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Spend Sundays at the Woods!

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Are you not a fan of the National Football League? In other words, you don’t spend your Sundays strapped to your couch watching the television?

Are you interested in photography or architecture? What about meditation? Art or the outdoors?

If you are, then mark your calendars this coming year to spend your Sundays at the Woods!

The Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods are inviting all of you to spend nine Sundays with them as they have planned different activities for these dates.

Plan to take part in the programs, tours or workshops that will focus on a different aspect of life at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.  There is no cost to attend these, but donations will be accepted.

The first Sunday at the Woods program will take place from 2 to 4 p.m., on Sunday, September 16. The event, “Photography as a Form of Prayer,” will focus on lovers of the outdoors who enjoy taking photos. Spend the afternoon immersed in the beauty of the Woods and discover how you can use photography as a form of prayer and meditation. During the program, no technical aspects of cameras will be discussed, but rather, the focus will be on how photography can enrich your spiritual life.

The Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes

The following Sunday at the Woods program will take place from 2 to 4 p.m., on Sunday, October 21, as the sisters invite you to a Fall Architectural Tour. If you’re interested in coming, meet outside the Church of the Immaculate Conception. Spend the afternoon at the Woods as Sister Rosemary Nudd offers a tour of the Woods, the buildings on the campus and the European-inspired architecture of the Woods, now listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The remaining seven Sunday at the Woods programs are as follows:

  • Mindfulness & Meditation – Join Sister Jan Craven and Sister Paula Damiano and spend time practicing mindfulness, or paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment and nonjudgmentally. The program will take place from 2 to 4 p.m., on Sunday, November 18, in The Foley Room at Providence Spirituality & Conference Center,
  • A Low Carbon Diet – Join Sister Jeanne Hagelskamp and White Violet Center for Eco-Justice Director Lorrie Heber and learn the latest facts based on climate change, how you can adapt to reduce its effects, and what you can do in your own life. The program will take place from 2 to 4 p.m., on Sunday, January 20, 2019, and the registration deadline is January 18, as there is a limit of 30 participants. A meeting place will be determined at a later date,
  • An Afternoon of Art – Discover some of the works of art displayed at the home of the Sisters of Providence. Enjoy viewing pieces created by sister artists and works of other artists. The program will take place from 2 to 4 p.m., on Sunday, February 17, 2019. Participants are asked to meet in the lobby of Providence Spirituality & Conference Center,
  • Spring Architectural Tour – Spend another Sunday at the Woods for an in-depth tour of its beautiful architecture. The event will take place from 2 to 4 p.m., on Sunday, March 17, 2019. Participants are asked to meet at the fountain,
  • Farm Tour at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice – Join Lorrie Heber and learn about sustainable farming practices. Tour the sisters’ farm and get an up-close view of the alpaca herd. The program will take place from 2 to 4 p.m., on Sunday, May 19, 2019. Participants are asked to meet at White Violet Center,
  • Walk in the Woods – Join forester Stu Haney as bring the entire family to take a jaunt on the 1.5 mile, guided tour of the nature trail and cosmic walk at the Woods. The program will take place from 2 to 4 p.m., on Sunday, June 16, 2019. Participants are asked to meet at White Violet Center, and
  • Outdoor Sacred Sites – Join Sister Jan Craven as she delivers the history and present-day use of more than 15 sacred sites at the Woods, including some of the better known holy sites in addition to remote hidden treasures. The program will take place from 1 to 3 p.m., on Sunday, August 18, and the registration deadline is August 15, as there is a limit of 20 participants. Participants are asked to meet in the lobby of Providence Spirituality & Conference Center.

Here is a link to a PDF version of the Sisters of Providence 2018-2019 Program Booklet.

Visit with the alpacas!

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Jason Moon

Jason Moon serves as media relations manager for the Sisters of Providence. Previously, he spent more than 16 years in the newspaper industry.

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