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.

Type of Placement

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. We offer a hands-on experience in sustainable farming. Specific duties largely revolve around small farm operations such as planting, weeding, seeding, and other growing-related tasks for our vegetables, herbs and flowers. Interns also participate in the care of our alpaca herd and flock of chickens. Eggs are collected and cleaned daily. Our alpacas are professionally sheared once a year. Fiber arts such as felting, spinning, weaving, knitting, skirting, and dyeing are reserved for the winter months. Interns also work in our Farm Store and help at the local farmers market. 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.

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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