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.

St. Mary’s Sewanee invites the Community to

A Christmas Open House

Featuring Nativity Scenes from around the World

(on loan from members of the Sewanee Community)

Saturday, December 16, 2 to 6 p.m.

Holiday Refreshments and Music

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St. Mary’s Sewanee invites the Community to join us for a Christmas Open House, Saturday, December 16, 2-6 p.m. We will be featuring Nativity scenes from around the world that members of the Sewanee community will provide on loan for the afternoon.  We welcome community members to participate by sharing your interesting Nativity/Creche scenes for display.  Please call Debbie at St. Mary’s Sewanee at 598-5342 OR e-mail Debbie at reservations@stmaryssewanee.org and let us know if you would like to participate.  We ask that you bring your Nativity/Creche scenes to St. Mary’s on Saturday morning, December 1, from 9 to 11 a.m.  You may gather them at 6 p.m. following the Open House or pick them up on Sunday afternoon, December 17, from 1 to 3 p.m.   









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