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 almost 7,000 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 has been discussing our direction as part of its ongoing strategic planning. Our vision is to become a global information hub weaving together local and worldwide labyrinth communities.  

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 President

 

The Labyrinth Society Guiding Principles

Mission Statement
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.

Vision

October 2018: By 2023 TLS will reflect the abundant diversity, inclusivity, and creativity of the worldwide labyrinth community through its membership, operating structure, and programs.

April 2013: By 2018 TLS will become a global information hub weaving together local and worldwide labyrinth communities.

Core Values
We choose to conduct the business of The Labyrinth Society in alignment with our Core Values:

  • Integrity: we are heart-centered, truthful, keep our word, and operate with candor.
     
  • Respect: we create a safe environment where all people and points of view are honored.
     
  • Community: we operate the Society in a circle and continuously build connections among us.
     
  • Diversity: we embrace our differences in all of their manifestations.
     
  • Freedom: we encourage all forms of expression and will not try to limit the labyrinth’s possibilities.
     
  • Creativity: we delight in the fruits of our imagination, intuition and inspiration.
     
  • Empowerment: we enable each other to be our authentic selves and strive to delegate authority.
     
  • Learning: we promote education, networking and research
     
  • Spirituality: we honor the labyrinth for its enhancement of our connection to Spirit , the Earth and the Global Community.
     
  • Trust: we trust the process of the labyrinth.

We use the circle to:

  1. Conduct the business of The Labyrinth Society.
     
  2. Remind us of the unity we share with all life.
     
  3. Create a safe and nurturing environment that encourages open and full participation.
     
  4. Provide a heart-centered place for conflicts to be resolved and ideas to flourish.

Leadership Philosophy
The Board of Directors is the governing body of the organization. It has the authority to delegate the management and direction of the organization to the Executive Committee and to the committees appointed by the President or designated by the Board.

Like the labyrinth that we honor, we have adopted the circle as our leadership model. We think of ourselves as a leader-full group and use the energy of the circle to conduct all of our business. Our meetings are held in the round. This creates a culture of communication and cooperation amongst the leadership. The Executive Committee, the Board of Directors and the working committees each operates as a circle.

It is our goal that the circles of influence within the organization be an inter-connected web, much like the circuits of the labyrinth, that continually bring us into contact with each other so that we can have the benefit of sharing our questions and our ideas. We are committed to using the power of the labyrinth and the energy of the circle for the highest good of all and we model this in all that we do.