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  Name Title Email Address Ext
Anita Whitmire Housekeeping Manager 2831 
Barbara Panetta Reservations Associate 2814 
Barry Phillips Director of Food Service 2833 
Chris Lynn Adult Conferences Program Director 2818 
Clint DeWitt Environmental Projects Manager 2823 
Connie Holliday Director of Group Sales 2808 
David Schnitzer Camp Kanuga Director 2840 
Eden Lewis Guest Period Program Director 2817 
Eric George Reservations Manager 2809 
Gary Giniat Vice President of Advancement 2816 
Jennifer Sharpe Retail Manager 2802 
Jimmy Haden Vice President of Hospitality and Sales 2810 
Kate Bakko Reservations Associate 2811 
Katherine Parnell Camp Bob Program Director 2836 
Kevin Manion Resident Apprentice Program Coordinator 2813 
Kim Moree Manager of Board Relations 2806 
Laura Moushey Human Resources Director 2807 
Leslie Hartley Director of Marketing and Communications 2822 
Marcella Thompson Vice President of Finance 2803 
Mark C. Upright J.D., M.B.A. Chief Operating Officer 2804 
Meghan Hull Director of Mountain Trail Outdoor School 2839 
Ricky Varnadore Vice President of Property 2834 
Sandy McKinney Reservations Associate 2815 
Sara Christensen Visual Communications Specialist 2825 
Stacie Loeffler Advancement Associate 2734 
Stan Hubbard President 2805 
Stephanie Watts Manager of Event and Guest Services 2830 

Kanuga Calendar

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Conference Calendar


For more than 85 years, Kanuga has sponsored and operated conferences and retreats to provide enlightening, restful and transforming experiences. Our goal is to offer you a peaceful place to focus on your relationship with the Holy and be inspired to return to your home with a renewed sense of purpose to reveal God’s grace to the world. With over 10 Kanuga-sponsored events offered each year, our hope is you’ll find one that resonates with you.

See upcoming Kanuga-sponsored conferences and retreats below.

Don’t see your event? This list only shows Kanuga operated events, and does not include groups that are hosting their own event at Kanuga. Check with your group coordinator or organization’s website to find information and registration links.

2016 Conferences and Retreats




August 21-26

Faith, Art and Creative Expression

Explore the Divine through artistic expressions led by talented, encouraging instructors in a nurturing Christian community. Classes are led by some of the finest artisans in their fields. Kits and supplies are provided by instructors at an additional cost. Participants must register for a specific morning class track, leaving afternoons open to explore other classes and projects.

Take advantage of free time by working on your own projects, napping, hiking or simply relaxing in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

August 29-September 1

Nuevo Amanecer

Co-sponsored with the Episcopal Church's Office of Latino/Hispanic Ministries and the Latino Ministries Office of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), this biennial event will offer practical tools and a network of support to better equip for ministry those working within the Latino/Hispanic community and those who want to be.

Simultaneous interpretation available throughout the conference.

October 16-18

Lansing Lee Conference

Theme: Faith, Politics and the Golden Rule

On September 24, 2015, led by Pope Francis, the United States Congress applauded the Golden Rule. The next day, things were back to normal. The 2016 Lansing Lee Conference will consider the question of whether civility and respect as spiritual values are essential to democracy. Led by Los Angeles Times writer, Mark Oppenheimer and a panel of thinkers and writers, participants will explore the idea of transformational leadership. As we look toward the elections of 2016, how can the country go from a place of partisanship to engagement?

October 27-30

Enneagram Conference

Join Dr. Joseph Howell, author of Becoming Conscious: The Enneagram’s Forgotten Passageway, and the faculty of the Institute for Conscious Being for an in-depth exploration into the Spirituality of the Enneagram. Learn how the Enneagram’s ancient wisdom can bring Jesus’ teachings to life as we remember and embrace our true selves in the perfection of Divine creation.

November 13-19

Icon Writing with Teresa Harrison

Join renowned instructor Teresa Harrison for a course in the ancient technique of icon writing. This process inspires prayerful meditation, both while creating the art and reflecting on the finished piece. Participants will focus on their art while listening to Gregorian chant and harp music, praying with icons, enjoying silent time, taking part in lively group discussions and attending daily Eucharist. Beginners and experienced iconographers will find this course rewarding.

December 27-January 1, 2017

Winterlight 41

If you’re in grades 9-12, take this chance to get away from the distractions of everyday life and spend time meeting new friends, hanging out with old ones, singing, dancing, ringing in the New Year and exploring your thoughts and beliefs in a welcoming Christian community. Adult chaperones will attend all plenary sessions and have their own workshops.


2017 Conferences and Retreats




 January 12–15

Kanuga Knitting & Quilting Retreat

Learn new techniques from patient experts as you enjoy the perfect weekend escape for knitters and quilters. Experience the casual, friendly atmosphere in the Blue Ridge Mountains that only Kanuga can offer.

February 11–17

Iconography: The Gospel in Line and Color

Experience the compelling practice of painting an icon using techniques developed before the year 1000 A.D. Create one-of-a-kind artwork with gold leaf and egg tempera on gessoed boards.

Instructor: Suzanne Schleck

June 25–30

Renewal Conference

Kanuga’s annual Renewal Conference brings families and friends together for a week of teaching, worship and healing. Designed as a spiritual recharge, the week features dynamic morning and evening teaching, afternoon relaxation and workshops and powerful worship.

Keynote speaker: Dr. C. Baxter Kruger