Veriditas Council Members: JoAnn Mast, Grace Amirault, Laura Esculcas, Judith Tripp, Chris Farrow-Noble, Linda Mikell, Ellen Bintz Meuch, Kathryn McLean, Paul Campbell, Kay Mutert, and Marge McCarthy.
Sioux City, IA
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Ellen Bintz Meuch
Bar Hills, Maine
member in perpetuity
The focus of the Council’s work is to support the Facilitator community. We are committed to developing ways for facilitators to more easily connect with each other. One way this is being done is through a series of “Facilitator Renewal” events being planned across the country. Another is to be actively working to strengthen local and regional labyrinth groups, by establishing connections between veteran and newly trained facilitators, and supporting the need for topical interest groups. We would love to help facilitate the formation of Regional Councils. Further, we are working on event guidelines that could help local groups produce labyrinth events in their communities.
Members of the Council have also been developing new programs within Veriditas, such as The School of the Sacred Feminine and the Global Healing Response Network, as well as taking responsibility for organizing the Veriditas yearly on-line Auction. We are working to build connections with other labyrinth groups around the country, and taking (and building) the labyrinth into places it hasn’t been. We are planning the creation of the Melissa Postnikoff Memorial Scholarship Fund, named for a beloved founding member, which could help bring greater financial access to programs. And so much more…We continually ask, "What does the labyrinth want of us now?"
Called together by Lauren, we formed in the spring of 2004 with the purpose of helping to vision the birthing of the second generation of Veriditas as it moved toward a focus centered on the transformative experience of the labyrinth. It was also a time when Lauren was beginning to think about shifting the tenor of her role as Mother of Veriditas to that of Grandmother. We took inspiration from the image of the spider plant, where the mother plant is continually bringing forth baby plants, each having the potential to thrive and grow. It continues to be a beautiful metaphor for the expanding and deepening of our work.
From the beginning, we have seen ourselves as a spiritual task force. As we come together, we create a sacred space from which to work. We are inspired and guided by Christina Baldwin’s circle model, found in her book Calling the Circle. Our meetings are structured to give time to meditation, labyrinth walking and sharing of personal process, interwoven with the business of the meetings. We honor the wisdom of each member’s voice; deeply listening to each other.
The Council meets twice a year in retreat, talks by conference calls and works by committee between meetings. Our membership has always been somewhat fluid and organic, with a limit of 15 people. Interest in working in a spiritual circle and sharing a commitment to our mission are essential, as are attending meetings and willingness to take on tasks. There is always an extra chair at Council meetings, and guests are welcome. Please let us know of your interest by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get to know our Council members by visiting our Council bio page.