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.