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.
My friend, Ursula, invited us to join them at the 2014 Hoppin’ John Fiddlers’ Convention at Shakori Hills near Pittsboro, NC. Shakori is a venue that has “come camp” music festivals at various times during the year. It is to the Piedmont what LEAF is to the mountains.
As we wandered around the grounds, we walked past the Peace Park up in the trees and my husband spotted the labyrinth. There are balanced rocks and a rocky medicine wheel and rocks abounding in general, so I hadn’t been sure there was actually a labyrinth in there. But, after his comment that it looked like a prime place for one, I had a look and found this:
Yes, there are a couple of trees growing in the path. Or, more accurately, the path was built around a couple of trees.
This is the view from the center.
And this is the center.
There is some seating nearby, too, if you want to pause for contemplation before or after your pilgrimage..
Chuck and Debbie Warnock have a labyrinth in their back yard at 162 South Main Street in Chatham, Virginia. Debbie has blogged about creating it on her Goodthoughts blog.
As requested on the WWLL entry, I called first and got Chuck. He said they wouldn’t be there, but I was welcome to stop by. He said that the house was the one with the white fence with flowers in front.
Taken from the gas station parking lot across the street.
Go down the driveway to the back.
Walk through the back yard to the tunnel in the trees and find a “found wood” arch that leads you to the labyrinth.
There you find a Cretan labyrinth that is battling the grass. As I can attest, any labyrinth that allows grass to grow is a bear to keep under control. The path is there, the rocks are obvious. It is a lovely shaded walk, but it didn’t photograph well.