A Mindfulness Retreat Center

Sevenoaks is a spiritual education and retreat center dedicated to providing a safe, beautiful and tranquil haven for individuals seeking to awaken to a deeper experience of body, mind, heart and spirit. It is a place to connect profoundly with the natural world and with other like-minded people who are committed to authenticity, exploration, transformation and self-revelation.

Our History

Named in honor of the seven majestic 300-year old oak trees that crowned a ridge with breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Sevenoaks Retreat Center was founded by Donovan and Susan Thesenga in 1972. It was a working farm nestled on the banks of the Rapidan River for many years.

The Thesengas founded Sevenoaks Retreat Center as a nature sanctuary to support deep spiritual work.  That mindfulness work continues today with various groups such as yoga and meditation groups, Pathwork® training, dance and arts groups, and more.

The Center has even extended its reach to now feature rustic weddings for up to 50 people and a place for team-building and corporate retreats that stand out in peoples’ memories.

Our Schedule & Staff

For over four decades, Sevenoaks has been hosting a year-round schedule of workshops, retreats, meetings and courses, covering all days of the week.

We have become the sacred home for the Mid-Atlantic Pathwork® and for many other spiritual groups who rent and enjoy our seasoned facilities. Sevenoaks staff is made up of professional and spiritually aware individuals who are dedicated to being in service.

Our flexible services and attention to detail provided within a warm and friendly environment can help your sessions and experiences exceed your expectations.

Sevenoaks Staff

Paul Klinger | Center Director
Gretchen Comer | Rentals and Events Manager
Alex Comer | Grounds Manager
Conny Crossgrove | Kitchen and Food Services, Bookstore
Jason Dalton | Maintenance Manager
Shannon Dalton | Housekeeping Manager

Our Mission

We offer a sacred sanctuary nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains for people who long for a deeper connection to self, others, nature, spirit, and the world.


Are you interested in having your wedding at Sevenoaks Retreat Center? View our packages and gallery!