Outdoor Sacred Spaces

The Marywood campus and grounds are closed at this time due to COVID-19. We hope to welcome all back to Dominican Center as soon as it's safe. For additional information about our closure, learn more here.

If you are seeking community and contemplation during this time of pandemic, please consider joining the Dominican Center community for one of our online offerings. View virtual offerings here.


Marywood Prairie Habitat

We believe that the land is a gift from God, and in a small effort to slow global warming, the Dominican Sisters restored an acre of natural habitat of the Marywood Campus along Fulton Street near Lakeside Drive. The Marywood Prairie Habitat is managed organically and without the use of herbicides. Ramble through the prairie, rest and meditate on the benches placed around the circumference, and take in God’s creation.

Volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups are available at Marywood. We enjoy teaching others to help care for the prairie. Learn how to create and care for your own prairie habitat, and learn why these habitats are so critical to the health of our environment.

Sculpture Garden & Path

Seek respite from life’s noise and busyness by exploring the St. Francis Sculpture Garden for Prayer and Meditation at Marywood.

The accessible pathway and sculpture garden meanders through wooded areas and gardens. Created in St. Francis of Assisi’s name, patron saint of animals and ecology, the garden and trail features a series of bronze statues of the beloved saint. These works are by West Michigan artist Mic Carlson. This prayer and meditation garden and path is a project of Instruments of Hope, a Michigan-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting peace through artistic endeavors.