Located just over the hill from the Draper Mercantile is Merc Farms, home to the Draper Labyrinth, the Merc Chicks, and our greenhouse. We partner with Virginia Field Goods to bring in the best of the local. It’s easy to find - just look for the giant rooster at the end of the road greeting all those who visit. A community gathering place, Merc Farms has hosted festivals, marketplaces, and garden parties.
Festivals and Events
The Draper Labyrinth
Labyrinths are walking paths that are based on ancient patterns. They have been in use for over 4,000 years. The basic design of the Labyrinth is fundamental to nature and is expressed in many natural manifestations.
Labyrinths have been important to many diverse cultures across the world and have shown up throughout recorded history. Many different religious traditions embrace the Labyrinth as a useful tool and symbol. Many well-known Labyrinths were built in famous Cathedrals around the world. Although the Labyrinth tradition does not belong to any one religion or culture, it has been widely revered as a spiritual tool to help clear and focus the mind and connect the walker to a deeper, inner wisdom.
Labyrinths are not mazes. Mazes are designed to make you lose your way whereas Labyrinths are there to help you “find your way”. Walking a Labyrinth quiets the mind and invites inner reflection. To create a Labyrinth is to build a path that encourages mindfulness as you walk.
A Blessing by John O’Donohue :
“May you awaken to the mystery of being here
and enter the quiet immensity of your own presence.
May you have joy and peace in the temple of your senses.
May you receive great encouragement when new frontiers beckon.
May you respond to the call of your gift and find the courage to follow its path.
May you take time to celebrate the quiet miracles that seek no attention.
May you be consoled in the secret symmetry of your soul.
May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder.”
~ John O’Donohue