Founded in 1840 by Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods is a historical, life-giving place where people of all faith traditions can find peace. Visit sacred churches and shrines, walk the beautiful wooded grounds, visit the White Violet Center's alpacas and gardens, find a unique treasure in Linden Leaf Gifts, and learn how Indiana's first Saint overcame many hardships to establish the Sisters of Providence and the nation's first Catholic school for girls, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. Individuals and groups of all sizes enjoy guided and self-guided tours, pilgrimages, retreats, and programs. Spend they day, join the sisters for mass and stay for lunch. For many, the experience is sacred. A tourist becomes a pilgrim. Groups are scheduled in advance.