Calendar of Events

    • 26 May 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • St. John's Episcopal, 40 5th St, Petaluma, CA 94952
    • 34
    Register


    Veriditas and St. John's are partnering to offer community labyrinth walks.  Come as you are to share in the experience of a walking meditation that quiets the mind, opens the heart and reduces stress.  First-time labyrinth walkers are warmly welcome. 

    Time:   5:00-6:30 pm
    RSVP Requested. Donations gratefully accepted.

    Live musical accompaniment by Robin O'Brien.


    • 01 Jun 2019
    • 10:30 AM (UTC+02:00)
    • 02 Jun 2019
    • 4:30 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Chartres, France
    • 12
    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 is now closed. Please email anne@veriditas.org with the date you wish to arrive and the date you wish to check out, and she will try to locate a room at the Hotellerie St. Yves for you.


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


    • 03 Jun 2019
    • 4:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • 07 Jun 2019
    • 10:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Chartres, France
    • 20
    Register


    Join us with Dr. Kayleen Asbo in Chartres, France for Walking a Sacred Path Program about love and friendship as a transformative path.

    We will explore stories across the centuries that call us to healing, hope and transformation:  the  Greek myths of Psyche and Eros, and Orpheus and Eros; the unconventional love stories of the poet Rainier Maria Rilke and Lou Andreas Salome and the extraordinary friendship of Brother Roger of Taize and Mother Teresa of Calcutta. The heart of our week will be about  two figures from the Middle Ages, one Christian and one Muslim, who each embodied joy in a time of suffering and the spirit of  friendship in a time of enmity: Rumi and St. Francis.
     
    Each day will begin with poetry of the world's great mystics and we will sing and dance, side by side, the lay devotional songs from the Middle Ages of both the  Franciscan and the Sufi traditions. In our tours of the Cathedral, we will highlight the story of how the construction of this magnificent Gothic masterpiece rests on the the knowledge of alchemy, sacred geometry and Aristotelian philosophy - wisdom that had been preserved by Islamic scholars. And together, as the crown of our week, we will walk the labyrinth by candlelight in a ceremony of mutual blessing, honoring a tradition that began as a movement for peace during a time of war during the Middle Ages.

    Transportation:

    NEW! Hassle Free Transportation from Charles DeGaulle Airport to Chartres if
    you arrive mid day on Sunday, June 2, OR Monday, June 3 for Cycle 1 AND
    Sunday June 9 OR Monday June 10 for Cycle 2. Mini-buses organized with
    fellow participants.  Price will vary based on number of participants
    from 30 euro for 6 or 150 euro for one.

    Dr. Kayleen Asbo

    Kayleen Asbo is a cultural historian, musician, writer and teacher who weaves together myth, history, and the arts with experiential learning. Kayleen has been on the faculty of Sonoma State University (where she teaches Introduction to Art Therapy in the Psychology department), Dominican University (where she lectures on Cultural History for the Osher Life Long Learning Institute) and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (where she has taught courses on music and developmental psychology for 13 years). Kayleen holds master's degrees in both music and psychology, and has a doctoral degree in Mythological Studies with an emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. 

    Kayleen has been a guest presenter and lecturer on the intersection of spirituality, psychology and the arts at the Oxford Round Table, Chartres Cathedral, Grace Cathedral, the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, the Numina Center and churches and colleges throughout the Bay Area. Kayleen's classes and workshops have repeatedly been lauded by students as "life changing", "transformational", "passionate" "inspiring", "fascinating" and "the best I have ever taken"

    Accommodation:

    Housing registration at the Hotelliere St. Yves is now closed. Please email anne@veriditas.org with the date you wish to arrive and the date you wish to check out, and she will try to locate a room at the Hotellerie St. Yves for you.

    Here is a list of hotels convenient to the Cathedral

     and the Maison 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).

    • 08 Jun 2019
    • 10:00 AM (UTC+02:00)
    • 09 Jun 2019
    • 6:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Maison St. Yves, Chartres, France
    • 11
    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 is now closed. Please email anne@veriditas.org with the date you wish to arrive and the date you wish to check out, and she will try to locate a room at the Hotellerie St. Yves for you.

    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.




    • 10 Jun 2019
    • 4:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • 14 Jun 2019
    • 10:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Chartres, France
    • 21
    Register

    What, gazing on the garden of the world, does the heart desire? ~Hafiz

    Join us for a five-day immersion into the gifts of poetry and how they can break us open to encounters with the sacred revealed in the ordinary. Reading and writing poetry helps us to slow down and begin to see the world around us in new ways. Together we will savor poems from ancient and contemporary mystics, listen to the questions they ask of us, carry lines that shimmer with us into our day, and write our own poems. We will explore how poems encourage intimacy with the divine, invite us to cross thresholds, and open us to the eternal moment. You will be introduced to a number of practices that help you connect to the poetry of life and access your intuition and imagination.

    No previous poetry writing experience is required, just a willingness to open to the creative process with your pen on the page. This is not a workshop or critique experience but an experience of writing and reading for discovery.

    Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, REACE is the founder and director of AbbeyoftheArts.com, a global online monastery integrating contemplative practice and creative expression. She is a retreat leader, spiritual director, and the author of twelve books on spirituality and the arts including her most recent The Soul’s Slow Ripening: 12 Celtic Practices for Seeking the Sacred and her forthcoming collection of poems titled Dreaming of Stones. Six years ago she embarked on a midlife pilgrimage which brought her eventually to Ireland where she lives with her husband and together they lead pilgrimages and writing retreats in Ireland, Scotland, Germany, and Austria.

    Below is a webinar introducing this Pilgrimage week in Chartres

    Recommended Reading for Poetry and the Sacred Garden of the World: 

    ·        Dreaming of Stones by Christine Valters Paintner (available from Paraclete Press in early spring)

    ·      Love Poems from God by Daniel Ladinsky

    ·       Meister Eckhart’s Book of the Heart by Jon Sweeney and Mark Burrows

    And for all Walking a Sacred Path programs: 

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

    ·       The Universe of Stone by Phillip Ball

    Accommodation:

    Housing registration at the Hotelliere St. Yves is now closed. Please email anne@veriditas.org with the date you wish to arrive and the date you wish to check out, and she will try to locate a room at the Hotellerie St. Yves for you.

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


    Transportation:

    NEW! Hassle Free Transportation from Charles DeGaulle Airport to Chartres if
    you arrive mid day on Sunday, June 2, OR Monday, June 3 for Cycle 1 AND
    Sunday June 9 OR Monday June 10 for Cycle 2. Mini-buses organized with
    fellow participants.  Price will vary based on number of participants
    from 30 euro for 6 or 150 euro for one.

    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).

    • 21 Jun 2019
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • 22 Jun 2019
    • 5:30 PM (EDT)
    • Stony Point Center, NY
    • 10
    Register


    Labyrinth Summer School Qualifying Workshop -
    A one-day workshop for anyone interested in beginning or renewing their connection to the labyrinth. 

    The Labyrinth as a Welcoming Path

    Our LSS workshop will introduce the labyrinth as a practice, then look at how walking together matters in the dynamics of today’s world. We will look at dreaming the possibilities in your community and in connecting with the larger labyrinth circle. Come Friday to walk Summer Solstice with us, as we connect with persons around the world in celebrating the longest day of light. In the Saturday workshop we introduce the labyrinth, then go deeper, for how the labyrinth can be used in your life and community, as you begin to dream and vision. 

    We hope you will join us for this unique labyrinth experience nestled in the beautiful, forested small rural community near the Hudson River and Stony Point State Park in New York. 

    Led by Veriditas Master Teacher,

    the Reverend Dr. Kay Mutert.

    Veriditas Faculty member Rev. Dr. Kay Mutert leads labyrinth workshops in awakening new creative energy, community building, and spiritual transformation. Her Master Teacher responsibilities includes training new facilitators and renewal training for those trained in past years. She works with organizations to establish labyrinth communities, to hear the hopes of a setting and translate that into an ongoing vision. In her workshops and trainings she invites participants to discover and develop their own gifts and skills, and to build community.

    Following an extended time of work with all ages in education and music, Kay then served as a minister in the United Methodist and British Methodist churches. When she left her local church ministry Kay created "DaySpring - a source of creative expression and renewal of spirit", as a conduit to work with a broader circle of community. Through her labyrinth work, she uses her experience as musician, teacher, minister, and spiritual accompanist with groups and individuals from diverse arenas of life, inviting them to discover the possibilities of the labyrinth in today’s world.

    For this workshop setting Kay will be drawing upon her many years of work in creativity and education. She is a conductor, composer and pianist, incorporating her music into her events. Kay has been a Veriditas pilgrimage leader and musician, member of the Veriditas Council, and Southeastern USA regional representative.

    Accommodation:

    Accommodation at Stony Point Center is now available. Please book your room via this link.

     RESERVATIONS FOR ON-SITE ACCOMMODATION NOW AVAILABLE. CLICK HERE TO BOOK.

     

     RESERVATIONS FOR ON-SITE ACCOMMODATION NOW AVAILABLE. CLICK HERE TO BOOK.

    • 21 Jun 2019
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • 27 Jun 2019
    • 5:30 PM (EDT)
    • Stony Point Center, New York
    • 12
    Register


    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.

    Accommodation, breakfast and dinner are an additional cost. 

    Introductory Lecture and Labyrinth Walk 

    Launch into our week together with our introductory lecture and a Summer Solstice Labyrinth Walk.

    Workshop 

    A one-day workshop for anyone interested in beginning or renewing their connection to the labyrinth. This also serves as a qualifying workshop for those interested in Veriditas Facilitator Training.

    The Labyrinth as a Welcoming Path

    Our LSS workshop will introduce the labyrinth as a practice, then look at how walking together matters in the dynamics of today’s world. We will look at dreaming the possibilities in your community and in connecting with the larger labyrinth circle. Come Friday to walk Summer Solstice with us, as we connect with persons around the world in celebrating the longest day of light. In the Saturday workshop we introduce the labyrinth, then go deeper, for how the labyrinth can be used in your life and community, as you begin to dream and vision. 

    We hope you will join us for this unique labyrinth experience nestled in the beautiful, forested small rural community near the Hudson River and Stony Point State Park in New York.

    Led by Veriditas Master Teacher, Kay Mutert



    Facilitator Training

    with Kay Mutert

    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 adapting designs or creating one of your own!

    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 history of these beloved symbols to others.

    Labyrinth Materials and Making

    with Lars Howlett

    Do you dream of creating a temporary or permanent labyrinth for yourself or your community? In this two-day experiential workshop, Lars Howlett will demonstrate simple methods for making walkable Classical, Chartres, and Contemporary Labyrinths. Practice with tools and techniques for efficient and economic installations. See first-hand how intention, design, proportion, materials, site, and orientation benefit the labyrinth and those who walk it. We will create and walk at least four designs indoors and outside (weather-permitting) with no heavy-lifting or work on ‘hands and knees’ involved!

    Inspiring stories and slideshows will explore the best options for a variety of settings and communities, from schools to festivals, churches to hospitals, backyards to public parks and more. Learn how to appropriately alter designs, paths, circuits, and the center to best suit various environments. See photos from Lars’ professional projects and pilgrimages to sacred sites around the world including Chartres, Iona, and Sweden. The cost and quality 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 labyrinth vision.

    Accommodation:

    Accommodation at Stony Point Center is now available. Please book your room via this link.

     RESERVATIONS FOR ON-SITE ACCOMMODATION NOW AVAILABLE. CLICK HERE TO BOOK.

     

     RESERVATIONS FOR ON-SITE ACCOMMODATION NOW AVAILABLE. CLICK HERE TO BOOK.

    • 23 Jun 2019
    • 9:30 AM (EDT)
    • 24 Jun 2019
    • 5:30 PM (EDT)
    • Stony Point Center, NY
    • 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 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! 

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

    The labyrinth is open to all.  Veriditas is committed to respecting diversity and equality, and does not discriminate based on gender, race, creed, sexual orientation, age or personal disability.

    Reverend Dr. Kay Mutert, Master Teacher

    Veriditas Faculty member Rev. Dr. Kay Mutert leads labyrinth workshops in awakening new creative energy, community building, and spiritual transformation. Her Master Teacher responsibilities includes training new facilitators and renewal training for those trained in past years. She works with organizations to establish labyrinth communities, to hear the hopes of a setting and translate that into an ongoing vision. In her workshops and trainings she invites participants to discover and develop their own gifts and skills, and to build community.

    Following an extended time of work with all ages in education and music, Kay then served as a minister in the United Methodist and British Methodist churches. When she left her local church ministry Kay created "DaySpring - a source of creative expression and renewal of spirit", as a conduit to work with a broader circle of community. Through her labyrinth work, she uses her experience as musician, teacher, minister, and spiritual accompanist with groups and individuals from diverse arenas of life, inviting them to discover the possibilities of the labyrinth in today’s world.

    For this workshop setting Kay will be drawing upon her many years of work in creativity and education. She is a conductor, composer and pianist, incorporating her music into her events. Kay has been a Veriditas pilgrimage leader and musician, member of the Veriditas Council, and Southeastern USA regional representative.

    Accommodation:

    Accommodation at Stony Point Center is now available. Please book your room via this link.

     

     RESERVATIONS FOR ON-SITE ACCOMMODATION NOW AVAILABLE. CLICK HERE TO BOOK.

    • 23 Jun 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • St. John's Episcopal, 40 5th St, Petaluma, CA 94952
    • 36
    Register


    Veriditas and St. John's are partnering to offer community labyrinth walks.  Come as you are to share in the experience of a walking meditation that quiets the mind, opens the heart and reduces stress.  First-time labyrinth walkers are warmly welcome. 

    Time:   5:00-6:30 pm
    RSVP Requested. Donations gratefully accepted.

    Live musical accompaniment by Robin O'Brien.


    • 25 Jun 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM (EDT)
    • Stony Point Center, NY
    • 25
    Register


    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 adapting designs or creating one of your own!

    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 history 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. 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. http://www.DiscoverLabyrinths.com

    Accommodation:

    Accommodation at Stony Point Center is now available. Please book your room via this link.

    For travel directions, please see our Labyrinth Summer School web page.


    • 26 Jun 2019
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 27 Jun 2019
    • 5:30 PM (EDT)
    • Stony Point Center, NY
    • 27
    Register


    Do you dream of creating a temporary or permanent labyrinth for yourself or your community? In this two-day experiential workshop, Lars Howlett will demonstrate simple methods for making walkable Classical, Chartres, and Contemporary Labyrinths. Practice with tools and techniques for efficient and economic installations. See first-hand how intention, design, proportion, materials, site, and orientation benefit the labyrinth and those who walk it. We will create and walk at least four designs indoors and outside (weather-permitting) with no heavy-lifting or work on ‘hands and knees’ involved!

    Inspiring stories and slideshows will explore the best options for a variety of settings and communities, from schools to festivals, churches to hospitals, backyards to public parks and more. Learn how to appropriately alter designs, paths, circuits, and the center to best suit various environments. See photos from Lars’ professional projects and pilgrimages to sacred sites around the world including Chartres, Iona, and Sweden. The cost and quality 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 labyrinth vision.

    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.
    http://www.DiscoverLabyrinths.com

    Accommodation:

    Accommodation at Stony Point Center is now available. Please book your room via this link.

    For travel directions, please see our Labyrinth Summer School web page.


    • 12 Jul 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM (PDT)
    • Mary and Joseph Retreat Center 5300 Crest Rd Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90274


    As you journey these days through a cacophony of news, rapidly changing cycles of information and pulls on your time, let yourself take a pause. Spend a day learning to deepen your sense of living in the present moment using the labyrinth as a tool. The practice of presence helps one stay mindful of that which is right in front of you. Take a day to listen to your inner ear, practice feeling your way through instead of simply reacting to the events of your life, quiet your minds and walk; noticing, being and attending to where you are in the present moment.

    Fee: $50 includes lunch
    To register, please contact Marlene Velazquez, Hospitality Coordinator 
    mvelazquez@maryjoseph.org
    310-377-8597


    Maggie Perrone, executive director of GenuineJourneys, has over 30 years experience teaching and healing those in difficult emotional, spiritual and physical situations. Along with being a mother of three and an emergency room nurse for most of the last twenty years in a university trauma center, a community hospital in Southern California, and experience practicing in a research oncology clinic as a chemotherapy infusion nurse, she has walked with people in some of life’s most critical moments.

    She is director of a theology program and head of the labyrinth ministry at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church. She has taught theology and led many contemplative prayer retreats.  She has presented on a variety of topics to health care providers, people in ministry, support groups, women’s, and church and youth groups of all faith traditions.  In these workshops, Maggie has shared her unique ability to aid those present in a journey to hearing their own inner voice by teaching and using many differing spiritual tools including the labyrinth.
     
    She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Ministry from St. John's Seminary in Camarillo, California.  Her concentration during her time of study included theology, philosophy and inner spirituality.

    • 13 Jul 2019
    • 9:00 AM (PDT)
    • 14 Jul 2019
    • 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • Mary and Joseph Retreat Center 5300 Crest Rd Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90274
    • 36
    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!

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

    Learn more about becoming a Veriditas Trained Facilitator.

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


    • 21 Jul 2019
    • 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • 27 Jul 2019
    • 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • Earthrise Retreat Center
    • 15
    Register


    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.

    Introduction, orientation and Workshop: The Parable of the Labyrinth: Walking the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Practice with Lauren Artress

    An evening introductory orientation and one day workshop for anyone interested in beginning or renewing their connection to the labyrinth.

    "There must always be two kinds of art, escape art, for one needs escape as he or she needs food and deep sleep, and parable art, the art, which shall teach (humans) to unlearn hatred and learn love."  ~W.H. Auden

    Spiritual practices are gaining in popularity during these chaotic times. The quiet the mind, open the heart and teach skills to navigate one’s interior world. Spiritual practices can be a ‘secular’ as knitting, or as sacred as icon painting. We will look at the broad array of practices and then focus specifically upon walking the labyrinth. The labyrinth is a three dimensional parable that teaches us, through our imaginations what we need to learn along the path of life.

    You may have walked the labyrinth but never had a formal introduction to it, or, you may feel like a ‘failed’ meditator who could not quiet the mind during sitting meditation. All are welcome; please join me! 

    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 adapting designs or creating one of your own!

    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 history of these beloved symbols to others.

    Labyrinth Materials and Making
    with Lars Howlett

    Do you dream of creating a temporary or permanent labyrinth for yourself or your community? In this two-day experiential workshop, Lars Howlett will demonstrate simple methods for making walkable Classical, Chartres, and Contemporary Labyrinths. Practice with tools and techniques for efficient and economic installations. See first-hand how intention, design, proportion, materials, site, and orientation benefit the labyrinth and those who walk it. We will create and walk at least four designs indoors and outside (weather-permitting) with no heavy-lifting or work on ‘hands and knees’ involved!

    Inspiring stories and slideshows will explore the best options for a variety of settings and communities, from schools to festivals, churches to hospitals, backyards to public parks and more. Learn how to appropriately alter designs, paths, circuits, and the center to best suit various environments. See photos from Lars’ professional projects and pilgrimages to sacred sites around the world including Chartres, Iona, and Sweden. The cost and quality 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 labyrinth vision.Lunch and refreshments provided in each program.

    Accommodation Information

    For travel directions and accommodation information,
    please see our Labyrinth Summer School web page.

    Accommodation reservations sold separately, and will be available soon.


    • 22 Jul 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Earthrise Retreat Center, 101 San Antonio Road, Petaluma, CA 94952
    • 27
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    There must always be two kinds of art, escape art, for one needs escape as he or she needs food and deep sleep, and parable art, the art, which shall teach (humans) to unlearn hatred and learn love. ~W.H. Auden

    Spiritual practices are gaining in popularity during these chaotic times. The quiet the mind, open the heart and teach skills to navigate one’s interior world. Spiritual practices can be a ‘secular’ as knitting, or as sacred as icon painting. We will look at the broad array of practices and then focus specifically upon walking the labyrinth. The labyrinth is a three dimensional parable that teaches us, through our imaginations what we need to learn along the path of life.

    You may have walked the labyrinth but never had a formal introduction to it, or, you may feel like a ‘failed’ meditator who could not quiet the mind during sitting meditation. All are welcome; please join me!

    This is a qualifying workshop and would serve as a solid introduction to the Facilitator Training that follows this workshop.

    For travel directions and accommodation information, please see our Labyrinth Summer School web page.

    • 23 Jul 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 24 Jul 2019
    • 5:30 PM
    • Earthrise Retreat Center, 101 San Antonio Road, Petaluma, CA
    • 16
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    "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.

    For travel directions and accommodation information, please see our Labyrinth Summer School web page.
    • 25 Jul 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
    • Earthrise Retreat Center, 101 San Antonio Road, Petaluma, CA 94952
    • 29
    Register


    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 adapting designs or creating one of your own!

    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 history 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. 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. http://www.DiscoverLabyrinths.com

    For travel directions and accommodation information, please see our Labyrinth Summer School web page.


    • 26 Jul 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 27 Jul 2019
    • 5:30 PM
    • Earthrise Retreat Center, 101 San Antonio Road, Petaluma, CA 94952
    • 28
    Register


    Do you dream of creating a temporary or permanent labyrinth for yourself or your community? In this two-day experiential workshop, Lars Howlett will demonstrate simple methods for making walkable Classical, Chartres, and Contemporary Labyrinths. Practice with tools and techniques for efficient and economic installations. See first-hand how intention, design, proportion, materials, site, and orientation benefit the labyrinth and those who walk it. We will create and walk at least four designs indoors and outside (weather-permitting) with no heavy-lifting or work on ‘hands and knees’ involved!

    Inspiring stories and slideshows will explore the best options for a variety of settings and communities, from schools to festivals, churches to hospitals, backyards to public parks and more. Learn how to appropriately alter designs, paths, circuits, and the center to best suit various environments. See photos from Lars’ professional projects and pilgrimages to sacred sites around the world including Chartres, Iona, and Sweden. The cost and quality 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 labyrinth vision.

    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.
    http://www.DiscoverLabyrinths.com

    For travel directions and accommodation information, please see our Labyrinth Summer School web page.


    • 28 Jul 2019
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • 01 Aug 2019
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • St. Francis Springs Prayer Center, 477 Grogan Road, Stoneville, NC 27048

    Veriditas Approved Qualifying Workshop/Retreat

    This four night, five day retreat is a time to pause and clarify the path you are on. Both the labyrinth and the SoulCollage® process can be used as tools of transformation to help us navigate the many challenges of life. They both give us ways to access our own inner resources and intuition. Using one of them alone will make a difference in your life, but used together they amplify and deepen each other because they are both languages of the soul. They enable us to access our inner world and deepen our understanding of ourselves as we journey on this path called life. Both processes allow us to create a sense of order out of the information that bombards us from all directions, and both encourage us to develop a higher level of awareness which enables us to thrive in the complex and ever-changing world in which we live.

    This retreat will be held at the St. Francis Springs Prayer Center in Stoneville, NC, which is about 30 miles north of Greensboro, NC and the closest airport is Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO).

    The Center is situate on 140 acres of peaceful wooded land and has a labyrinth based on the Chartres pattern.

    The cost of $990 includes four nights accommodation in a single room with private bathroom, all meals (twelve in all) and all art supplies and instruction. If you would like to share a room with a friend the cost is $870.

    The pace of the retreat will be slow so you can dive deep and all activities will be optional. Activities will include:

    SoulCollage® card making time with images provided
    Ways of adding Labyrinthine energy to your cards
    Making Spirit Stones
    Creating your own simple Finger Labyrinth
    Using your cards in conjunction with a labyrinth walk
    Card Readings
    Labyrinth walks
    You will receive:

    A copy of "Journaling the Labyrinth Path" with instruction on how to use this with the labyrinth
    A copy of "Portals, Pathways and Labyrinths" full of images to use on your cards
    A kit with all the supplies to make your spirit stones
    Materials to make a simple finger labyrinth
    A Labyrinth bag to hold all your goodies

    Click here to register

    Catherine Anderson, Veriditas 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.

    For more information, contact:

    cathy@catherineandersonstudio.com





    • 28 Jul 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • St. John's Episcopal, 40 5th St, Petaluma, CA 94952
    • 36
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    Veriditas and St. John's are partnering to offer community labyrinth walks.  Come as you are to share in the experience of a walking meditation that quiets the mind, opens the heart and reduces stress.  First-time labyrinth walkers are warmly welcome. 

    Time:   5:00-6:30 pm
    RSVP Requested. Donations gratefully accepted.

    Live musical accompaniment by Robin O'Brien.


    • 25 Aug 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • St. John's Episcopal, 40 5th St, Petaluma, CA 94952
    • 36
    Register


    Veriditas and St. John's are partnering to offer community labyrinth walks.  Come as you are to share in the experience of a walking meditation that quiets the mind, opens the heart and reduces stress.  First-time labyrinth walkers are warmly welcome. 

    Time:   5:00-6:30 pm
    RSVP Requested. Donations gratefully accepted.

    Live musical accompaniment by Robin O'Brien.


    • 08 Sep 2019
    • 3:00 PM
    • 14 Sep 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • Cape View Motel and Cottages, 124 John Doucette Road, Mavillette, Nova Scotia B0W 2H0


    With every wave that washes over the sand, a new story emerges in what is left behind. Explore your personal story with time spent by the sea. This is an opportune place to come to quiet, practice mindfulness and explore your creativity. This week-long labyrinth by the sea retreat on the expansive Mavillette Beach in Nova Scotia offers you the chance to be inspired, re-discover your creativity and connect with your personal path.  

    Highlights of the week:


    • learn about the labyrinth and its role in today's world

    • daily gatherings on mindfulness meditation

    • walk hand-drawn labyrinths on the seashore

    • traditional Indigenous blessing and teaching on Native spirituality

    • contemplative time by the sea and surrounding area

    • art journaling and/or poetry writing

    • Acadian storytelling

    About our facilitator: Susan Kehoe has designed and facilitated retreats for more than 20 years, and  is a trained spiritual director and Veriditas labyrinth facilitator with a particular interest in contemplative practice, whether it is centering prayer, mindfulness meditation, yoga or organic gardening. 

    About our Indigenous Elder: Leland Surette is a Métis spiritual leader and carrier of the sacred pipe. He is a prominent speaker on Native Spirituality at Indigenous and non-Indigenous events and functions across Canada and the United States. 

    *Retreat Fee: $1650 CDN ~  Register for retreat via Eventbrite using this link: https://tinyurl.com/ybvhjwor. Payment is subject to an additional credit card service fee. Includes: 6 nights accommodation at Cape View Motel & Cottages, breakfasts, dinners, retreat fees and an Acadian Interpretative Centre excursion.

    Contact Grace: For more info on registration and fees: Email: grace@pathadventures.com  

    Phone: 902-740-0937 / Website: www.pathadventures.com

    To download a flyer for this retreat, please click here.

    • 09 Sep 2019
    • 9:30 AM (UTC+01:00)
    • 11 Sep 2019
    • 5:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • University of Bedfordshire, UK
    • 11

     OPEN ONLY TO VERIDITAS CERTIFIED FACILITATORS


    Advanced Facilitator Training is a leadership and skill-building workshop for Veriditas Facilitators with at least two years of experience facilitating labyrinth activities. Open only to those Veriditas trained facilitators who have been certified (or have turned in an application to be certified) 

    This is a three day intensive training that covers:

    • The Art of Story Telling and the use of storytelling in teaching
    • Enhancing Small Group Process Skills after a labyrinth walk
    • Video taping your basic presentations for group feedback
    • Holding presence and what that means to labyrinth facilitation
    • And much more.

    Please click here to complete the application and payment.

    Reverend Dr. Kay Mutert, Master Teacher

    Veriditas Faculty member Rev. Dr. Kay Mutert leads labyrinth workshops in awakening new creative energy, community building, and spiritual transformation. Her Master Teacher responsibilities includes training new facilitators and renewal training for those trained in past years. She works with organizations to establish labyrinth communities, to hear the hopes of a setting and translate that into an ongoing vision. In her workshops and trainings she invites participants to discover and develop their own gifts and skills, and to build community.

    Following an extended time of work with all ages in education and music, Kay then served as a minister in the United Methodist and British Methodist churches. When she left her local church ministry Kay created "DaySpring - a source of creative expression and renewal of spirit" as a conduit to work with a broader circle of community. Through her labyrinth work, she uses her experience as musician, teacher, minister, and spiritual accompanist with groups and individuals from diverse arenas of life, inviting them to discover the possibilities of the labyrinth in today’s world.

    Information about Accommodation, meals and parking

    The accommodation offered is in our ‘Liberty Living’ student residences on the Bedford Campus of the University of Bedfordshire. Each person will have a room with ensuite facilities in a flat of five rooms. Each flat has its own kitchen.  The residences have staff/security on duty 24/7. The residences are on the edge of the Bedford campus close to where the class will be held.

    There is a permanent outdoor labyrinth on the campus and we hope to install an indoor canvas labyrinth for the course.

    Cost of accommodation and breakfast

    The cost of three night’s accommodation including breakfast is £100.  Please email Cass to reserve your accommodation at cass.howes@beds.ac.uk. This will be payable to Cass Howes on arrival either in cash or by cheque made out to Sandra Howes. 

    Other meals

    Lunch will be taken in the restaurant on campus. Dinner on Monday and Tuesday will be at the ‘White Horse ‘public house which is located close to the campus.  The cost of lunch and dinner is included in the tuition fee. Lunch in the campus restaurant comprises of a choice of hot and cold dishes. The White Horse menu is on their website https://www.thewhitehorsebedford.co.uk/  Sunday evening dinner can be taken at a location of the participants choice and is payable by the participant.

    Parking and pass cards

    There is plenty parking on campus.  Please let me know if you will be parking a car/van and therefore require a parking permit. Participants will be issued with a pass card to access the outdoor labyrinth.

    The academic year starts with Welcome Weekend on 21st/22nd September, however post graduate students training to be teachers will have started their course the first week in September, so there will be students on campus

     

     

     

                               


    • 22 Sep 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • St. John's Episcopal, 40 5th St, Petaluma, CA 94952
    • 36
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