TLS Members e-Newsletter

Members eNewsletter
At least four times a year, TLS members are rewarded at their inboxes with a copy of the Labyrinth Society e-newsletter. It serves as a means of direct communication with the membership and provides an historical record of the Society.

TLS Silent Auction 2008

Each year the Auction presents an array of items, from books and finger labyrinths, to original art work, short massages, and weekend stays in nice resorts.

Revenues from the Silent Auction go towards funding TLS scholarships, offered to those in need to help offset the cost of attending the annual Gathering. Thanks to the generosity of this year’s winning bids, a total of $1,813.00 was collected for the scholarship fund.

A special thanks must be made to Annette Reynolds and her unique way of moving house. Instead of packing her belongings and taking them to a new residence, she decided to bring a variety of items to the Gathering and donate them through the silent auction! The largest item in the auction, both in size and dollars raised, was also donated by Annette. This item came with its own unique story that Annette kindly shared with us for this article (see below).

Items for the auction are often labyrinth related, but we will accept anything that will raise scholarship funds. Do you have items that need a new home? Bring them along next October for the silent auction at the 2009 Gathering!

Only ten months and a few hours to the close of the Silent Auction 2009…

Dan Raven,
TLS Silent Auction Coordinator ...with integrity. (Dan was out-bid on the two items he most wanted at this year's auction!)

Annette's Labyrinth Story

“The 24’-0” x 24’-0” 7-circuit classical labyrinth was created in 1996 by a small group of wonderful labyrinth friends for me to take to Russia, Lithuania, and Prague. There was no time to paint the lines and I only had one day to make it, so I cut strips of green felt which we glued on the canvas to create the labyrinth paths.”

“The first group to use the labyrinth in St. Petersburg was a group of Russian women. They literally experienced a rebirth on this labyrinth! The women spent the entire day on the labyrinth; walking it, laying on it, wailing, and being witnesses and midwives to each other. Then the women gathered in the center, covered themselves in veils, and shared life stories while supporting one another as their voices were heard and their spirits thawed.”

“I also had art supplies available throughout the day for processing, journaling, and artwork. However, instead of using the colored markers, chalk, and crayons on the paper provided, the women got down on their hands and knees and covered the white canvas labyrinth with the most beautiful imagines of hope and healing: green vines, doves, flowers, and sunrises. They were like hungry children in a spiritual candy store. After that experience, whenever I offered this labyrinth anywhere, walkers continued the tradition of creating images on the labyrinth. This labyrinth has been taken all over the country and the world, and has been walked by hundreds of people.”

“After the labyrinth was no longer useful for contemplative walk because of all the distracting images, I took it to many conferences to use for ceremony or as a teaching tool. These included the Alabama Chaplains Association, Florida Art Therapy Association, American Art Therapy Association, Journey Into Wholeness Conference, and of course, the opening ceremony at TLS Gatherings in 2001 and 2008.”

Annette Reynolds,
Faculty Advisor