Friday, September 25, 2015

A Feeling of Accomplishment

I first took my Veriditas Facilitator Training with Lauren Artress at the Sacred Pattern, Sacred Path Workshop - May 2010 – Ottawa, ON.  After taking the facilitator training, we had two years to gain more experience in working with the labyrinth, and to then prepare a report and apply to become fully certified.
Leading a walk at the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth.
I was fully immersed in being a volunteer with the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth and definitely was gaining the experience that I needed to become certified. BUT I just did not take the next step of preparing the report and the deadline came and went.

Fast forward to late 2014 and an auspicious email arrived in my inbox from Veriditas.  In honour of the 20th anniversary of the organization - they were offering a "Certification Amnesty Program" to anyone who had been trained and not yet completed the certification process.  I realized that this was a great opportunity - and I took it! I now had 8 months to prepare my report. What a good feeling it was to take that first step to get started.
I take the first step towards becoming certified!

The preparation of this Certification Report was a wonderful process. I actually started working on it in December – and spent many hours pulling all of my labyrinth files together, sorting through photos, reminding myself and reflecting on all of the interconnected events and activities that I have felt drawn to participate in since the early stirrings of my interest in the labyrinth. I was also very thankful that Gracie Amirault, a Veriditas Council Member checked in with me from time to time to see how I was progressing.

And how rewarding to eventually receive this email (& certificate) notifying me of my certification!

Hello, Christine
I have had the privilege to read your certification app. I'm glad you decided to fulfill this process. Your passion for and commitment to the labyrinth certainly come through in your extensive materials presented for your application. You went above and beyond providing materials, but certainly gave much insight into your work and heart, and the development of the community project.

I enjoyed visiting the Carleton Place Community Labyrinth website! An exciting project, for sure. There may be ways you can share  your organizational and planning templates for others.

I appreciated your aha! insight of holding and developing your creative expressions. We often can ignore that for all the other factors in our lives. As well as your recognition of your own growth since you began the work. May that continue.

The office will be officially informing you of your certification.

Best wishes in your work. I hope to visit your area at some point, and would enjoy visiting the site. I will be in Nova Scotia for a retreat/training in September, hosted by Gracie Amirault, your regional rep.

Continued blessings on your work,
Kay Mutert
Veriditas Master Teacher
Tuscaloosa AL

What an amazing journey this has been so far - I will be continuing to "trust the path".