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.

Wanderings and Wonderings: A Letter From Our Dedicated (and Peripatetic) WWLL Update Project Co-Chair

Dear Labyrinth Enthusiasts,

Last month in Galicia, Spain, as I was standing at the foot of the prehistoric stone carvings of the 2000 BCE labyrinths, the Mogor Petroglyphs, a recurring line of Sesame Street lyrics jingled by: "How do you get from here to there? What do you do?"

First of all, I was in Mogor because my traveling buddy George believes in buying memories and not just things, but I was also there because of The World Wide Labyrinth Locator… which brings me to the original vision of the labyrinth locator and the joint TLS/Veriditas project of updating the Labyrinth Locator.  How did we get from here to there?

I meandered around the TLS website and found the following letter from Helen Curry, the first TLS president.

Wed, Apr 28, 2004 5:55 pm
Subject: Launch of the World-Wide Labyrinth Locator!

It is with the greatest pride and excitement that I have the pleasure of announcing that The World-Wide Labyrinth Locator will be up and running this Saturday, May 1.

You may visit either www.labyrinthsociety.org or www.veriditas.net, click on the link to the WWLL and follow the easy instructions to look up a labyrinth or add a new one. Please help us make it as complete as possible by ensuring that your labyrinths are included.

This master directory has been two years in the making. It is co-sponsored by Veriditas and The Labyrinth Society and was funded through a generous grant from The Faith, Hope and Love Foundation. We believe it will be a unique and comprehensive resource for all of us in the labyrinth community.

Many forces have come together to make this dream a reality. I wish to extend my deepest thanks and personal gratitude to Lauren Artress for agreeing to the idea in the first place and for all of her on-going support; to Pat McLaughlin for taking the concept and making it a reality; to Michael Macrone for designing it; to Gael Hancock for making it finally happen; to Zee Marie of Zee Designs for technical help and hosting, and to David Gallagher, for agreeing to handle the business aspects and for his unfailing coaching, as always.

Finally, I am delighted to announce that Jeff Saward has agreed to accept the position of WWLL administrator and has thus resigned from the Board of TLS. He was instrumental in creating the categorization system for the labyrinth entries and will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the site. It would not have been possible without him.

Love and blessings,

Helen Curry,
Past President
The Labyrinth Society

As a pilgrim on the path, I heartfully promote the labyrinth locator as a tool for labyrinths enthusiasts and their art of pilgrimage. One accesses the WWLL, enters a destination, and there before you are photos and descriptions and web sites of the labyrinths in that area. You have a beautiful opportunity to visit virtually as well as in person!

In his April report to TLS board, The WWLL administrator, Jeff Saward, noted

A further 125 new labyrinth listings have been uploaded to the Locator during the first quarter of 2013, a reasonable number for the time of year, and this brings the total number of uploads since our launch to 5395 and we now have 4255 labyrinths active in the WWLL database, in a total of 77 different countries. With the assistance of the regional reps of both The Labyrinth Society and Veriditas, and the membership of both organisations, we have a number of volunteers currently reviewing the data contained within the WWLL and feeding back their findings.

The WWLL Update Project continues. We have entries in several states, provinces and countries still to contact. As a volunteer, blessings have been abundant. The email correspondence is easy and people are so grateful the service exists.  Please contact me if you wish to volunteer.  Your commitment of a few hours or a few months is gratefully accepted!

Thank you and happy wandering!

Sherry Biltz
Co-chair WWLL Update Project
TLS Regional Rep and Membership Chair