Welcome to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

The Sisters of Providence invite you to discover our home.

The Woods (that’s our nickname) is an extraordinary place. But don’t take our word for it! Experience it for yourself.

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“… It looks like a little piece of Europe was plunked down in the backwoods of Indiana.”

Tommy Kleckner

Director, Western Regional Office for Indiana Landmarks
  • Shrine of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

    Meet the woman who started it all and learn her amazing story.

  • Must See Places

    There's a lot to see and do. Be sure to visit these places first.

  • Sunday Brunch

    Sundays are meant for catching up around the dinner table. Let us do the cooking for you.

  • Shop, Eat, Stay

    No visit is complete without a stop at our stores and a bite to eat.

  • Alpacas & Agritourism

    Did you know we have a certified organic farm with alpacas, chickens and so much more?

  • Walk, Bike, Run, Roll & Stroll

    With miles of paved roads and paths, this is a perfect place to enjoy the outdoors and get your daily exercise.

  • History Buffs

    If you like history then you’ll want to see why we are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

You’ll find a variety of experiences here at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Rooted in spirituality, it’s the perfect place to relax, reflect or pray. You can immerse yourself in our fascinating history and amazing architecture. Animal and nature lovers will discover an abundance of trees and plants as well as a variety of creatures such as alpacas and chickens. You can do a little shopping and stop for a bite to eat. All are welcome.

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Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

“We have gone out several times this summer to gather simples and linden blossoms, etc. In each excursion we discover something marvelous, beautiful, and useful in the magnificent forests of Indiana.”

Saint Mother Theodore Guerin

1798-1856, Foundress of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods

Guided Tours

Schedule a tour for your school, church groups, clubs and organizations.

Self-Guided Tours

Do you like to explore things on your own? We’ve got you covered. Download this walking tour PDF.

What's Nearby

There are a lot of great things in our area you won’t want to miss.

Directions & Hours Map

Let us help you find your way.

Mass

See times and information about Sunday and weekday services.

There’s always something going on at the Woods.

Check out our events, programs and workshops.

Upcoming events

Sundays at the Woods: Walk in the Woods

June 14 at 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT

Put on your hiking shoes or boots and bring the whole family on this 1.5 mile, guided tour of the nature trail and cosmic walk at the Woods. Learn from Stu Haney who helps manage the magnificent woods of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods about the unique features of these woods and its species and how we help…

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May
14

Women, Wine and Wisdom at the Woods

NOTE: Due to the new restricted guidelines offered from the CDC, Women, Wine and Wisdom at the Woods on May 7 is canceled. Please check back here for May 14 & May 21 sessions. Join with…

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May
17

Sundays at the Woods: Farm Tour at White Violet Center

Learn about sustainable farming practices when you join the staff of White Violet Center for a tour of the farm. Get up close and personal with our alpaca herd and find out what it means…

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May
21

Memory Café

NOTE: Out of an abundance of caution regarding COVID-19, the Sisters of Providence are cancelling the programs through March 31, 2020 so Memory Café on March 19 is cancelled. A Memory Café is a welcoming…

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Your wedding or event deserves a special venue.

Whether you want casual or formal, large or small, we have the right space to accommodate all your needs.

  • O’Shaughnessy & More

    Find out all the spaces we have to rent.

  • Weddings

    There is nothing more special than a Woods Wedding.

  • Events & Gatherings

    Birthday parties, reunions, baby showers and more!

  • Meetings

    Sometimes you need to get out of the office.

  • Food

    Our caterer will work with you to get just the right menu.

Photo albums

Stay connected

Our enewsletters and publications will keep you up to date with the  best content from the Sisters of Providence.

Upon their arrival, the firs thing Saint Mother Theodore and her postulates did was seek out a Log Cabin Chapel, which would serve as their very first "convent".

Get in touch

Use the form here to email us about tours, or you can contact us directly at 812-535-2925.

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