Looking for a place to get your hands dirty and your spirit renewed? Experience Mother Earth’s healing touch at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind.

What is the Earth Sabbatical Program?

The Earth Sabbatical Program is offered to allow people the opportunity to deepen the call of “hope and healing” for all creation. This is done through an individually designed program based on the needs and aspirations of each person. The guide for the program meets weekly with each participant to evaluate his or her progress and goals.

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.

The duration of the program depends on the individual. A renewal time can last from one month to a year.

The monthly fee is $1,800 and includes:

  • room and board,
  • weekly spiritual direction,
  • weekly art integration,
  • 3 days at the straw bale retreat house,
  • a pair of work gloves,
  • materials for fabric art classes.

Components of the sabbatical

Creation spirituality:

  • reading
  • reflection
  • discussion
  • videos

Organic gardening in the:

  • vegetable gardens
  • greenhouse
  • orchards
  • Reflection Garden

Work with alpacas:

  • spinning
  • felting
  • weaving
  • cleaning pastures

Let your spirit sing:

  • walk the nature trails
  • celebrate the seasons
Tell me, I forget;
Show me, I remember;
Involve me, I understand.
– Chinese proverb

A spirituality of justice and sustainability that sees God’s Providence as hope and healing for all creation is alive and vibrant at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice. The center exists to foster a way of living that recognizes the interdependence of all creation. Come get your hands dirty, sit in the Reflection Garden, walk the nature trails, touch the heart of Mother Earth and be renewed.

For information about the Individualized Earth Sabbatical Program at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, contact Sister Maureen Freeman, CSJ, at 812-535-2930 or wvc@spsmw.org.