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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.

If you want to contact any of the Council members individually, please use the admin@aln.org.au address with the specific person's name in the Subject line, and it will be forwarded to the relevant person.

council members

chair


Tina Christensen

Australian Labyrinth Network, Chair

Veriditas International Council, Member

Veriditas (Advanced Level) Labyrinth Facilitator

Creative Director, Labyrinth Lane

In April 2011, Tina returned from Grace Cathedral with fire in her belly to build a labyrinth. She took a scrubby piece of rubbish land and transformed it into a vibrant sanctuary (Labyrinth Lane) for her own work and other practitioners aligned with the core values of stillness, creativity and Nature.

What she loves about the ALN is the potential of the sum of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts. Labyrinths as a tool for social revolution as people come to find they have resources within rather than outside of themselves! A new kind of empowerment - particularly young people who have a vastly different world to navigate than we had at their age.

secretary & public officer


Joy Bowles

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.

council member


Viviana Creagh

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.

council member

Elizabeth Schiemer

Elizabeth’s interest in labyrinths was influenced by study of Asian art, symbolic language,  history and world religions. The Sufi, Gnostics, Indian History, Hinduism and Buddhism developed her awareness that God is a verb. The Christian Templars led to learning about labyrinths, the golden ratio and links with nature, art and architecture. This grounded her professional work as a nurse specialising in mind-body health and wellbeing. Elizabeth is secretary of Port Stephens Suicide Prevention Network. A labyrinth to reduce grief, anxiety, PTSD and stress to be built in a park near her home is study into action. 

vice-chair


Mark Healy

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.

‚ÄčMark'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 ‚Äčexpressed fully at these times.

council member


Geoff Rodda

Geoff has the creative design and artistic skills to bring to ALN Council, as the result of life experiences in many fields.

He  first became aware of labyrinths after having read an article about them in the Washington Post  in 2003 and he has been an enthusiast ever since

He was instrumental in having Labyrinths as part of the design philosophy in a firm of Health Architects.

Geoff was a member of a Foreshore Committee of Management

His main area of interest is in the building of both permanent and temporary labyrinths in communities, as well as both maintaining and developing the Australian Labyrinth Locator.

council member

Heather Middleton

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.

treasurer

Lorraine Rodda 

Lorraine's passion for spirals and circles led her to a labyrinth-like experience in her own garden. In 2003 walking her first labyrinth, understanding the metaphor of that walk, she decided to produce a national newsletter to meet people where they were at different levels of labyrinth experience and knowledge.        

By 2008 "Labyrinths Matter" Newsletter led to Veriditas Facilitator Training being held in Australia and the creation of an informal Labyrinth organisation from which the ALN has evolved.

Many years working in finances for the Not For Profit community and corporate sectors Lorraine utilises knowledge to ensure good corporate governance and practices for ALN as a legal entity.

council member

Kim Adele

council member


Immanuel Creagh

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.

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