TLS Annual Gathering
The 18th Annual Gathering will be held at St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas, November 10-12, 2016. Please join us in the heart of Houston's Museum District as we explore the cause and effect relationships of bringing labyrinths into diverse communities.
Come walk with us... Registration is now open!
Featured speakers include Debi & Marty Kermeen, master stone artistic team and builders of the labyrinth at St. Paul's United Methodist Church; and Houston's own Reginald Adams, renowned public artist, social entrepreneur and community developer. Gathering attendees can attend a wide variety of workshops, lectures, mini-sessions, and poster presentations. You will not want to miss this uniquely urban experience with over 20 labyrinths in the Houston metropolitan area!
NEW! TLS is offering a student registration option for full-time students. As with standard participants, students may register for either the entire Gathering (Thursday - Saturday), Friday only or pre/post gathering events. These options are not available via online registration, but only by post or email. See the registration page for complete details.
The Annual Gathering is a casual, public conference spanning three days with special workshops and local tours before and after the main event. It is a time when labyrinth enthusiasts and experts gather from around the world to learn, share, and celebrate labyrinths. The Annual Gathering includes featured speakers, workshops, sales of labyrinth-related products, silent auction, and a wide variety of labyrinths for walking.
It is a time to meet and network with others who use and love labyrinths, learn new approaches, experience new labyrinth designs, and support the spread of labyrinth wisdom and community around 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. 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.
- OPEN TO THE PUBLIC EVENTS
We offer convenient online registration as well as a downloadable mail-in registration option if you prefer.
- FEATURED SPEAKERS, PRESENTERS AND GATHERING SCHEDULE
An exciting program of speakers, presentations and workshops is offered each year. Programming for the 2016 Gathering in Houston will explore the theme: "Diverse Journeys on a Common Path: Building Community through the Labyrinth."
- PRE- AND POST-GATHERING ACTIVITIES
Extend your experience by attending optional activities. Pre-gathering and post-gathering workshops and tours are offered to allow Gathering attendees to explore the region, visit local labyrinths or engage more deeply in the Gathering theme with a featured presenter.
Registration for the Gathering is not a requirement to attend any of the pre-gathering or post-gathering bus tours and workshops. You may register for one or more by indicating only the desired items on the online registration or downloadable forms.
- TRAVEL, LODGING AND LOCATION
- CALL FOR CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS, LABYRINTHS AND IMAGES
Each 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.
- VENDOR-ARTISANS AREA , TLS STORE, ADS, 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. Advertisements can also be purchased in the printed program.
- VOLUNTEER AT GATHERINGS
- WANT TO SUGGEST A GATHERING LOCATION?
- WHEREVER WE MAY WANDER -- GATHERING RETROSPECTIVES
Since 2003, a retrospective has been written about many of the Annual Gatherings. Read, enjoy, remember...