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Sampling a Forest Bath

“What is Forest Bathing?” “Do I get to keep my clothes on?” “Will we take a bath outside?” These were the first questions the staff asked when we learned that St. Mary’s Sewanee: The Ayres Center for Spiritual Development is sponsoring a one-day retreat on July 13 called Forest Bathing with Painting Response. Because we… Read More »

What’s a Retreat Like

“Walking a labyrinth for the first time taught me to trust the path”  Read more of this first-person account of one woman’s life-changing experience while on retreat at St. Mary’s Sewanee. Tina Chambers’s essay, first published by Chapter 16, the website of Humanities Tennessee, can be found here. This retreat will be offered again in September…. Read More »

Six Reasons to go on Retreat at St. Mary’s Sewanee

Why go on retreat? We could tell you, but listen to what our guests say in their evaluations about their experience at St. Mary’s Sewanee: I’m leaving here inspired. Thank you. You have a beautiful setting and there was such a wonderful flow to the weekend. The retreat leaders were sensitive, intentional, and deeply loving…. Read More »