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.
A Centering Prayer Support Group meets weekly on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Events
Gordon Peerman

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Catherine Askew

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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»

April 26, 2018-April 27, 2018

A Contemplative Approach to Spirituality & Sexuality Learn More»

April 29, 2018-May 2, 2018

The Sewanee Contemplative Exchange - Bridging the Gap Between Contemplation and Compassionate Action: The Creative Encounter of Howard Thurman Learn More»

May 4, 2018-May 6, 2018

Mindfulness on the Mountain Learn More»