BIG NEWS! Veriditas is coming to Sydney for a Labyrinth Summer School from Monday 16th – Saturday 21st January 2017 at Peter Canisius House in Pymble. Submerge yourself in the world of labyrinths with Lauren Artress and Lars Howlett offering a potpourri of experiences designed to teach you everything you ever wanted to know about walking and building labyrinths – all in one inspiring week!
1. Labyrinth Workshop with Lauren Artress: 16th Jan 2017
An introductory workshop for anyone interested in beginning or renewing their connection to the labyrinth. Lauren is the visionary who began the global labyrinth movement 20 years ago in the US. To register: http://www.veriditas.org/event-2205002
2. Facilitator Training with Lauren Artress: 17th/18th Jan 2017
Learn how to introduce others to the labyrinth in a variety of settings. The training addresses both meditative walking and ceremonial use. Veriditas has trained more than 3000 labyrinth facilitators around the world – therapists, doctors, clergy, artists and labyrinth enthusiasts who simply want to deepen their understanding of the labyrinth. To register:http://www.veriditas.org/event-2205009
3. Labyrinth Design and Drawing with Lars Howlett: 19th Jan 2017
Learn the art of sacred geometry from Classical seed patterns to the elegant symmetry and symbolism of the Chartres labyrinth in a one-day workshop offered by professional labyrinth builder, Lars Howlett. To register:http://www.veriditas.org/event-2205017
4. Labyrinth Materials and Construction with Lars Howlett: 20th/21st Jan 2017
Do you dream of building a temporary or permanent labyrinth for yourself or your community? In this two-day experiential workshop, professional labyrinth builder, Lars Howlett will lead you in the creation of walkable Classical, Chartres, and modified Contemporary Labyrinths. To register:http://www.veriditas.org/event-2205029
5. We’re also thrilled to announce an AMAZING OPPORTUNITY for anyone planning to create a labyrinth in Sydney. Lars Howlett will be available for labyrinth consultation, installation and photography the week before or after the Summer School. Check out his magnificent work at Discover Labyrinths and contact him direct.
Regular group labyrinth walks are held at the Centennial Park Labyrinth at 9.30am on the first Sunday of every month. Come and experience the powerful metaphor of the labyrinth in a group setting. Its an opportunity to learn more about the labyrinth from a Veriditas trained facilitator and to remind yourself what it is to simply be in community in a peaceful, harmonious way. These events are free and open to all. The next Veriditas labyrinth facilitator training with Lauren Artress in Sydney will be in January 2017. Sign up to our newsletter to receive information about all labyrinth events. The labyrinth is on Dickens Drive but is not signposted within the park. Please check the location page for directions.
Sun 3rd January: Erica Webber
Sun 7th February: Margaret Rainbird
Sun 6th March: Maja Skrlj-Tufegdzic
Sun 3rd April: Desiree DeKlerk
Sun 1st May: Joan Harcourt
Sat 7th May: Maja Skrlj-Tufegdzic – World Labyrinth Day
Join us at 1pm on Saturday 7th May at the Centennial Park Labyrinth for World Labyrinth Day, led by Maja Skrlj-Tufegdzic. The theme as always will be, ‘Walk as one at 1pm’ and Sydney will be one of the first places (after NZ!) to begin this rolling wave of peace around the world. You can find out more about it athttp://labyrinthsociety.org/world-labyrinth-day.
ABC Radio National’s Dr Rachael Kohn did an in-depth interview with Rev Dr Lauren Artress and Emily Simpson on her regular program The Spirit of Things which was broadcast on 22nd February 2015. You can download or listen to it here
The woman who kick started the global labyrinth movement 20 years ago, Rev Dr Lauren Artress was in Sydney to train 30 new labyrinth facilitators. On Sunday 1st Feb she was guest of honour at the Dedication of the Labyrinth which included the beautiful music of Corrina Bonshek which is now available online.
To find out more about Lauren’s work with labyrinths around the world go to www.veriditas.org. Her much loved book is called “Walking A Sacred Path – Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Practice” and is available on Amazon
There’s really no right way or wrong way to walk a labyrinth, but generally speaking there are three phases:
1. Releasing on the way in – letting go of what no longer serves.
2. Receiving a sense of peace and calm as you pause in the centre.
3. Resolving to engage with the world in a new way as you follow the same path back out.
To prepare, you may want to sit quietly and reflect before walking the labyrinth. Some people come with questions, others just to slow down and take time out from a busy life. Some come to find the strength to take the next step during times of grief and loss. Its winding path becomes a metaphor for our journey and where we find ourselves on our path. If someone is walking more slowly than you, feel free to overtake (easier at the turns). The labyrinth is all about flow and acceptance. As Ram Dass says, “We are all really just walking each other home.”
Want to learn more about the labyrinth? The woman who kick started the global labyrinth movement 20 years ago, Rev Dr Lauren Artress is coming to Sydney to speak and teach in January 2015. Whether you want to bring the labyrinth to your community or simply deepen your understanding of it, then this is a rare opportunity.
The lecture will be held at the Paddington Uniting Church, 395 Oxford St, Paddington and the workshop and Facilitator Training will be held at Moore Park Golf Club. Lauren will also be holding a special dedication of the Centennial Park labyrinth on the evening of Sunday 1st February. All welcome. To find out more about her work with labyrinths around the world go to www.veriditas.org. Her book is called “Walking A Sacred Path – Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Practice” and is available on Amazon