Summer Stewards

A 7-day living experience at Holy Wisdom Monastery for single women 

Summer Stewards

  • July 24 – 30, 2023 (women ages 18-45)

You are invited to spend a week this summer with the sisters at Holy Wisdom Monastery for Summer Stewards, a contemplative approach to caring for the earth.

  • Ground yourself in contemplative spirituality
  • Work on the land – in the prairie, savanna and garden
  • Experience authentic community and the rhythm of monastic life
  • Share your story with other women
  • Learn about prairie and savanna restoration and try your hand at some projects
  • Grow and harvest vegetables from the monastery gardens and help prepare some meals
  • Enjoy recreation and leisure time
  • Find beauty and peace


Scholarships are available.


Apply by May 1, 2023 (Early deadline) or by June 25, 2023 (Final deadline). Apply early. Space is limited and the program will close when full. We will contact you for a phone or Zoom conversation as part of the application process. If you have questions or are having trouble applying, please contact Sister Denise West at or 608-235-0764.

Apply today


Are you looking for a meaningful summer experience that connects your faith with care for the earth? Be a Summer Steward at Holy Wisdom Monastery for 7 days this summer. The program includes prairie and oak savanna restoration, vegetable gardening, reading and discussion around eco-spirituality and the Rule of Benedict, practicing contemplative prayer, and sharing your life story with others – all this while living in community on the monastery grounds.  We are an ecumenical community and encourage single women 18-45 of any denomination to apply.

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