Welcome to St. Mary's Sewanee: The Ayres Center for Spiritual Development. Resting on 230 acres atop the Cumberland Plateau, St. Mary's Sewanee offers a sanctuary of natural beauty and quiet for rest, renewal and reconnection. St. Mary’s Sewanee is a place that caters to individual and group spiritual needs through a variety of personal retreats and group programs.
St. Mary’s Sewanee: The Ayres Center for Spiritual Development is dedicated to providing spiritual hospitality to persons of diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds, in a place of natural beauty, simplicity, silence, tranquility and warm spiritual rest through retreats, renewal and learning.
Following the completion of the new lodging building and 40-person McRae Meeting Room last spring, St. Mary’s Sewanee: The Ayres Center for Spiritual Development is pleased to announce that thanks to a very generous anonymous donor, the center has started work on some very exciting new projects. The center is putting a covered rocking chair porch on the bluff side of St. Mary's Hall, as well as super-efficient heat and air systems in all of the common spaces for St. Mary's Hall. "We are very excited about this project," added Executive Director John Runkle. "These new improvements to St. Mary's Hall will help our building to be more comfortable and efficient, and allow us to provide a more pleasant experience for all of our guests."
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