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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Upcoming Events
Gordon Peerman

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Catherine Askew

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Kabir Helminski

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Sid Brown

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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»

November 17, 2017-November 19, 2017

The Deep Heart's Core: A Contemplative Retreat with Literature Learn More»

December 1, 2017-December 3, 2017

One River Wisdom School - Birthing the Christ Within Learn More»

December 8, 2017-December 10, 2017

Three-Day Advent Centering Prayer Retreat Learn More»