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Stay in a beautifully appointed hermitage overlooking St. Joseph’s Lake.

Private quiet retreats

Find extended time for prayer, solitude, quiet and peace during a silent retreat. The time throughout the week will be yours to spend in silence in any way that helps foster your sense of spirituality. Stay in one of our hermitages for privacy and silence. You will enjoy nutritious meals and may eat with others or alone. If you choose, you may meet with a spiritual director who will help you reflect on your spiritual journey. The suggested donation is $50 per day. Meals are available for purchase. Spiritual Direction is an extra charge.

Group retreats

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods is the perfect setting to host your group retreat, offering a beautiful place to reflect, unwind and renew. We are located just 90 minutes west of Indianapolis and 10 minutes from the Vigo County courthouse. Contact us and schedule your own specialty program, retreat, day of reflection or workshop in our state-of-the-art conference and meeting rooms.

Individualized sabbatical – a time away

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods is an inviting, peace filled environment for a sabbatical. The lovely 1,050-acre setting, spotted with paths, old trees, alpacas, an organic farm and small lakes make it an oasis of tranquility in the heart of west-central Indiana. The Woods is most especially a place where you can take time to rest, renew your spirit and reconnect in a meaningful way with the Divine. You will be accommodated in a residence building and have use of our facilities, including: chapels, dining rooms, use of the resource center with books, CDs, newspapers and wireless access. Spiritual Direction is available for an additional charge. Because each person is in search of something different one of our staff members will be happy to assist you in planning your retreat.

Individualized Earth sabbatical program

Awaken a deeper consciousness of the Divine at our outdoor Cosmic Walk.

Awaken a deeper consciousness of the Divine at our outdoor Cosmic Walk.

The Individual Earth Sabbatical Program allows 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 alpacas and chickens, guided readings, videos, discussion groups, spiritual direction, art integration and time away in the strawbale retreat house.
Components include: Creation spirituality through reading, reflection, discussion and videos; gardening in the vegetable gardens, greenhouse, orchard and Reflection Garden; work with alpacas by cleaning pastures and spinning, felting and weaving fiber; let your spirit soar and celebrate the season through art integration and walking the nature trails.

Let us come to you

Our retreat, workshop and program staff will work with you in developing a retreat or workshop for your group. Some of the themes/topics from which you may choose include: Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, prayer, contemplative living, forgiveness, grief, Scripture, Vatican Council II, Sacraments, Providence spirituality, eco-justice and spirituality, and more. Or suggest a topic pertinent to your group’s needs.

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Use the form here to email us about retreats, or you can contact us directly at 812‑535‑2952.

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