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If you have an idea of a labyrinth-related project that you would like to get some support for, please get in touch admin [at] aln.org.au . We already have projects like the Labyrinths in Schools project that is running World Labyrinth Day in Schools ... like most networks, ALN is a diffuse and yet resilient connection of passionate people doing what they love... and the 'doing' sometimes takes precedence over the 'telling'. 

Our latest project is an offering of a smorgasbord of discussion groups, presentations and experiences called the Labyrinth Lovers Newsreel. It is for members only, so if you're not a member already, please consider joining us!

Upcoming events

    • 18 Feb 2023
    • 9:00 AM (AEST)
    • Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre, Ormiston, QLD
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    Santa Teresa Labyrinth, photo: Sue Thomas


    Walking the Sacred Path of Being

    A Contemplative Day & Veriditas Qualifying Workshop

    Saturday 18 February 2023
    9am – 3.30pm

    Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre
    267 Wellington St
    Ormiston, Qld 4160­­­

    If you are new to labyrinths, or if you have had experience with walking labyrinths, this quiet day offers opportunities to walk the labyrinth as meditation - quieting the mind, and being in the here and now. An invitation to let go of noise and distraction, and immerse into the still quiet space of being. 

    During our time together, we will learn about the Santa Teresa Labyrinth on Quandamooka Country, and how walking a labyrinth as a contemplative path invites us into sacred space.

    Participants may use their attendance on this day as a Qualifying Workshop towards Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator Training. Contact Sue for more information sue@suethomas.net.au and download the flyer here.

    Cost: $150. Includes catered morning tea and lunch, resources, and use of the grounds and contemplative space in the beautiful environment of Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre. Cancellations may be refunded up to 2 weeks before the event (but not after). If we cancel the event, all registrations will be refundable.

    Presenter: Sue Thomas, Spiritual Director, Veriditas Advanced Facilitator and Trainer.

    “The labyrinth belongs to no one and everyone” has been a grounding mantra in my work, as I walk labyrinths, 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.

    I live on the land of the Yugambeh language peoples, 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. Using the labyrinth as a tool for contemplation and reflection in my previous role as Lay Pastoral Minister for Brisbane Catholic Archdiocese, my current work as Spiritual Director and retreat facilitator, and my personal spiritual practice has been grounded and enriched by connecting with Veriditas. I am a certified Veriditas Advanced Facilitator and Trainer, a member of Veriditas Faculty, and a member of the Australian Labyrinth Network.

    • 23 Feb 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, Victoria
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    Earth Animated

    Qualifying Workshop for

    Veriditas Facilitator Training (Australia)

    with Christina Rowntree

    Thursday 23 February

    10 am - 4 pm (Registrations close Mon 20 February 2023, 10 am)

    Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, Banksia Street, Heidelberg (Melbourne) Victoria.

    Image: Southern Cross mosaic in the centre of Jessie Vasey labyrinth, created by Simon Normand, photo by Christina Rowntree.



    There are no unsacred places;

    there are only sacred places

    and descrated places.

    Wendell Berry

    Honouring First Nations' wisdom and connection to Country is deepening labyrinth facilitation. The ALN supports this focus as we continue Veriditas Facilitator Training with Australian trainers. In this Qualifying Workshop Christina will introduce the beautiful and inspiring Jessie Vasey labyrinth at Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, designed and constructed by Simon Normand in consultation with Wurundjeri Elder, Aunty Joy Murphy Wandin AO.

    Our theme draws on ecological insights which affirm the inter-connectedness of all life, First Nations wisdom, and the archetypal significance of labyrinths for transformation and discovery. Uncle Shane will support a morning walk with his healing didgeridoo, and later yarn with us. With Christina’s input we will then reflect with meditative and creative responses. Group time will focus on the benefits of walking the labyrinth for all people in these lands now called Australia.

    Details

    This 5-hour in-person Qualifying Workshop is ideal for people interested in an Introduction to the Labyrinth and who are keen to engage in Veriditas Basic Facilitator Training which follows on 24th and 25th February in Parkville.

    This Qualifying Workshop will be held in the Duckboard Function Centre, Heidelberg Repatriation Centre, on Acacia Street. Tea and coffee will be provided. You may BYO lunch, or purchase from the Hospital cafe. We'll be screened for fever related to COVID-19 at the start of the day.

    Presenter: Christina Rowntree

    My connection with the labyrinth began over 20 years ago walking a labyrinth at St. Andrew’s Beach on the Mornington Peninsula. It was as if I walked my entire life that day, noticing the turns towards and then away from the ocean. Soon afterwards I had the privilege to be trained by Lauren Artress and later accredited by Veriditas in Labyrinth Facilitation.

    I continue to take many opportunities to deepen my practice with Veriditas, including the Design and Construction course with Lars Howlett in 2017. I enjoy leading labyrinth walks and retreats, building temporary labyrinths with simple materials, and leading people of all ages in labyrinth experiences. During lockdown I offered a Qualifying Workshop, “Nothing has Changed, Everything has Changed” on the theme of chaos and change, which was warmly received.

    I draw on my experience as a performing artist with a Masters in Community Cultural Development. For 20 years my ministry role was in Theology and the Arts with the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania, in the Uniting Church in Australia. I am currently Ministry Coordinator at Sophia's Spring, an eco-feminist faith community of the Uniting Church.

    Presenter:  Shane Charles is a proud Yorta Yorta, Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung man, and Co-Chair of Reconciliation Victoria.  His passion is to build relationships and bridges for reconciliation and healing with First Nations communities, currently creating healing trails and offering Didgeridoo Healing. For many years he has been intrigued by the labyrinth movement and how labyrinths on Country might offer a cross cultural bridge for healing.

    Cancellations

    If you need to cancel full refunds are available up until  16 Feb 2023, after that only 50% will be refunded. If we cancel the workshop full registration refunds will be available.

    • 24 Feb 2023
    • 9:30 AM
    • 25 Feb 2023
    • 4:30 PM
    • Centre for Theology and Ministry, Parkville, Victoria
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    Veriditas 2 Day Basic Facilitator Training (Australia)

    Friday 24 & Saturday 25 February 2023

    9:30 am - 4:30 pm

    Centre for Theology and Ministry, 29 College Crescent, Parkville, VIC 3052

     

    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. You will need to say when and where you did your workshop during registration for the Facilitator training.

    If you haven't done a Veriditas Qualifying Workshop, please book in for the one preceding this workshop, or you won't be able to register for Facilitator Training this time. We will contact you about upcoming opportunities.

    People from regional Victoria can book low-cost accommodation at the Centre for Theology and Ministry (Maclean House) in Parkville.  

    Presenter: Christina Rowntree

    My connection with the labyrinth began over 20 years ago walking a labyrinth at St. Andrew’s Beach on the Mornington Peninsula. It was as if I walked my entire life that day, noticing the turns towards and then away from the ocean. Soon afterwards I had the privilege to be trained by Lauren Artress and later accredited by Veriditas in Labyrinth Facilitation.

    I continue to take many opportunities to deepen my practice with Veriditas, including the Design and Construction course with Lars Howlett in 2017. I enjoy leading labyrinth walks and retreats, building temporary labyrinths with simple materials, and leading people of all ages in labyrinth experiences. During lockdown I offered a Qualifying Workshop, “Nothing has Changed, Everything has Changed” on the theme of chaos and change, which was warmly received.

    I draw on my experience as a performing artist with a Masters in Community Cultural Development. For 20 years my ministry role was in Theology and the Arts with the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania, in the Uniting Church in Australia. I am currently Ministry Coordinator at Sophia's Spring, an eco-feminist faith community of the Uniting Church.

    Cancellations

    If you need to cancel full refunds are available up until  16 Feb 2023, after that only 50% will be refunded. If we cancel the workshop full registration refunds will be available.

    • 17 Mar 2023
    • 1:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • 19 Mar 2023
    • 4:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Labyrinth Lane, Cygnet, Tasmania
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    5th ALN National Gathering 2023

    "PILGRIMAGE OF THE HEART"

    Spiralling into Self …Spiralling into Community


    Lightness of Zero workshop - Thu 16 March ($75)

    The PilgrimageFri 17 March 1:30 pm - Sun 19 March 4:30 pm 

    ($420 members/ $510 non-members)

    Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping) workshop - Mon 20 March ($45)

    Labyrinth Lane, 89 Connors Road, Cygnet, Tasmania 7112


    You are invited to join fellow labyrinth lovers in a pilgrimage to and for the heart. Here's the draft program.

    In the beautiful Huon Valley, fellow ALN members Tina Christensen and Mark Healy have created a pilgrimage experience through nine labyrinths across twelve acres. 

    Meandering through sensory botanical gardens, find yourself gravitating to the design that moves you. An opportunity to walk at your own pace far from daily life with beautiful soul questions as your guides.

    The spaciousness of pilgrimage is present in the program with generous time for reflection and integration. There will be celebratory feasts of fabulous organic produce for your breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Dr Lauren Artress will zoom in to start our day on Saturday, and will share from her rich experience as a founder of the modern labyrinth movement, and an esteemed author of several books, including "The Path of the Holy Fool". Lauren will reference The Holy Fool to deepen our exploration of pilgrimage into Self. 


    Pilgrimage at Labyrinth Lane offers easy walking terrain across fields and…if you prefer to walk the labyrinth designs by hand, sit and traverse them in the Rose Garden at the centre of everything. 

    This year you get to choose your own accomodation as there are many options available to suit your heart, travel and pocket, in and around Cygnet. We will include some suggestions to get you on your booking path.

    Pre-gathering Workshop - The Lightness of Zero

    16 March 2023, 2-5pm

    A pre-gathering afternoon workshop  (Thursday 16 March 2-5pm) will focus on ‘The Lightness of  Zero’ as preparation for the Gathering. This will be presented by Mark Healy and is based on the Kenzan process that  he learnt whilst living in Yamagishi communities in Japan. 

    Kensan means ‘sharpening the point’. It is a tool for deep exploration into the questions of life that we can bring to ourself and group facilitations. Being able to design the right questions is an art. We will harvest from our collective mind these questions to use in our future labyrinth walks. We will sit in Kensan and explore the question that is waiting for us as a group.

    Post-gathering Workshop - EFT Tapping

    Monday 20 March 2023, 10am-12pm

    A post-gathering morning workshop (Monday 20 March 10am-12pm) presented by Theresa Virgona (Ange Virgona’s beloved) who is a trained and gifted EFT practitioner.

    Exploring EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) more commonly known as Tapping and how they can be used in conjunction with the labyrinth for greater wellbeing. 

    Participants will be introduced to this self-help tool and practice the Tapping technique. In situations of physical or emotional stress, Tapping brings on a sense of calm.  Therese will guide us in how we can integrate the experiences from our time together at Pilgrimage of the Heart, even more easefully and rapidly with Tapping.

    March in Tasmania is long mild days, harvest season, lots of visitors.  We strongly recommend you book your accomodation and travel mode asap. 

    Accommodation options

    Please organise your own accommodation or download the information about the accommodation which has been reserved for Gathering participants ranging in price from $62 - $186 per night for a single person. We are booking the accommodation separately, and you will need to contact our Booking person, Joy Bowles on ejoybowles@gmail.com to ask if your preferred room is still available, and to make a booking.

    Other useful stuff

    Car-pooling Gathering participants might want to car-pool and drive to Cygnet from Hobart. If you need support connecting with other participants email admin@aln.org.au

    Dietary needs Gluten free and vegetarian meals are available (Please complete the relevant section in the registration form). Please indicate if you have any allergies. 

    What to bring Bring all personal items including weather appropriate clothing, umbrella, sturdy footwear, sunscreen, water bottles, hats, journal etc. 

    Products for display/sale If you have products that you would like to display (and sell) over the weekend please email admin@aln.org.au. 

    Health & Safety

    Please note this is a fragrance-free event. Please use any insect repellents, essential oils or incense outdoors, away from other guests.

    COVID-Safe requirements It is your responsibility to consult with your home State or Territory government COVID web pages to ensure you will be able to travel and attend the Gathering and return. If in doubt, join us on Zoom!!!

    Video documentation We plan to have a discreet video maker on site to make some videos for use on the ALN website, and for promotion of Labyrinth Lane (Pippin Hill's new name). If you don't wish to have yourself captured in the video, please let us know.

    Cancellation & Refund terms

    If you need to cancel, a full refund will be given if you cancel before Thurs 16 February, 50% refund if you cancel between Thursday 16 February and Thursday 2 March, no refund if you cancel on or after Friday 3 March.

    If we need to cancel the event, all fees will be refunded, and attendees notified by email. We recommend that you obtain travel insurance, in case of unexpected weather or health events.

    Image: The Chalice of Love, Labyrinth Lane.

    • 5 May 2023
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Global
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    Peaceful Hearts: WLDES 2023            


    We invite teachers and anyone who works in schools to register an event for Friday 5 May in their local time, and to use our resources as launching pads for creating an experience that connects both their school community and the global community.

    While participation in World Labyrinth Day in Educational Settings (WLDES) is entirely optional we are really interested in seeing how far afield the event is celebrated. We encourage registration so that we can scope the global scale of participation. And if you are able to share images of your event we would love to see those too. Our contact email and Facebook page link are in the Checklist document on our Resources page.

    Please click on the blue REGISTER button and we’ll get in touch to support you. Meanwhile, on our Resources page you can download the WLDES Flyer, a handy WLDES checklist, activities document Peaceful Hearts Guide, Teacher Notes, a PPT Introduction to Labyrinths, and many more documents relating to the what, when, where, why and how of labyrinths.


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