Return to the Source: The River of Life

Learn how labyrinths evolved out of rivers, explore the metaphor and meanings of meanders, and share in a personal journey of self-reflection on the River of Life.

Like a labyrinth, the river traces a long, winding path from source to sea. The twists and turns slow its pace, allowing more time and space for absorption. Nature’s wisdom is woven into this organic design and replicated in the labyrinth. For thousands of years people have designed, drawn, and walked labyrinths to reflect and reconsider their own life journey. The labyrinth was born from the meander—a pattern that takes its name from an ancient river. The mystery of the meander forces us out of linear thinking and our rational mind allowing us to get lost in the present moment and tap into timelessness and innate wisdom.

Join Labyrinth Designer and Facilitator Lars Howlett and special guest Rob Hodges for this online workshop reflecting on the journey through life as a meandering river from the headwaters (birth) to the sea (death). Learn about the history and design of labyrinths and return to your source through guided handheld labyrinth experiences. Reflect on the twists and turns of your life and how to embrace the magic and mystery of the meander. Prior to, or during, the workshop you are invited to create a life map using the On Being River of Life exercise.

Includes two facilitated handheld labyrinth 'finger walks' with live improvisational music by Rob Hodges and over three hours of recordings from the live presentation via Zoom in January 2024.

Your Instructor

Lars Howlett
Lars Howlett

Lars Howlett is a master labyrinth designer and builder creating exact replicas of Classical or Medieval patterns using sacred geometry and firsthand research from historic sites around the world. He is a Veriditas Faculty member and Certified Advanced Facilitator trained by Lauren Artress at Chartres Cathedral and former apprentice to master builder Robert Ferre. For fifteen years, Lars has created labyrinths as interactive art installations, the practice of mindfulnesss and personal transformation. Lars teaches the popular drawing class and construction workshop at Veriditas Summer School each year. Follow his work at and

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

Get started now!