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.
Led by Veriditas Founder Lauren Artress and Master Builder Lars Howlett
July 27: Introductory Lecture and Labyrinth Walk
The impact of walking labyrinths continues to touch peoples’ lives. And, we search for a way to understand the power behind this ancient archetypal form. In the opening night lecture, we will explore the Organizing Principle of the Labyrinth. Once the labyrinth is embodied, it becomes an over arching metaphor for how we live our lives.
July 28: Workshop led by the Reverend Dr. Lauren Artress
Walking the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Practice.
The labyrinth can be used as a spiritual discipline, or as a spiritual practice. In this workshop we will differentiate these two approaches, explore applications for using the labyrinth and reflect upon outcomes of an effective spiritual practice.
This workshop is designed for those who want to enrich and deepen their spiritual lives and to be in service to others. It serves as a qualifying workshop for the Facilitator Training that follows.
Suggested Reading: The Sacred Path Companion by Lauren Artress. (This is required reading for those attending the Facilitator Training.) Available on Amazon
July 29 - 30: 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.
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July 31: Labyrinth Design with Lars Howlett
Learn to draw and create tabletop labyrinths through a variety of simple artistic methods. Explore the differences between spirals and meanders, mazes and labyrinths to discover the essential elements for creating and adapting designs.
Taught in a classroom setting, students will receive a workbook highlighting the history, classification, and methods for drawing traditional or one-of-a-kind labyrinths. Students can apply new skills in the creation of finger labyrinths, artistic projects, or formal plans for a large-scale installation. This is a great opportunity to learn about a diversity of designs, explore how and why certain patterns resonate with people, and gain the confidence to explain and introduce the definition and philosophy of these beloved symbols to others.
August 1 - 2: Labyrinth Materials and Construction with Lars Howlett
Do you dream of building a temporary or permanent labyrinth for yourself or your community? In this two-day experiential workshop, Lars Howlett will lead you in the creation of walkable Classical, Chartres, and modified Contemporary Labyrinths. Techniques for efficient and accurate installation will be demonstrated including many tools invented by Robert Ferré. See first-hand how intention, design, proportions, materials, site, and alignment benefit the labyrinth and those who walk it.
Stories and slideshows will explore the best options for a variety of communities and settings, from schools to festivals, churches to hospitals, backyards to public parks and more. Learn how to appropriately alter proportions, paths, circuits, and the center to fit a variety of environments. See photos from Lars’ professional projects and pilgrimages to sacred sites around the world including Chartres, Iona, and Sweden. The cost and qualities of dozens of different materials will be discussed, from tape to canvas, rubber mulch to grass, pavers to stone and more. Receive feedback on your own designs and projects and take the next step in realizing your dream labyrinth!
Accommodation is additional - please call the New Harmony Inn and Conference Center directly at 812-682-6150 to book your room and tell the reservationist you're booking for the Veriditas program to get a room in that block. No online booking is available.