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.
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»

August 4, 2018-August 4, 2018

One-Day Centering Prayer Workshop Learn More»

August 5, 2018-August 12, 2018

Eight-Day Centering Prayer Retreat :: Wait List Only Learn More»

September 7, 2018-September 14, 2018

Centering Prayer 12 Step Eight Day Retreat Learn More»