July 2013 

LABYRINTHS IN SCHOOLS

The Story of a Visionary and Her Community

By Kay Mutert

Is there new life and vision in retirement?  Can the Path cross generations and move throughout a community? Certainly one woman’s story shows us the way…


Following a retirement move to Santa Fe, New Mexico, Marge McCarthy was introduced to the labyrinth at a 1998 retreat led by Lauren Artress in Sedona, AZ.  Later, while on a pilgrimage with Lauren to Germany she visited Hildegard’s area, and then while in France, Marge walked the Chartres labyrinth for the first of many times.  Her journey had officially begun.


In 1999, Marge founded the Labyrinth Resource Group in Santa Fe and was president for eleven years. This group has created approximately thirty labyrinths in the Santa Fe area and has sponsored labyrinth walks and educational programs throughout the community.  Her husband, Bob, has also been very active in the group and is now focusing on constructing and maintaining labyrinths in the city.

 


Over the years, Marge’s connection to Veriditas has deepened in many capacities within the organization. She served six years on the Veriditas Board and began working in 2004 with both the Veriditas Council and the Labyrinth Journal. She is a Certified Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator, a Regional Representative and she has facilitated many times for the pilgrimages to Chartres Cathedral.

As a retired School Psychologist, it was natural for Marge to want to bring the labyrinth to children. Fourteen elementary schools in Santa Fe have built labyrinths and been taught how to use them for calming down, dealing with grief, problem solving, celebration, conflict resolution and just having a good time thanks to Marge. This experience resulted in a manual and DVD called Kids on the Path for bringing the labyrinth 
  experience to schools with curriculum ideas and instructions for building labyrinths.

Cheryl Andrews collected the curriculum ideas and did the section on building labyrinths and their collaborative resource can be found online. Marge was awarded the “2003 Annual Governor’s Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women” by the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women in recognition for her labyrinth work in schools.












Marge’s passion for and dedication to the labyrinth recently came full circle during the happy celebration of her 80th birthday. Marge, Bob and family walked the Camino de Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage in Spain and then joined the Chartres Pilgrimage group for a memorable labyrinth walk in Chartres Cathedral, Chartres France. Unquestionably, Marge’s love for the labyrinth and her vision for children have enriched the Santa Fe community and Veriditas with the greening power of the labyrinth.



 

Annual Auction: October 7-28, 2013


Our On-line auction, powered by BiddingForGood, is fast approaching. Bidding begins in October. So, now is the time to build a fantastic auction catalog of items. It's a fun and easy way to support this life-changing work! 

Below is the link for the auction site. You may go online any time and donate your items. You will be responsible for shipping your items to winning bidders at the close of the auction.

www.biddingforgood.com/veriditas

Please contact Phyllis Carlisle if you have any questions or need assistance with placing your donation on the Bidding for Good website.



Save The Date!


Veriditas Community Gathering: 

Creating Community & Visioning the Future


February 7 & 8, 2014 at IONS in Petaluma
Here’s an update as we organize this wonderful opportunity for those of us who love Veriditas and want to connect with others to build our future. Members of the Veriditas community -- facilitators, Council, Board, and staff -- and those who’d like to join us are all invited to attend. We envision a variety of activities: there will be time for personal reflection and retreat as well as connecting with others to create the future. Many voices will join in as we report to the Veriditas community on the progress made since last year’s gathering. We’re planning a keynote presentation by Lauren, small group sessions, dancing, and -- of course -- walking our very own Deer Heart labyrinth.
 




Stay tuned, and mark your calendar!



News from the Veriditas Council


Veriditas Council 

Fall Meeting


The Veriditas Council will meet in Santa Fe, New Mexico from October 25 to 27, 2013. For several years we have invited nearby Facilitators to join us for lunch on Saturday, share labyrinth activities, explore how the Council can help Facilitators, and walk a labyrinth together. All Facilitators are welcome. Email invitations have gone to Mountain Region Facilitators. If you live in this Region and have not received an invitation, your email address on record may be out-of-date. If you would like details on the October 26th lunch and/or information on Santa Fe hotels, please contact Marge McCarthy at margemccarthy26@comcast.net or 505-989-8231.
 

Global Healing Response (GHR)


The Global Healing Response, founded in 2005 by Council member Ellen Bintz Meuch, offers an annual theme and quarterly ideas and information to enrich labyrinth walks. The GHR theme for 2013 is Truth and the focus for this quarter is Authenticity. The quote is by Eckhart Tolle, “Only the truth of who you are, if realized, will set you free.” If each of us could host or personally take the time for a GHR labyrinth walk, think of the unified healing energy we could create! The third quarter is posted on the website, www.globalhealingresponse.com. We encourage you to visit the site soon and often. All resources since 2005 are listed.  
 

Little Miracles on the Path


Each month, Linda Mikell, secretary to the Veriditas Council and New England Regional Representative, emails a Little Miracles on the Path story to 439 facilitators who have signed up for them. Facilitators from all over the world send her stories about interesting, touching events that happen at their labyrinth walks. If you would like to receive these stories, please contact Linda (edlinmik@optonline.net). Please don’t forget to send your story when you have one. Little Miracles are archived on the Veriditas Website.



Donor Spotlight

 

As the new Development Coordinator, I am very excited to be presenting this new column each month with interviews and information on some of our wonderful donors.  This inaugural column is an interview that Sarah Elliott, Veriditas Board Chair did recently with Certified Facilitator, donor and previous Board Member Tina Margason.


Sarah: When did you first encounter a labyrinth?


Tina:
 

In the 1990’s I did my first labyrinth walk.  I was smitten right away!  I thought to myself, “What IS this thing?!”  I had to know more about it, so I spent the next few years researching and reading about labyrinths.  I had to do the head work before I could do the heart work.

Sarah: How did you get involved with Veriditas?

Tina: 

The closest labyrinth to me at that time was at Grace Cathedral.  When I was there walking the labyrinth, I saw a sign about Veriditas.  At that time, the Veriditas office was located in the cathedral, so one day I went up to the office and offered to volunteer.  I helped out in the office, folding flyers and stuffing envelopes and things like that.  At some point, I went on my first pilgrimage with Veriditas.  I was so nourished by the experience that I became a habitual pilgrim!  During a pilgrimage to Chartres, I was asked to serve on the Board of Directors, which I did for about 7 years.  I also served as the editor of the Veriditas Journal for several years.  Although I have stepped back from those leadership roles, I am still connected to the Veriditas community. 

Sarah: Tell us about your labyrinth work in the world.

Tina:
I’m a Veriditas trained facilitator and I do labyrinth work at several different places. I facilitate at the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment here in San Jose, CA, exploring the connection between yoga
 

philosophy and the labyrinth. I also facilitate at San Jose State University. I am also doing some interesting work with a conflict resolution labyrinth program at a public school on the east side of San Jose.
In addition to all of that, I have my own outdoor labyrinth at my house. John Ridder created a 7-circuit Petite Chartres labyrinth on my driveway. Several of my friends came to help and we wrote 28 blessings in the field that we sealed into the labyrinth by painting over them. So when I walk this labyrinth, I am walking right through all of these blessings.
Sarah: Why do you donate to Veriditas?

Tina:
I probably made my first financial contribution to Veriditas when I went on my first pilgrimage. After that, I would make a contribution on my birthday or other “peaks of life” days, but that system was too hit or miss. My volunteer work in the office made me realize that the office and the needs of the office are there all the time, and I wanted to be there all the time, too. I couldn’t do that in person but by making a regular monthly financial gift, I could support the valuable work of Veriditas all the time. When the Sustaining Giver program started about 4 or 5 years ago, I signed up for that right away. The labyrinth has given me a gift of understanding and I want everyone to be able to receive that same gift.
~ Rita Canning, Development Coordinator



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