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[Online] The Labyrinth: Ancient Archetype, Modern Metaphor for Journeying Through Grief

Date: 11:30am - 1:30pm PDT July 9 Location: Online


We all experience grief and loss in life, from the time we leave the nurture of the womb to the leaving of our body at the end of our life, with many other losses, small and large, along the way.

American society has shied away from healthy grief in favor of quick fixes leaving many with unresolved grief lingering in silence just below the surface, waiting for a chance to be heard.

The labyrinth, an ancient archetype representing the metaphor of journey, provides a safe container to reflect on loss.

Presenter Anne M. Richardson, Chaplain, MA, BCC is a Certified Veriditas Labyrinth facilitator and experienced professional who uses the labyrinth in her work with individuals and groups. In this experiential online workshop, Anne will share how the aspect of having a container to “hold” experiences and emotions, while also having the freedom to walk the labyrinth at one’s own pace and without a “right or wrong way”, can allow those grieving to be on their journey without judgement. 

Following the workshop, participants will have learned:

  • A brief history of the labyrinth, including what it is and why this ancient archetype is relevant today
  • How the labyrinth has been effective in helping those experiencing grief to cope and find meaning on their grief journey
  • Research on labyrinths as a tool for meditation and relaxation to help clients/patients experiencing anxiety and other emotional highs and lows.
  • Participants will learn ways to apply the labyrinth as a tool for their own self care

During the experiential portion of this workshop, participants will be guided through a “walk” using a downloadable printout of a finger labyrinth (available upon registration) enabling them to understand the labyrinth as a tool to use both physically and as metaphor with clients and for their own self-care.

NW Association for Death Education & Bereavement Support is a nonprofit organization that exists to promote quality death education and bereavement support for professionals and the greater community.

Please note: Registration for this workshop will close one week prior to start date.

Event Details

Date & Time: Thursday, July 9, 2020, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 
Instructor: Anne M. Richardson, Chaplain, MA, BCC     

Registration Rates

Noncredit: $30, includes 2 CEUs. Alumni save 20%
Northwest Association for Death Education and Bereavement Support Members: Free. 2 CEUs available for $20. View NWADEBS membership information
Students and L&C Staff: Free 
Lewis & Clark School Based Mentors and Supervisors: Free

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    Please note: Discounted ‘Student Rate’ registrations are for current students only and do not include continuing education credit (CEU/PDUs)


About the Presenter

Anne Richardson, MA is a Board Certified Chaplain, Certified Spiritual Director, Certified Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator, writer and award winning poet. Her years working in hospice deepened her understanding of life transitions, grief, and loss. This sparked her passion for creating intentional space for people to listen to their own stories and inner voice. She established Nurture Your Journey, LLC in 2016 with a vision to provide that space. Anne also specializes on educating others on how to create intentional space. Her 22’ canvas Chartres labyrinth, which she often incorporates into her workshops, retreats and educational events, often provides that space. She is currently the Educational Chair for the NW Association for Death Education & Bereavement Support.

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