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Labyrinth Pilgrimage, Facilitator’s Training at LPTS

by Louisville Seminary | Oct 16, 2007
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary will offer three ways to experience the spiritual practice of labyrinths for healing and transformation, November 12-16. This multi-tiered experience called Exploring the Interior Rooms of the Castle, a phrase borrowed from the sixteenth century Spanish mystic Teresa of Avila, will focus on the practice and implementation of the ancient labyrinth, through pilgrimage and training. Rev. Dr. Lauren Artress, creator of the Labyrinth Project and author of Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Tool, is returning to Louisville Seminary to lead this special event.

Participants will have the opportunity to walk labyrinths inside and outside and by candlelight. They will also explore this ancient practice as a part of religious inquiry through its history, theology, and spirituality, and find practical application of the labyrinth in 21st century experience.

Pre-event Workshop - Sunday, Nov. 11
Making Pottery Labyrinths with Carl Horton
6 p.m. in the Winn Center Cafeteria
Fee is $35 per person

Labyrinth Pilgrimage - Monday, Nov. 12— Wednesday, Nov. 14
(Register with LPTS – Labyrinth Web Page)
Workshop for individuals who want to explore their spiritual life through an intense labyrinth experience. $275

Reception and Candlelight Walk with Flamenco guitarist—Wednesday, Nov. 14
4-6 p.m. Gardencourt
6-8 p.m. Labyrinth at Louisville Seminary
Free

Labyrinth Facilitator Training - Thursday, Nov. 15—Friday, Nov. 16
(Register with Veriditas - www.veriditas.org)
This training prepares applicants wanting to present the labyrinth to their community or do workshops, conferences, and open walks. The training includes the Basic Presentation, different models for presenting, holding the space of the labyrinth, unusual experiences, construction and many more topics. $600

Louisville Seminary held its first labyrinth conference in 2005 and was surprised by the high level of interest in this event, particularly among individuals and organizations throughout Kentuckiana.

“What began as a way to share its own labyrinth with the community has turned into the beginnings of a labyrinth network,” said event coordinator Carol Webb, who serves in the Seminary’s Lifelong Learning and Advanced Degrees Department.

The labyrinth can be dated at least back to 2,000 or 2,500 B.C. and can be found almost universally in cultures all around the globe, in various patterns and forms. Haig said that in Christian use, labyrinths are associated with the great Gothic cathedrals of medieval Europe. One of the best-known examples is the labyrinth inlaid in the sanctuary floor of Chartres Cathedral in France, which dates to about 1,200 A.D. This is the model for Louisville Seminary’s outdoor version.

In addition to the outdoor site at Louisville Seminary, one can find labyrinths of all shapes, sizes, and textures in diverse locations like hospitals, prisons, and mental healthcare facilities. Around Louisville, there are labyrinths at James Lees Presbyterian Church on Frankfort Avenue, St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Lowe Road, and a portable, canvas labyrinth at St. Paul United Methodist Church on Bardstown Road, to name a few.

Artress has been credited for the labyrinth’s revival. A Canon at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco since 1986, Artress installed two labyrinths there and then wrote her very popular book on the subject and built a worldwide non-profit organization, called Veriditas, to promote its use.

Artress holds a bachelor's degree in special education from Ohio State University and a master's in education from Princeton Theological Seminary. She received her analytic training in object relations and systems theory at The Blanton-Peale Graduate Institute at The Institute of Religion and Health in New York City. Her Doctor of Ministry degree was granted in 1986 from Andover Newton Theological School in Boston Massachusetts in Pastoral Psychology.

She is a Diplomate in the American Association for Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) and a Clinical Member in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT). She sits on the editorial board of Presence Magazine, published by Spiritual Directors International. In addition to her ordination as an Episcopal priest she is a spiritual director and licensed MFT psychotherapist in the State of California.

For more information about the Labyrinth Conference, Retreat and Training or Lauren Artress, contact Carol Webb at 502.895.3411 or toll free 800.264.1839.

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