White Violet Center for Eco-Justice

Goal of Program

White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, founded by the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, exists to teach, care, and inspire for all Creation. Grounded in an understanding of Providence Spirituality as hope and healing, the center offers leadership and education in the preservation, restoration and reverent use of all natural resources for a just and sustainable future. Using organic agriculture, eco-justice education and social advocacy, White Violet Center strives to promote an awareness and way of living which support all life. At White Violet Center, you’ll find a farm store, alpacas, chickens, bees, USDA certified organic gardens with two high tunnels and two greenhouses, an orchard, a berry patch, and a classified forest. If you’re interested in learning more about sustainability, food, animals, farm life, social justice, eco-justice then this could be a wonderful opportunity.

Type of Placement

White Violet Center for Eco-Justice offers an immersion experience in sustainable farming. Participants work in our organic garden and orchard and with our alpacas and chickens. Specific duties vary but will largely revolve around regular small farm operations. Think feeding and caring for animals, cleaning out barns and pastures, cleaning alpaca fiber, gathering and cleaning eggs, harvesting, cleaning and packing veggies, laying mulch, planting, weeding, seeding, and other garden tasks. You’ll be included in monthly staff meetings as well as participate in field trips, educational seminars, and extracurricular enrichment activities when offered. Saint Mary-of-the-Woods is home to the motherhouse of the Sisters of Providence, the spiritual and physical home of the Congregation of Catholic women religious who created and sponsor this ministry. The Sisters of Providence are happy to provide needed resources, including spiritual direction, to women who may be interested in discerning the possibility of religiou

Service Area

Saint Mary-of-the- Woods is in the Midwest located off of I-70, just 83 miles west of Indianapolis, 179 miles south of Chicago and 170 miles east of St. Louis.

Service Length

Three months to one year or choose a seasonal internship

Program Size

Up to 8 interns/volunteers


Interns must 18 years old, physically fit, able to work in a variety of weather conditions, have a willingness to learn and the ability to self-direct.

Financial Arrangements

Housing, monthly stipend, seasonal produce and eggs

Living Arrangements

You'll have a private room in a shared house. There are three shared bathrooms, living room, dining room, full kitchen and laundry room.


The program is designed to be an educational hands-on experience with training provided along the way. Weekly enrichment classes are also offered.

Application Deadline

Applications accepted year round. For our seasonal internships please see the website for details.

Start Date

Individualized internships can start any time. For our seasonal internships please see the website for details.


Sister Mary Montgomery


1 Sisters of Providence
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876
Phone: 812 535-2932


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