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A spirituality of justice and sustainability that sees God’s Providence as hope and healing for us and our world is alive and vibrant at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Come and sit in the Reflection Garden or under a giant tree or at the side of the lake, quietly absorbing it.

Our Individualized Earth Sabbatical Program allows people the opportunity to deepen the call of “hope and healing” for all creation. The tools for the program consist of physical labor on the farm, working with the animals, guided readings, videos, discussion groups, spiritual direction, art integration and time away in the straw bale retreat house.

Private retreats

Private Earth Retreats: available by appointment.

Eco-spirituality events

  • December 2014

    • 21: Winter Solstice Celebration

      Celebrate the gift of God’s changing seasons on the shortest day of the year with prayer and song at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence.

  • January 2015

    • 24: Bread Rising, Spirit Raising retreat

      Bread is one of the most universal parts of the human experience. Nearly every culture on Earth has developed some version of bread, from flat breads and crackers eaten as a part of everyday meals, to intricate, rich braids of  Continue Reading »