Reverend Dr. Lauren Artress
Reverend Dr. Kay Mutert,
The Reverend Dr. Kay Mutert is a Master Teacher with the Veriditas Worldwide Labyrinth Organization, offering labyrinth workshops in awakening new creative energy, community building, and spiritual formation. Her Master Teacher responsibilities include training new facilitators and renewal training for those trained in past years.
Kay holds a BS from Mississippi State University, MA from University of South Florida, EdD from University of Alabama and Mdiv from Candler School of Theology, Emory University. Her published works include a set of her musical compositions - Songs for the Journey, with texts by Rev. Joe Elmore and artwork by Dan Rountree; a piano CD, The Joy of Two, with pianist Karen Krekelberg; along with other miscellaneous creations. Her book Seasons of Change is a memoir of her Jubilee (50th) year's transition into pastoral ministry while living in the Midlands of England. She is a contributor of a labyrinth chapter to the recently published book Sacred Habits: the Rise of the Creative Clergy, Chad R. Abbott, Editor.
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Betty (Elizabeth) Lopez Towey
Dr. Kayleen Asbo,
Kayleen has been a guest presenter and lecturer on the intersection of spirituality, psychology and the arts at the Oxford Round Table, Chartres Cathedral, Grace Cathedral, the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, the Numina Center and churches and colleges throughout the Bay Area. Kayleen's classes and workshops have repeatedly been lauded by students as "life changing", "transformational", "passionate" "inspiring", "fascinating" and "the best I have ever taken"
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Lars Howlett, Faculty
I live, work, and walk on Wurundjeri Country, inner city Naarm (Melbourne), appreciating the land and waters of the Merri Merri creek.
I first walked a labyrinth in 2003 at St Andrew’s Beach on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. I remember the profound sense the walk reflected my whole life. Since then I reflect on all the turns I’ve taken on so many labyrinths across these lands now called Australia. The beautiful paved labyrinths in Dunkeld, Centennial Park, and the Jessie Vasey labyrinth in Heidelberg, are firm underfoot. Softer is the desert red sand labyrinth at Campfire in the Heart in Alice Springs. I’ve marked up many temporary labyrinths, from stones, or tape, or coloured fabric. A highlight has been the Spring labyrinth made for the Festival of Hildegard in 2012 where hundreds of flowering pots formed a garden labyrinth. In the past decade I’ve returned to Queenscliff to mark out the Ocean Labyrinth from old fishing ropes, shells and nets, for Sacrededge Festival usually on World Labyrinth Day. Now with the beautiful canvas Peace Labyrinth made at the 2nd National Australian Labyrinth Gathering in Pymble, many more indoor labyrinth walks have been conducted.
Sharing these labyrinth experiences with others, facilitating walks for people of diverse ages, experiences and abilities, is now my vocation and joy. With passion and warmth, I create artful, invitational experiences with music, poetry, story and natural materials. As a trainer, I am keen to share my years of experience and knowledge with others on the path, engaging people with warmth, respect and humour in offering Veriditas Facilitator Training.
I participate in planning ALN gatherings, offering workshops and newsreel items to support our growing labyrinth community in Australia. My current placement as Ministry Coordinator is at Sophia’s Spring – an eco-feminist faith community of the Uniting Church in Australia that meets at CERES environment park.
I live on the land of the Yugambeh language people, the traditional custodians of the Gold Coast region in South-East Queensland.
My long association with using the labyrinth as a tool for contemplative, meditative and spiritual practices began many years ago when the labyrinth ‘found’ me in Year 11 at high school through an “Art and Architecture in History” subject. Many decades later, I now enjoy sharing my love of the labyrinth with teaching staff in schools, children and their parents preparing to celebrate faith rituals, my parish and local communities, and all those I journey with as Spiritual Director, Retreat Facilitator, and mentor and supervisor. A great delight has been introducing the labyrinth to a new generation, as I share the joy of the labyrinth with my grandchildren as they walk and play on my garden labyrinth, and with their own hand labyrinths.
Using the labyrinth as a tool for contemplation and reflection in my work and my personal spiritual practices has been grounded and enriched by connecting with Veriditas in 2017, when I did my initial Labyrinth Facilitator Training and received certification. I became a VIA member, and in 2021 progressed to Advanced Facilitator and Trainer. “The labyrinth belongs to no one and everyone” has been a grounding mantra in my work, as I draw labyrinths on beaches, work with peers in creating large portable calico labyrinths, and use the hand labyrinth for journaling and reflection in many facets of my life and life’s work.
Tina is a writer and poet who has spent the last 3 years cultivating a poetic life in Tasmania’s magnificent Huon Valley. She lives in sync with nature’s cycles and is endlessly fascinated by sacred geometry.
Her love of labyrinths began in San Francisco in the Spring of 2010. It was a sliding door moment in her personal meditative practise and in her work with clients as an art therapist. Although she didn’t know it, another apprenticeship was about to begin. She came home to Melbourne and built a sanctuary in the city, centred around a full size walking labyrinth, to cultivate conversations of stillness, creativity and nature.
Tina became the founding Chair of the Australian Labyrinth Network 2016-2018. She went on to sit on the international Veriditas Council 2018-present. The Council seeks to support labyrinth facilitators in their work.
At her sanctuary labyrinthlane.com, over seven years Tina introduced the labyrinth conversation to thousands of people. Currently she is visioning in a labyrinth pilgrimage experience in Tasmania at Pippin Hill with her partner and labyrinth designer, Mark Healy. A first of its kind worldwide, it’ll be home to her labyrinth teaching.
As a guide for others exploring their relationship with the labyrinth, Tina offers the deep listening of a therapist, the spontaneity of a SoulCollage®facilitator and a poetic lightness with the labyrinth work. Always there is a place at her table for Nature and stillness to arrive and now a place for you too.
While studying a Meditation Facilitators’ course, Heather Middleton had a taste of the labyrinth, and after that was compelled to keep exploring. She joined in the first Veriditas Summer School in Petaluma and became part of the Centennial Park labyrinth in Sydney just as it was dedicated in 2014. She has an ongoing passion for exploring the relationship between the labyrinth and its temporal dimensions, as well as the labyrinth’s many dimensions for personal and social transformation.
After working as a university teacher in social research and social theory, Heather developed an area of expertise in experiential learning. Away from the teaching front line, she has worked in a Centre which trained academics in how to teach, and most recently had a specialist role evaluating learning and teaching interventions at the University of Sydney. She has researched in both learning and teaching and health-related areas. Her PhD sought to shed light on recovered memories and the relationship between memory and time.
Since her teens, Heather has sought to pursue a spiritual path both within formal institutions and outside of them, and developed an interest in the Jungian approach and psychotherapy. This led her to study a Diploma of Energetic Healing and the Meditation Facilitation Course which led her to the labyrinth.
Heather was Foundation member of Australian Labyrinth Network Council in 2017 and as of 2022 is current Chair. When not involved in labyrinth work she is a presenter on 2MBS Fine Music Sydney, and is building a home and some sacred space in an Eco Village on the Central Coast of NSW.
Heather’s perspective on teaching has allowed her to reflect, “Qualifying Workshops are a taste of the transformative power of the labyrinth, and the Facilitator Training provides the scaffolding to help to contain the experience.”