About The Labyrinth Society

Janice Lewis, PresidentThe last year has certainly been full of reflection! Having our lives upended by a global pandemic and all the associated changes has led me to think a lot about relationships and our mission in life. A lot of us, myself included, have been very fortunate. While our lives and routines have been upset, we’ve largely been able to weather the storm.  But many people have faced health challenges, loss of jobs or starting new jobs, and especially in this pandemic they have faced isolation.

For my part I am extremely grateful for our supportive labyrinth community!

Our community of people has strong bonds, and our common interest and love of labyrinths has brought us together in these trying times. I know that this past year many of you have reached out to check-in and support one another. This caring atmosphere is unique among organizations. It is one of our strengths.

The TLS mission is, “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.” This mission has resonated with people from all walks of life and is reaching a global audience. Our Facebook group has over 11,000 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.

We have accomplished our 2013 vision: By 2018 TLS will become a global information hub weaving together local and worldwide labyrinth communities. As we continue this work, we dedicate ourselves to our 2018 vision: By 2023 TLS will reflect the abundant diversity, inclusivity, and creativity of the worldwide labyrinth community through its membership, operating structure, and programs.

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 on our Membership page, 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 connected by our love of labyrinths. Your membership supports many TLS initiatives, such as this website, the World Labyrinth Day website, the Worldwide Labyrinth Locator, the Labyrinth Market, various TLS resources and materials, and the annual Gathering.

If you are not yet a member, please join us!

Many thanks to all our members for all the support as well as all the opportunities we have had to meet and collaborate within our community. I have met so many amazing people. Your board of directors continues to look ahead to strengthen and evolve our organization to meet the needs of the labyrinth community. We are looking forward to the next chapter.

Janice Lewis, President
Labyrinth Society 

 

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.