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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Gordon Peerman

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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»

July 7, 2017-July 9, 2017

One River Wisdom Retreat: I am that I am: Reclaiming the Deepest Self Beyond Self Learn More»

July 29, 2017-July 29, 2017

One-Day Introduction to Centering Prayer Learn More»

July 30, 2017-August 6, 2017

Eight-Day Centering Prayer Retreat Learn More»