At St. Mary’s Sewanee: The Ayres Center for Spiritual Development, we offer a number of different kinds of retreats:

  • St. Mary’s Sewanee-sponsored retreats which are focused on spiritual development;
  • Personal retreats for individuals who want to get away for a retreat of their own design; and
  • Group retreats, sponsored and organized by partner groups seeking quiet, beautiful space in which to hold meetings or workshops, where we offer comfortable lodging and delicious meals.

Our core mission to to provide spiritual hospitality to people of diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds, in a place of natural beauty, simplicity, silence, tranquility and rest, through retreats, renewal, and learning.

Most weekend programs begin at 5 p.m. on Fridays and conclude on Sundays at 11 a.m.

Please note that St. Mary’s does not offer retreats or host partner groups during the weeks of Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas.