Calendar of Events

    • 22 May 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • Online
    • 0
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    Finding your center: a journey on the Labyrinth: time for deepening your labyrinth practice through creativity and community. A Virtual Qualifying Workshop with Sharry Nyberg and Rev. Bobbi Virta.

    Sharry Nyberg

    Sharry is currently the Minister of Christian Formation and part of the pastoral team at the First Congregational Church of Bellingham.  She is a certified Advance Labyrinth Facilitator through Veriditas in San Francisco and a trained SoulCollage® Facilitator. She leads retreats, workshops and creative worship holding safe and sacred space for others to experience their faith through spiritual practices, prayer and creativity. She is married to Joe and together they have two grown children, a delightful granddaughter and a brand-new grandson.

    Rev Bobbi Virta

    Bobbi is an ordain minister of United Church of Christ currently serving The United Church of Ferndale. She is a certified Spiritual Director and member of Spiritual Directors International. Bobbi received her Master of Divinity and Post Masters Certificate in Transforming Spirituality and Spiritual Direction from The School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University. She is a certified Advanced Labyrinth Facilitator through Veriditas in San Francisco. She is an active retreat keynote speaker, workshop and retreat leader and spiritual companion and guide. She is married to Pasi and together they have 3 grown children and 3 lively grandsons all of whom she adores. 

    • 24 May 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • Online
    • 86
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    Join Veriditas founder, Lauren Artress, and her guest, author Kathy Swaar for our next webinar, Grief, Loss, and the Healing Power of the Labyrinth on May 24 at 12 PM PST/ 3 PM EST. 

    In this webinar Lauren will discuss with Kathy how her discovery of the labyrinth as a meditative tool assisted her own healing following devastating personal loss. Ms. Swaar found her experience of grief mirrored the twists and turns of the labyrinth, and just as there is no one “right” pace to walk a labyrinth, there is no one “right” way to grieve. 

    In this webinar you will receive practical tips and suggestions to deepen your understanding of grief and loss.   Whether this information is for yourself or for others you are guiding in your labyrinth practice, the discussion will provide guidance to assist your process. 

    VIA members be sure to register to continue the conversation immediately after the program.  Learn more about this month’s guest on her website, www.kathyswaar.com.  

    About Kathy Swaar

    Kathy Swaar’s personal experiences with grief, loss, and the healing power of the labyrinth led to her book, Fine Lines: Walking the Labyrinth of Grief and Loss, a journey that she now shares with others.

    Currently a full time writer, she served the Presbyterian Church (USA) as a Commissioned Lay Pastor for twenty-five years. After receiving her MA from the University of Illinois Springfield, she taught communications and helping skills courses for UIS for ten years. As president and CEO of her family’s farm corporation, Kathy currently oversees the management of their central Illinois grain farm. She resides in central Florida. In addition to her website, she can be reached on Instagram and Facebook.

    • 24 May 2021
    • 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • 28 May 2021
    • 5:30 PM (PDT)
    • Online
    • 0
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    The Virtual Facilitator Training, led by the Reverend Dr. Lauren Artress, will be held each weekday morning from 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm pacific time live. 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 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) and The Sacred Path Companion: A Guide to Walking the Labyrinth to Heal and Transform (Riverhead, 2006). In May of 2006, Lauren's rediscovery of the labyrinth was honored by Grace Cathedral and she was designated Honorary Canon, a lifetime title. 






    • 14 Jun 2021
    • 9:00 AM (PDT)
    • 18 Jun 2021
    • 12:30 PM (PDT)
    • Online
    • 1
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    Intrigued by Lauren Artress' new book 
    The Path of the Holy Fool?  Join us for a week long virtual pilgrimage based on the pilgrimage model we use in Chartres.

    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 online pilgrimage where through journaling through writing prompts, break out groups, discussion, and images these concepts will be explored in the matrix of our lives. We will meet each morning Monday - Friday from 9-12:30, opening with a meditation with Judith Tripp, followed by two hour seminar with Lauren Artress on the material covered in The Path of the Holy Fool and an hour long process group . 

    In the afternoons, Monday through Thursday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm, there will be SoulCollage® sessions led by SoulCollage® Facilitator, Connie Beall. And on Wednesday early evening, we will “virtually visit” Chartres Cathedral and the Chartres Labyrinth followed by a Finger Labyrinth Walk together

    SoulCollage®

    SoulCollage® is a creative, experiential process using images, imagination and intuition to craft 5x8 inch collaged cards. Developed by psychotherapist Seena Frost, the process is taught and shared with groups and individuals by trained facilitators all over the world. The SoulCollage® process and the Labyrinth are both potent tools of transformation that work beautifully together to further both personal and spiritual growth. In our afternoons together, we’ll be using themes from the morning’s session with Lauren as our jumping off point for card making. There will be time for making cards, dialoging with our cards, and sharing. Please click here to read more.

    Cost:  $900 for the week (includes the book, The Path of the Holy Fool, and a package of other labyrinth goodies) early bird until May 15 and $1000 after that. Space is limited.

    Schedule Outline:

     9:00 - 9:15 Opening meditation with Judith Tripp
     9:15 - 11:15 Seminar with Lauren Artress
     11:15 - 11:30 Break
     11:30 - 12:30 Small Groups with small group leaders (Monday - Thursday)
     12:30 - 2:00 Lunch Break
     2:00 - 4:00 SoulCollage® session with Connie Beall, trained SoulCollage® Facilitator 
    (Monday - Thursday)

    There will be one evening session on Wednesday:

    All about Chartres Cathedral and Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth led by Lauren Artress, followed by a Finger Labyrinth Walk.

    Recommended Reading

    • The Path of the Holy Fool: How the Labyrinth Ignites Our Visionary Powers by Lauren Artress (note: a copy of the book will be included in a Pilgrimage Packet that will be mailed to you in advance of the event.

    Pilgrimage Packet

    In advance of the Virtual Pilgrimage, each participant will be mailed a Pilgrimage Packet to help support your experience. The packet will include:

    • Lauren’s book
    • A Journal and pen
    • Welcome folder with schedule and resources for the week
    • A collectible laminated 8 inch Chartres finger labyrinth
    • SoulCollage images
    • Labyrinth and Pilgrimage stickers
    • A Pilgrim's pin
    • And more

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

    Connie Beall

    Connie Beall, LMFT, has been facilitating SoulCollage® workshops and retreats since 2013.  Her personal deck of SoulCollage® cards numbers over 350 and she uses them daily. A Veriditas trained Labyrinth Facilitator, Connie loves to integrate the process of SoulCollage® with labyrinth walks.



    • 27 Jun 2022
    • 4:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • 01 Jul 2022
    • 10:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Chartres, France
    • 22
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    "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 in 2022. 

    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

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

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


    • 02 Jul 2022
    • 10:00 AM (UTC+02:00)
    • 03 Jul 2022
    • 6:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Maison St. Yves, Chartres, France
    • 24
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    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 (UTC+02:00)
    • 08 Jul 2022
    • 10:00 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Chartres, France
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    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

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

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


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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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