration for the webinar is below.   VIA members be sure to register for the additional question/answer period that follows the program.


    For more information about guest Christine Valters Paintner, check her website, www.AbbeyoftheArts.com


    Biography


    Christine Valters Paintner is the director of the Abbey of the Arts, a virtual monastery exploring contemplative practice, creative expression, and ways to nourish an earth-cherishing consciousness. She is a spiritual director, teacher, pilgrimage guide, and author of countless books on spirituality and the arts. Her deepest belief is that the earth is the original monastery–a wisdom guide and mentor in living a soulful and vibrant life.  Learn more about her at www.abbeyofthearts.com.

    • 18 Jun 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (PDT)
    • Online
    Register


    Bring your cup of tea or coffee to the Zoom screen and MEET UP with others interested to sharing labyrinth ideas and experiences. Veriditas Council invites you to gather for the first of quarterly opportunities to chat informally, to learn from one another. 


    Marion Patterson and Leslie Wright, Council members, will host the first Meet Up on June 18, 10:30-11:30 PDT. Come with one idea/experience to share and one area you’d like to explore in future Meet Ups. 


    Not sure what idea/experience to bring along?  Maybe a theme for a labyrinth walk/workshop you’ve lead, an art activity you connected with a walk, a new labyrinth you discovered on the Labyrinth Locator or by chance, a poem you used as part of a walk, a labyrinth connection you’ve made with a person/institution in your community, etc. etc. 


    We hope to see you there! The Meet Up is free, but remember to register.

    • 27 Jun 2022
    • 4:00 PM (CEST)
    • 01 Jul 2022
    • 10:00 PM (CEST)
    • Chartres, France
    • 0
    Join waitlist


    "
    To experience our path is to acknowledge the possibility that "something greater" is attempting to live itself out through our lives."  Lauren Artress

    We are spiritual beings walking a human path.  We know our lives have a purpose, but we may not know what that purpose is, let alone how to find it. We will explore both the labyrinth and SoulCollage® as tools to unlock the mystery of our soul's calling.

    The profound act of creating SoulCollage® cards and working with the labyrinth as a powerful blueprint can guide us into birth. 

    Join us for a week-long gathering of creative self-discovery in Chartres, France. 

    The Chartres Experience

    What better place to feel nurtured 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.  SoulCollage will be a daily creative activity.

    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.

    Join us in this ancient place of refuge and renewal!

    Recommended Reading

    •  Meeting Your Soul on the Labyrinth: SoulCollage® and the Labyrinth as Pathways for Transformation by Catherine Anderson
    • Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Practice by Lauren Artress
    • The Universe of Stone by Phillip Ball

    Click here to book your Accommodation:

    Here is a list of hotels convenient to the Cathedral and the Hotelliere St. Yves where the programs are held.

    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).


    • 02 Jul 2022
    • 10:00 AM (CEST)
    • 03 Jul 2022
    • 6:00 PM (CEST)
    • Maison St. Yves, Chartres, France
    • 12
    Register

    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.

    Accommodation:

    Housing registration at the Hotelliere St. Yves will open soon. 

    Here is a list of hotels convenient to the Cathedral

     and the Maison St. Yves where the programs are held.

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




    • 04 Jul 2022
    • 4:00 PM (CEST)
    • 08 Jul 2022
    • 10:00 PM (CEST)
    • Chartres, France
    • 0


    Join interspiritual author and teacher, Mirabai Starr, for an exploration of the interconnected wisdom at the heart of all religious and spiritual traditions. Over this week, we will follow the streams of mystical longing and social justice through readings from poetry and sacred texts of the world’s great religions, sitting in contemplative silence, chanting the names of God in an array of languages, and engaging in deep dialog through conversation and writing.

    Discover the unifying teachings and experience the heart-opening practices that carry us beyond an intellectual understanding of humanity’s many spiritual paths to the place we are transformed by the love at their common core.

    In order to reach this common core, we must reclaim the wisdom of the feminine. We will focus on women mystics and wisdom beings across the spiritual traditions. These long-buried wisdom teachings and previously ignored women mystics are revealing themselves to be urgently relevant as we pass through a global dark night of the soul and into a radically renewed humanity. With its emphasis on relationality and inclusivity, its tolerance for ambiguity and its intimacy with mystery, the feminine in all genders reclaims the body as holy ground, worships the earth as a cherished relative, and blesses the web of interbeing that sustains us all.

    Mirabai Starr shares the fruits of many years of investigating, excavating and lifting up female voices in all the world ’ s religions.

    Mirabai Starr is an award-winning author of creative non-fiction and contemporary translations of sacred literature. She taught Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos for 20 years and now teaches and speaks internationally on contemplative practice and inter-spiritual dialog. A certified bereavement counselor, Mirabai helps mourners harness the transformational power of loss. Her latest book is WILD MERCY: Living the Fierce & Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics. She lives with her extended family in the mountains of northern New Mexico.

    The Chartres Experience

    What better place to feel nurtured than the sacred space of Chartres Cathedral.

    We begin on Monday 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.

    On Wednesday, there will be an orientation to the labyrinth and a once in a life-time candlelit labyrinth walk with medieval music on the Chartres Labyrinth. Tuesday and Thursday afternoons bring tours of the Cathedral and the Crypt. The pilgrimage closes Friday with celebratory dinner.

    The Cathedral is own as the house of Mary and offers many hours of exploration of its world renown stained glass windows, it's Mary statues, and it's labyrinth.  Explore the town of Chartres with it's cobblestone streets, shops, restaurants, and lounge on its river banks.  Join us in this ancient place of refuge and renewal!

    Recommended Reading

    • Meeting Your Soul on the Labyrinth: SoulCollage® and the Labyrinth as Pathways for Transformation by Catherine Anderson
    • Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Practice by Lauren Artress
    • The Universe of Stone by Phillip Ball
    • God of Love: A Guide to the heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam by Mirabai Starr. February 2013
    • Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce and Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics by Mirabai Starr. April 2019
    • or any other of Mirabai's books: https://www.mirabaistarr.com/books

    Our block booking at the Hotellerie St. Yves where the programs are held has now been closed. You may still request a room through the reservation system, but all requests require confirmation of availability from the hotel. Alternatively, here is a list of hotels near the Cathedral in Chartres.

    • 23 Jul 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (BST)
    • YMCA North Staffordshire, Harding Road, Hanley, Stoke on Trent, ST1 3AE, England


    This summer workshop, a time of warmth and renewal, is an opportunity to experience and discover the labyrinth – for some, a re-discovery. All are welcome but places are limited. We honour the memory of Bernard Moss as we bring his canvas labyrinth back into use for new paths and new beginnings. The workshop includes an introduction to the fascinating history and contemporary use of labyrinths around the world, in faith, community and educational settings. We’ll learn about labyrinth patterns, and together create a temporary labyrinth, indoors or outdoors (according to weather) giving us the opportunity to experience two labyrinth walks. This event is a Veriditas Qualifying Workshop, a stepping stone towards labyrinth facilitator training. We’ll reflect on our own next steps, locally or further afield, and hear from two people who’ve trained with Veriditas, as Bernard did himself. Suggested reading: Walking a Sacred Path by Lauren Artress. 


    In accordance with local plans, our time together will include practical skills for labyrinth stewardship: the care and use of a canvas labyrinth for labyrinth walks. Course participants are also warmly invited to a commemorative labyrinth walk in Bernard’s memory which will be held the following day. The workshop is free of charge; we welcome donations to an award for students, created in Bernard’s memory (details available on registration). 


    To register, please contact Sheila Moss: sheilaann34@btinternet.com

    Biography

    Dr Jan Sellers

    Veriditas accredited presenter, Advanced Labyrinth Facilitator. 


    Awarded a UK National Teaching Fellowship in 2005, Jan’s NTF project explored joy and creativity in learning, seeking space for stillness and quietness in campus life. Jan first encountered the labyrinth in this context in 2007, learning from Di William’s work at the University of Edinburgh. At the time, Jan was working at the University of Kent in Canterbury, where the idea took hold with the creation of the beautiful Canterbury Labyrinth on campus in 2008. Jan trained with Veriditas in Chartres, France, in 2008 and again in 2013. She loves facilitating labyrinth workshops and introducing people to the quiet and profound experience of labyrinth walking.


    Jan is now a freelance researcher and writer, currently serving on the Veriditas Higher Education Group; the Labyrinth Society’s Research Committee and the Labyrinths in Britain Steering Group. She co-edited Working with the Labyrinth (Sewell, Sellers & Williams: Wild Goose, 2012) and, with Bernard Moss, Learning with the Labyrinth (Bloomsbury, 2016).


    Jan’s latest research, available free online, is a detailed index of permanent and landscaped labyrinths at universities and colleges around the world (Sellers, 2021, www.jansellers.com/publications).


    • 11 Aug 2022
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • 14 Aug 2022
    • 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • St Francis Springs Prayer Center, 477 Grogan Road, Stoneville NC 27048


    The waves of the ocean breathe with their natural rhythms of ebb and flow, of flowing forward, letting go and returning to source. How can we honor our own unique natural rhythm? How can we find a balance between inner and outer nourishment?

    In this retreat we will explore these questions, using SoulCollage® and the Labyrinth to deepen our understanding of the natural rhythms around us, and to explore ways to create flow and ease in our daily lives as we consider living in a more cyclical way.

    Tuition is $995. Click here to register.

    This is a Veriditas Approved Qualifying Workshop.

    Catherine Anderson, Faculty

    cathy@catherineandersonstudio.com

    The labyrinth Catherine constructed in her backyard in 2007 has been an important element in her mindfulness and creativity practices and Catherine loves showing others how the labyrinth can support us in quietening our mind and uncover our creativity. She is the author of Journaling the Labyrinth Path, a book of finger labyrinths, quotes and journal prompts inspiring you to find your unique work in the world, and Meeting Your Soul on the Labyrinth: SoulCollage® and the Labyrinth as Pathways for Transformation.

    Catherine uses the labyrinth, SoulCollage®, expressive arts, poetry and mindfulness as pathways for self-discovery and as ways of uncovering meaning and purpose in life. Her personal journey of self-discovery has taken her from a career as an attorney to photography-franchise owner, to creativity-workshop facilitator.

    Photography is another creative passion for Catherine and her book The Creative Photographer won a Silver Nautilus Award in the Creative Process Category in 2012.  As a SoulCollage® Facilitator Trainer, Catherine loves teaching others how to facilitate workshops using the SoulCollage® process which uses images as a form of “soul language” to access our inner wisdom.

    As a life-long learner, Catherine has been fortunate to train with Jean Houston, Seena Frost, Lauren Artress, Jan Phillips and many other wise teachers. In addition to her work in the US, Catherine leads creative pilgrimage retreats in South Africa, France, Italy, Mexico and Portugal.

    www.CreativePilgrimage.com

    • 17 Sep 2022
    • 10:30 AM (CEST)
    • 18 Sep 2022
    • 4:30 PM (CEST)
    • Chartres, France
    • 28
    Register


    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.

    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. Includes one special evening labyrinth walk in Chartres Cathedral. 

    This can be a stand-alone workshop or a perfect pairing with to Cycle One of Walking A Sacred Path. No meals are included.


    Accommodation:

    Housing registration at the Hotelliere St. Yves will be available soon.


    Here is a list of hotels convenient to the Cathedral
     and the Hotelliere St. Yves where the programs are held.


    • 19 Sep 2022
    • 4:00 PM (CEST)
    • 23 Sep 2022
    • 10:00 PM (CEST)
    • Hotellerie St. Yves, 3 Rue des Acacias, 28000 Chartres, France
    • 38
    Register


    Intrigued by Lauren Artress' new book The Path of the Holy Fool?  Join us for a week- long pilgrimage in Chartres, France.

    The Legend of the Search for the Holy Grail is an “eternal fairytale” states Jungian Maria von Franz because the teachings from it are everlasting. Interestingly, these oral stories were collected and written down during the same era as when labyrinths were being inlaid in the floors of Gothic Cathedrals throughout Europe. 

    We will follow Parsifal’s journey from isolated self-absorption to becoming a conscious human being by exploring the overarching metaphors the Legend offers: spiritual openings and initiations, the journey, the wasteland, wounding, the Grail, the Grail Castle, and the Holy Fool. The archetype of the Holy Fool—one who has the self-awareness, imagination, and the courage to trust what emerges along the path—serves as a template for all who yearn to step forward to nurture a life-enhancing vision for our planet. The labyrinth can serve as our Grail; it offers an unwavering path as we learn to take risks, create new modalities and find a way to contribute to our evolving world.

    Join us for this pilgrimage where through journaling through writing prompts, break out groups, discussion, and images these concepts will be explored in the matrix of our lives. 

    The Chartres Experience

    What better place to feel nurtured than the sacred space of Chartres Cathedral.

    We begin on Monday 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.

    On Wednesday, there will be an orientation to the labyrinth and a once in a life-time candlelit labyrinth walk with medieval music on the Chartres Labyrinth. Tuesday and Thursday afternoons bring tours of the Cathedral and the Crypt. The pilgrimage closes Friday with celebratory dinner.

    The Cathedral is own as the house of Mary and offers many hours of exploration of its world renown stained glass windows, it's Mary statues, and it's labyrinth.  Explore the town of Chartres with it's cobblestone streets, shops, restaurants, and lounge on its river banks.  Join us in this ancient place of refuge and renewal!

    Recommended Reading

    • Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Practice
      by Lauren Artress

    • The Path of the Holy Fool: How the Labyrinth Ignites our Visionary Powers
      by Lauren Artress
    • The Universe of Stone by Phillip Ball

    You will be able to reserve accommodation at the Hotellerie St. Yves closer to the date of the Pilgrimage.


    • 24 Sep 2022
    • 10:00 AM (CEST)
    • 25 Sep 2022
    • 6:00 PM (CEST)
    • Maison St. Yves, Chartres, France
    • 24
    Register

    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.

    Accommodation:

    Housing registration at the Hotelliere St. Yves will open soon. 

    Here is a list of hotels convenient to the Cathedral

     and the Maison St. Yves where the programs are held.

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




    • 18 Nov 2022
    • 7:00 PM (PST)
    • 19 Nov 2022
    • 11:00 AM (PST)
    • Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

    SAVE THE DATE! MORE INFO COMING SOON!



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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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