Summer Stewards

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

Summer Stewards

  • July 18 – 24, 2022 (women ages 18-35)
  • Aug. 15-21, 2022 (women ages 30-45)

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.


Please click the button below to apply for one of the 2022 Summer Stewards weeks. After we receive your application, we will review it and someone will contact you. There are a limited number of spaces in our Summer Stewards weeks and they will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Applications close one month before the start of the experience.

  • Apply by June 24, 2022 for the July Summer Stewards week*
  • Apply by July 15, 2022 for the August Summer Stewards week

*Applications will be accepted through June 24th for the July Summer Stewards Retreat for women local to Wisconsin.

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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