Grandmother Tree
The Grandmother Tree is a live oak estimated to be between 800 and 1100 years old.  The live oak 
(Quercus virginiana) is the principal evergreen oak in south Carolina.  Although it is adapted to all of 
South Carolina, it favors conditions along the coast, where it grows wild.  Grandmother provides 
food, shade and comfort to a multitude of creatures.

Wilderness Swamp Sanctuary
Swamps are characterized by rich biodiveristy and specialized organisms.  They feature trees such as 
the Bald Cypress and Water Tupelo which are adapted to growing in standing water.  Bald Cypress
trees have 'knees' that grow from their roots and stick up out of the water.  Animals like white-tailed
deer, raccoons, anhingas, pileated woodpeckers, egrets, herons, alligators, fros, turtles and snakes are
often found in South Carolina swamps.

Labyrinths help the user achieve a contemplative state.  By walking among the turnings, the user 
loses track of direction and quiets the mind.  The result is a relaxed mental attitude, free of internal 
dialog.  This is a form of meditation.

Lourdes Grotto
In 1858, a 14-year-old girl, Bernadette Soubirous claimed a beautiful lady appeared to her in the 
remote Grotto of Massabielle in France.  The lady later identified herself to Bernadette as the
'Immaculate Conception' and millions believe her to be the blessed Virgin Mary.  This miracle 
is depicted in statuary at the Grotto site.

Springbank Cemetery
Although it was known that there were several marked gravesites along a rise near the swamp area 
of Springbank, recently more than fifty unmarked sites were discovered.  It is believed that the graves
belong to African American slaves, workers and family members from the 18th and 19th centuries 
who lived on the original plantation.  the staff and friends of Springbank continue to work to restore
the site to a place of special remembrance.

Medicine Wheel
From the ancient Egyptians to Stonehenge to Big Horn Country, WY, medicine wheels have been 
used by indigenous people to contemplate the nature of life. To Native Americans the wheel 
represents the 'sacred hoop' or circle of all life.  Study of the Wheel can provide answers to the 
nature of life and relationships to all of Creation.

Celtic Tree and Circle of Trees
To the Celts, the tree was a source of basic sustenance - a bearer of food, a provider of shelter and 
fuel for cooking and warmth.  Without trees, life would have been extraordinarily difficult.  In Celtic 
creation stories, trees were the ancestors of humankind, elder beings of wisdom.  Sue Monk Kidd 
makes reference to this 'Circle of Trees' in her book Dance of the Dissident Daughter.

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