TLS Annual Gathering

A Wednesday/Thursday Permanent Labyrinth Installation

LEAVING A LEGACY - Labyrinth Installation at Pearlstone

October 16 and 17, 2019
6:00 pm Wednesday to 5:00 pm Thursday

(Registration includes Wednesday lodging and Thursday meals)
Limited to 10 participants

Designing and Building Permanent Labyrinths: A Hands-on Collaborative Experience with Lisa Gidlow Moriarty and Stephen Shibley

Participants will work with master labyrinth builders, Lisa Gidlow Moriarty and Stephen Shibley, to learn techniques and construct a permanent turf/paver labyrinth on the grounds of Pearlstone Center. Participants will explore installation considerations including establishing a location, various installation styles and techniques, materials,  size, orientation, intended use, and have a hands-on experience in a permanent labyrinth installation. 

Lisa and Stephen will describe their work in collaborating with staff at Pearlstone Center to identify the interest, location, materials, cost and pattern for a permanent labyrinth installation. On Wednesday evening, after initial introductions and a blessing of the space with Pearlstone staff, workshop participants will be introduced to a variety of labyrinth installation techniques and considerations necessary to engage in a permanent installation project. All day on Thursday, participants will be led in the construction of a permanent approximate 40 foot labyrinth on the retreat center grounds. 

Tools and materials will be provided for digging trenches in the earth and embedding pavers to create the lines or walls of the labyrinth. A variety of tasks include moving and placing pavers, measuring, laying, digging, backfilling, sod removal. Some tasks involve working while kneeling. Participants may choose to vary their tasks depending on their skill level. 

Once completed, the labyrinth will be available for walking by the group, use during the TLS Gathering and inclusion in ongoing programming at Pearlstone Center. Dedication of the labyrinth will include Pearlstone staff and will be incorporated into the opening ceremony for the 2019 TLS Gathering on Friday. 

Workshop registration includes one night of group lodging in a cabin at Pearlstone, and Thursday meals prepared together. Participants should bring work gloves and appropriate clothing for working outdoors. The project will occur rain or shine. 

Lisa Gidlow Moriarty is an artist, professional labyrinth maker, and Veriditas certified Advanced Labyrinth Facilitator. She has made hundreds of labyrinths, from room-size canvas portable labyrinths to permanent concrete installations, and her work can be found internationally in hospitals, schools, churches, retreat centers, public parks and private homes. Lisa is a past president of TLS and is the owner of Paths of Peace in Stillwater, MN. She has been designing and installing labyrinths professionally for over 20 years. Lisa has a passion for leading others on the creative journey, and brings a sense of beauty and spirit to each project. 

Stephen Shibley is a registered landscape architect and landscape contractor living and working in Oregon. With more than 30 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 exploring what gives a labyrinth life and when a labyrinth is in need of rebirth. He is constantly designing and dreaming of variations on the labyrinth. Shibley is always sowing seeds that, when nurtured, grow into opportunities for transformation.