Without the sign by the road, you might not notice the labyrinth at Mepkin Abbey. It’s a 7-circuit Chartres style made of South Carolina prairie plants with a mown grass path.
The plants that make the lines of the labyrinth had been burned in that Southern Fall tradition. But, they have been maintained in that fashion for so long that the grass path is very clear and easy to walk.
There are seats in the center as well as benches on the outside. The monks keep bees and I noticed two pairs of hives passed the live oaks.
The Abbey asks that you stop at the visitors’ center/gift shop to check in before walking.
The Unity Church of Charleston on Leeds Avenue has a lovely Cretan labyrinth to the left of the sanctuary.
To my amazement, it is made of grass.
There are little handmade and decorated pavers kind of scattered around and each corner acknowledges the 4 classical elements. (I particularly love the empty birdcage in the Air corner.)
There is a swing between Fire and Air for post-walk contemplation.
The parking lot doesn’t go all the way around the building. So, park where you find a convenient spot as you come into the parking lot. The church is on a fairly busy corner. But, it is far enough back from the road that I didn’t find the traffic sounds distracting.
The labyrinth is at the West Ashley location of the Roper St. Francis hospital group. If you use your GPS to find 2095 Henry Tecklenburg Drive, it will take you to the Emergency Room. Instead, go in the main entrance and look to your right.
This photo is a little close in. There was a car behind me and my one handed speed attempt didn’t work. The picture below is what I got on the way out.
There is a really nice memorial garden with lots of paths and the labyrinth. You can get to it from the F parking lot.
The labyrinth is a full sized Chartres and it is accessible to everyone who can manage the gravel to get to it.
There is a gorgeous live oak shading it with a wind chime tinkling in the branches.
There’s a fountain nearby.
And plenty of resting spots in the shady garden.
It is very restful, even with the faint traffic noise from Hwy 526.