TLS Annual Gathering

Learning Opportunities: Concurrent Workshops and Posters

The 2017 Annual Gathering schedule will include both 60 minute and 90 minute concurrent workshops as well as Poster Presentations. Most are listed below. Gathering registrants will have the opportunity to attend two 60 minute and two 90 minute workshops, and all the poster presentations.

60 MINUTE CONCURRENT PRESENTATIONS

Black Holes, White Holes: A Sound Journey
Presenter: Susan Alexjander
PORTAL is a soundscape which journeys into the labyrinthine world of space, ending in the center of a black hole. What happens there is a personal story of discovery and transformation. We will experience this exotic ride through sound, visuals, science and myth.

Composer Susan Alexjander’s work addresses the interconnections between light, sound and our universal stories. Her CDs and soundtracks have achieved acclaim in galleries and performances on both USA coasts and abroad: Heidelberg, Oslo, Vienna, Budapest, and London. She is a university educator and has presented workshops at the Omega Institute, JFK University in California (Sound and Consciousness), in London with Dr. Mae Wan-Ho, and the International Light Association. Her work is intimately connected with science and the natural world and often uses scientific frequencies to enhance the beauty of her artistic visions. She has ‘translated’ DNA frequencies, water, stars, elements, and more.
 

Exploring the Heart of the Labyrinth
Presenter: Lea Goode-Harris
This presentation invites participants to broaden their understanding of the labyrinth as a tool for change and co-creation; specifically with a focus on the heart. While this participatory lecture uses nutrition as an additional step of knowledge within the labyrinth, these principles could be applied to any educational tool.

Lea Goode-Harris helps people use the labyrinth as a mindfulness tool to focus their goals for health and wellbeing. She has found that by slowing down through the use of a labyrinth and being in tune with your body and surroundings gives time and space to make conscious choices that affect decisions for change. Lea has been walking, designing, building and studying labyrinths for most of her life. Her labyrinth research includes how nutritional consciousness affects our existence and has provided her with a natural path through the maze of contradictory information surrounding our current cultural diet.
 

Trails of Transformation
Presenter:
Mark Healy
Connecting different Labyrinth designs in a trail for a temporary event at a festival or linking up permanent labyrinths in parks in a city, council area or state creates a great modern day pilgrim journey. The labyrinth provides space for mental exercise and the walking or travelling a circuit is good physical exercise an outing or transformational holiday experience.

Mark Healy’s 38 year working life as a nurseryman, landscaper, bio dynamic farmer, permaculture designer, builder, healer, group facilitator, and artist has always been highly creative. For 26 years Mark has been designing and creating labyrinths, sacred symbol gardens as landscape features. Mark has founded The Labyrinth Collective and is a Veriditas Trained Advanced Labyrinth Facilitator and Co Founder of the Australia Labyrinth Network.


The Center Can Hold Us
Presenters: Kerry Holder and Zara Renander

Polarized thinking and actions lie at the heart of our inability to work as co-creators of our environment. Walking The Way of the Circle is nature’s own way of bringing unity. Intentional community labyrinth walks are powerful means for healing divisive thinking leading to conflict and desecration of the earth.

Kerry Holder is an Episcopal priest who was born in the Deep South and has lived across the globe. She specializes in multicultural work, race relations, pilgrimage and reconciliation. She is a contemplative and a story teller who lived among the Blackfeet of Montana for a decade of her deepening her understanding of the Sacred Hoop of life. She comes from a long line of healers. Kerry’s wish is for a global renaissance of healing through the sacred.

Zara Renander was born in India and has travelled extensively bringing her knowledge of the world to help people cross cultures and bring reconciliation and unity assisting people see their connections and unity rather than their divisions.

The Legacy Labyrinth Project 
Presenter: Christine Katzenmeyer
From Argentina, Haiti, France, the US, Canada and beyond, the Legacy Labyrinth Project has been networking labyrinths locally and globally for healing through the labyrinth experience. Come learn how this Project incorporates intention, community involvement, ritual, and healing into a global constellation of labyrinths which are now and will continue to be available to the planet for sustained healing.

Chris Katzenmeyer is the project director for The Legacy Labyrinth Project. She served for 7 years as a board member for Veriditas, and has a labyrinth ministry with her husband at their church in Denver. She is a gerontologist, and founded a non-profit in 2007 called The Consortium for Older Adult Wellness. She teaches at Metro State College, and is a qualified instructor in Mindfulness from University of Massachusetts Medical School, Center for Mindfulness. Her hobbies are hiking, drumming, travel, and riding Vespas.


Going with the Flow: Labyrinth Design for Yoga
Presenter: Katja Marquart
How are the movement meditation practices of yoga and labyrinth walking similar? What might it look like to walk a labyrinth and practice yoga simultaneously? How might it feel? These questions and others have inspired a project exploring custom labyrinth designs that support a yoga sequence. This session presents images and stories exploring these questions.

Katja Marquart holds an MFA in Design Studies from UW – Madison, is a professor in the Division of Interior Architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and serves as Treasurer for The Labyrinth Society. Her creative work includes custom environmental design services, specializing in labyrinth design and installation. Katja has been engaged in labyrinth-related activities for over 15 years, is a Veriditas-trained Labyrinth Facilitator, and is trained at the Reiki Master level. In addition to her passion for labyrinths, Katja is an avid gardener, food preserver, and yoga practitioner.
 

Inner Pilgrimage 
Presenter: Carol Maurer
Sometimes money, time and/or circumstances do not afford us the opportunity for pilgrimage or retreat. Learn how to go inward without leaving your own backyard. You will learn steps by step techniques for creating and organizing a personal pilgrimage or retreat.

Carol Maurer is an artist, labyrinth enthusiast, active TLS volunteer and lover of the outdoors. She spends her days knitting, crocheting and cross-stitching, researching and writing and walking in circles! You can see what she is up to by visiting her Backyard Pilgrim blog or carol.maurer on Instagram.

Labyrinth Creation with Earth Ones
Presenter: Teri McCorkle
My labyrinth site rests on sacred Indian ground as identified by multiple healers. This presentation reviews the process to incorporate guidance and energy of the keepers of this land I call the “Earth Ones.” Our collaboration encompassed healing energies of the land back 1,000 years in preparation for creating a powerful labyrinth portal between the cosmos and the earth.

Teri McCorkle's relationship with labyrinths began in the mid 90’s in Carmel, CA. Working closely with a friend, she co-presented at Innovation Network’s annual conference in San Diego in 1999 to national corporations emphasizing intuition for problem solving using labyrinths. She utilizes her home labyrinth in Roseville for workshops, one-on-one sessions and is available to the public by appointment via Worldwide Labyrinth Finder. Her recent labyrinth rebuild was a collaboration with the “Earth Ones,” keepers of the sacred Indian ground her home is built on. This relationship transformed her strategy on labyrinth building, starting first with energy work of the land.
 

Paving the Way
Presenter: Emily Simpson
A talk about how the journey to build a labyrinth in a public park became a life changing pilgrimage which yielded eleven gifts of the spirit including: learning how to trust the path as it unfolds, accepting obstacles and becoming a vessel for something greater than yourself.

Emily Simpson is an entrepreneur and a poet and who built Australia’s first sandstone labyrinth with funds donated by an inspired community. At the grand opening in September 2014, the Centennial Park Labyrinth was blessed by wisdom keepers from eleven different faith traditions. Emily was a Veriditas board member (2010-13) and now manages Sydney Labyrinth, a community of volunteers who facilitate public walks on the first Sunday of every month. They will be holding the first Labyrinth Dreaming Festival in September this year.
 

Co-Creating Peace with Technology and Nature
Presenter: Sandra Wasko-Flood
In Co-Creating Peace with Technology and Nature, see how the Light of Nature/Tech Labyrinths inspires the Light of Peace Within and Among People, Animals, Nature and the Universe. Learn to create such a labyrinth by projecting your own images on the ground, surroundings or overhead for a special event of your choice.

Sandra Wasko-Flood, artist, poet and teacher, founded the non-profit, Living Labyrinths for Peace (2005) because of a vision she had in the Great Kiva of Chaco Nature National Historical Park, New Mexico (1991). Accomplishments include: art/technology “Dance of the Labyrinth” computer programmed images that light up to your steps ($5000 grant from Virginia Commission on the Arts 1994); founding member of TLS (1998), Director of its first project: “Labyrinths for Peace: 2000” U.S. Capitol; Labyrinths in Schools workshops nationwide (2000-17); and publication of art and poetry book: The Labyrinth Path to Light and Peace (2016).

90 MINUTE CONCURRENT PRESENTATIONS

Nature’s Gifts of Meaning, Messages, Mystery and Miracles: Stories from the Labyrinth
Presenter: Holly Carnegie Letcher
Have you ever had an experience on the labyrinth where an aspect of nature presented itself, offering an important message, carrying deep personal symbolic meaning or providing you with an insight? After walking this sacred path together, our stories of nature’s mysteries, synchronicities and miracles can be shared, from present or past. Submit your story afterwards for publication option!

Holly Carnegie Letcher is an Occupational Therapist who has been using Labyrinths in her practice for 18 years. Holly has had profound experiences with the Labyrinth in co-creation with nature’s gifts of mystery, meaning and miracles. Holly is a Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator and Western Canada Rep, TLS member, Energy Keeper & Regional Rep for Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. Holly Co-Chaired TLS Gathering in 2013, has presented at several Gatherings & 25th IAPSRS Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, 2014 with TLS Colleagues. Passionate about her work with labyrinths, the amazing people and synchronicities that present; Holly dreams of publishing a book.

River Paths
Presenter: Barrie Carter Gibby
The RIVER is a template for our soul, a symbol of constant flow and cyclical life source. How can RIVER life stages partner our labyrinth work? How do rapids, eddies, tributaries, and deltas create blueprints for our legacy path? Take away factoids and celebrate the RIVER with rituals, movement, chants, and journeys to deepen our radical advocacy as water protectors.

Barrie Carter Gibby works on that creative edge between the branches of words and movement expression. A long-time educator, community builder and labyrinth facilitator, Barrie interweaves her extensive background in theater, design, music, ritual-making and spiritual pilgrimages to Europe to facilitate workshop gatherings on methods of Building Community and the pilgrimage world of the Labyrinth Journey of Embodied Spirituality in North America. As an Advanced Certified Veriditas Labyrinth facilitator, Barrie finds sacred spaces everywhere.

How to Strengthen Physical and Energy Body? 
Presenter: Rūta Janulevičienė
This workshop is open to all who want to know and heal themselves. Through practice I found out that every ring of a labyrinth corresponds to the human chakra system. You’ll identify the limited beliefs, health problems that bound you in four aspects: love, feelings, career and health as well as your strength and power, which help you move forward.

Rūta Janulevičiene is a nationally recognized Reiki Mercar Master Teacher. She is registered Karuna Reiki Master Teacher of the ICRT. Ruta enjoys working with energy who draws on her gifts of clairvoyance, clairaudience and channel. It helps intuitively identify the root cause of patterns keeping individual attached in recurring life or health situations. Since 2012 she is a member of the Labyrinth Society. Ruta facilitates various practical workshops by the use of labyrinth. Scientific interests are: psychology, coaching, the Silva method, psychotherapy & psychodrama.

Creating Temporary Labyrinths with Reusable Materials (and Co-Creating in Nature) Presenter: M.E. (Beth) Langley
No budget or storage space for a canvas labyrinth but need one or more labyrinths that can be ready at a moment’s notice? Stretch your creative muscles as we install five or more temporary transportable and reusable labyrinths. See what you can do with inexpensive diverse materials. Don’t be afraid—you can try this at home!

M.E. (Beth) Langley holds a BA from Columbia College and a MEPI credential at the Early Childhood Level. A Veriditas certified labyrinth facilitator, Beth enjoys all things creative especially sharing her love of labyrinths at conferences in the US, Mexico, Canada, and Croatia, for Montessori teachers, gardeners, art educators, and labyrinth enthusiasts. She has designed and installed permanent labyrinths including a Pelican shaped labyrinth in Florida, a Chartres-style medieval labyrinth in Greenville, SC, and “Wisdom of the Heart” at Little Heart Montessori School in Zagreb, Croatia, She lives in Boykin, SC and finds peace and contentment in country living.

Walking The Breath, Breathing The Walk: Convergence on the Labyrinth of Meditation, Health, Balance and Nature
Presenter: Micah Mahaney
In this presentation we learn how development of coherent breathing skills can return us to our “true nature” and consequently offer us balance and well-being. In the moment we step into the labyrinth, we become a dynamic component of that environment. As we breathe and walk, we can co-create a natural relationship, honoring the meditative nature of the labyrinth walk.

Micah Mahaney worked 12 years with his MS-Psychology and licenses as LPA, LPC and LMFT in community mental health, elementary and high school, juvenile probation/family counseling center, inpatient crisis management and substance abuse units, physical medicine/rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient work hardening clinics and a guardianship program. He has worked as a biofeedback therapist and houseparent for mentally retarded adults and Children-in-need-of-supervision/ChINS offenders. For the past 21 years, he has worked as an occupational therapist in an outpatient pain management program; and part-time in inpatient rehabilitation and psychiatry. He is a Veriditas-certified Labyrinth Facilitator.

Connecting through the Universal Languages of Laughter and Labyrinths: Weaving Our Inner-Nature and Community-Nature with Nature
Presenter: Traci Mc.Merritt
Labyrinths offer deep connection to our inner Nature, especially when outside in Nature. The juxtaposition of an inward focused silent walk and a walk filled with laughter, hugs and loving eye contact with fellow walkers provides an enjoyable physical experience of self-discovery and awareness. The level of meaningful interaction and connection with fellow labyrinth walkers is exponential.

Born significantly hearing impaired, Traci Mc. Merritt has a unique perspective as an author, USFS landscape architect, laughter yoga leader, coach and Reiki artist. She creates indoor and outdoor Laughing Labyrinths for use in businesses, wellbeing studios, college campuses, schools and spiritual communities. Traci also presents workshops around her newly published book, Laughing Labyrinth Timepeace, available at www.timepeacebliss.com by Balboa Press.

A Reimagining of Reims
Presenter: 
Randall Stuart
The Reims, France pattern is explored and discussed as a curricular tool by Randall Stuart, director of the humanities organization Cerimon House. The large-scale Reims walking path has become a signature map in this Oregon organization’s journey, and is installed monthly (with themes) for the Portland community to traverse.

Randall Stuart is the founder and executive director of Cerimon House, a humanities and cultural arts organization in Portland, Oregon and a visiting professor to several institutions of higher learning, where he works with theatre and playwriting majors at college, university, and graduate programs across the nation. His time directing and acting on the stages of regional theatres includes the American Conservatory Theater, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre, among others. His additional interests include the fields of philosophy, thanatology, and hospice care.
 

365 Days and 365 Ways of Cultivating a Curious and Creative Path
Presenter: Lynda Tourloukis
Enjoy a lesson in curiosity, creativity and commitment from the everyday life path of a labyrinth enthusiast. Expand your horizons with inspired ideas from an innovative designer of words, program and pathways in the tale of 365 days. Be excited by the imaginative experiential activities that will both educate and amuse; and be intrigued with ideas for passion and purpose.

Lynda Tourloukis is the current developer and coordinator for the TLS 365 Experience and Chair of the former TLS 365 Club. Known for her innovative style, creative designs, and inspiring messages, she is a proactive contributor to the Labyrinth Society. As a Master Trainer and a Leadership Development Coach, she specializes in enhancing our emotional abilities and possibilities through play, laughter programs and games to enhance human potential. This has enhanced her creativity and designs with the labyrinth in program, presentation and facilitation. She brings her leadership with creativity and design into a daily dedication of personal and professional paths.

Dreaming Creation on the Labyrinth 
Presenter: Judith Tripp
This multi-media presentation invites participants to dream Creation through a ritual combining song, visual images, flute and drumming. It begins with an explanation of the notion of our role as humans in “dreaming” creation, creating a sacred circle and a labyrinth walk during which participants imagine the whole of creation through song and visualizations. The presentation concludes with Judith's Circle of Being meditation.

Judith Tripp, MA, MFT, is a transpersonal psychotherapist, teacher, musician and Certified Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator. She is on the board and faculty of Veriditas and has led the Women's Dream Quest for 26 years. She leads the Pilgrimage to Avlon yearly and presents her Quests and retreats around the country and in Europe and Australia. She has created 3 CDs of flute and vocal music and the book, Circleway, The Story of the Women's Dream Quest.

Creating the Labyrinth Environment: The Essence of Place-making
Presenter
: Stephen Shibley
What happens in the environment around an outdoor labyrinth can impact one’s experience as distraction or further enhance the sense of sacred space. Through imagery, discussion, and playful exploration, participants will have opportunities to work with these helpful design principles. Join us and look at the labyrinth environment with new perspective and appreciation. No design or drawing experience necessary.

Stephen Shibley is a registered landscape architect and registered landscape contractor living and working in Oregon. With more than 25 years of design and construction experience, Shibley specializes in labyrinth design and construction and in conceptual site master planning. With a learned and intuitive ability to “read” the landscape, Shibley enjoys sharing insights into design principles useful when placing labyrinths within our built landscapes. As an avid outdoor enthusiast, Shibley gardens, recreates, explores, works, and learns in the great outdoors – he is in constant Co-creation with Nature.

POSTER PRESENTATIONS

Expressions of Place: Documenting the Labyrinth Environment
Presenter:  Katja Marquart
This poster presents information gathered and analyzed during a research tour of select indoor and outdoor labyrinths in Europe. The presentation combines photographs, annotated sketches, and field notes to graphically document and evaluate the characteristics of each labyrinth site. The tour was part of a larger study investigating the design characteristics of labyrinths and their surrounding environments.

Katja Marquart holds an MFA in Design Studies from UW – Madison, is a professor in the Division of Interior Architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and serves as Treasurer for The Labyrinth Society. Her creative work includes custom environmental design services, specializing in labyrinth design and installation. Katja has been engaged in labyrinth-related activities for over 15 years, is a Veriditas-trained Labyrinth Facilitator, and is trained at the Reiki Master level. In addition to her passion for labyrinths, Katja is an avid gardener, food preserver, and yoga practitioner.

Laughter and Labyrinths on College Campuses as a practice in co-creating with Nature: Empowering Reason for Being, Relieving Stress and Creating Connections
Presenter: Traci Mc. Merritt
Multiple Oregon State University programs, which focus on inter-connection, mindfulness, stress release, community and cultural exchange for practicing peace, are being invited to create a laughing labyrinth on campus.   We also hope to install a large temporary laughing labyrinth during a special “yoga in the quad” event.  The intent is to increase well-being on campus, within interactive and self-guided programs.

Born significantly hearing impaired, Traci Mc. Merritt has a unique perspective as an author, USFS landscape architect, laughter yoga leader, coach and Reiki artist. She creates indoor and outdoor Laughing Labyrinths for use in businesses, wellbeing studios, college campuses, schools and spiritual communities. Traci also presents workshops around her newly published book, Laughing Labyrinth Timepeace, available at www.timepeacebliss.com by Balboa Press.
 

Resilience: Great American, Great Indian, Great Chinese, Great Inca
Presenter: Aja Ngo
A mosaic art exhibit and lecture: 4 pieces of glass mosaic art 20'x 22' each featuring labyrinths from different cultures as central focus point of the art pieces. Whole exhibit aims to answer a question of what makes human to be resilient and how different cultures dealt with that question through the means of self-cultivation.

Aja Ngo is Czech born glass mosaic artist from Portland, OR. Her passion is creating a community building projects as well as though provoking glass mosaic art using recycled materials. Her art “Resilience “ is going to be featured in a book about “An unusual kind of mosaic art “ being published in U. K. in 2017. Aja has graduate degrees in History, Russian language and literature and Chinese medicine. You can find her art on her Facebook page.


Nature Nurtures: Using Outdoor Spaces in Labyrinth Research
Presenters:
 C. Diane Rudebock and Melissa Powers
In this poster presentation, we will share the benefits and challenges of our labyrinth research studies that have been conducted outdoors. We will also include recommendations to consider when conducting outdoor research using the labyrinth. There is an abundance of literature available to support the nurturing environment of nature.

C. Diane Rudebock, is a Registered Nurse and Professor Emerita in the Department of Kinesiology & Health Studies at the University of Central Oklahoma. She serves as TLS Resource Vice President and Research Committee Chair and is a Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator. She provides labyrinth consultation services and is also an Ignatian Spiritual Director and Healing Touch Practitioner. She conducts workshops in health and wellness focusing on overall life balance using a holistic approach to wellness. She has made labyrinth presentations at local, state, national, and international conferences and traveled extensively teaching and participating in medical missions.

Melissa Powers is a Professor of Kinesiology & Health Studies at the University of Central Oklahoma. She is a Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator. She is the Chair of the University of Central Oklahoma Institutional Review Board. Dr. Powers has collaborated with students to conduct research on the labyrinth and uses the labyrinth as a tool for reflection in her graduate and undergraduate research and gerontology courses.
 

Sites Without Sight: A journey of creating a tactile labyrinth collection for the blind
Presenter:
Maia Scott
From proposal submission and partner with American Printing House for the Blind to the explorative phase of testing materials and patterns, see – or better yet feel - the process of building a tactile labyrinth collection created to introduce the blind community to labyrinths.

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 Fiddler, 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.
 

Forest Home Woodlands’ Labyrinth: Spirit of the Land
Presenter: Stephen Shibley
This poster presentation provides a comprehensive overview of a labyrinth build that was literally co-created with Nature. The poster summarizes a family’s legacy of stewardship with their forest woodlands and chronicles the process and implementation of constructing a woodland labyrinth as a celebration of life and the land.

Stephen Shibley is a registered landscape architect and registered landscape contractor living and working in Oregon. With more than 25 years of design and construction experience, Shibley specializes in labyrinth design and construction and in conceptual site master planning. With a learned and intuitive ability to “read” the landscape, Shibley enjoys sharing insights into design principles useful when placing labyrinths within our built landscapes. As an avid outdoor enthusiast, Shibley gardens, recreates, explores, works, and learns in the great outdoors – he is in constant Co-creation with Nature.
 

The Dynamics and Evolution of Spiral-based Labyrinths
Presenter: Tom Vetter
This presentation is an exploration of how the profound and powerful symbolism of the Spiral has been expressed, both implicitly and explicitly, in labyrinth design from ancient times to the present. In addition, practical knowledge for re-creating these vital patterns will be shared.

Tom Vetter has a background in chemistry and sculpture, and he is a long-time student of Sacred Geometry, Consciousness, Symbolism, and Universal Spirituality. For over ten years, he has been designing and installing spiral-based labyrinths at Spirit United Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota.