A Spiritual Retreat to Hemingbough

 

Hemingbough is a beloved sanctuary where I draw a source of inspiration for many of my musings. Hemingbough is a cultural arts center situated in the Felicianas within the quaint and charming town of Saint Francisville.  Hemingbough is located along the rolling hills of Louisiana’s Old South Hwy.

This rural retreat is beautiful and tranquil and promotes a meditative state and rest. Hemingbough is a safe haven for spiritual seekers of enlightenment and promotes inner peace and harmony between nature, self, and our fellow man. One can enjoy the quiet solitude of the great outdoors and bask in the warm Louisiana sun.

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Amphitheater

The Greek Revival amphitheater is where I am drawn to, and I get lost in the beauty of the elegant architecture. The Greek amphitheater features an open-air coliseum and towering white columns with an inspiring water backdrop. There are also many stunning Greek statues sprawled throughout the grounds. This is a gorgeous location to exchange vows.

Lake

Hemingbouhgh has beautiful natural areas overlooking the lake. Audubon Lake offers scenic views of Louisiana’s iconic lakes and woods. I enjoy sitting next to the water and taking in all of the natural beauty of nature. It’s the perfect place for solitude and self-reflection.

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Gazebo

I also love the gazebo overlooking Lake Audubon and the water show at the fountains. The peristyle gazebo is one of my favorite spots at Hemingbough. I take my hair down and spin around in my flowy dress and laugh at life and smile at god.

Maze

 I always find myself gravitating to the greenery and mystery of the labyrinth maze. I enjoy strolling through the formal gardens and garden hedge maze taking in all of the sights and wonders of nature. There are many angelic statues spread throughout the grounds. The Spanish Moss trees tower overhead, and it’s easy to get lost beneath their shade and beauty.

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Peacocks

Peacocks are one of my spirit animals because they are beautiful, regal and majestic. Their iridescent and colorful bright blue and green fans have tiny ornamental eyes. Greek mythology tells us the story of Zeus and Hera, the rulers of the heavens.

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Zeus was a lover of many women but took Hera as his wife. Mythology tells us that Zeus admired another woman, Lo, and so a vengeful Hera exacted revenge. Hera transformed the young girl into a heifer and gave her up to her servant, the monster Argus, who had a hundred eyes. Zeus and Hermes plotted to free Lo and have the monster killed. The plan was a success. Legend tells us that Hera placed the eyes onto her sacred animal, the peacock.

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Guesthouses

Hemingbough runs as a plantation-style bed and breakfast. Hemingbough offers 8 guesthouses, cottages, and two end suites. Hemingbough also operates as a wedding and event venue. The Audubon Room and Hempstead Hall can be rented out for rehearsal dinners and receptions, as well as birthday, engagement, or anniversary parties.

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Hemingbough artfully blends Old Southern architecture with Greek Revival architecture. I am an Old Hollywood vintage enthusiast and classic Greek mythology lover, so Hemingbough is the perfect place for me to find inspiration to curate art.

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Chapel

The Edward Dease Memorial chapel offers a moments peace to those seeking prayer and meditation. The chapel features a small porch, dressed alter and communion table, an old piano, Bibles and songbooks, and stained glass windows.

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With All My Love,
The VintageGypsy

“What if it’s the there
and not the here
that I long for?
The wander
and not the wait,
the magic
in the lost feet
stumbling down
the faraway street
and the way the moon
never hangs
quite the same.”

-Tyler Knott Gregson

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23 Replies to “Bucket List Dreams- Hemingbough”

  1. I absolutely loved reading this gorgeous post. I have to say that I love love love all of the beautiful pictures and I have a soft spot for LA as my mom was born there and I was raised down south! I would love to visit this gorgeous place myself and would love to stay on the plantation as well! You looked amazing in the polka dot dress too.

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  2. Hemingbough looks like an amazing place for a yoga or meditation retreat! I also enjoyed the greek mythology tidbit on how the peacock’s feathers got its eyes. Although the peacock is not my spirit animal (mine is the giraffe!), I find them to be incredibly beautiful.

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  3. I agree, the place is gorgeous and a perfect venue for a wedding. Also great for retreat? I can have my “peace and quiet” time on this place, the one that I beg with my kids 😊

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  4. There are Greek elements in Louisiana? Who would’ve known. I love the amphitheatre and the lil’ gazebo in the maze and peacocks always add a luxurious touch to a place.

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  6. The architecture is amazing and it looks like such a lovely place to have a wedding. The chapel is something like I see out of TV! I love how you’re an Old Hollywood vintage enthusiast and classic Greek mythology lover. Your outfit is so cute, too. 🙂

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  7. I am also a Greek mythology lover, thus I am so fascinated with that Greek amphitheater, it would be really lovely to see this place in actual. Also the peacock is really really gorgeous, I wish to see one too. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I can see where you inspiration in such a beautiful place. I love the amphitheather, lake and gazebo. It just looks so peaceful.

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