TLS Annual Gathering

2018 Featured Speakers

Jeff Saward
The Long and Winding Road

This Gathering is an important milestone for The Labyrinth Society, celebrating two decades since a group of labyrinth enthusiasts, brought together by a surge of interest in the USA, created the society in St. Louis. Founding member Jeff Saward will explore the origins of this modern fascination for labyrinths, from its roots in antiquarian writing, through architectural and artistic expression, to the more recent spiritual practice of labyrinth walking. There are many pathways that have led to where we are today, often interconnected, and Jeff will illuminate these with stories of the important events and characters to be found along the way.

Jeff Saward was first captivated by the labyrinth in 1976, and founded Caerdroia, the Journal of Mazes and Labyrinths in 1980. Now in publication for nearly 40 years, Caerdroia has become an internationally respected forum for news, views, new research and archival material. The author and editor of various books on the subject, he also administers the Worldwide Labyrinth Locator website on behalf of the Labyrinth Society and Veriditas. The 5500+ labyrinths in over 80 countries currently listed in its online database is sure testament to the global extent of the current labyrinth revival. Many years of searching for labyrinths and mazes has taken Jeff around Europe - from the shores of the Mediterranean to the high Arctic, to India and around America - on numerous occasions, forever on the labyrinthine trail.

 

Richard Feather Anderson
How We Got Here: Steps that Led to TLS

Hear about the early gestation of what is now known as the labyrinth revival, from one who innocently helped to ignite the spark, motivated by purely personal fascination. Richard Feather Anderson will share stories of what it was like trying to get hesitant people to set foot in a totally unfamiliar, mysterious object; to explore and document what happened to people when they did; and to figure out how to lay labyrinths out on the ground so the path could be walked. How did re-birthing labyrinths within the American community of dowsers and geomancers influence the direction we took in the early days? Richard Feather will also reveal how the labyrinth transformed him and, in so doing, radically changed his conception of what the labyrinth was all about. He will review his early visions of the labyrinth’s potential, and discuss how the global community has met many, but not all, of those dreams. Thinking about the future, what potentials are we missing, and how can we fulfill them?

Richard Feather Anderson was one of the earliest instigators of the “Labyrinth Revival” in America. Since 1982 he’s been educating and inviting people to enter the path of the labyrinth. He laid out some of the first labyrinths made available to the public, introduced American dowsers and geomancers to them, conducted a research project on their benefits from 1986-89. He designed the first permanent labyrinth at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, CA, and taught in the Veriditas Chartres Pilgrimage in 2000. When he designs sanctuaries for labyrinths, he draws on wisdom from geomancy, Feng Shui, environmental psychology, and sacred geometry.