Do you need to get out of your house, take a day off of work, or just shake things up for a minute? Getting out of our regular routine and the daily grind can give us just the rest and renewal that we need to carry on. Since you may not have a lot of time or money to travel far, I have compiled a list of some healing spaces in the Charlotte area.
If you only have an hour or two:
Check out Pauline’s Tea Bar and Apothecary located in the Camp Greene neighborhood of Charlotte. Enjoy soft music, diffused essential oils, and one of the inspirational books on the shelves while sipping on a cup of healthy herbal tea. You can walk the mini labyrinth outside or sit out on the patio and enjoy some sunshine. If it is the first Friday of the month, enjoy a live music performance. Or check their facebook page to find a date when Tai Chi or other healing therapies are offered.
If you have a day:
- Get treated at the Soul Wellness Center in Mooresville. Offerings include massage, acupuncture, physical training, chiropractic care, counseling, and various other therapies. Sign up for one or more sessions. Stop and have lunch at a nearby restaurant. If consignment and crafts are your thing, it is attached to the Arts at the Mill shopping mall. If not, drive a short distance to Lake Norman State Park and walk around some trails or just sit by the lake for some nature therapy.
2. Visit the Common Ground trails, chapel, and labyrinth in Stanley. It is one of the biggest labyrinths in the area, cut out of a field. The wooded trails have inspiration to pray along the way. There are usually few people here, so it is a great escape, and it’s free!
If you have a weekend:
- The Farm in Minthill- If you need an affordable, quiet place to rest, and perhaps some Healing Touch or Spiritual Direction check out this old farmhouse. Enjoy the furnishings of this nostalgic house, take a hot bath, sip coffee on the deck while watching horses at the farm across the street, and walk around the nearby park. It even has a Native American Medicine Wheel outside. Cindy Platko is a certified spiritual director and healing touch practitioner who lives on the property and can offer you sessions during your stay.
2. The Well of Mercy in Hamptonville- This retreat center is an hour’s drive from center city, right off of the appropriately named Harmony Exit on 77. For only $100 a night, enjoy a private room and delicious healthy home-cooked meals during your stay. The property includes wooded trails by the creek, a stone labyrinth, a beautiful chapel, and a main house for meals and other resources. There are hammocks, rocking chairs, porch swings, and various benches to rest on throughout the property.
About the Author: Julie Glaser is a healer who creates sacred spaces for people to share, release, and grow. She’s in the habit of being in awe and wonder and writes to share her own experiences and curiosities with other inquisitive souls in the process of transforming.