Sites

Chapel of Mercy

Rising up out of the ground, tucked in the woods, is a breathtakingly beautiful and peace-filled chapel. The Chapel of Mercy provides awe-inspiring views from every angle and is a place for prayer, meditation journaling and perhaps a miracle or two. The Chapel of Mercy was completed in May 2005.

Labyrinth

The labyrinth is an ancient tool, a meandering but purposeful path leading to a center and out again. The sacred path, symbolic of life’s journey, is meant to give those using it a chance to pray, meditate, and find wholeness. Those walking the labyrinth meander back and forth, turning 180 degrees each time they enter a different circuit. As they shift direction, it is said that they also shift awareness between the right brain and the left.

Unlike a maze, which has dead ends, tricks and turns, a labyrinth has only one path leading to the center and back out again. There are no dead ends. Walking the labyrinth is about receptivity and homecoming. Visitors are encouraged to take the pilgrimage through the labyrinth at their own pace, skipping, dancing or singing if they choose.

The labyrinth dates back to the Middle Ages. Well of Mercy’s labyrinth is a seven circuit labyrinth, similar to the one on the floor of Charters Cathedral in France, which dates back to the 13th century. Situated outdoors, it’s perched atop the hill overlooking the Well House and is lit for nighttime walks. Over 7000 bricks, and 3 tons of sand were used in the construction of this unique labyrinth. A meditation gazebo is situated nearby.

God ahead, God behind.
God be on the path I wind.
God above, God below
God be everwhere I go.
—Celtic Prayer

Grotto

In 2009 a grotto depicting Mary’s appearance to Bernadette of Lourdes was completed. The statues used for the grotto were originally on the grounds of Mercy Hospital in Charlotte, NC.

Trails

Well of Mercy is situated on 110 acres of wooded rolling hills just outside of Harmony, North Carolina. Guests can take advantage of the nature trails on this sacred piece of land. Hunting Creek cuts a swathe through the property, creating a nurturing and soothing environment adrift with the healing sounds of the water. The many paths and benches along its banks provide a quiet place for a stroll, for daydreaming or nature viewing. Visitors often report sightings of wild turkey, deer and an abundance of songbirds.

Like just about everything else at the WELL, there is a story behind the wonderful Bridge that spans the creek. The real beauty of the 35-foot bridge is that it now provides guests with access to the meandering trails on the other side of the stream, enabling them to walk the entire scope of our property.

Hot Tub

Several years ago one of Well of Mercy guests made a suggestion to the Sisters that it sure would be nice if there was a hot tub at the Well. A group of guests left some seed-money for the project and the next time the guest arrived, there it was! Just out the back door of the Well House. Guests interested in enjoying the relaxing waters of the outdoor hot tub are reminded to bring a bathing suit with them.

Services

Spiritual Direction

As practiced today, the ministry of spiritual direction is usually understood to be an ongoing relationship in which the spiritual director (or companion, or mentor) and the directee (or seeker) meet regularly (about once a month for approximately an hour) for the purpose of discerning and responding faithfully to God’s presence in the seeker’s life. In contrast to therapy or counseling, the emphasis is not on problem solving, but rather on discerning the “stream beneath the stream” of circumstances. Or in other words, “Where is God in all of this?”

Spiritual Direction is available at Well of Mercy on a donation basis. Peg Cartner, a graduate of Sursum Corda Spiritual Directors’ Formation Program is available by appointment.

Contact Peg Cartner at 336-816-4882 prior to your arrival at Well of Mercy for information, rates and to schedule an appointment

Massage

Massage is one of the oldest, simplest forms of therapy. Massage does much more than create a pleasant sensation on the skin, it also works on the soft tissues (the muscles, tendons, and ligaments) to improve muscle tone. Although it largely affects those muscles just under the skin, massage benefits may also reach the deeper layers of muscle and possibly even the organs themselves.

Brenda Wallace, a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist (LMBT, NC #623) has been working at Well of Mercy since 1998. Brenda graduated from Body Therapy Institute in Siler City, NC in 1997. She is available for massage sessions Thursday through Saturday by advance appointment only.

Contact Brenda at 704-871-6687 prior to your arrival at Well of Mercy for information, rates and to schedule an appointment. Information is also available at Brenda’s website. Cash, check and credit cards accepted.