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.

The Labyrinth Society Annual Gathering: A Glimpse at the Location and Featured Speakers

The 2017 Annual Gathering, “Honoring the Labyrinth Environment: Co-Creating with Nature” will be held at IslandWood, a 250-acre outdoor learning center on Bainbridge Island, Washington, October 27-29, 2017. IslandWood is a 250 acre outdoor learning center developed to offer environmental learning experiences to school children. IslandWood is rooted in the belief that the natural world holds the power to educate and inspire not only the way we live, but the way we see. By gaining a new awareness—of nature, ourselves, and one another—we realize our true potential and our ability to chart a course to a better world. IslandWood has grown from a pilot program serving ten Seattle schools into a nationally recognized organization rooted in an integrated approach to scientific learning, self-awareness, and stewardship. Learn more about the IslandWood's history on the IslandWood Website.

IslandWood reception
Reception Area at IslandWood. Photo courtesy IslandWood.

‚ÄčAt IslandWood we will be able to enjoy more than the labyrinth activities. IslandWood staff will be onsite to offer guided nature tours. There are several “outdoor classroom” spaces to explore, including the Suspension Bridge, two treehouses, and the Floating Classroom on Mac’s Pond. 

Islandwood map
Map courtesy of IslandWood
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2017 Featured Speakers:

Jeffrey Bale
"The Making of the Bainbridge Island Labyrinth Mosaic"

Jeffrey Bale

Photo courtesy J. Bale

Jeffrey Bale has been a garden designer and stone artist for 30 years. He grew up in Eugene, graduating from the School of Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon, and then moving to Portland, Oregon. There he created an elaborate garden around his house where he taught himself how to build with stone. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, the patterns in Nature were a primary influence, his style further developed through extensive world travel and the firsthand study of design and craftsmanship of other cultures. Stone mosaic requires great patience and a constant search for suitable stones. The intricacy of the medium lead to a number of commissions, and eventually projects on Puget Sound, including a water cistern at Islandwood and an intricate mosaic labyrinth in 2013-14.

Jeffrey will give an overview of his work leading up to the construction of the mosaic labyrinth on Bainbridge Island  and then go through the process of designing and building the labyrinth itself, with its symbolism and meaning revealed as each circuit was constructed. This labyrinth is unusual in that it is a large, multi-colored stone mosaic constructed of diverse hand-collected local beach stone.  It is both a lunar calendar and a map of our solar system, with links to Tibetan numerology and incorporating hundreds of individual symbols dedicated to people who visited during its construction. Walking this mosaic labyrinth is a path through time and space, the four seasons, mythology, and our connection to the universe.

Visit the Jeffrey Bale's blog to learn more about his work.


Denny Dyke
"My Journey on the Sandy Path"

Denny Dyke

Photo courtesy D. Dyke

Denny Dyke is a labyrinth artist who creates walkable “Dreamscapes” on the beach. He will share his story with a visual slideshow presentation and discussion about creating with nature and understanding the metaphysical aspects of the labyrinth.

Denny moved to the southern coast of Oregon in 2007 and drew his first labyrinth in the sand on the beach at Whiskey Run in Bandon. Since then, his work has continued to grow and in 2011 he created a special project called Circles in the Sand. Denny started creating hand-drawn labyrinths on the sandy beaches of the coast of southern Oregon. The intent of Circles in the Sand is to build temporary labyrinths that everyone can enjoy and have a better understanding of what a labyrinth is. Denny now holds regular public labyrinth drawing events on the beaches in Oregon where the sandy path is created to allow everyone to experience the labyrinth while enjoying the sound of the waves and energy of the beach.

See Denny's amazing creations captured on video and visit the Circles in the Sand webpage for more information.