MASTER TEACHERS & FACULTY

Jo Ann Mast,
Master Teacher

 
Jo Ann Mast is a business woman, spiritual mentor, teacher, lecturer, mother, grandmother. She lives her passion for the labyrinth, which brings a quality and depth to her life where chaos emerges as creative energy. Jo Ann facilitates sacred labyrinth walks, talks, ceremonies, rituals, and labyrinth dedications.

In 1999, her labyrinth work began in earnest with teaching, conducting retreats, workshops, talks and seminars across the U.S., Canada and Europe. She was a member of the Veriditas Board - The Voice of the Labyrinth Movement - 2000 through 2006, and is a founding member of the Veriditas Council.

Through many pilgrimages and facilitation work at Chartres Cathedral in Chartres France in 1998, 2000, 2001, 2004 and 2005 Jo Ann shares the rich legends, experiences and intense beauty and mystery of the labyrinth. Jo Ann's intimate knowledge of the labyrinth invites you to tap into your unique spiritual journey through the weaving of historical and contemporary labyrinth uses and stories.

She currently lectures at Naropa University's Inter-religious Exploration Program and teaches at Iliff Theological Seminary's second year Spiritual Formation Program on various subjects including "Is There a Spirituality of Money?"

Recently Jo Ann completed a two-year assignment as Theologian in Residence for the First United Methodist Church of Boulder, Colorado where she was responsible for Adult Spiritual Education offering experiential spirituality through the labyrinth, liturgy, Taize music and ceremony as part of regular church services.

Jo Ann draws on her 25-year experience working in television news, the telecommunications and financial services industries along with her work as a certified advisor and teacher for Harrison Assessments (an international business organization designed to create highly effective workforces) and as a business writer and owner of a management consulting business, Conscious-Solutions.


Reverend Dr. Kay Mutert,
Master Teacher

kay@veriditas.org 

Kay is a member of the Veriditas Council and a certified Veriditas Advanced Facilitator, now serving as Veriditas' USA Southeast Regional Representative. Her current business is called "DaySpring - a source of creative expression and renewal of spirit". She uses her experience as musician, minister, and teacher in working with groups and individuals from all arenas of life, inviting them to discover the possibilities of the labyrinth in the journey to experience a reconnection with the sacredness of life. She has worked with labyrinths for the past 12 years. Kay's focus is on helping others find ways for renewal of mind, body, spirit and creative energy, through retreats, workshops and sacred events. Kay served congregations in the United Methodist Church and the British Methodist Church. Before that she worked as a music educator and musician in Florida and Alabama. She is a conductor, composer and pianist, wanting to let her love for the spirit of music and movement speak to the hearts of others. Her work has included compositions and concerts for those affected by cancer and AIDS.

Kay has served as musician and program presenter at Iona Abbey, and has been an associate of the international ecumenical Iona Community based in Scotland. She offers workshops and worship experiences utilizing the resources of Iona, Taize and global music.

Kay believes the ancient archetype of the labyrinth serves as a strong source of possibility for today's world, in meditation, reconciliation, peace-making, for young and old, for cross-cultures, for community and personal use. Through her experience in the a variety of settings, Kay works to honor the non-verbal expression of meaning, as felt in the labyrinth, through movement, and through visual and musical expressions.

Kay's strengths lie in the areas of group facilitation, understanding where persons may be and bridging the gaps of language or expression, so that they may be open to new experiences. Her approach is invitational. Her training and experience in creative arts, in movement, and in pastoral care, ministry and teacher education provide strength for her work with the labyrinth.

Kay holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Mississippi State University, graduating 1st in her class, Master of Arts in Vocal Music Education from University of South Florida, where she served as a teaching assistant, Doctor of Education in Secondary Music Education from University of Alabama, where she served as teaching assistant and then faculty/staff member, and Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology, as a Woodruff Scholar. She has published a set of her musical compositions, Songs for the Journey, with Joe Elmore, among other vocal/choral/piano compositions. Her upcoming book At the end of the day tells the story of her first year of life and ministry in England.

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Dr. Kayleen Asbo, 

Faculty


Kayleen Asbo is a cultural historian, musician, writer and teacher who weaves together myth, history, and the arts with experiential learning. Kayleen has been on the faculty of Sonoma State University (where she teaches Introduction to Art Therapy in the Psychology department), Dominican University (where she lectures on Cultural History for the Osher Life Long Learning Institute) and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (where she has taught courses on music and developmental psychology for 13 years). Kayleen holds master's degrees in both music and psychology, and has a doctoral degree in Mythological Studies with an emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. 

Kayleen has been a guest presenter and lecturer on the intersection of spirituality, psychology and the arts at the Oxford Round Table, Chartres Cathedral, Grace Cathedral, the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, the Numina Center and churches and colleges throughout the Bay Area. Kayleen's classes and workshops have repeatedly been lauded by students as "life changing", "transformational", "passionate" "inspiring", "fascinating" and "the best I have ever taken"

Click here for Kayleen Asbo's Speaker's Packet
www.kayleenasbo.com

Lars Howlett, Faculty
Labyrinth Design & Construction 

findlars@gmail.com

Lars Howlett is a leading expert in the design and creation of sacred space for walking meditation, centering prayer, personal healing, conflict resolution and community building. Lars is a practitioner of mindfulness and student of sacred geometry since 2003, experimenting with a wide variety of designs, materials, intentions and settings in his personal and professional projects. Universities, churches, health centers, retirement communities, mental health centers, retreats, and individuals find Lars for inspiration and insight in creating exact replicas of historical patterns or one-of-a-kind artistic installations. 

Lars was a three year apprentice to Robert Ferré, inheriting the tools, techniques, and teaching curriculum of a master builder. Lars is a Veriditas Faculty Member and Certified Labyrinth Facilitator trained by the Reverend Dr. Lauren Artress at Grace and Chartres Cathedrals. He is the Chairperson of World Labyrinth Day and Board Member of the Labyrinth Society. Lars is an inspiring teacher and passionate speaker on the history, spirituality, and practice of walking labyrinths, leading workshops to cultivate inner wisdom for personal transformation with slideshows of personal projects and visits to sacred sites on four continents. www.DiscoverLabyrinths.com

Judith Tripp, Faculty & Woman's Dream Quest Coordinator

judith@veriditas.org 

Judith Tripp has a Masters in Counseling and is a licensed Marriage/Family Therapist. She is a transpersonal psychotherapist, a Veriditas trained facilitator, as well as a musician with several CDs in circulation. She has been leading Veriditas sponsored Dream Quests at Grace Cathedral and around the country for almost 20 years. She is member of the Veriditas Council and works for Veriditas to coordinate, develop and lead programs specifically focused on women.

Click here for Judith's Speaker's Packet
http://www.circleway.com/



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