TLS Annual Gathering
The 19th Annual Gathering will be held at on Bainbridge Island, Washington, October 27-29, 2017. Please join us in the Pacific Northwest, Honoring the Labyrinth Environment: Co-Creating with Nature.
Come walk with us... Registration will open this Spring
Click here to informally RSVP to the Facebook event page on our Global Group.
Featured speakers include Jeffrey Bale, mosaic artist and landscape designer, creator of the Hall's Hill Labyrinth and Denny Dyke of Circles in the Sand, labyrinth artist extraordinaire. Gathering attendees can attend a wide variety of workshops, lectures, mini-sessions, and poster presentations. You will not want to miss this unique island retreat at the outdoor learning center of IslandWood!
Thanks to everyone who joined us in Houston and helped make our last Gathering a success. Read about the past offerings in 2016 below to get a sense of all the learning, networking, and community building opportunities at our yearly event.
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.
TLS offers a student registration option for full-time students. As with standard participants, students may register for either the entire Gathering (Friday - Sunday), Saturday-only or pre/post gathering events. These options are not available via online registration, but only by post or email.
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 2017 Gathering at Islandwood will explore the theme: "Honoring the Labyrinth Environment: Co-Creating with Nature" in the wonderful environment on Bainbridge Island.
- 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.
A CALL for proposals for the Pre-Gathering and Post-Gathering opportunities is now open.
To offer a sense of past offerings, the links below are for the opportunities we experienced at the 2016 Gathering:
- TRAVEL, LODGING AND LOCATION
- CALL FOR 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...