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Learning Service

TLS 365 Experience #165
Aug. 12, 2017

Having traveled the breadth and width of Illinois years ago on my own labyrinth tour, I discovered there were about eight labyrinths built by Boy Scouts who were each independently earning the highest distinction award of Eagle Scout by building a community labyrinth.  It surprised me that there weren’t any built by Girl Scouts here or that any had endeavored to develop this for their Gold Award. Though in understanding that their aren’t as many High School girls that stay in scouting as boys, it made more sense.

The Girl Scout labyrinth Project Illinois 2013So, years later when approached by a small group of Girl Scouts who were in eighth grade and High School, I was delighted to mentor them for a year before we actually built the labyrinth for our community.  It was an honor to help them understand how they might personally use it and where it could serve a community.

We held many sessions to learn and appreciate more about the value they were considering offering. While not for their Gold Award, they did receive a badge award for their dedication and service. As they became more familiar, they began searching location options, drawing community interest, securing materials and considering design and purpose. As they planned and prepared they drew in support and assistance and discovered requirements and ideas for what to do once implemented.

The building took only a well planned week to plot, dig, surface, lay materials and develop and in all, members of the community were on hand to service and support the project throughout cheering the girls efforts from start to finish. Happy to be a part, it was great to see community come forth to accept, appreciate and support the labyrinth and the young ladies who learned much about service in the process.


Today’s Experience submitted by:
Lynda Tourloukis, Labyrinth Designer, Facilitator, Coach

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Community Offerings

TLS 365 Experience #96
June 4, 2017

Community Labyrinth IllinoisI dropped in to take a quick walk on the community labyrinth one afternoon and found a group assembled off to the side.  I couldn’t tell whether they were getting started or just completing, so I ventured over to see if there would be the chance for a walk. I had a question on my mind and thought an outdoor walk would be good for the soul and the curiosity on my mind.

The group was preparing for a walk and gathered monthly for a special reading before they walked and as I approached they invited me to join.  I had not wanted to intrude and simply wanted the solace of silence to quiet my mind, so wasn’t really prepared to join a group in the moment. Their was a gentle kindness in inviting me and a beautiful sense of compassion as a group that made me reconsider and join in.

Wouldn’t you know, the message they had for the world, community and their own hearts opened up my own internal dialogue and on the walk of many I became one with them.  Truly the larger message of this day was in the unity that gave me my answer and opened the door to the community and so much more.

Today’s Experience submitted:
Arlene S., TLS Member, Labyrinth Enthusiast

The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

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Inspired Community

TLS 365 Experience #69
May 8, 2017

The experience that each person has with the labyrinth is unique to that person.

Whatever they bring to it becomes a deeply personal relationship between them and the labyrinth. Yet, there is a commonality that brings labyrinth lovers together as a community, as the TLS has discovered and worked so hard to accommodate, expand, and embrace. I am amazed at how this community has grown.

The creative spark born of this sense of tolerance and support has inspired so many new designs, applications, ceremonies, and research it is almost difficult to keep up.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
Jodi Larimer, TLS Education Outreach Chair

The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

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Caring and Sharing

TLS 365 Experience #35
April 4, 2017

Last night my labyrinth partner, Harriette Royer, and I shared the labyrinth in a program at a church. Few of the attendees at the event had ever walked a labyrinth.

We showed the TLS DVD, Labyrinths for Our Time: Places of Refuge in a Hectic World, and explained the history of the labyrinth.

My eyes filled with tears as I watched the video and saw many people I hold dear sharing how they use the labyrinth.
I reflected how much joy and how many relationships TLS has brought to my life. Harriette introduced how to walk, and we held the energies as the people walked.

Everyone was quite reverent while walking and many people had deep experiences as they walked, which they later shared. My heart was full. We will be doing more work there, and the labyrinth community has grown.


Today’s Experience Submitted by:

Kay Whipple, TLS President
New York

The TLS 365 Experience:  A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

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Day Three… Finding Unity in the Community

We are playing… The 12 Days of Labyrinths Game
12DaysOfLabyrinthsPlay along in December, any 12 days or just make it last all month. Today’s post moves beyond the simple preparations into the action of the game itself. Read The Game and How to Play in the link below to follow along. Then send along comments of your experience. 
The Game and How to Play
Preparations…12 Things that Matter
Preparations…12 Gifts, Talents or Abilities
Preparations…12 People of Influence
Day 1  l  Day 2 


CPark_SignOn the third day of labyrinths, Charlie Frias Park was the location for the walk of the day. This interesting park, situated near the Red Rock Mountain recreation area, really used the natural elements well and in some uniquely creative ways.

The Park had two levels. The rock formations that surrounded the length of a six block area also contained parking, tennis courts and play areas. The center was the main focus of the park and almost a natural amphitheater that sported a long triple length field at sub level for a variety of sporting events.


They called this a maze, though it had only one entrance path. At one point in the design, it gave a choice of direction and by labyrinth standards, this could be classified as a contemporary style instead of a maze. The one choice just gave the walker an opportunity for a little diversion before completing the walk.

CFriaspark_PathsFrom the list of things that matter in this game, the idea of unity in the community has long been one of my themes in leadership. While in the past I have coordinated people with purpose and passion and brought things together that were meaningful and fitting. This past year I had some new opportunities to create some unique ideas for individuals that wanted to learn some new skills that uniquely fit their abilities. I loved designing specific programs to meet these requests and realized this was just another way to bring the unity of the myriad of abilities each of us has into the community of the individual and how they lived in work and play.



As I walked this labyrinth I was reminded of wanting to bring unity to the many diverse branches that make up my community. Simplify became a word I had been using in this diversely transitioning year as I knew the more I simplified and reduced, the more of what was really important and significant would show up.


CFriaspark_PathsLike this labyrinth, the outline or structure of it was set as the unity and the many ways I could walk it would be the community. If the directions I was taking didn’t fall into either category, it wasn’t necessary and just added complication. This labyrinth had a built in point of diversion, though the choice to take it was always mine. A good reminder that I can choose to keep it simple or stir things up a bit when needed.. it’s all part of my community of choices.

The person who playfully popped into my head was one delightful individual that I had the opportunity to assist in putting a workshop program together with. I created an outline and over months of time we chatted and filled in the pieces. We often side tracked with other conversation, relative though not germane. To build the many aspects of the workshop, we tossed out a community of ideas, and then over time unified them into simple concepts.

CFriaspark_GirlsLike this walk today, two girls happily came running into the labyrinth and raced around to the center. A young boy came with  a dog he hoped would walk the circuits unleashed and then a young mother with two children in tow talking constantly. Each had a different pace and purpose for being there, though all walking together with a common interest in mind building a unity in our community as we walked appreciating each others individuality.



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Harmonizing Our Differences

The Gateway to the Park Rose Community Labyrinth

There is a lot of heart and soul in the Peace Labyrinth at Park Rose Community High School in Portland, Oregon. The path way leading up in full of messages and the gateway that is pictured here in the shape of a turtle, symbolizes Mother Earth.

In building this as a grounding for the community, a community groundskeeper and volunteer activated six students to inspire initiative in the community to take time for themselves.

“We realize that we have all come from a direction… and are all on the same path… even if we are facing different directions or moving at a different pace.” Sharon DeWitt, Community Groundskeeper PHSCC.

The harmonizing of all the differences reminds us that we are all the same in many ways and where there are differences among us, there is an opportunity to find the unique peace.

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
Mother Teresa”

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Oh, the Places you’ll Go…

Where does the path lead?

LT_LabyrinthYardAlways from here to there, no matter where you start from. It’s the season of the sojourn as we travel seeking many a thing, feeling or the people that shape us. Tis a time of importance on the path because even when we are not out traveling with the physical body, we just might be making mental milestones or emotional epiphanies too. The spiritual sojourn is always an opportunity in our daily commitments and as we all know in walking, it can be the place that brings our other parts together so well.

On the travels far and wide of the summer, or just in your neck of the woods, look for the patterns that create a labyrinth and you may find there is a reflection of it the world over. The labyrinth is present everywhere and in many a place too. If you recall the blogs of earlier posts, an investigation of the curious nature revealed the labyrinth in the clouds, seeds, and on the shoreline created by nature alone.

The photo above is one taken of the many helpers that came to move the former bricks of this labyrinth into the community, so beyond our own movements, there is even a journey of the labyrinth itself. It moves from a more singular purpose to a larger opportunity in scope.

Enjoy this feast for the feet or fingers today and enjoy the internal labyrinth as you take the many circuitous paths that flow through your body onto the labyrinth to align all in walking. Think circulations system, digestive, canals, finger prints and even your brain… all samples of the internal labyrinth.

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