Calendar of Events

    • 10 Jun 2022
    • (PDT)
    • 11 Nov 2022
    • (PST)
    • 6 sessions
    • Grace Cathedral, San Francisco


    Walk a sacred path at Grace Cathedral, stepping into an ancient spiritual archetype found on nearly every continent across numerous cultures for thousands of years. Candlelight Labyrinth Walks are an opportunity to immerse your senses in an enchanted atmosphere unlike any other in San Francisco. Surrounded by the cathedral’s stunning stained glass, be transported by the ethereal strains of unique live music drawn from a variety of world musical traditions each month, and complemented with the whimsical glow of flickering votives along the walls.

    Let the walk draw you out from the din of everyday life, to go deeper into the world within. Walk as an exercise in self-discovery. Walk to unlock your creative potential. Walk to hold space for intentions you hope to set. Walk to align your intentions with your purpose. Disconnect to reconnect as only you can on Candlelight Labyrinth Walks, usually the second Friday of each month at Grace Cathedral! 

    Register here.

    • 27 Jun 2022
    • 4:00 PM (CEST)
    • 01 Jul 2022
    • 10:00 PM (CEST)
    • Chartres, France
    • 4


    "
    To experience our path is to acknowledge the possibility that "something greater" is attempting to live itself out through our lives."  Lauren Artress

    We are spiritual beings walking a human path.  We know our lives have a purpose, but we may not know what that purpose is, let alone how to find it. We will explore both the labyrinth and SoulCollage® as tools to unlock the mystery of our soul's calling.

    The profound act of creating SoulCollage® cards and working with the labyrinth as a powerful blueprint can guide us into birth. 

    Join us for a week-long gathering of creative self-discovery in Chartres, France. 

    The Chartres Experience

    What better place to feel nurtured than the sacred space of Chartres Cathedral. We begin with a reception to meet each other followed by an opening ritual and orientation to the program. Then each day, there is a morning seminar, a small processing group, and an experience of what Chartres has to offer.  SoulCollage will be a daily creative activity.

    On Tuesday afternoon, there is a tour of the Cathedral, then on Wednesday, there is an orientation to the labyrinth and a once in a life-time candlelit labyrinth walk with medieval music on the Chartres Labyrinth,. Thursday afternoon, there is  a tour of the Cathedral’s Crypt and we end with a closing celebratory dinner on Friday.

    Join us in this ancient place of refuge and renewal!

    Recommended Reading

    •  Meeting Your Soul on the Labyrinth: SoulCollage® and the Labyrinth as Pathways for Transformation by Catherine Anderson
    • Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Practice by Lauren Artress
    • The Universe of Stone by Phillip Ball

    Accomodations

    Our block booking for Accommodation at the Hotellerie St. Yves is now closed. If you would like to stay at the Hotellerie, please contact them directly or Booking.com.

    Here is a list of hotels convenient to the Cathedral and the Hotelliere St. Yves where the programs are held.

    Safety Concerns?

    As you probably know, the U.S. government is continuing its Worldwide Caution with respect to foreign travel in general. France is not specifically mentioned in the latest update. On a separate website, the U.S. embassy in France notes that the French government is continuing its reinforced security measures. The State Department provides a program for concerned travelers to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency: see Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).


    • 02 Jul 2022
    • 10:00 AM (CEST)
    • 03 Jul 2022
    • 6:00 PM (CEST)
    • Maison St. Yves, Chartres, France
    • 12
    Register

    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 practicethroughout 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?

    • Want to deepen your own labyrinth practice?
    • Want the tools and guidance that will enable you to bring the labyrinth to your community?
    • Want to connect with a supportive community of Labyrinth Facilitators around the world?
    • Find yourself heading up a labyrinth program at your church, school, hospital, college etc. and need broad training and/or specific answers?
    • Considering offering labyrinth walking as part of your healing, counseling, yoga or  coaching business and are curious about the business considerations involved?
    • Love the labyrinth and want to offer workshops of your own? Consider completing Facilitator Training on the path to becoming Certified, Advance Trained and Accredited. Our Veriditas Accredited Presenters are now offering some of our qualifying workshops.

    We encourage you to join us! 

    Please note: prior attendance at a Veriditas qualifying workshop is required. The Pilgrimage prior to this training in Chartres is considered a qualifying workshop.

    Learn more about becoming a Veriditas Trained Facilitator.

    Payment plans are available - call the office 707-283-0373 for details.

    Accommodation:

    Our block booking for Accommodation at the Hotellerie St. Yves is now closed. If you would like to stay at the Hotellerie, please contact them directly or try Booking.com.

    Here is a list of hotels convenient to the Cathedral

     and the Maison St. Yves where the programs are held.

    Interested in having Lauren Artress lead a workshop and Facilitator Training in your area? Download her speakers packet here.




    • 04 Jul 2022
    • 4:00 PM (CEST)
    • 08 Jul 2022
    • 10:00 PM (CEST)
    • Chartres, France
    • 3
    Register


    Join interspiritual author and teacher, Mirabai Starr, for an exploration of the interconnected wisdom at the heart of all religious and spiritual traditions. Over this week, we will follow the streams of mystical longing and social justice through readings from poetry and sacred texts of the world’s great religions, sitting in contemplative silence, chanting the names of God in an array of languages, and engaging in deep dialog through conversation and writing.

    Discover the unifying teachings and experience the heart-opening practices that carry us beyond an intellectual understanding of humanity’s many spiritual paths to the place we are transformed by the love at their common core.

    In order to reach this common core, we must reclaim the wisdom of the feminine. We will focus on women mystics and wisdom beings across the spiritual traditions. These long-buried wisdom teachings and previously ignored women mystics are revealing themselves to be urgently relevant as we pass through a global dark night of the soul and into a radically renewed humanity. With its emphasis on relationality and inclusivity, its tolerance for ambiguity and its intimacy with mystery, the feminine in all genders reclaims the body as holy ground, worships the earth as a cherished relative, and blesses the web of interbeing that sustains us all.

    Mirabai Starr shares the fruits of many years of investigating, excavating and lifting up female voices in all the world ’ s religions.

    Mirabai Starr is an award-winning author of creative non-fiction and contemporary translations of sacred literature. She taught Philosophy and World Religions at the University of New Mexico-Taos for 20 years and now teaches and speaks internationally on contemplative practice and inter-spiritual dialog. A certified bereavement counselor, Mirabai helps mourners harness the transformational power of loss. Her latest book is WILD MERCY: Living the Fierce & Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics. She lives with her extended family in the mountains of northern New Mexico.

    The Chartres Experience

    What better place to feel nurtured than the sacred space of Chartres Cathedral.

    We begin on Monday with a reception to meet each other followed by an opening ritual and orientation to the program. Then each day, there is a morning seminar, a small processing group, and an experience of what Chartres has to offer.

    On Wednesday, there will be an orientation to the labyrinth and a once in a life-time candlelit labyrinth walk with medieval music on the Chartres Labyrinth. Tuesday and Thursday afternoons bring tours of the Cathedral and the Crypt. The pilgrimage closes Friday with celebratory dinner.

    The Cathedral is own as the house of Mary and offers many hours of exploration of its world renown stained glass windows, it's Mary statues, and it's labyrinth.  Explore the town of Chartres with it's cobblestone streets, shops, restaurants, and lounge on its river banks.  Join us in this ancient place of refuge and renewal!

    Recommended Reading

    • Meeting Your Soul on the Labyrinth: SoulCollage® and the Labyrinth as Pathways for Transformation by Catherine Anderson
    • Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Practice by Lauren Artress
    • The Universe of Stone by Phillip Ball
    • God of Love: A Guide to the heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam by Mirabai Starr. February 2013
    • Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce and Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics by Mirabai Starr. April 2019
    • or any other of Mirabai's books: https://www.mirabaistarr.com/books


    Our block booking for Accommodation at the Hotellerie St. Yves is now closed. If you would like to stay at the Hotellerie, please contact them directly or try Booking.com.

    Alternatively, here is a list of hotels near the Cathedral in Chartres.

    • 23 Jul 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM (BST)
    • YMCA North Staffordshire, Harding Road, Hanley, Stoke on Trent, ST1 3AE, England


    This summer workshop, a time of warmth and renewal, is an opportunity to experience and discover the labyrinth – for some, a re-discovery. All are welcome but places are limited. We honour the memory of Bernard Moss as we bring his canvas labyrinth back into use for new paths and new beginnings. The workshop includes an introduction to the fascinating history and contemporary use of labyrinths around the world, in faith, community and educational settings. We’ll learn about labyrinth patterns, and together create a temporary labyrinth, indoors or outdoors (according to weather) giving us the opportunity to experience two labyrinth walks. This event is a Veriditas Qualifying Workshop, a stepping stone towards labyrinth facilitator training. We’ll reflect on our own next steps, locally or further afield, and hear from two people who’ve trained with Veriditas, as Bernard did himself. Suggested reading: Walking a Sacred Path by Lauren Artress. 


    In accordance with local plans, our time together will include practical skills for labyrinth stewardship: the care and use of a canvas labyrinth for labyrinth walks. Course participants are also warmly invited to a commemorative labyrinth walk in Bernard’s memory which will be held the following day. The workshop is free of charge; we welcome donations to an award for students, created in Bernard’s memory (details available on registration). 


    To register, please contact Sheila Moss: sheilaann34@btinternet.com

    Biography

    Dr Jan Sellers

    Veriditas accredited presenter, Advanced Labyrinth Facilitator. 


    Awarded a UK National Teaching Fellowship in 2005, Jan’s NTF project explored joy and creativity in learning, seeking space for stillness and quietness in campus life. Jan first encountered the labyrinth in this context in 2007, learning from Di William’s work at the University of Edinburgh. At the time, Jan was working at the University of Kent in Canterbury, where the idea took hold with the creation of the beautiful Canterbury Labyrinth on campus in 2008. Jan trained with Veriditas in Chartres, France, in 2008 and again in 2013. She loves facilitating labyrinth workshops and introducing people to the quiet and profound experience of labyrinth walking.


    Jan is now a freelance researcher and writer, currently serving on the Veriditas Higher Education Group; the Labyrinth Society’s Research Committee and the Labyrinths in Britain Steering Group. She co-edited Working with the Labyrinth (Sewell, Sellers & Williams: Wild Goose, 2012) and, with Bernard Moss, Learning with the Labyrinth (Bloomsbury, 2016).


    Jan’s latest research, available free online, is a detailed index of permanent and landscaped labyrinths at universities and colleges around the world (Sellers, 2021, www.jansellers.com/publications).


    • 25 Jul 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • Online
    • 498
    Register


    Join Veriditas founder Reverend Dr. Lauren Artress to learn more about living a soulful life on Monday, July 25, 2022 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM PDT.  Lauren’s guest will be Francis Weller, MFT, psychotherapist, author, and founder of the WisdomBridge organization.

    Mr. Weller will discuss with Dr. Artress what it means to live a soulful life.  He will also share how grief, personal and collective, can provide healing opportunities on many levels, as does the labyrinth.    

    Whether you are new to the labyrinth or a facilitator looking for a theme for your next event, you will be inspired by the concepts in this month’s webinar.   

    VIA members will automatically be emailed the link to join the additional question/answer period that follows the program.

    For more information about guest Francis Weller, please check his website, www.francisweller.net.

    Biographies

    The Reverend Dr. Lauren Artress is the grandmother of the modern day Labyrinth movement and is the founder of Veriditas. In May of 2006, Lauren’s rediscovery of the labyrinth was honored by Grace Cathedral and she was designated Honorary Canon, a lifetime title.

    She is the author of Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Tool, The Sand Labyrinth Kit, and The Sacred Path Companion: A Guide to Walking the Labyrinth to Heal and Transform.  Her latest book, The Path of the Holy Fool: How the Labyrinth Ignites Our Visionary Powers was released in the fall of 2021. 

    About the guest: 
Francis Weller, MFT, is a psychotherapist, writer and soul activist. He is a master of synthesizing diverse streams of thought from psychology, anthropology, mythology, alchemy, indigenous cultures and poetic traditions. Author of The Wild Edge of Sorrow: Rituals of Renewal and the Sacred Work of Grief; The Threshold Between Loss and Revelation, (with Rashani Réa) and In the Absence of the Ordinary: Essays in a Time of Uncertainty, he has introduced the healing work of ritual to thousands of people. He founded and directs WisdomBridge, an organization that offers educational programs that seek to integrate the wisdom from indigenous cultures with the insights and knowledge gathered from western poetic, psychological and spiritual traditions.  For more information, www.francisweller.net



    • 06 Aug 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (PDT)
    • Online
    • 23
    Register


    If you are interested in becoming a labyrinth facilitator or simply learning more about the labyrinth, this new Qualifying Workshop is for you. In addition to its basic components, we will cover best practices for walking the labyrinth and an excellent video introducing the labyrinth as a walking meditation (narrated by Veriditas founder, Lauren Artress). Woven throughout the workshop will be numerous easily applicable journaling methods to help you deepen and transform your own labyrinth practice. Join us!

    Susan Borkin, PhD, is a psychotherapist and speaker based in the San Francisco Bay Area. A pioneer in the field of writing therapy, she is the author (or contributing author) to six books on journaling. She is an advanced facilitator and member of the Veriditas faculty. 

    • 08 Aug 2022
    • 9:00 AM
    • 12 Aug 2022
    • 12:30 PM
    • Online
    Register


    Would you like to introduce the labyrinth to others, facilitate group walks and lead transformative workshops? Join Veriditas Faculty Members Laura Esculcas and Lars Howlett (see bios below) for our next Virtual Labyrinth Facilitator Training this summer! Go deeper with your personal practice in the labyrinth, meet others on a similar path, and receive a hard copy of our updated 160-page facilitator's manual with a wealth of labyrinth resources! Past participants can also enroll in the course again for half-price as a refresher.

    Take the training from the comfort of your home in five consecutive 3.5 hour Zoom sessions. Laura and Lars will share their insights, experiences, and inspiration from their personal and professional work with the labyrinth. Attendance in a Qualifying Workshop within the past two years is required for participants to experience a shared labyrinth journey led by a Veriditas Advanced Labyrinth Facilitator. (Check our calendar for in-person or online qualifying workshops at Veriditas.org/calendar). To become trained, you must actively participate in the entire 16-hour training. For more information about scholarship opportunities and the program see: Veriditas.org/ft  

    So, what is a labyrinth facilitator? First, it's someone who understands what a labyrinth is and can speak about it to a variety of audiences. This is actually a bit tricky, since the definition is quite slippery, and the origins are mysterious. Also, the terminology and applications of labyrinths vary a lot depending on if you’re talking to a group of high school students, a church congregation, patients at a cancer treatment center, or employees in a corporate office. Likewise, there are an infinite number of applications for the labyrinth. You could walk for prayer, healing, transformation, creativity, problem solving, community building, or stress reduction, among other things. 
 The second main aspect is organizing events and optimizing the labyrinth experience. There are many aspects to leading a group walk from framing the labyrinth with music, light, and thematic elements to incorporating a ritual or interactive element. There's also the pace and flow of the walk-- conducting the symphony of different people entering and exiting into sacred time and space. Lastly, there is the practice of holding space for a variety of experiences and providing opportunities for processing the walk through small group sharing, journaling, or other creative reflective exercises. Finally, becoming a labyrinth facilitator creates a pathway to working professionally in the realm of labyrinths. 

    Laura Esculcas, Faculty

    http://www.mysticalportugal.com

    With passion for myth and metaphor, Laura curates wisdom journeys and immersion experiences in Portugal’s mystical landscape. Laura is co-founder of EarthShamans, a SoulCollage® facilitator, and teaches Energetics of Art with Ubiquity University Wisdom School. She is trained in Sacred Landscapes, Intuitive Feng Shui, and the Personessence™ System of Understanding People. Laura holds both an M.A. in Wisdom Studies and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. 

    Originally from the US and having worked in Silicon Valley for over ten years in high tech operations and management, Laura moved to Portugal to pursue her dream of an integrated life lived as a sacred journey shared with others. Now informed by more than ten years of immersion in the Portugal ecofield, Laura uniquely blends depth of experience, keen curiosity, and genuine open-heartedness as she facilitates wisdom journeys and pilgrimage experiences into Portugal's place-based myths.

    Laura first met the labyrinth in 2001, on an Advent Quiet Day in Santa Cruz, California. Since that day, Laura has been a Labyrinth Enthusiast. She has served with Veriditas as a small group facilitator in Chartres, and teaches qualifying workshops and Labyrinth Facilitator Training in Europe.

    Laura speaks English and Portuguese and lives near Lisbon with her husband and son, and their two dogs.

    Lars Howlett, Faculty

    www.DiscoverLabyrinths.com

    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 Advanced Labyrinth Facilitator trained by the Reverend Dr. Lauren Artress at Grace and Chartres Cathedrals. He was the Chairperson of World Labyrinth Day from 2013-18.

    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. 

    • 11 Aug 2022
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • 14 Aug 2022
    • 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • St Francis Springs Prayer Center, 477 Grogan Road, Stoneville NC 27048


    The waves of the ocean breathe with their natural rhythms of ebb and flow, of flowing forward, letting go and returning to source. How can we honor our own unique natural rhythm? How can we find a balance between inner and outer nourishment?

    In this retreat we will explore these questions, using SoulCollage® and the Labyrinth to deepen our understanding of the natural rhythms around us, and to explore ways to create flow and ease in our daily lives as we consider living in a more cyclical way.

    Tuition is $995. Click here to register.

    This is a Veriditas Approved Qualifying Workshop.

    Catherine Anderson, Faculty

    cathy@catherineandersonstudio.com

    The labyrinth Catherine constructed in her backyard in 2007 has been an important element in her mindfulness and creativity practices and Catherine loves showing others how the labyrinth can support us in quietening our mind and uncover our creativity. She is the author of Journaling the Labyrinth Path, a book of finger labyrinths, quotes and journal prompts inspiring you to find your unique work in the world, and Meeting Your Soul on the Labyrinth: SoulCollage® and the Labyrinth as Pathways for Transformation.

    Catherine uses the labyrinth, SoulCollage®, expressive arts, poetry and mindfulness as pathways for self-discovery and as ways of uncovering meaning and purpose in life. Her personal journey of self-discovery has taken her from a career as an attorney to photography-franchise owner, to creativity-workshop facilitator.

    Photography is another creative passion for Catherine and her book The Creative Photographer won a Silver Nautilus Award in the Creative Process Category in 2012.  As a SoulCollage® Facilitator Trainer, Catherine loves teaching others how to facilitate workshops using the SoulCollage® process which uses images as a form of “soul language” to access our inner wisdom.

    As a life-long learner, Catherine has been fortunate to train with Jean Houston, Seena Frost, Lauren Artress, Jan Phillips and many other wise teachers. In addition to her work in the US, Catherine leads creative pilgrimage retreats in South Africa, France, Italy, Mexico and Portugal.

    www.CreativePilgrimage.com

    • 14 Aug 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Online
    Register

    Deepen your connection with and appreciation for sacred geometry and learn how it is interwoven into the design and experience of labyrinths. 


    Sacred Geometry is reflected in the patterns and proportions of the universe, our bodies and the labyrinth itself. Discover how stepping into a circle instills sacred space and tracing a meandering pathway evokes sacred time. Together we’ll explore how labyrinths combine the archetypal forms of a circle, spiral, and cross with switchbacks, meanders, and alternation to create a centering journey of intrinsic harmony and balance. We’ll study how sacred geometry is reflected in Classical, Medieval, and Contemporary Labyrinth designs and consider how to best reflect these principles in designing and building labyrinths. A slideshow of exemplary labyrinths from around the world will inform and inspire a discussion of the value and potential of sacred geometry for connecting to our inner and outer world.

     

    This is the fourth course in a Virtual Labyrinth Summer School series led by Lars Howlett. He and special guest Nathan Wiles are Veriditas Faculty Members and Advanced Facilitators who specialize in labyrinth design and construction. The 5-hour workshop will be presented live on Zoom with a half-hour break and opportunity for questions, group chat, and connecting with other participants. A comprehensive digital workbook will be provided as a PDF and the unedited recording of the live session will be offered to participants for reference and review for one month. Attending the workshop live is encouraged, but not required, and participants will receive a link to the unedited recording for review up to one month after the workshop. Couples or friends joining in on taking the course should register separately. 

     

    Note: Unlike past Summer School offerings, this is not a drawing and construction course, though examples of techniques and installations will be discussed. Participants interested in viewing the three previous classes entitled For the Love of Classical, Chartres and Contemporary Labyrinths can enroll in individual classes or all three at a discount on Teachable: https://veriditas.teachable.com/p/for-the-love-of-classical-chartres-and-contemporary-labyrinths

    Lars Howlett, Faculty
    Labyrinth Design & Making 

    findlars@gmail.com

    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 Advanced Labyrinth Facilitator trained by the Reverend Dr. Lauren Artress at Grace and Chartres Cathedrals. He was the Chairperson of World Labyrinth Day from 2013-18.

    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

    Lars is available for Labyrinth Construction consultations. To book a time to discuss your labyrinth construction project with Lars, please complete this form

    Nathan Wiles, Faculty
    Canvas Labyrinth Workshops

    Innatecreations@outlook.com

    Nathan Wiles is the founder of Innate Creations, an educating labyrinth building and design company. Nathan utilizes skill and experience from his former career as an Interior Designer and Project Manager to help create his labyrinth builds and workshops.

    Along with his 30 years of building and designing experience, he was trained by an established Feng Shui consultant and has practiced various meditation techniques.  Now, with close to ten years of experience in both labyrinth designing and building, Nathan is able to join the collective consciousness of the individual or group to help develop their thought onto “canvas.” His passion is to bring a secular understanding to the mystery surrounding us in such a diverse world, while increasing the Labyrinth community through the education and collaboration with public schools, corporations and wellness facilities.


    • 16 Sep 2022
    • 10:30 AM (CEST)
    • 17 Sep 2022
    • 4:30 PM (CEST)
    • Chartres, France
    • 24
    Register


    Led by Judith Tripp, MA, MFT, a member of the Veriditas Faculty, a transpersonal psychotherapist, leader of Women's Dream Quest, and teacher.  She leads pilgrimages and retreats in the US, Europe and Australia.  She is also an author, a musician and singer.

    Anyone who comes to Chartres whether it be to visit the labyrinth, to explore the magnificent medieval architecture or to meditate in the glory of this always sacred site, soon realizes that this holy place is an homage to Mary. The Sacred Feminine is alive and well in Chartres and has been throughout history.

    We will create a sacred circle to explore how Mary has been honored in Chartres throughout history. We will meet her spirit through lecture, meditation, art, music and ritual. We will share insights, creations and stories. Includes one special evening labyrinth walk in Chartres Cathedral. 

    This can be a stand-alone workshop or a perfect pairing with to Cycle One of Walking A Sacred Path. No meals are included.


    Accommodation:

    Housing registration at the Hotelliere St. Yves will be available soon.


    Here is a list of hotels convenient to the Cathedral
     and the Hotelliere St. Yves where the programs are held.


    • 19 Sep 2022
    • 4:00 PM (CEST)
    • 23 Sep 2022
    • 10:00 PM (CEST)
    • Hotellerie St. Yves, 3 Rue des Acacias, 28000 Chartres, France
    • 32
    Register


    Intrigued by Lauren Artress' new book The Path of the Holy Fool?  Join us for a week- long pilgrimage in Chartres, France.

    The Legend of the Search for the Holy Grail is an “eternal fairytale” states Jungian Maria von Franz because the teachings from it are everlasting. Interestingly, these oral stories were collected and written down during the same era as when labyrinths were being inlaid in the floors of Gothic Cathedrals throughout Europe. 

    We will follow Parsifal’s journey from isolated self-absorption to becoming a conscious human being by exploring the overarching metaphors the Legend offers: spiritual openings and initiations, the journey, the wasteland, wounding, the Grail, the Grail Castle, and the Holy Fool. The archetype of the Holy Fool—one who has the self-awareness, imagination, and the courage to trust what emerges along the path—serves as a template for all who yearn to step forward to nurture a life-enhancing vision for our planet. The labyrinth can serve as our Grail; it offers an unwavering path as we learn to take risks, create new modalities and find a way to contribute to our evolving world.

    Join us for this pilgrimage where through journaling through writing prompts, break out groups, discussion, and images these concepts will be explored in the matrix of our lives. 

    The Chartres Experience

    What better place to feel nurtured than the sacred space of Chartres Cathedral.

    We begin on Monday with a reception to meet each other followed by an opening ritual and orientation to the program. Then each day, there is a morning seminar, a small processing group, and an experience of what Chartres has to offer.

    On Wednesday, there will be an orientation to the labyrinth and a once in a life-time candlelit labyrinth walk with medieval music on the Chartres Labyrinth. Tuesday and Thursday afternoons bring tours of the Cathedral and the Crypt. The pilgrimage closes Friday with celebratory dinner.

    The Cathedral is own as the house of Mary and offers many hours of exploration of its world renown stained glass windows, it's Mary statues, and it's labyrinth.  Explore the town of Chartres with it's cobblestone streets, shops, restaurants, and lounge on its river banks.  Join us in this ancient place of refuge and renewal!

    Recommended Reading

    • Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Practice
      by Lauren Artress

    • The Path of the Holy Fool: How the Labyrinth Ignites our Visionary Powers
      by Lauren Artress
    • The Universe of Stone by Phillip Ball

    You will be able to reserve accommodation at the Hotellerie St. Yves closer to the date of the Pilgrimage.


    • 24 Sep 2022
    • 10:00 AM (CEST)
    • 25 Sep 2022
    • 6:00 PM (CEST)
    • Maison St. Yves, Chartres, France
    • 23
    Register

    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 practicethroughout 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?

    • Want to deepen your own labyrinth practice?
    • Want the tools and guidance that will enable you to bring the labyrinth to your community?
    • Want to connect with a supportive community of Labyrinth Facilitators around the world?
    • Find yourself heading up a labyrinth program at your church, school, hospital, college etc. and need broad training and/or specific answers?
    • Considering offering labyrinth walking as part of your healing, counseling, yoga or  coaching business and are curious about the business considerations involved?
    • Love the labyrinth and want to offer workshops of your own? Consider completing Facilitator Training on the path to becoming Certified, Advance Trained and Accredited. Our Veriditas Accredited Presenters are now offering some of our qualifying workshops.

    We encourage you to join us! 

    Please note: prior attendance at a Veriditas qualifying workshop is required. The Pilgrimage prior to this training in Chartres is considered a qualifying workshop.

    Learn more about becoming a Veriditas Trained Facilitator.

    Payment plans are available - call the office 707-283-0373 for details.

    Accommodation:

    Housing registration at the Hotelliere St. Yves will open soon. 

    Here is a list of hotels convenient to the Cathedral

     and the Maison St. Yves where the programs are held.

    Interested in having Lauren Artress lead a workshop and Facilitator Training in your area? Download her speakers packet here.




    • 26 Sep 2022
    • 4:00 PM (CEST)
    • 30 Sep 2022
    • 10:00 PM (CEST)
    • Chartres, France
    • 38
    Register


    Love and liberation - those two things are at the core of Heather Plett’s work. (They’re even in the subtitle of her book, The Art of Holding Space: A Practice of love, liberation and leadership), Heather wants to help us find more of both, because she believes a liberated, loving world will be a better place for everyone. In this Pilgrimage, we’ll talk about how to hold space for ourselves and each other, so that we can heal and grow. The practice of holding space has the potential to transform our relationships, our communities, and ourselves. It supports us in living more courageously and it allows us to claim our own beauty, dignity, autonomy, and strength. When we live in more self-actualized and liberated ways, we transform communities, which transforms cultures, and eventually, everyone is better off.

    Heather Plett is the author of the book The Art of Holding Space: A Practice of Love, Liberation, and Leadership and the co-founder of the international Centre for Holding Space. She is an international speaker, facilitator, writer, and life-long learner whose work has been translated into a dozen languages and quoted in such notable publications as Harvard Business Review. She has trained people from six continents, both in person and online. Before launching her work in holding space, Heather worked in leadership and communications in government and non-profit. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Read more about her here.)

    • 14 Nov 2022
    • 2:00 PM (PST)
    • 18 Nov 2022
    • 5:30 PM (PST)
    • Online
    • 15
    Register

    The Virtual Facilitator Training, led by the Reverend Dr. Lauren Artress, will be held online Monday through Friday each afternoon from 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm pacific time. We will mail you the Facilitator Training manual so you will have it to follow along with in the class. There will be plenty of time for questions along with the didactic material. Programs will be held on Zoom and you will be sent the link to join once you register.

    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?

    • Want to deepen your own labyrinth practice?
    • Want the tools and guidance that will enable you to bring the labyrinth to your community?
    • Want to connect with a supportive community of Labyrinth Facilitators around the world?
    • Find yourself heading up a labyrinth program at your church, school, hospital, college etc. and need broad training and/or specific answers?
    • Considering offering labyrinth walking as part of your healing, counseling, yoga or  coaching business and are curious about the business considerations involved?
    • Love the labyrinth and want to offer workshops of your own? Consider completing Facilitator Training on the path to becoming Certified, Advance Trained and Accredited. Our Veriditas Accredited Presenters are now offering some of our qualifying workshops.

    We encourage you to join us! 

    Please note: prior attendance at a Veriditas qualifying workshop is required. The online workshop prior to this training considered a qualifying workshop.

    Learn more about becoming a Veriditas Trained Facilitator.

    Payment plans are available - please select that option when you register.

    The Reverend Dr. Lauren Artress

    Lauren is the grandmother of the modern day Labyrinth movement and 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), The Sacred Path Companion: A Guide to Walking the Labyrinth to Heal and Transform (Riverhead, 2006) and most recently, The Path of the Holy Fool: How the Labyrinth Ignites Our Visionary Powers (Rose Petal Press, 2020). In May of 2006, Lauren's rediscovery of the labyrinth was honored by Grace Cathedral and she was designated Honorary Canon, a lifetime title. 






    • 18 Nov 2022
    • 7:00 PM (PST)
    • 19 Nov 2022
    • 11:00 AM (PST)
    • Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
    Register


    Join us in deep November as we regather in person to contemplate the rich potential of our inner landscapes.  In these unprecedented times, it is so important to plum the depths of our hearts and minds to find places of refuge as well as inspiration for individual and collective healing.   As always, we will call on the Circle to hold us, the beauty of Grace Cathedral to fill us, and this year, the extraordinary images of Johanna Baruch to guide us.

    The 35th annual Women’s Dream Quest  offers a group of up to 80 women the rare opportunity of spending the night in Grace Cathedral.  Join us overnight for large and small group ritual, song, meditation, art and healing. 

    Judith Tripp

    Judith Tripp has a Masters in Counseling and is a licensed Marriage/Family Therapist. She is a transpersonal psychotherapist, a Veriditas trained facilitator, as well as a musician with several CDs in circulation. She has been leading Veriditas sponsored Dream Quests at Grace Cathedral and around the country for almost 20 years. She is member of the Veriditas Council and works for Veriditas to coordinate, develop and lead programs specifically focused on women.



    • 10 Feb 2023
    • 3:00 PM (AEDT)
    • 12 Feb 2023
    • 2:00 PM (AEDT)
    • Peter Canisius House, 102 Mona Vale Road Pymble, NSW 2073 Australia


    This weekend retreat in Sydney, Australia, is a time to pause and clarify the path you are on. Both the labyrinth and the SoulCollage® process can be used as tools of transformation to help us navigate the many challenges of life. They both give us ways to access our own inner resources and intuition. Using one of them alone will make a difference in your life, but used together they amplify and deepen each other because they are both languages of the soul. They enable us to access our inner world and deepen our understanding of ourselves as we journey on this path called life. Both processes allow us to create a sense of order out of the information that bombards us from all directions, and both encourage us to develop a higher level of awareness which enables us to thrive in the complex and ever-changing world in which we live.

    For more information and registration, please click here.

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Veriditas is dedicated to inspiring personal and planetary change and renewal through the labyrinth experience.

We accomplish our mission by training and supporting labyrinth facilitators around the world, and offering meaningful events that promote further understanding of the labyrinth as a tool for personal and community transformation. Our Vision is that the labyrinth experience guides us in developing the higher level of human awareness we need to thrive in the 21st century.

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