Plan your own unique retreat experience!


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

Choosing a retreat or sabbatical provides the opportunity for time away from the usual activity of life to be quiet, pray and reflect. The beautiful grounds of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods provide an atmosphere of peaceful quiet that allows you to enter into a sustained silence in order to pray more deeply, listen more carefully and respond more fully to God’s movement within.


Call or email to confirm availability or for additional information.

Providence Spirituality & Conference Center: 812-535-2946 or

White Violet Center for Eco-Justice: 812-535-2932 or


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.

$85 per day or $500 per week (includes lodging and all meals, spiritual direction is optional).



Saint Mary-of-the-Woods is an inviting, peace filled environment for a sabbatical. The lovely 1,200-acre setting, spotted with paths, benches, 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. In addition to your accommodations you will have use of our facilities, including:

• Chapels
• Dining in one of the large dining rooms
• Use of the resource center with books, CDs and newspapers
• Wireless access
• Spiritual direction
Because each person is in search of something different, you will have the benefit of one of our staff members to assist you in planning your time, be it for one month or up to nine!

$1,800 per month


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.

$1,800 per month


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.

Experience the Woods, where people of all faith traditions are always welcome to build relationships and connect spiritually!