To book accommodation, please visit www.newharmonyinn.com, and use the code VERSOC2020 in order to get the group rate of $99 + tax per day. If you have any difficulties, you can reach the New Harmony Inn and Conference Center directly at 812-682-6150.
Airport transportation is only available from Evansville Regional, it is $65 for 2 guests if the pick-up is more than 2 it is $10 each additional guest.
New Harmony is an easy drive from many Midwest metro areas. Evansville, IN: 30 min, St. Louis: 2.5 hours, Louisville: 2.5 hours, Indianapolis: 3 hours, Nashville: 3 hours, Chicago: 5 hours.
July 17 - 25, 2020: New Harmony IN
Join us and immerse yourself in the world of labyrinths. Veriditas is offering a potpourri of experiences designed to teach you everything you ever wanted to know about walking and building labyrinths - all in one week. Join us for the whole week for a discounted price.
We launch into the week with an evening introductory lecture, followed by a one-day workshop for anyone interested in beginning or renewing their connection to the labyrinth. The workshop also serves as the pre-requisite for those going on to Facilitator Training.
The goal of Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator Training is to prepare people to introduce others to the labyrinth in an articulate, professional and effective way.The training addresses meditative walking in a variety of settings, with a variety of different populations. It is focused primarily on the Eleven Circuit Medieval Labyrinth but is inclusive of all forms.
Walking the labyrinth is being embraced as a spiritual practice throughout the Western world mostly because of Veriditas trained facilitators. The Veriditas Facilitator Training -- which began in 1997 -- remains the most rigorous and comprehensive training offered.
How to know if Facilitator Training is right for you?
We encourage you to join us!
with Lars Howlett
Expand your labyrinth toolkit for leading walks and workshops in a variety of settings! Learn the ins and outs of labyrinth making in this new workshop for facilitators revealing quick and easy methods for drawing simple designs and creating temporary labyrinths. We’ll explore patterns best-suited for small spaces, special events, diverse communities, and varying age-ranges and abilities. Gather ideas and enhance your skills for leading sessions in contemplative drawing, labyrinth blessing, energizing spaces, and community building.
Lauren Artress will join for a discussion about how to season a labyrinth, offering ideas and examples of ways to bring a new path to life or revive a lonely one. All participants are invited to a special dinner on an outdoor labyrinth at the home of local artist Ben Nicholson.
with Lars Howlett
Learn to draw and create Classical and Medieval labyrinths through a variety of simple and inexpensive methods. Explore the differences between spirals and meanders, mazes and labyrinths to discover the essential elements for adapting designs or creating one of your own! Students will receive a workbook highlighting the history, classification, and methods for drawing traditional or one-of-a-kind labyrinths. Apply new skills in the creation of finger labyrinths, artistic projects, or plans for a large-scale installation. This is a great opportunity to learn about the diversity of designs and explore how and why certain patterns resonate with people.
Robert Ferré will share his expertise in adapting the Chartres design and creating tools and techniques for tape labyrinths for events. Participants will be invited to Ben Nicholson’s private studio for an evening artist’s talk and exhibition of his incredible series of hand-drawn designs.
with Lars Howlett and Special Guests Robert Ferré & Kent Schuette
Channel your inner wisdom by working with intention and intuition in creating sacred spaces that reflect and resonate with nature. Connect with the shapes and patterns found in Sacred Geometry including the Golden Spiral and Flower of Life. Consider the meaning and symbolism of numbers and reawaken to the beauty and profundity of simple geometric forms in our environment. Learn the best practices for using a compass and how to create a precise labyrinth.
Robert Ferré will detail his research and understanding of the Sacred Geometry of the Chartres Labyrinth based on fifty-three visits to the cathedral. Local architect Kent Schuette will guide us in creating wondrous designs with a compass and lead an evening walking tour of New Harmony to reveal how Sacred Geometry was used in the planning of the town including its buildings, landmarks, and gardens.
Reverend Dr. Lauren Artress
Lauren is the Founder of Veriditas. She is the author of: Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Tool (Putnam/Riverhead Books, New York), The Sand Labyrinth Kit, (Tuttle Publishers) and The Sacred Path Companion: A Guide to Walking the Labyrinth to Heal and Transform (Riverhead, 2006).
Lauren is a priest of the Episcopal Church, and her home parish is Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, California. From 1986 to 1992, she served as Canon Pastor and then as Canon for Special Ministries until August 2004. In May of 2006, her rediscovery of the labyrinth was honored by Grace Cathedral and she was designated Honorary Canon, a lifetime title.
In 1991, while on a brief sabbatical, Lauren walked an informal taped labyrinth through the work of Jean Houston. The idea gestated for a few months and then she was compelled to go to Chartres Cathedral, where she moved the chairs and walked the medieval labyrinth. This courageous act has led to the rediscovery of the labyrinth. Lauren not only introduced the walking meditation back into the Christian tradition but also introduced the labyrinth back into Western culture. By December 1991, she had replicated the Medieval Eleven Circuit Labyrinth at Grace Cathedral beginning in canvas form. Due to the enormous response of people desiring to learn a walking meditation, the tapestry labyrinth was installed inside the Cathedral in 1994. The outdoor terrazzo labyrinth was installed in the Interfaith Meditation Garden in 1995. In 2007, Grace Cathedral installed a permanent limestone labyrinth in the floor to replace the tapestry labyrinth… (to read Lauren’s Bio in its entirety, please click here.)
Robert Ferré was the first full-time labyrinth builder in the United States, beginning in 1995. He and his associates at Labyrinth Enterprises hand-built more than 1,000 labyrinths, both portable and permanent (plus temporary ones). He has written numerous books about labyrinth building as well as giving lectures and masterclasses. In the first training he gave for Veriditas, he met Lars Howlett, who served as Robert's apprentice before establishing his own place in the labyrinth world. Robert still makes the occasional labyrinth, enjoying retirement in San Antonio with his wife Linda Ricketts, working on writing projects and playing pickleball.
Lars Howlett is a leading expert in the design and creation of sacred space for walking meditation, centering prayer, personal healing, conflict resolution and community building. Lars is a practitioner of mindfulness and student of sacred geometry since 2003, experimenting with a wide variety of designs, materials, intentions and settings in his personal and professional projects. Universities, churches, health centers, retirement communities, mental health centers, retreats, and individuals find Lars for inspiration and insight in creating exact replicas of historical patterns or one-of-a-kind artistic installations.
Lars was a three year apprentice to Robert Ferré, inheriting the tools, techniques, and teaching curriculum of a master builder. Lars is a Veriditas Faculty Member and Certified Labyrinth Facilitator trained by the Reverend Dr. Lauren Artress at Grace and Chartres Cathedrals. He is the Chairperson of World Labyrinth Day and Board Member of the Labyrinth Society. Lars is an inspiring teacher and passionate speaker on the history, spirituality, and practice of walking labyrinths, leading workshops to cultivate inner wisdom for personal transformation with slideshows of personal projects and visits to sacred sites on four continents. www.DiscoverLabyrinths.com
This special event is separate from Labyrinth Summer School.
Master Class in Labyrinth Making
with Robert Ferré & Lars Howlett
To mark the occasion of our 10th Labyrinth Summer School, Lars Howlett has invited his mentor, Robert Ferré, to return for a Master Class for alumni or experienced designers and creators. This special two-day workshop will outline advanced methods for installing labyrinths and shaping their environment through signage, access paths, benches, lighting, and landscaping. Lars will detail and demonstrate double and triple spiral labyrinths including the Baltic Wheel, Wunderkreiss and Triskelion designs. Robert will reveal secrets of the Chartres Labyrinth and take us on a deep dive into the center rosette and lunations.
Learn about project management from consultation to design, fundraising to planning, and the realization of a shared vision. Hear insightful and inspiring stories from Robert’s work as Labyrinth Enterprises as well as anecdotes of working with clients, volunteers and ego. Lars and Robert will share case studies for creating beneficial and accessible labyrinth environments as well as options for maintenance and lessons from restoration.
Special guests will include labyrinth luminaries from around the world appearing by video for short talks. Workshop participants will deepen bonds with other makers through small group ‘cohorts’ forged around shared interests.