Speakers

The Labyrinth as Key to a Society in Transition
FEATURED SPEAKER:
Dr. Jean Houston
TIME: 12:30 - 2:00 PM EDT

The labyrinth is both a methodology and a metaphor for living in times of whole system transition. Jean Houston will explore emerging psychological and spiritual patterns and ways of understanding the turnings of our time. 

Dr. Jean Houston, scholar, philosopher and researcher in human capacities, is one of the foremost visionary thinkers and doers of our time, and one of the principal founders of the Human Potential Movement as well as the field of Social Artistry (human development in the light of social change). Jean has worked intensively in 40 cultures and over 100 countries helping global leaders, leading educational institutions, business organizations, and millions of people to enhance and deepen their own capacities while applying these to new solutions for challenging times. She is a prolific writer and author of 33 books including A Passion for the Possible, Search for the Beloved, Life Force, The Possible Human, A Mythic Life: Learning to Live Our Greater Story, Jump Time, What is Consciousness, and  The Wizard of Us which was featured with her interview with Oprah on Super Soul Sunday. As advisor to UN and other international agencies in human and cultural development, she has worked to implement some of their extensive educational and health programs  especially as they relate to the millennium development goals. Jean and her work helped found two universities, Pacifica and Meridian where she serves as Chancellor.
 

Dromenons Reimagined: Heart, Mind, and the Music of the Spheres
Presenters:
 Laura Esculcas and Calen Rayne (Portugal & USA)
TIME: 11:00 AM - 12:30 pm EDT

In this presentation, we will connect heart and mind on the labyrinth, a morphogenic field connecting all labyrinths and people who have walked them, our ancestral voices singing in harmony with the music of the spheres.  Dromenon, mandala, and labyrinth return us to our sacred center during a journey of reconnection and renewal that restores whole-ness or holy-ness.

Laura Esculcas, EarthShamans co-founder, serves on Veriditas faculty, and is an Advanced Certified Labyrinth Facilitator, SoulCollage® facilitator, and sacred landscape guide in Portugal. She is practitioner of Sacred Landscapes, Acoustic Feng Shui, and the Personessence™ System of Understanding People. She teaches Veriditas qualifying workshops/Labyrinth Facilitator Training in Europe, holds an M.A. in Wisdom Studies, and facilitates wisdom journeys into Portugal's place-based myths. Originally from the USA, she  now lives in Portugal.

Rev. Dr. Calen Rayne, is a Unitarian Universalist Lay Community Minister, Spiritual Director, co-founder of EarthShamans, Director of Institutional Energetics at Ubiquity University, and an Advanced Labyrinth Facilitator. Calen builds labyrinths, designs Shinrin Yoku trails and meditation gardens, designs/consults on sacred landscapes, produces energy mandalas/altars for energy healing, and is experienced with reiki, kaballah, Himalayan singing bowl, earth energies, Acoustic Feng Shui, dowsing, contemplative brush, Egyptian Biogeometry, alchemy, sacred geometry, Druid geomancy, medical intuitive work. He trained with alchemists of the first religion of the Himalayas known as “patterns of heaven and earth.”

The Labyrinth – Guiding Humanity to Unity Consciousness
Presenter: Tony Christie (Ireland)
TIME: 2:00 - 3:30 PM EDT

The labyrinth is prompting and urging humanity to move towards unity, particularly in these changing, and sometimes uncertain, times. Through new insights and meditations, understand and experience how the labyrinth helps clear your energy field, raise your vibration, and bring you and all of us to higher states of awareness, oneness, and love.

Tony Christie is a spiritual teacher and healer, an inspirational speaker, author, artist, and workshop facilitator. He is author of Labyrinth: Your Path to Self Discovery, and the creator of The Labyrinth Wisdom Cards; a deck of insightful cards with messages for your life’s journey. He has reintroduced the ancient form of healing based on the labyrinth called Melchizedek Labyrinth Healing. Tony works with the ancient healing symbol of the labyrinth as a tool for personal and spiritual growth. His workshops are designed to explore and experience the deeper meanings and higher vibrations that are contained in the labyrinth. www.tonymchristie.com

Unique Labyrinths of Costa Rica
Presenter:
Ronald Esquivel (Costa Rica)
TIME: 5:00 - 6:30 PM EDT

A journey through 18 unique labyrinths, expressed in graphics and short videos. We will visit the intentions that gave rise to each one and the geometric processes of their creation, as well as the results and reactions. In general, these processes were based on principles of sacred geometry, sometimes including particular symbolisms, geographic archetypes, and even specific techniques for personal growth.

Ronald Esquivel is an architect, Holistic Balance Instructor, and author of the Biocreation personal growth program. His passion is the design of strategies for harmonizing human energy through applied metaphysics, as well as the creation of habitable spaces, labyrinths and eternal knots for meditation, based on sacred geometry. He has had the privilege of effectively supporting others in their processes of harmonization and conflict resolution, seeing novel perspectives in everyday situations, and finding order in chaos.

Through the Looking Glass: Creativity and Renewal with the Labyrinth
Presenters:
Frank Faine and Sadelle Wiltshire (USA)
TIME: 6:30 - 8:00 PM EDT

As a sacred path, the labyrinth offers a way to embark upon a journey of creativity and renewal to explore our individual and communal centers.  Frank and Sadelle will introduce how the labyrinth can be used to inspire and foster creativity and will share some specific practices that are sparking their own creative writing and art works, individually and collaboratively.

Frank Faine, a spiritual guide, Veriditas-trained labyrinth facilitator, and retreat leader lives in Orlando, FL. A TLS board member, he chairs TLS Special Projects Committee, where he is working on ways to share the labyrinth experience on college and university campuses across Florida. With a rich and diverse background in companioning, healing, and teaching, he offers spiritual direction, labyrinth walks and retreats to all persons who seek to discover a life-affirming spiritual path. A poet/songwriter, he is completing a book of poems/songs exploring the mystic hospitality of the labyrinth titled The Encircling Embrace.

Sadelle Wiltshire, a teaching artist from Putney, VT, holds a special interest in facilitating meditative and contemplative art experiences including drawing and painting labyrinths, Celtic art, Zentangle, line drawing, textiles and more.  As a Quaker, she loves finding creative ways to foster inner and outer peace, whether alone or in community.  She is a Veriditas Certified Facilitator, TLS Regional Representative for Vermont, and a TLS Energy Keeper.  She teaches workshops and retreats in the US and abroad, with both secular and non-secular audiences, and online via her website, www.sadellewiltshire.com.

Encounters with Temporary Public Art Labyrinths
Presenters: Erica Duthie & Struan Ashby (New Zealand)
TIME: 8:00 - 9:15 PM EDT 

Artists Erica and Struan discuss their temporary hybrid ‘art-labyrinths’ and their unique potential as an invitation to ‘walk in community’ as part of public spaces and events. Unusual materials and methods including tape drawing, stencilling and painting will be demonstrated. They speak of their role as ‘kaitiaki’ (Maori for active hosts and custodians) who accompany their labyrinth installations. Hear the backstory of a recent socially distanced labyrinth created for the national museum to celebrate the reopening amidst the lifting of the Covid19 lockdown in New Zealand. 

Erica Duthie and Struan Ashby, an international public art couple, specialize in developing ephemeral art and labyrinths as part of festivals, exhibitions and public events.They also facilitate socially engaged art projects as part of community residencies and run workshops as part of their community practice.

"We enjoy creating unexpected art experiences amidst public spaces that invite people to step figuratively into imaginary worlds, and literally into our activated walking art labyrinths. As artists who have a couple of decades of experience making and facilitating temporary public art, our evolving labyrinth projects feature an open social engagement process in their creation and appreciation."