Locavore: An Integral Ecology Immersion

“An integral ecology includes taking time to recover a serene harmony with creation, reflecting on our lifestyle and our ideals, and contemplating the Creator who lives among us.” (Laudato Si, 225).

These four days will be a chance to immerse yourself in the local ecology of South Bend, specifically through the lens of food production and distribution. A locavore is a person whose diet consists only or principally of locally grown or produced food. In collaboration with local non-profits and farms, we will examine the related issues of food access, food waste, and an overall throwaway culture stemming from industrial agriculture. Students will work with local farmers and activists and come to appreciate that eating is truly a theological act. In addition to encountering important issues of justice, we will spend a great deal of time outdoors, sharing meals together, and enjoying the fellowship of one another. We invite you to join us for an embodied experience this Fall Break, growing ever closer to our incarnational God in a combination of both an immersion and a retreat. Students of all faiths and backgrounds are welcome, as always. Come with your questions and an open heart.


2023 Details

When is the immersion?

October 15-18, 2023, during Fall Break

Where is the immersion?

Farms, nonprofits, community partners and a retreat center near South Bend, Indiana. The immersion will also include one night of camping outside, pending inclement weather.

Who can attend?

This immersion is open to all Notre Dame, Holy Cross College, or Saint Mary’s undergraduate students. Applications are due by Sept. 29.

Immersion Fee:

$75 fee (financial assistance is available)


  • Becky Czarnecki, Assistant Director of Faith and Justice, rczarne2@nd.edu +1 574-631-9738