TLS Annual Gathering

2023 Mini-Sessions Panel

A New Format of Featured Presentations for the 2023 Annual Gathering

New Horizons Panel of Mini-Sessions
Each of these presenters is working at bringing the labyrnth to a previously underserved community. Join us as we hear their diverse stories and learn of ways and places the labyrinth movement is spreading.

Frank Faine is a spiritual director, Veriditas-trained labyrinth facilitator, and retreat leader living in Orlando, FL. He is also the TLS Regional Representative for Florida.  He completed a TLS Special Project on ways to use the labyrinth experience/walks on college university campuses in Central Florida. With a rich and diverse background in companioning, healing, and teaching, he offers spiritual direction, labyrinth walks, and retreats to all persons on their journeys to embrace a life affirming spiritual path through his organization, Steps, Stories and Songs. 

Janice Lewis is currently serving as president of The Labyrinth Society (2021-2023). She has a degree in business, attended seminary, and is a certified Pastoral Care Specialist and a Spiritual Guide. Janice was part of the team that created a new spiritual practice called “Contemplative Fire.” She also is an advanced certified labyrinth guide, a certified Life Coach, advanced certified consultant with the Enneagram, certified and trained meditation practitioner in MBSR, Christian, Buddhist, and mindfulness methodologies.Janice is a certified Peacemaker Circle Keeper and a trained Mandala Teacher. She created Peace Club, an experiential mindfulness program. Mindfulness, meditation, peace circles, mandalas, storytelling, mindful journaling, and labyrinths are enjoyed by more than 200 youths and adults each year in Chicago at Peace Club.

Susan MurphySusan Murphy feels blessed to have documented stories of how Embrace Rwanda (ER) helped vulnerable women nurture their children while becoming financially stable all through the flair of a goat. ER recommended her proposed labyrinth project to The Children’s Peace Library in Kigali. This Special Project brought Francine Muhawenimanam and Jean d’Amour Tuyizere to TLS. Francine and Susan were able to host Umuganda workshops for students and librarians, build three labyrinths and four finger labyrinths using imigongo art (cow dung). Susan, an active member of TLS in Toronto, Canada, retired from the Ontario Government and now enjoys travelling between France, England and Rwanda. In 2023 she will make her 5th trip to Rwanda to work on her 2nd Special Project with the Children’s Peace Library. She is excited to see a list of diverse participants. Developing programs to teach Peace was her original retirement plan. She is blessed to work with the George Fox School and the Children’s Peace Library encouraging walking the labyrinth on Hero’s Day, Walk to Remember, World Labyrinth Day, Umuganda (last Saturday of each month), all events culminating in International Day of Peace – September 21st .

Maia Scott is a longtime labyrinth facilitator and enthusiast who started this journey as a recreation therapist and currently enjoys careers as a body worker and off-site community college instructor teaching visual and performing arts for people with disabilities. Maia is an interdisciplinary artist with an MFA in Creative Inquiry Interdisciplinary Arts who finds happiness in trying to make anything into labyrinths. Note that while Maia was born with limited sight and currently travels with her golden guide dog Gleam, she is not an expert on being blind because she is hopelessly addicted to amazing eye candy such as great arts and, wait for it – labyrinths. Maia partnered with the American Printing House for the Blind in the production of a tactile labyrinth collection to introduce the blind community to labyrinths.

Jan Sellers' professional background is in education and guidance. She has worked in universities, colleges and schools and in not for profit adult education in the UK and in the USA. Jan worked at the University of Kent from 1993 where she established the Student Learning Advisory Service and more recently developed and supported creative campus initiatives on the Canterbury and Medway campuses. In 2005 Jan was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship for her work in student development at the University of Kent. This enabled her to create the University of Kent’s Labyrinth Project in 2007, leading to the construction of the beautiful Canterbury Labyrinth on the Canterbury Campus. Jan has since supported colleagues at a number of universities and other organizations to create their own Labyrinth Projects. Jan’s current work focuses on labyrinths in higher education and her website includes an international index of over 260 labyrinths in college and university settings and in research settings such as field study centers, in 18 countries.

Annelle Tanner Annelle, BSN, MSN, EdD, is a Veriditas trained and certified Advanced Labyrinth Facilitator. She is a retired nurse who practiced, researched and taught Maternal-Child and Public Health Nursing and Nursing Informatics. She and her husband, Martin, a retired Obstetrician Gynecologist, serve on the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation National Grampions Committee and co-chair LA-MS Grampions, grandparents of folks - like their 12-year-old granddaughter - with Cystic Fibrosis, an incurable, life-limiting disease that affects primarily the lungs and digestive tract. Their granddaughter’s need for a tool to help HER deal with her health and personal anxieties at 4 years of age brought them to the labyrinth. Annelle is particularly interested in the value of labyrinths for physical and spiritual healing. She enjoys introducing labyrinths to children and teens as a tool for personal decision-making, reinforcing a sense of Self and the progression of their journey along the path of life. As such she knows that the Labyrinth can be a tool for their personal and spiritual growth in these chaotic, frightening, ungrounded times.For several years she has facilitated walks with children and parents and teachers and staff at churches and the Montessori school in her city.