About The Labyrinth Society

The journey of the Labyrinth Society (TLS) is very similar to that of a labyrinth walk.  The “labyrinth landscape” has changed significantly since the Labyrinth Society’s inception in 1998. It is a U.S. nonprofit 501c3 organization.  At that time when someone mentioned “labyrinth,” a blank stare or a quizzical expression usually followed.  

Today, after all these years of TLS members among others sharing labyrinths with the world, labyrinths have become more mainstream, and there are people all over the world building labyrinths. Our Facebook group has over 9,000 members from all over the world, and there are posts in German, Dutch, Spanish, and other languages as well as English. Each of these people touches countless others.  TLS has accomplished its goal of bringing labyrinths to the world. Now what? 

The Labyrinth Society is evolving to meet the changing needs of the growing worldwide labyrinth community.  Although the TLS mission, “to support all those who create, maintain and use labyrinths, and to serve the global community by providing education, networking and opportunities to experience transformation,” has not changed, the ways in which we address that mission are changing. The Board of Directors discusses our direction every five years as part of its ongoing strategic planning. Our current vision is that, by 2023, TLS will reflect the abundant diversity, inclusivity, and creativity of the worldwide labyrinth community through its membership, operating structure, and programs. 

Won’t you be a part of that change?  TLS is staffed primarily by volunteers who give many hours of service because of their love of labyrinths.  In addition to the tangible benefits of the various categories of membership listed elsewhere on this website, by joining us you will receive the larger benefit of knowing that you are part of a diverse and growing community of individuals around the world who probably have only one thing in common: their love of labyrinths.  Your membership supports many TLS initiatives, such as this website, the Worldwide Labyrinth Locator, the Labyrinth Market, various TLS resources and materials, and the annual Gathering.

Will I meet you on the path? If you are not already a member of the Labyrinth Society, we invite you to join. You can sign up online or fill out a form and mail it in. Just visit our Membership page!

Kay Whipple
TLS Acting President


History of The Labyrinth Society

Everything has a birthing, a beginning. Rocks harden from molten lava. Seeds break apart as roots and shoots emerge. There is drama in the creation of new life, new matter, new ideas. The labyrinth is often looked upon as a womb – a place of safety and rejuvenation. It is seen as a place for the birthing of inspiration, understanding and creativity.

The Labyrinth Society was born on Thursday, November 6, 1998 by unanimous agreement of the 43 Founding Circle members present at the Caroline Conference and Retreat Center in St. Louis. This momentous occasion was duly celebrated with a birthday cake and appropriate festivities.

TLS History Timeline TLS Gatherings Map

Interactive TLS History Timeline     Interactive TLS Gatherings Map

Since that time, we have held annual gatherings, created a communications network through this website, developed a traveling labyrinth exhibit and sponsored two symposiums in Europe. This is just the beginning.

We are creating The Labyrinth Society’s history every day. It is an adventure, a challenge and a joy. For however many years, we are linking our history with that of the labyrinth as it becomes more and more accepted throughout the world as a tool for peace and introspection.