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.

Location and Venue

Christiana Brinton

Location and Venue

Bainbridge Island, Washington is one of many islands in Puget Sound, a short ferry ride from downtown Seattle, but it feels a million miles away due to winding roads, abundant bays and inlets, and quiet, forested slopes producing a noticeable laid back vibe. Founded in 1999, IslandWood Environmental Learning Center's 250 acre campus sits southwest of the ferry dock on Blakely Avenue. Consciously laid out to offer a retreat setting as well as experiential educational classes, IslandW,ood's winding paths connect administration buildings, art workshops and classrooms, housing, trails, ponds, and a tree house in a fecund Pacific rainforest environment. As labyrinth luck would have it, the only precipitation we saw the entire weekend was early morning dew and some fog as we headed to breakfast. Three days after we left, the campus was blanketed in snow!

Arriving at the entrance kiosk, participants loaded their bags onto pull carts and took the first of many hikes to their rooms in one of four rustically designed, comfortably furnished buildings. Various stuffed wild critters along with local First Nation tribal totems and masks lent the common rooms an authentic Northwest Pacific air although most of us rarely had time to laze about on the comfy fireplace sofas. Adirondack chairs liberally scattered around the campus, in sunny locations, were used often throughout the weekend as participants connected, reconnected, and held space for the walkers on the temporary outdoor labyrinths.