HAMPTONVILLE — The peace of the land engulfs visitors to Well of Mercy where serenity and solace await the searching soul.
“We are very careful to maintain a sacred quiet,” said Sandra O’Brien, explaining the purpose of the Hamptonville property was to help individuals connect with the sacred other.
Cultivating an environment of reflection and introspection, this 110-acre retreat ensures individuals can appreciate the natural beauty of the forested landscape.
A mile-and-a-half prayer path wends its way through the spirit of pines and honeysuckle while birds compete with the song of Hunting Creek ideal for those who come to Well of Mercy to listen for answers to a big life question.
The seven circuit Labyrinth, which is lit at night, offers direction so that guests who arrive overwhelmed may leave with focus.
Nestled in the embrace of the trees is the Chapel of Mercy where people are welcomed to pray, meditate, contemplate, or simply to be.
Those who make a reservation to visit Well of Mercy can find these and other amenities available for the day or for overnight stays at one of the cottages or guest houses.
Both options provide the privacy of bed and bath; however, the guest houses have common kitchens, dining areas and screened-in porches.
In addition to the peaceful environment nurtured at Well of Mercy, a variety of services are offered including massage, healing touch and spiritual direction.
All services require reservations at this nonprofit facility where guests are encouraged to unplug and leave work and worries behind as they process grief, contemplate major life decisions, or just take a break away from hectic daily life to rejuvenate and recharge.
“People come here for a lot of different reasons,” said O’Brien. “We want to be respectful of everyone who visits us.”
“I just love it here,” said Jane Motsinger, who also serves at the property attending hospitality for guests. “It’s just so quiet and peaceful here. You should really come visit.”
According to the retreat center’s website, “Well of Mercy is a ministry of hospitality and healing sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy.” Sisters of Mercy was founded in 1831 by Catherine McAuley and serves as an international community of Roman Catholic women dedicated to Jesus’ gospel. They take vows of poverty, chastity, obedience and service.
To learn more about Well of Mercy or to make reservations, go to wellofmercy.org or call 704-539-5449.
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