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Mobile Workshop Details


Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $49.00 (includes box lunch)

Curious about labyrinths? Join Certified Labyrinth Facilitator Pat McLaughlin to learn more about this trail of self-discovery and its fascinating history as we explore three different labyrinths in the Quad-City area. We will begin with a colorful 30-minute slide history of labyrinths. Then, a bus will take us across the river to walk two labyrinths in Moline, Illinois: the Classical 7-circuit and the Chartres 11-circuit labyrinths. On the way, we will learn about the history and uses of these labyrinths. We will conclude our tour at Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat in Wheatland, Iowa, where we will walk a 9-circuit labyrinth amidst the splendor of native prairie grasses and an old oak grove. We will have plenty of time to write in our journals or explore the other trails that meander through the rolling hills of the retreat. As we return home to the Quad Cities, we will have the opportunity to share our discoveries on the labyrinth trails. Presented by Quad-City Labyrinth Project. For more information about labyrinths, visit the Quad-City Labyrinth Project Web site at www.qclabyrinth.org .


Marty and Debi Kermeen of Labyrinths in Stone will donate their expertise to create a 42-foot, 5-circuit labyrinth with a 7-foot center and 3-foot paths in the Great Hall of the RiverCenter. They will create a custom-designed labyrinth out of natural materials. The intention of the installation will be to give participants ideas for how they could create a "path of self-discovery" in their own backyard or elsewhere in the community.

Bio: Patricia N. McLaughlin, Ph.D., CLF

Pat is a co-founder of the Quad-City Labyrinth Project. She has served as the Executive Director and President of the QCLP Board of Directors since January 2002. She is a Certified Labyrinth Facilitator, having received her training from Rev. Dr. Lauren Artress, Founder and Director of Veriditas~The Worldwide Labyrinth Project, in January 2001; and Robert Ferre, Founder and Director of the St. Louis Labyrinth Project and proprietor of Labyrinth Enterprises, in March 2001.

Pat is also actively involved in labyrinth-related professional development activities. Beginning in March 2000, she has conducted extensive research on the relationship between the labyrinth and the Gothic form, researching and photographing more than 30 churches and cathedrals throughout France and focusing on those with extant labyrinths (Amiens, St. Quentin, Chartres). She has also volunteered to serve as a facilitator for labyrinth facilitator training programs conducted by Rev. Dr. Artress, including the Theater of Enlightenment and Labyrinth Facilitator Certification Training at Siena Retreat Center in Racine, Wisconsin, in October 2001; and the Theater of Enlightenment and Labyrinth Facilitator Certification Training at Sinsinawa Mound Retreat Center in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, in October 2002. In May 2003, she explored the English turf labyrinths with renowned labyrinth scholars Jeff Saward and Dr. Kimberly Lowelle-Saward including seven of the eight extant English turf labyrinths (St. Catherine's Hill Miz Maze, Breamoor Miz Maze; the turf labyrinths at Hilton, Wing, Troy, and Saffron Waldon; and Julian's Bower). Pat has also been actively involved in The Labyrinth Society, serving as the Director of Development during the 2002-2003 fiscal year and attending the society's annual professional gathering.

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