We have a simple structure - a Council elected by members and a group of volunteers known as Regional Representatives who help coordinate activities in their local area. Our past Council carriers are asked to join our Wisdom Keepers C, so that their wisdom is not lost, and we can ask advice at any time.
If you want to contact any of the Council carriers individually, please use the email@example.com address with the specific person's name in the Subject line, and it will be forwarded to the relevant person.
The Chartres labyrinth pattern woven into a huge carpet in the Nave of Grace Cathedral introduced Immanuel to his first walk during a family holiday in 2001. Returning home some months later the desire to build a labyrinth was a strong presence that was also passionately supported by his wife who was also enamoured by the path. The labyrinth path had not only found him but indeed followed him home.
Immanuel recently retired from a long term career in the public service. He along with his wife Viviana are kept busy hosting a number of creative, environmental and spiritual events at their property, Sowelu. Immanuel is also a Civil Marriage Celebrant and has a love for playing the classical guitar.
Joy has been intrigued with labyrinths since first walking a New Year's Eve labyrinth in Paddington Uniting Church in Sydney, 1997, and in 2014 installed a labyrinth in a public park in her home town of Armidale after 4 years of negotiating with the local council.
She has been a committee member of three community associations, and enjoys being able to contribute her technical expertise to help national meetings run smoothly.
My own journey with labyrinths is about ten years long. It started when, as a Teacher Educator specialising in online learning, I was looking for student resources to bring more affective (feelings-based) elements to values education. It seemed to me that there was an over-emphasis on cognitive elements. Since then I have:
Design and development of my website labyrinth resources is ongoing. I am on the ALN Schools Working Group and I am finding that my long Teacher Educator experience in professional learning is marrying beautifully with this new labyrinth work that at times seems to be writing itself (e.g. on sunset beach walks).
Mark Healy has designed many unique processes to explore the Labyrinth. Over the years he has brought thousands of people together and guided groups and individuals in an experience of the Labyrinth's powers of transformation.
Mark's passion for designing and creating Labyrinths started over 20 years ago. Since then he has trained with world leaders in Labyrinth facilitation and building including Dr Lauren Artress and Robert Ferre. Mark has created hundreds of Labyrinths all over the world while expressing himself as a Horticulturalist, Landscaper, Builder, Group Facilitator and Artist. He has led many retreats where the Labyrinth becomes the centre of the ceremonial and ritual space. His love of the sacred is expressed fully at these times.
My first experience of walking a Labyrinth was in 2015 in Ballarat. Since then I have found different Labyrinths to walk and explore. Being involved in ALN gives me an opportunity to use my skills to support an organisation that I feel passionate about and can make a positive contribution to.
Elizabeth’s interest in labyrinths, their history, symbolism and healing potential are a continuation of professional interest in mind-body health and wellness. She has visited Chartres, and is currently gathering research references for the psycho-physical and biochemical effects of walking in labyrinths.
Her qualifications include: RN (Retired), AdvDipArt (UNE), Diploma Clinical Hypnosis (Australian College of Medical Hypnosis), NLP, Neurosemantics, Meta Coaching, Conversational Hypnosis.
Elizabeth taught First Aid in PNG, explored Borneo, climbed Kinabalu and worked as a radio announcer RRB Malaysia. She has also worked as a Telephone counsellor (FDS), and has organised seminars at Port Stephens with Drs Ian and Ruth Gawler and Qigong workshops with Master Simon Blow. In the last 10 years she has been the Secretary of the Port Stephens Suicide Prevention Network, which in 2018 was the Winner of the Mental Health Promotion and Wellbeing Award (Mental Health Association NSW).
In 2001 Viviana found herself enamoured by the experience of her first labyrinth walk. This connection has continued. She thinks walking the path is a profound blessing. She says that creating the 600 mosaic paved Sowelu Heart Labyrinth was inevitable and that in fact it virtually manifested itself.
Since 2012, walking it and enabling other to access it has brought joy to Viviana. She loves the freedom and depths of the labyrinth with its sacred yet secular pathway. From this and her continuing personal journeys into the labyrinth’s gifts she has found an abiding sense of gratitude. She tries to express this by being of service. Viviana hopes her ALN work will help to extend the pathway’s rich blessings far and wide.
A 30 year history in direct Nursing and Health management has provided a few skills that have potential to assist in a variety of council tasks and roles as may be required over time.
Kim is a Psychotherapist, trained in Counselling, Art Therapy and Dance Therapy. She is also a Veriditas trained Labyrinth facilitator and InterPLAY[tm] facilitator. Kim facilitates a number of workshops and groups and brings to this workshop extensive experience working with adults running collage sessions and labyrinth facilitation. Kim also currently serves on the ALN council
My passion is moving people forward, so I’m fortunate to have had a career in University teaching. Now I’m working in research in this area to help improve the learning experience of students in a large university Faculty.
As a Director of the ALN, I bring fifteen years of experience as a Director of a successful not-for-profit that created a groundbreaking social enterprise. My other passion (aside from exploring the labyrinth in all its permutations) is music. I’m a volunteer presenter at Fine Music FM Radio in Sydney and sing acapella music when I have the chance. I’ve also just completed a course in journalism, so one way or another I’m always communicating!
I came to the labyrinth when I was studying to be a meditation facilitator at a natural therapies college in 2010. It was the last subject on the last day of our course and it just blew me away. I went on to train at the first Veriditas summer school in Petaluma, California. I’m now an advanced Veriditas facilitator and I’m hoping to go on and bring my experience of teaching and learning to the development of facilitators here in Australia.