about sumatanga

Where Nature Meets Nurture

Sumatanga Camp & Conference Center is a 1,400-acre retreat nestled against Chandler Mountain in St. Clair County, Alabama. We offer a sacred space and an environment rich with opportunities for encounters with God through nature and nurture.

We are surrounded by woods, mountains, lakes, and streams, providing space for rest and vision away from the problems and interruptions of everyday life. Visitors to Sumatanga gain inspiration and peace in a natural setting.


Host your next retreat at Sumatanga. We take care of all the details so you can focus on planning an ideal retreat for children, youth, or adults.


Learn more about summer camps for elementary, middle school, and high school students.

Serving Alabama’s Methodists

Sumatanga is a ministry partner with Methodists and churches in the Wesleyan tradition.

The North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church has designated Sumatanga a Related Ministry. Sumatanga is celebrating 75 years of ministry partnership with the North Alabama Conference.

The heart of what we do

Sumatanga provides a sacred space and an environment rich with opportunities for encountering God and yourself through nature and nurture. We serve those who seek a sacred space for church retreats, youth activities, family reunions, business retreats, and more. We value:

The teachings of Jesus Christ
Our partnership in ministry with Alabama’s Methodist churches
Christ-centered hospitality
Community and an invitation to all in Christian fellowship
God’s creation and our calling to care for it
Wholesome recreation as a means of building both strength and character
Life-long learning and the call to deepen spiritual development
Sound stewardship

Plan Your Retreat

Contact a member of the Sumatanga team at (256) 538-9860 or info@sumatanga.org to start planning your retreat and reserve space. We will help you design the perfect lodging, meals, activities, and meeting spaces for your program. You can also click the link below to start the process online.

Summer Camp Registration is OPEN!