NewsNotes July 2016

Three inspiring leaders will guide Veriditas pilgrimages in September: The Reverend Dr. Lauren Artress; Judith Tripp, MA, MFT; and Laura Esculcas.

  • Experience the newly restored nave and labyrinth at the venerable Chartres Cathedral, in France September 10 and 11th. Judith Tripp will weave a sacred circle to explore Mary through lecture, mediation, art, music and ritual. Register for "Meeting Mary."
  • Strengthen connections to ourselves, our communities and the world. Join the Reverend Dr. Lauren Artress September 12 to 16th at Chartres Cathedral to tap artful wisdom and find creative openings on the individual and collective levels. Register for "The Rising Phoenix: Birthing New Images in these Challenging Times."
  • New territory for Veriditas. Register for "Mystical Portugal: Labyrinths, Legends and Sites of the Sacred Feminine". Judith Tripp and Laura Esculcas lead a soulful journey September 19 to 24th into the landscape of the "people of the light," the ancient Celt-Iberian ancestors of the modern Portuguese. Experience the wisdom of the labyrinth and numinous sites connected with the legends of Mary.
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NewsNotes March 2016

  • Like colouring? Look into Zen Doodling Mandalas by Carolyn Scrace. Pages 54-67 are labyrinth-related. Available at the library and bookstores.
  • Check out Kelly Child’s book, The Lehi Key, listed under Philosophical Studies on our Books page.
  • Facilitator directory now includes Facilitator’s websites.
  • 16 new Labyrinths have been added to our directory. Click on the Labyrinth name to see the full listing with photos.
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What Is A Labyrinth?

A labyrinth is a pattern with a single winding path that leads from the entrance to the centre. All labyrinths are unicursal, that is, they have only one path. Mazes are multicursal. Their many paths present a puzzle which the walker must solve in order to reach the centre.

WHAT DOES A LABYRINTH PATTERN LOOK LIKE?

There are two basic labyrinth patterns, the Classical or Cretan, which has seven paths or circuits that surround the centre, and the Chartres or Medieval style, based on a pattern set into the floor of Chartres Cathedral in France in the early years of the 13th century, which has eleven circuits leading to the centre.

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Labyrinth Walking: A journey of the body, mind, and soul.

Reprinted from alive.com (April 2011) by Josie Padro

When a friend invited Jo Ann Stevenson to walk a labyrinth, she had no idea it would have such an impact on her life. As she followed the circular path, her thoughts turned to her recent cancer diagnosis.

“I was aware of the curves and that breast cancer seemed to me a curve that had been thrown into my life, so I had the feeling that I was walking on my life path,” says Stevenson.

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On the Ground, in the Wild, a Path to Inner Peace

Reprinted from New York Times (December 20, 2007) by Anne Raver

Reisterstown, Md.

It was a gray, blustery December day when I walked the labyrinth in the woods behind Pamela White’s ranch-style house in Glyndon, an old community a few miles from my place. The town started out as a Methodist revival camp and a summer place, 10 degrees cooler than the city, for wealthy Baltimoreans. My grandmother used to go every summer and get closer to God under a big tent. The camp is long gone, and now the streets are lined with Victorian houses with wide porches, mixed in with 1950s ranch houses.

Ms. White has a two-acre stand of woods out back, with a low, curving stone wall at the edge of the forest, which slopes down to a natural bowl in the land where stones mark a spiraling path laid beneath tall oaks and poplars.

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Wend Your Way to Peace and Contentment

Reprinted from Toronto Globe and Mail (June 16, 2007) by Melissa Whetsone

Every month, Leslie Bolt puts on her walking shoes, pulls the laces tight and heads from her home in Unionville to the Eaton Centre. But it's not visions of iPods or a new summer dress that fill her head. Instead, she pictures herself rising from her wheelchair and walking a labyrinth.

Just beyond the doors of the shopping mecca sits the Toronto Public Labyrinth. Within its circular shape, which measures about 22 metres in diameter, is a path marked by two-toned interlocking bricks. The path weaves walkers left and right before leading to the labyrinth's centre and back out.

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Winding Paths Can Lead to Wellness

For centuries, labyrinths have been used to promote physical and spiritual health

Reprinted from Toronto Star (January 05, 2007) by Janice Mawhinney, Life Writer

Physiotherapist Angie Andreoli says it's an uplifting experience to watch patients from the Toronto Rehab foundation walk or wheel through the Toronto Public Labyrinth in Trinity Square Park.

"I have seen people with poor energy, who are unable to walk longer than the hallway, walk the labyrinth with purposefulness and a sense of joy. That is very special," she says.

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