The Labyrinth as a Spiritual Tool | Sept 15-17, 2017


The Labyrinth as a Spiritual Tool | Sept 15-17, 2017


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Instructor: Mary Ellen Calhoun

($180 tuition + $76-266 lodging & meals package of choice)

This class will cover the rich history of labyrinths--worldwide and at Camp McDowell. We will discuss guidelines for walking and ways to use labyrinths. There will be ample time to walk Camp McDowell’s labyrinth, journal and share your feelings individually or in a group, if desired. A hand-held clay finger labyrinth will be made, and we will discuss the care of the labyrinth at Camp McDowell. Students will also learn about Veriditas and how to become a trained labyrinth facilitator. 

Class Note: Students will experience easy to moderate walking outdoors. 

Class Prerequisite: It would be to the student's advantage to read the two books by The Rev. Lauren Artress: Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Practice and The Sacred Path Companion: A Guide to Walking the Labyrinth to Heal and Transform.

Class Level: Multi-Level

Required Class Materials: journal and notebook for taking notes; clay will be provided for free to make a finger labyrinth.

Mary Ellen Calhoun trained at Grace Cathedral in San Fransisco to become a Trained Labyrinth Facilitator in 1997. She built the labyrinth at Camp McDowell and painted a canvas one for St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Birmingham where she leads at least two walks a year. Mary Ellen has also led three Diocesan Taste and See workshops and gives many labyrinth talks at St. Luke's that involve both their canvas and outdoor labyrinth. She participated in Education for Ministry (EfM)--a unique four-year distance learning certificate program in theological education based upon small-group study and practice.

Mary Ellen has lived in Birmingham since 1983 and joined St Luke’s Episcopal Church in 1987. She is a retired Special Education Teacher, as well as a Speech Pathologist. Mary Ellen was a Media Buyer for several Advertising Agencies until 1990, when she went to Cursillo and fell in love with Camp McDowell. Mary Ellen helped found and run a non-profit for individuals with mental illness and has been a Stephen Minister Leader.

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