A Community for All
Like the labyrinth itself, Veriditas welcomes all. We embrace inclusivity and particularly, in this moment of reflection and reckoning, racial equality. We stand with all who are marginalized by systemic inequities in the United States and globally. The Veriditas community supports all who wish to explore the labyrinth as a way to tap their own deepest wisdom.
As the world leader in training labyrinth facilitators, we are dedicated to transformational growth, not only for individuals, communities and globally…but for our own organization. We recognize the important work we have to do to further integrate diversity, equity and inclusion into the fabric of Veriditas. The labyrinth, used worldwide for healing, conflict resolution, understanding, ceremony and community building, is our most powerful tool. A path on which, through compassion, understanding and respect for the richness of our differences, we can walk forward together.
The Veriditas Inclusion Initiative Intention
Our intention, as we embark on this Inclusion Initiative, is to be bridges to circles that are not just OPEN to everyone, but that ACTIVELY INVITE everyone to walk with us. We want all of our circles to truly reflect the global community.
Our intention is to assist Veriditas, like the labyrinth itself, in
We are committed to:
This initiative has the intention to offer suggestions that will widen the work of Veriditas. To this end, we will consider and offer ideas and conversations at every level, including, but not limited to:
As we actively release unproductive biases, habits, and policies, our intention is to activate transformative renewal.
May it be so.
LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENT SAMPLES
Veriditas begins our understanding of racial injustice by acknowledging the oppression of the first inhabitants of this continent, Native Americans. The land we occupy in Petaluma is part of the sprawling ancestral lands of the Coast Miwok tribe, who collectively called the area Peta Lumaa.
We stand in gratitude for a culture that honors their ancestors, the teachings of the natural world and the interconnectedness of all things. May we, the current occupants of this land, hear this call.
We acknowledge the grave injustices of the past and we are committed to the work to create awareness that invites truth to dismantle colonialist structures. We will continue to educate ourselves about the full history of the original people of this region and we honor the Coast Miwok tribe’s culture and wisdom - past, present and emerging.
Veriditas acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which we gather, the (name the tribe/nation here), and pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.
Almetto Howey Alexander Labyrinth for the African American community of Charlotte, North Carolina
Dedication Ceremony and Summary (condensed version of the above)
Man in the Maze basket weaving by the Tohono O'Odham Native American Tribe in Arizona
And we welcome your submissions to this resource list....email email@example.com and use subject: Inclusion Initiative.