The Dragonfly and The Labyrinth: A Journey to the Inner Landscape of Soul

Labyrinth-2011_edited-1Participants in this workshop will learn about and experience the interface between psyche and soma, the soul and the body, and how the body/soul matures in cyclical patterns and rhythms. Embodied essence, experienced in the archetypal pattern of the Labyrinth, develops along an invisible spiral rather than a single linear path.

Exploring the sensory nature modeled in the dragonfly’s pattern of transformation, participants will focus on the moment-to-moment experience of the soul’s changing landscape. Engaging tools to befriend our true selves, we may uncover an inner tenderness of compassion for self and others. This enlivening process reveals the unfolding steps of one’s life journey.

Through their combined leadership, Lauren Artress, Mary Hamilton and Barbara Susan Booth will invite participants to join them on a creative journey through dream gathering, morning talks, inwardly inspired movement, art, poetry, dance, ritual and labyrinth walking. All is peppered with humor.

The Dragonfly and the Labyrinth, co-led by Lauren and Mary along with Barbara Susan Booth, ventures into new work after a five-year hiatus. In 2010 the three worked together to offer Embodying Wisdom: The Spirituality of the Labyrintha workshop in Guelph that was also a course credit with Wisdom University in California.

This workshop combines Lauren’s international experience teaching the Labyrinth and Leadership work with BodySoul Rhythms®. Mary’s work brings together her co-creation and teaching of the BodySoul Rhythms® Program and her new work captured in her book The Dragonfly Principle. Barbara’s work brings together her leadership work with BodySoul Rhythms® and her vast experience in facilitation and the use of visual arts in opening the creative process.

Barbara Susan Booth

Barbara Susan Booth is the founder and director of Guelph’s Sacred Wisdom Centre bringing cutting edge programs in spiritual and psychological wisdom to Canada. She has promoted many lasting connections which have produced a legacy of documents to be treasured (e.g. Marion Woodman and Andrew Harvey, Coleman Barks and Andrew Harvey, Joanna Macy and David Darling). Her own recent work involves facilitation of Book Study groups with John Lawson in Guelph and teaching SoulCollage® workshops.

Barbara has a B.A. and M.A. in Psychology and was licensed in Psychology for private practice after a career in School Psychology. She received a D.Min. from the University of Creation Spirituality with Matthew Fox. Her Marion Woodman Foundation BodySoul Rhythms® Leadership training led to her to assisting in Marion Woodman Foundation BodySoul Rhythms® Leadership Training Programs in California. She also contributed on the Board of the Marion Woodman Foundation.

Embodying Wisdom: The Spirituality of the Labyrinth

Mary Hamilton and Lauren Artress (assisted by Barbara Susan Booth)
April 4-8, 2011

An awareness of “embodiment” is important to every person wanting to make a difference in the world. When we are embodied, our intuition and imagination are opened and available to us and to our community in new and profound ways. What does it feel like to be “embodied” and what is the process by which we can become more grounded in the body? This intensive combines two powerful experiential components: The Marion Woodman Foundation’s BodySoul Rhythms® work including movement, meditation and expressive art developed by Mary Hamilton and Verdita’s work of consciously walking the labyrinth as spiritual practice, developed by Lauren Artress.

Walking the labyrinth is a spiritual practice that quiets the mind, opens the heart and grounds the body. The labyrinth is a mirror of the soul that reflects back to us where we are on the journey. It opens the door to self-knowledge and allows us to comprehend and release the psycho-spiritual issues that need clearing.

Mary and Lauren will provide a cognitive framework in the mornings and guide participants in a process that nurtures the innate embodied wisdom in the afternoons. Our own unresolved issues can interfere with our effectiveness as global citizens who care to develop greater compassion for ourselves, for others and for our planet. Jungian concepts of the shadow and projection will be applied to our work and through experiential exercises we will explore the nature of a more unified consciousness.

April 4-8, 2011, 9 am Monday-4 pm Friday.

How to Register:



$480 for four nights (single accommodations) at Loyola House, Ignatius Jesuit Centre (Monday April 4th-Thursday April 7 with meals Monday lunch-Friday lunch inclusive). Sunday night accommodation available for $60 additional, but no meal available Sunday night. Commuter meals available.

Deposit $200, remainder due March 4, 2011


$575 plus $75 H.S.T. – total $650 CAD. Register online at or by mail at Sacred Wisdom Centre, 304 Stone Road West, Suite 529, Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 4W4 in CAD or USD.