Now more than ever labyrinths are being stretched, twisted, and turned into countless contemporary patterns to better suit a greater variety of settings, intentions, and communities. From the Gossembrot to the Santa Rosa, Dual-Path Heart to Viking Age Horse Trappings Maze*, Contemporary Labyrinths offer endless opportunities and inspiration. Veriditas Faculty member Lars Howlett will guide us through some of these modern marvels as we envision the future of labyrinth design. Together we’ll consider the triumphs and challenges of Contemporary Labyrinths and how to incorporate sacred geometry into new patterns for small spaces or alternative environments. The value and need for greater accessible and inclusive designs will be discussed as we look to connect and collaborate with new communities and future generations.
Special guest Tom Vetter has wowed participants with his tools and techniques in creating novel designs at Annual Gatherings of the Labyrinth Society over the past decade. The 5-hour workshop will be presented live on Zoom with a half hour break and opportunity for questions, group chat, and connecting with other participants. A comprehensive digital workbook will be provided as a PDF and the unedited recording of the live session will be offered to participants for reference and review for one month. Attending the workshop live is encouraged, but not required and couples or friends joining from a single screen can register with a guest for a reduced price. *Designs highlighted above were created by Sigmund Gossembrot, Lea Goode-Harris, Marty Kermeen / Jeff Saward, and Alex Champion.
Note: Step-by-step instructions on drawing the labyrinths will not be part of this workshop, though variations of the design and tools and techniques for creating them will be discussed. For those wanting to learn to draw the patterns, participants will receive a 50% discount coupon to Lars' pre-recorded tutorials on Teachable with step-by-step instructions to draw along at your own pace.
A lover of all things labyrinth, Lars Howlett drew his first seed patterns in the sand off the coast of California in his late twenties. He enrolled in his first Veriditas workshop in 2010 led by Robert Ferré at Grace Cathedral. The next year he travelled to Chartres for the labyrinth facilitator training with Lauren Artress following his roots to Scotland and Sweden where he visited labyrinths on the islands Iona and Gotland. From 2012-15 he was the apprentice to master builder Robert Ferré, inheriting his tools, techniques, and teaching curriculum. Lars joined the Veriditas Faculty, leading design and building workshops at ten iterations of Labyrinth Summer School. Six years ago, he became a full-time professional labyrinth maker under the auspices of Discover Labyrinths LLC. He was a board member of The Labyrinth Society for three years and the coordinator of World Labyrinth Day from 2013-2018. He became and Advanced Facilitator in 2019 and joined the staff of Veriditas in 2021 to support webinars, expand facilitator resources, and develop social media to further the labyrinth as a tool for personal and global transformation. Learn more at www.discoverlabyrinths.com
Tom Vetter has been designing and building unique, temporary labyrinths in Minnesota for over fifteen years. He has a background in Chemistry and Sculpture, and his favorite “stomping ground” is where the Labyrinth intersects with Art, Mathematics, and Spirituality. He is actively engaged in exploring and discovering new possibilities in this fertile territory, and he likes to share his creations--from beautiful spiral-based labyrinth designs to clever labyrinth tools and construction methods. And he welcomes your questions.