LABYRINTH CIRCLES
Occasional Newsletter #14 by Robert Ferre

Labyrinth Enterprises, LLC -- THE Resource for Labyrinths

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First Newsletter in a Long Time
We have recovered from last year's computer crash, reconstructing our mailing list. This newsletter was sent to our entire address book, which is everyone to whom I (Robert Ferre) have sent an email. If you receive more than one copy, have a different address,or want to be removed from the list, please contact me, (robert@labyrinth-enterprises.com).

Facilitator Training in Oregon, September 21-23
I will be giving a weekend facilitator training in Portland, OR on the above dates. Seating is limited and likely to fill fast. For general information on my trainings, see training. For a flyer on the Oregon event, click here: Flyer2.pdf.

Labyriinth Enterprises, LLC, to Go Non-profit
The spirit of our work has always been to promote labyrinths in the world. Yes, we sell labyrinths, but we also have an extensive website with hundreds of links and much information about labyrinths, as a public service. Our sensitivities and mission will best be continued in the hands of a non-profit organization. Whether we will start a new foundation or be aquired by an existing one is not yet clear. I am pleased to know that my 11 years of hard work and our proprietary labyrinth tools and techniques will not be lost.

Volunteer Workers Welcomed
Our crew travels the country installing labyrinths. Usually we have four of our own workers. In some cases, however, we arrive with three or even two, engaging local workers to complete the team. We welcome volunteers who would like to work on a professional installation. We pay for room and board. If the volunteer likes the work, we may use him or her in a subsequent installation, as a paid member of the crew.

Labyrinth Master Class a Success
Our second labyrinth-making master class was held April 13-15. at our St. Louis studio. This is the only training that concentrates solely on teaching all aspects of making labyrinths. With both lectures and hands-on projects, participants left fully prepared to go home and make labyrinths. The studio is a wonderful setting. At 8,000 square feet, it offers plenty of space. We believe it is the only studio in the world dedicated to making canvas labyrinths.

The Mystery of the 12 Ribs
Along the upper exterior walkway at Chartres Cathedral, on the flat roof on the south side of the choir, are several small dormers unseen from below. They have creaky wooden doors that open to reveal small storage areas. The first time I entered one of them, I was shocked to see the ceiling. It had a central pilar with twelve ribs radiating out. Why? Were they practicing? The cathedral itself does not have ribbed vaults, which became popular during the flamboyant era decades later. Who went to all of that work for something no one would see? The walls are made of huge pieces of stone weighing tons, that had to be lifted up to that height. Why didn't they just use bricks? Or smaller stones? I have my theories, which I will discuss at the Midwest Labyrinth Gathering (see article above). Hint: It's not about appearance. What is inside is as important as what is visible.

50th Visit to Chartres
My first visit to Chartres was in 1965 as a college student. In March, I went to France and Hungary, including a visit to Chartres -- my 50th over a period of 42 years. And you know, there are still many things I haven't seen or done.I can't wait to get back again. Perhaps in the fall.

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Midwest Labyrinth Gathering, June 15-17
Special guest speaker: Robert Ferre of Labyrnth Enterprises, LLC (Topics: Chartres and the secret of the labyriinth) *** Network with labyrinth enthusiasts and facilitators *** Experience a variety of labyrinths *** Attend workshops and roundtables on many topics *** Display and share your work in the resource area *** Enjoy interactive music with the “Dhyana Ensemble” *** Come to the Drumming Circle and Camp Fire *** For information and registration, see: http://labyrinths.org/waycross/

Cancer Stuggle Lost
My beloved wife, Ruth Hanna, died in the Arms of Love on January 24, 2007, after a six-year cancer journey. Photos, poems, and material from her memorial service are available on her website: www.1heart.com. There is also aguestbook if you would like to leave a comment or read what others have said.Without her presence in my life and her help with my work, I am now moving up my retirement as soon as possible. Be assured, the work of Labyrinth Enterprises will continue (see related article).

Promising New Labyrinth Material
Our most popular on-site installation technique uses polymer concrete in a new way, surpassing the limitations of stain and other traditional decorative concrete media. Far more durable, polymer concrete will last indefinitely, although it will slowly fade through the decades. Ultimately, the power of ultra violet rays wins out over pigment. Now, we are offering a new material which is comprised of powdered granite in an acrylic base. The color is from the natural granite, so the range is more limited. There is no pigment, only stone, so the color will never fade or change. We look forward to making a prototype labyrinth using this material.

Near Perfection
Surfers travel the world seeking the perfect wave. Weathermen talk about the perfect storm. We, in turn, are always striving for the perfect labyrinth installation. Our project at InterMountain Medical Center in Murray, UT, (Salt Lake City area) came as close as we have gotten. Okland, the general contractor, provided a very nice concrete slab. Our cutting and coloring was exquisite, if I say so myself. Our new lunation-cutting tool worked like a charm (we call it the lunar lander).The weather gave us little problem, and the local restaurants kept us very well fed (our motto: work hard, eat well). Our crew included Chuck Hunner (foreman), Pamela Fillmore and David Blonski (future foremen), Joel Miller (volunteer) and myself. To see Chuck's daily blog of our progress, go to his website, www.goldenspirit.com.

Recent Publicity
The St. Louis Post Dispatch ran an article about our studio on the front of the local section, with a photo that covered half the page. St. Louis Magazine published a full-page photo of me with a facing page of biography. We were the subject of an interview on the radio for the Osgood Files. Several journalists quoted us in their articles, after telephone interviews. And most recently, a reporter shadowed me for a day to do a major piece for the alumni magazine of my alma mater (Denison University, Granville, OH). Last fall, our all-woman crew was featured in an article in the Carson City, NV, paper. They were installing a concrete labyrinth at a new cancer center.

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