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.
SOUL OF LEADERSHIP Program, offered in partnership with Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation begins in April 2019. Read more about this 18-month program and find the application in the Program Offerings section of this website.


Participants in the St. Mary's Sewanee Eight-Day Centering Prayer Retreat with Brad Smith recently described their experience this way: 

A Centering Prayer Support Group meets at 3:30 pm each Tuesday at St. Mary's Sewanee.

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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»

September 7, 2018-September 14, 2018

Centering Prayer 12 Step Eight Day Retreat Learn More»

September 21, 2018-September 23, 2018

One River Wisdom Retreat: Embracing the Divine Feminine Learn More»

September 28, 2018-September 30, 2018

A Labyrinth Journey: Connecting with Your Creativity Through Walking and Writing Learn More»