Gifts from the Labyrinth

Many gifts have come into my life through the labyrinth. The adventure I am on now is in La Falda, Argentina with five board members, our Veriditas ED, a labyrinth builder, spouses and friends. A bit of background: the Board of Veriditas through Christine Katzenmeyer initiated a project called The Legacy Labyrinth. On our online auction the Board volunteered to build a labyrinth anywhere in the world. They imagined some retreat center, church, or City Park would bid from Connecticut, Texas or Tennessee. No one expected a call from Enrique and Kristin Dura at the Alla Arriba Retreat Center in La Falda, Argentina! So after much planning on Christine’s part, here we are in a lovely mountain village of La Falda to put a labyrinth in the town square with the mayor firmly behind it!

After a long three-legged trip we arrived jet lagged but in good spirits. An old fifteen-seater van picked six of us up, the second group of six to arrive the same day. Dinner and a good night’s rest make miracles but nothing prepared me for today’s gifts: the beauty, the warmth of the people and the star lit Southern hemisphere.

Labyrinth Photos on Huffpost.com

The work of Veriditas is spreading around the globe. We were delighted to see these photos from Huffington Post recently.

They show many labyrinths including the indoor one at Grace Cathedral where the modern labyrinth movement—so named in 1998 by the New York Times—began.

Spiritual Labyrinths to Get Lost and Found In (PHOTOS)

Watch Lauren discuss Embodying Wisdom

I saved this video from an earlier time because it introduces the concepts folded into the workshop Embodying Wisdom. The pertinent information begins at 1.16 seconds. Please keep an eye on my website or the Veriditas website for the next opportunity to attend.

Click here to view Wisdom University’s YouTube Channel or visit their website here.

The “Chartres Itch”

Every time this year I get the “Chartres Itch”. As the spring blossoms scent the air, I feel uplifted as I anticipate returning to Chartres, France. Veriditas has been creating and sponsoring our Walking a Sacred Path Program for 15 years though I first entered the cathedral earlier on a personal pilgrimage to uncover the labyrinth in 1991.

I love walking the cobblestone streets, shopping at the market for fresh vegetables and securing a fresh loaf of French bread for dinner. Down the hill, the once bustling L’Eure river quietly flows. I spend many hours walking along it or sitting quietly on its banks. Though my abilities with the French language leave a lot lacking, I feel at home in Chartres not only in the village but also in Chartres Cathedral itself.

Our Lady of Chartres Cathedral is still an active sacred site. It contains one of the most magnificent labyrinths in the world. I have walked it countless times and over the years it has become a womb that gives new life. It is a place for pilgrims to commit their lives anew, to release old wounds, grieve losses and to chart a fresh course for the years ahead. My hope is that everyone who needs this sacred experience finds their way to this Cathedral.

I feel privileged to do this life-changing work and this reoccurring “Chartres itch” simply says I’m ready; it’s been long enough. It is time to return to Chartres. The labyrinth is calling…