Client testimonial – The Labyrinth Society
We are always delighted to hear how our work has lasting value. Last month we heard from The Labyrinth Society (TLS), an international organization that serves an international community of labyrinth designers, builders and educators. http://labyrinthsociety.org/
The following is an abridged article written by President Kay Whipple referencing a strategic visioning and Board Development session that Ingrid facilitated in 2007:
TLS in SMITHSONIAN: A Magazine “from the future!”
Almost nine years ago, the TLS Board had their second strategic planning session. On the opening night, we gathered in a conference room at the Benedictine Center at the St. Paul's Monastery in Maplewood, MN, and put together magazines “from the future” where we put our visions of how we wanted to see TLS and labyrinths being portrayed around the world in print. A great and hilarious time was had by all. We were encouraged to be outrageous! To think big! As a newbie board member, though, at a time when we were just charting next steps, I was a bit sheepish about putting our articles/headlines in Time Magazine! It seemed so presumptuous! 2007 was still relatively early and I couldn’t really see it happening. We have been mentioned in a number of REAL magazines since then, but yesterday marks a special milestone.
Magazines "from the future." Photo: K. Whipple
In mid-January 2016, our Executive Director, David Gallagher, was interviewed for Smithsonian Magazine, and January 20 the article came out. It is magnificent! It is the article that I had tried to envision all those years ago and seemed to me to embody the hopes and dreams of the board members at that long-ago meeting.
There is a wealth of information there as well as wonderful pictures. The author includes links to the TLS website and the World Wide Labyrinth Locator.
I am just thrilled as I look back on how we have grown, where we have gone, and how much we have created since that day back in 2007. It is an encouragement to keep going. As I peruse the “magazines from the future” that I have kept all these years, there are many things that seem prophetic. One of the magazines, created by Katja Marquart (our current Treasurer), Harriet Royer, Kimberly Saward, Diane Terry Kehner, and Hallie Sawyers, mentioned the “5th Anniversary of International Labyrinths for Peace Day” – and this was before World Labyrinth Day had been conceived. I had never noticed that before.
The goals and visions we set for ourselves create the path of our future. Thanks to all who create and embrace the vision, who work to manifest it, and/or support the ones who do!
A few days after the Smithsonian article came out, Kay got her Time magazine eulogizing David Bowie. The cover was a labyrinth designer’s dream!