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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November 18, 2014

October eNewsletter 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»

December 5, 2014-December 7, 2014

One River Wisdom School Learn More»

December 6, 2014-December 6, 2014

Advent Quiet Day Learn More»

December 12, 2014-December 14, 2014

Three-day Advent Centering Prayer Retreat Learn More»