TLS Annual Gathering
Join us for our next scheduled Annual Conference Gathering:
September 16-22, 2013, on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
The Annual Gathering is a casual, conference-style setting that spans several days. It is a time when labyrinth enthusiasts and experts gather from around the world for a time to learn, share, and celebrate the use of labyrinths. The Annual Gathering includes featured speakers, workshops, sales of labyrinth-related products, Silent Auction, and lots of labyrinths. It is a time to meet and network with others who use and love labyrinths, learn new techniques, try new labyrinth designs, and support the spread of labyrinths across the world. The Gathering also includes the annual business meeting of The Labyrinth Society, where members are elected to the Board of Directors and have input into the activities of the organization. It is a time when you can have lunch with a labyrinth expert from another continent, try your hand at building a labyrinth, or shop for unique items not available anywhere else. The location and theme for the Annual Gathering changes each year, allowing us to visit many regions.
Here on these pages you will find all of the Gathering specifics from registration information to prices for vendor tables. You can also read retrospectives from past Gatherings to get a taste of what to expect. To find the information you are seeking, simply click on the appropriate link.
- 2013 ANNUAL GATHERING OVERVIEW
Labyrinths for Global Healing, Landscapes for the Soul
Vancouver Island, BC, CANADA,
September 16 - 22, 2013.
Main Gathering, September 19 - 21, 2013
Pre and post options on either side.
Tigh-Na-Mara Spa Resort & Conference Centre, Parksville, BC, CANADA
The labyrinths found on Vancouver Island in 2013 are arising in a landscape that has nourished souls for 10,000 years... Vancouver Island is known for the diversity of its artists, artisans, musicians, writers and winemakers. Not surprisingly, this is a landscape in which diverse labyrinths also flourish and multiply. At last count there were more than 50 labyrinths on Vancouver Island and the surrounding gulf islands. This is an environment that provides the terroir for winemaking and for creative work of all kinds. Labyrinths here, grounded in such fertile soil, have a unique ability to nourish the soul. Whether surrounded by lavender and other fragrant herbs, set out in local stone or river rocks, outlined in upright driftwood or etched in the sand, these labyrinths seem to reflect and celebrate the natural world.
The Labyrinth Society’s 15th Annual Gathering will feature pre and post labyrinth pilgrimages and events celebrating the energy and spirit of the Island and its people spanning from Monday, September 16th through Sunday, September 22nd. The main Gathering will open at 4:30 PM on Thursday, September 19th and close at 12:45 PM, Saturday, September 21st.
Together we will Journey in Circles with a Labyrinth focus on health and wellness, compassion, accessibility and inclusion. Themes will include First Nations traditions, creativity through writing, art, music and the building of labyrinths, compassion, community, connections, hope and healing. We welcome participants of all ages and will have school children participating in some sessions.
To assist you in your trip planning, information on a variety of transportation methods and possible routes to the island is posted within these pages.
Consider an extended vacation, making this a rejuvenating pilgrimage deep into the awe- inspiring soulful landscapes of Vancouver Island.
For a peek at what is in store, watch the the planning team's promotional gathering video shown at the 2012 Gathering that displays some of the many labyrinths located in the area.
For more information on the Conference Centre and surrounding area please visit: www.tigh-na-mara.com
- CALL FOR CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS, LABYRINTHS AND IMAGESEach year Gathering goers are able to share their talents with others as presenters, photographers, and builders of labyrinths-on-the-grounds. Here you can learn how you can share your work and ideas at the Gathering.
- FEATURED SPEAKERS AND GATHERING SCHEDULE
An exciting program of speakers, presentations and workshops will be offered at the 2013 Annual Gathering, celebrating our theme: "Labyrinths for Global Healing, Landscapes for the Soul." Browse these pages for detailed information about the 2013 program.
- PRE- AND POST-GATHERING ACTIVITIES
Extend your enjoyment by attending optional activities.
Registration for the Gathering is not a requirement to attend any of the pre-gathering or post-gathering bus tours and workshops. Your may register for one or more by indicating only the desired items on the registration form.
We offer a convenient online registration opportunity as well as downloadable mail-in registration options if you prefer. Registrations received by June 30 will receive the special Early Bird discount rates.
- TRAVEL AND LODGING AND LOCAL INFORMATION
- VENDOR-ARTISANS AREA , TLS STORE, SILENT AUCTION
Start reviewing your inventory, polishing your finger labyrinths, and planning your displays. The Market Area at this year's Gathering promises to be bigger and better than ever before! This year we have three separate areas where vendors can participate: the Vendor/Artisans Area, the TLS Shop, and the Silent Auction.
- WHEREVER WE MAY WANDER -- GATHERING RETROSPECTIVESSince 2003, a retrospective has been written about many of the Annual Gatherings. Read, enjoy, remember...