What a year this has been for all of us - who could have imagined a pandemic, economic woes, social inequities flaring up, political chaos and more. Yet there have been many gifts as well - slowing down during quarantine, a raising of awareness about racial injustice, and a broadening and strengthening of community through online connections. We are grateful for the gifts despite the difficulties of our times.
At Veriditas, we began to offer free finger labyrinth walks as a response to the pandemic. Never could we have anticipated that 400 folks would initially attend. With very positive feedback, we continue this offering with over 100 in attendance weekly. Our community is strengthened through this weekly gathering.
Then we took the next step and began to offer workshops and facilitator trainings online attracting more international participants than ever before. This has broadened our reach making our programming more accessible. We also began to offer some of our special programs online such as Women's Dream Quests, Meeting Mary, Labyrinth Making, and a Labyrinth Construction Master Class.
Our 25th Anniversary event, the Toast & Roast celebration, and the launching of Lauren's latest book, The Path of the Holy Fool: How the Labyrinth Ignites Our Visionary Powers were more highlights of this difficult year.
We are grateful for you, our community, our tribe. You are carrying the work of the labyrinth into the world. And so, we move forward together in hope.
With love and gratitude,
We are so grateful for your interest in supporting our auction efforts this year. To the donors who shared their creativity and spirit in adding unique items, and to our bidders who make our auction successful - WE APPRECIATE YOU!
It has been a pleasure serving you this auction!
For those who missed out on items, we have good news! Some of your favorite items are available for purchase in our Holiday Store!
Please note that items purchased the week of November 23rd will only ship the week of November 30th because of the holiday.
As we come close to the end of Veriditas’ 25th Anniversary Year, we are so grateful to all of you have helped to make this challenging year meaningful and successful. Through your participation in virtual events, auction donations and financial donations we have been able to keep Veriditas growing with greater impact and strength. THANK YOU!
Please help Veriditas to continue our important work of personal and planetary healing and renewal in 2021 by making a donation to our Year End Campaign. You can do this by going to www.veriditas.org or by returning the envelope included with our Year End letter. If you have any questions please call me at 707-283-0373 x 2. I would love to talk with you!
We can’t do this without you! Thank you!
Veriditas Development Manager
by Anne Coulehan
Ginny and I met in the early 1990's as mothers of high school students in the rush of extracurricular activities: my daughter, her son. The kids dated, graduated, split-up, went on through college and eventually found their ways back to each other. Ginny and I drifted into casual friendship along the way; bonded by the tickle that our children seemed unable to stay away from each other.
Then around 2000, Ginny needed surgery. I introduced her to the labyrinth as a way of centering, and we developed a shared walking meditation. We walked together at Little Portion Friary before the surgery, and I walked there during the surgery as a way of sending good energy to both care team and patient. After recovery we shared gratitude walks, eventually walking at the UUSBF (Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook) as well. Successful surgery is now far in the rear-view mirror, but we remain bonded labyrinth walkers.
Eventually we turned into the mothers-in-law, and then the grandmothers, as well. Along the way, we found the Spanish term "consuegras" to be a fun description of who we are to one another, claiming our relationship as in-laws and friends. We take our birthdays, family crises, celebrations, and personal needs to the labyrinth, sending strengthening ripples through our whole shared family. The UUSBF indoor walk has become a favorite "date" for us to meet, walk, and then have a cup of tea.
Labyrinth has become a dimension of our lives.
The GHR theme for 2020 is VISION Focus: Action!
“Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is simply passing the time. Action with Vision is making a positive difference.” —Joel Barker
"Little Miracles" is produced by Linda Mikell. Each month she shares an inspirational story from a labyrinth experience that is sent to her by a facilitator. She welcomes YOUR story. I'm sure you're got one, and we all benefit from this sharing. Thank you, Linda!
Please send your story to Linda Mikell at firstname.lastname@example.org
Booklets are available online for
$10 each plus shipping.
Proceeds benefit the Veriditas scholarship fund.