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 Dunean United Methodist Church in Greenville, South Carolina, shares a little park with the Baptist church next door. The Methodists installed a labyrinth.
It is a Cretan labyrinth made of stone, bricks and some stepping stones, surrounded by roses and nandina.
The grey stepping stones have been painted with black images of the Passion on Christ. They appear to have been done by several people because the styles are different. Some are line drawings and some are silhouettes. The stone in the center has a Jerusalem cross on it.
There are benches nearby and plenty of parking on the street and in a parking lot.
It may have been the most convenient labyrinth we’ve been to.