TLS Annual Gathering

Poster Presentations

The 2017 Annual Gathering schedule included both 60 minute and 90 minute concurrent workshops as well as Poster Presentations.  Gathering registrants had the opportunity to attend two 60 minute and two 90 minute workshops, and all the 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 by Balboa Press.

Nature Nurtures: Using Outdoor Spaces in Labyrinth Research
 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. Dr. Powers contributed to the poster presentation, but is not able to be present at the Gathering.

Sites Without Sight: A journey of creating a tactile labyrinth collection for the blind
 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.