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.





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December 8, 2014

November eNews Read More»

November 3, 2014

Gordon Peerman Elected to St. Mary’s Sewanee Board Read More»

October 16, 2014

SMS Offers Irish Pilgrimage Summer 2015 Read More»


Whether you are interested in one of our programs, coming for a personal retreat or bringing a group of people, we will accommodate your needs. Learn More»

February 13, 2015-February 15, 2015

To Dwell in the House of Possibility: The Sacramental Vision of Emily Dickinson Learn More»

March 20, 2015-March 22, 2015

One River Wisdom School: Cultivating Gratitude Learn More»

March 27, 2015-March 29, 2015

Centering Prayer as an 11th Step Practice Learn More»