Tree Songs: Braiding Labyrinth Paths & the Celtic Tree Zodiac. A Virtual Qualifying Workshop with Barrie Carter Gibby

  • 11 Nov 2022
  • 9:30 AM (PST)
  • 12 Nov 2022
  • 12:30 PM (PST)
  • Online
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 I go among trees and sit still. All my stirring becomes quiet/around me like circles on water. . .As we sing, /the day turns, the trees move. ~ Wendell Berry

Trees are the oldest living beings on earth and are more precious now than ever. How does their wisdom deepen our understanding of transformative life? Touching on Celtic spirituality, how can we braid our listening to trees with the pilgrimage path of the labyrinth? What song rises in the sap of your soul tree to share with the world? What meaningful action can we take for eco-justice to partner with the Mother? 

In this two-part Qualifying Workshop, participants will engage as pilgrims in a deeper understanding of the labyrinth journey by linking its quadrants to life seasons and the Celtic Tree Zodiac. With beginning eyes and ears, we will gather to celebrate the beauty of the mystical Celtic birth trees and healing properties, identify your soul tree, and interweave the sacred feminine on the labyrinth. Labyrinth information and experiences of journaling, sharing in a slide collage, honoring your Ogham birth symbol, creating an altar, and chanting with the trees to unfold a new path gifted from the ancients are elements of this mini-retreat. Come create a chapel in the woods.

“Those who are uninformed about the reality of the natural world cannot discover the hidden truths, and therefore [will] live a superficial life”. Baha’i writings

Barrie Carter Gibby works on that creative edge between the branches of words and movement expression. A long-time educator, social justice activist, accomplished pianist, theater director and labyrinth facilitator, Barrie entwines her many loves to facilitate retreats to a worldwide audience on a variety of themes. She is especially fascinated by the parallels of Celtic and Native American cultures and their loving embrace of nature-centered whole life. Barrie longs for the return of her once annual pilgrimage to the 13th c. Chartres Cathedral labyrinth in France and other favorite pilgrimage destinations, where her passion is reignited for her labyrinth work. As a member of the Veriditas Faculty, Veriditas Council and an Advanced Certified Labyrinth facilitator, Barrie finds sacred spaces everywhere.

Virginia Schenck is an international Vocal Artist, social activist, arts advocate, licensed and board-certified music therapist, and Veriditas-trained labyrinth facilitator. Her creative vocal additions are reminiscent of her “Ireland Singing Journey Retreats.” Known for her impact in the world of vocal improvisation, she also loves to dance in the labyrinth!



Naples is located 36 miles southeast of Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Ft. Myers. It is serviced by Delta, US Airways, American, Southwest, United, Jet Blue and Air Tran as well as Frontier, Sun Country, Spirit and Silver Airways. A taxi from the airport to the hotels listed below should run about $50.

Here are the accommodations that are recommended:

Staybridge Suites (Located less than 1 mile from NUCC)
4805 Tamiami Trail N
Naples, FL 34013
800-225-1237
239-643-8002

Hawthorne Suites (Wyndham Hotel) (4 miles East of NUCC)
3557 Pine Ridge Road
Naples, FL 34109
888-293-3136
239-593-1300
Naples is located 36 miles southeast of Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Ft. Myers. It is serviced by Delta, US Airways, American, Southwest, United, Jet Blue and Air Tran as well as Frontier, Sun Country, Spirit and Silver Airways. A taxi from the airport to the hotels listed below should run about $50.

Here are the accommodations that are recommended:

Staybridge Suites (Located less than 1 mile from NUCC)
4805 Tamiami Trail N
Naples, FL 34013
800-225-1237
239-643-8002

Hawthorne Suites (Wyndham Hotel) (4 miles East of NUCC)
3557 Pine Ridge Road
Naples, FL 34109
888-293-3136
239-593-1300

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