Labyrinth Society gathering,
I attended my first labyrinth conference
in 1995. The Labyrinth Society began its annual gatherings in 1999. I
have not missed one of these gatherings for 12 years (although I was late
arriving last year). This year's gathering will be at Unity Village, near
Kansas City, MO. If you love labyrinths, you should make the gathering
an annual pilgrimage. There is nothing that compares
to interacting with other labyrinth people, seeing their work, getting
new ideas, attending lectures and workshops, making labyrinths, and having
lots of fun together. To register, see the Labyrinth Society website at
If you have a mailing list, please send out a notice regarding this event.
The co-chairs, Randy and Pamela Bowles Fillmore, have planned a wonderful
event. Help us get the word out.
Facilitator Training in
Another scheduled for April 25-27, 2008
The facilitator training scheduled for
me to give in Portland, OR, was filled within weeks back in June when
it was first announced. Yes, on the West Coast I am getting into Lauren
Artress territory. I support Veriditas and the wonderful work Lauren does.
Our trainings are completely different. For details, see:
training. Kay Kinneavy, the organizer, scheduled another one for April
to handle the overflow. If you are interested in this training, don't
delay in signing up. you can reach Kay at email@example.com.
In the last newsletter we announced that
Labyrinth Enterprises, LLC, would go non-profit. Subsequently, we have
looked into other possibilities. My purpose is to get some help so that
I can reduce my workload and go into partial retirement. I am considering
selling a majority interest in the company to someone who will become
the chief administrator. I have also contemplated hiring an administrator.
In either case, the additional help and energy shuld help Labyrinth Enterprises,LLC,
to grow. Accordingly, we also need people to help us install labyrinths
at various places around the country. If you are interested in being on
a Labyrinth Enterprises, LLC, crew, contact Robert (firstname.lastname@example.org).
No experience is necessary but you must have good knees, be able to work
in the hot sun, and be meticulous in your craftsmanship.
Paver Labyrinth at University
of Southern Indiana
Despite the hot weather, and thanks to
a super-human effort by Marty Kermeen and Jorge, we installed a unique
customized Chartres design, 56 feet in diameter, on a pervious concrete
base for the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, IN. Not far
away is New Harmony, IN, a very interesting place. The university has
a web cam on the top of the building adjacent to the labyrinth, for security
purposes. I'm not sure if this will work, but here's the link: http://184.108.40.206:81/ImageViewer?Mode=Motion&Resolution=640x480
Old Mailing List
Because of the timeliness of some of
the events in this newsletter (the trainings, the gathering), I rushed
this newsletter out without revising my mailing list. So, those of you
who sent corrections last newsletter, please excuse me for not making
those changes yet. I will do it before the next newsletter, in January.
Labyrinth Master Class Scheduled for
West Coast, Oct. 13-14.
My favorite training is the master class,
in which I teach people many ways to make labyrinths. When they leave,
they understand the geometry, the materials, the tools, and are prepared
to go out into the world and make labyrinths. Any labyrinth professional
or facilitator should know how to make a labyrinth.Or, if you want to
make your own labyrinth, this training would give you many good ideas.
It will take place at Christ the King Retreat Center near Sacramento,
CA, sponsored by Healing Arts Festival. For registration information,
Midwest Labyrinth Gathering, June 15-17,
I take public speaking very seriously.
Every talk is different and well-researched. At this event I gave a talk
about why Chartres Cathedral is so special. I also talked about the two
different paradigms interacting with the labyrinth, science and spirituality.
This talk touched upon such major issues that it has now grown into a
project for my next book, called: Labyrinths: Spiritual Tools in the
Age of Science and Commerce. I will be expanding on this theme in
talks given in San Antonio (August) and Portland (September). One of my
reasons for partial retirement is to have time to write some of the books
that dwell inside me. This is one. another is the ultimate labyrinth making
manual. Another is Chartres Cathedral. Another . . . . well, you get the
New Granitite Distributor
In August I attended a training (along
with one of our labyrinth artists, Pamela Bowles Fillmore) in Mountain
Home, AR, to become an official distributor for a material called Granitite.
It is comprised of powdered granite in an acrylic resin. There is no pigment,
only the color of the natural granite, so it will never fade.Nor is it
likely to wear out. I bought the necessary equipment and look forward
to offering labyrinths made of this attractive material.
A Real Vacation
For one week, August 15-22, I visited
my brother in northern Washington state for a true vacation. We spent
time in Metaline Falls, Colville, and Chewelah (as well as Nelson, BC,
in Canada). What a lovely place in the world -- peaceful, beautiful. We
played a lot of Sudoku, and sat on the bench out in front of the house
at 6:30 am every morning, drinking our coffee. People from the town out
for a walk would go by, as the street was right along the Pend Oreille
River. They would stop and talk.