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Anita Whitmire Boan Housekeeping Manager anita.whitmire@kanuga.org 2831 
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Barbara Panetta Reservations Associate barbara.panetta@kanuga.org 2814 
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Barry Phillips Director of Food Service barry.phillips@kanuga.org 2833 
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Bethany Frazier Youth Events Program Director bethany.frazier@kanuga.org 2812 
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Chris Lynn Adult Conferences Program Director chris.lynn@kanuga.org 2818 
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Christine Murawski Mountain Trail Outdoor School Program Director christine.murawski@kanuga.org 2839 
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Clint DeWitt Environmental Projects Manager clint.dewitt@kanuga.org 2823 
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Connie Holliday Director of Group Sales connie.holliday@kanuga.org 2808 
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David Schnitzer Camp Kanuga Director david.schnitzer@kanuga.org 2840 
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Eden Lewis Guest Period Program Director eden.lewis@kanuga.org 2817 
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Eric George Assistant Director of Guest Services eric.george@kanuga.org 2827 
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Gary Giniat Vice President of Advancement gary.giniat@kanuga.org 2816 
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Hayden Hawkins Assistant Director of Guest Services hayden.hawkins@kanuga.org 2829 
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Jason Merritt Director of Marketing and Communications jason.merritt@kanuga.org 2826 
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Jill Mallin Director of Guest Services jill.mallin@kanuga.org 2828 
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Jimmy Haden Vice President of Hospitality and Sales jimmy.haden@kanuga.org 2810 
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Kaitlin Pope Mountain Trail Outdoor School Assistant Director kaitlin.pope@kanuga.org 2838 
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Kate Bakko Reservations Associate kate.bakko@kanuga.org 2811 
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Katherine Parnell Camp Bob Program Director katherine.parnell@kanuga.org 2836 
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Kevin Manion Expedition Programs Manager kevin.manion@kanuga.org 2813 
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Kim Moree Manager of Board Relations kim.moree@kanuga.org 2806 
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LeeAnne Martin Vice President of Youth Programs leeanne.martin@kanuga.org 2837 
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Leslie Hartley Communications Writer leslie.hartley@kanuga.org 2822 
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Marcella Thompson Controller marcella.thompson@kanuga.org 2803 
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Nicole Bentley Reservations Director nicole.bentley@kanuga.org 2809 
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Paul Bockoven Director of Information Technology paul.bockoven@kanuga.org 2819 
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Ricky Varnadore Director of Property ricky.varnadore@kanuga.org 2834 
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Sandy McKinney Reservations Associate sandy.mckinney@kanuga.org 2815 
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Sara Christensen Visual Communications Specialist sara.christensen@kanuga.org 2825 
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Stacie Loeffler Advancement Associate stacie.loeffler@kanuga.org 2734 
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Stan Hubbard President stan.hubbard@kanuga.org 2805 

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FACE: Faith, Art and Creative Expression (Liturgical Arts)
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Conference Calendar

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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.

2015 Conferences and Retreats

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August 16-21

Faith, Art and Creative Expression (Liturgical Arts Conference)

Explore the Divine through artistic expressions led by talented, encouraging instructors in a nurturing Christian community. Choose from journaling, creating outdoor art, drawing mandalas, meditation, constructing a temporary outdoor labyrinth, embroidery, weaving, photography and flower arranging. 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.

October 4-7

Enneagram Conference

The Enneagram will come alive as never before presented, with a whole new level of information and inquiry shared at this year’s conference. This enlightening system of knowledge will be explored as a living map and working spiritual tool for divine guidance. Basics will be offered, along with advanced studies, but all participants will experience the messages of the Enneagrams of Holy Ideas and the Beatitudes of Jesus. Led by Dr. Joe Howell.

October 18-20

Lansing Lee Conference

In a secular world increasingly torn apart by extremism, Is Christianity Sensible?
Bombings, shootings and shrill declarations echo around the world daily. Not too different from the clashes that kept Roman and Jewish authorities awake at night. Into such chaos, Jesus brought his message of justice and peace. Join two world-renowned speakers for inspiring, fresh discussions connecting today’s bewildering headlines with ancient stories and a message of hope.

November 5-8

Medicine and Ministry

The Conference on Medicine and Ministry of the Whole Person is an ecumenical gathering which seeks to foster and facilitate a meaningful dialogue bridging the common ground between the health care profession and the clergy. While foundationally Christian, the conference is open and welcoming to all persons, regardless of their chosen spiritual path. Health of the whole person – mind, body and spirit – is the focus of Medicine and Ministry, a concept introduced in the 1940s by French physician/ theologian Paul Tournier. For the last 42 years this conference has strived to keep his healing principles vital and relevant by choosing speakers from the healing professions who help conferees explore issues of emotional, spiritual and physical healing.

Learn more at www.medicineandministry.org

November 15-21

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. Choice of icons includes The Virgin of Vladimir, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and St. George and the Dragon.

December 2-5

Palestine of Jesus: A two-part course with St. George's College, Jerusalem

Kanuga is excited to partner with St. George’s College to offer an opportunity for a pilgrimage experience in the Holy Land. St George’s College, Jerusalem is an Anglican community of education, hospitality, pilgrimage and reconciliation. Through study and site visits, engaging with the local community, and prayer and reflection, lives are transformed and faith renewed. Course director, The Rev. Rodney Aist, PhD, will come to Kanuga to teach an introductory course. In the beautiful surroundings of North Carolina, we will create a community of pilgrims who will then venture together to the Holy Land (February 7-17, 2016) on the second part of the course at St. George’s College.

Participation in both portions of the course is required, and you must register for each portion separately.

View and download the course flyer

Register for the Kanuga portion

Register for the St. George's College Jerusalem portion

For more information, please contact Lesley Markham, executive director of the North American Committee for St. George’s College, at nacstgeorges@outlook.com or 703-461-1877.

December 27-January 1, 2016

Winterlight 40

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.

 
 

2016 Conferences and Retreats

 

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January 14-17

Kanuga Knitting and Quilting Retreat (KKQ)

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. Knitters and quilters can choose a project to work on during this three-day retreat. Projects will be offered for beginning to advanced knitters and beginning to intermediate quilters. You are also welcome to bring your own project to work on. In addition to daily classes, there will be get-togethers by the fire, time for hiking to scenic mountain overlooks, and visiting area yarn and quilting shops.

February 13-19

Iconography with Suzanne Schleck

Experience the compelling practice of painting an icon using techniques developed before the year 1000 A.D.  Using gold leaf and egg tempera on gessoed boards, instructor Suzanne Schleck guides you through a week of art and prayer. Schleck has studied iconography for more than 20 years and welcomes experienced artists as well as beginners.

Days begin with an early morning Eucharist followed by an anointing of hands in the studio. Noonday prayers are said before lunch and each day ends with evening prayer in Kanuga’s Chapel of the Transfiguration.

Space is limited to 30 participants. 

Web page and registration coming soon.

February 19-21

Church Leadership Conference

In many ways, the institutional church has adapted to the secular world. There are business plans and growth charts and the work of church leadership seems to be the bottom line. It is easy to lose sight of the one reason the church exists: to worship God.

What would it look like if there were a renewed focus on prayer and liturgy? What could the Church become if leadership were more concerned with spiritual well-being than physical or financial? Join us as we explore how churches can refocus their energies and deepen the faith of their membership.

Discover new tools for successful ministry and explore church in a different way by developing a team-based set of leadership strategies at this year’s Church Leadership Conference, presented by Kanuga and the Episcopal Church Foundation.

Theme: Be Still and Grow

Keynoters: New York Times best-selling author Rachel Held Evans, and the Very Rev. Dr. Neal Michell, Dean and Rector at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Dallas, Texas.

June 13-17

Christian Formation Conference

The largest event of its kind in The Episcopal Church provides four days of learning, fellowship, refreshment and renewal with some of the Church’s top educators.

Web page and registration coming soon.

June 19-24

Youth Week at Kanuga

One of Kanuga’s oldest traditions, Youth Week brings together youth and adults who work with youth from around the country for a week of fun, friendship and prayer. Through small group discussions, full conference gatherings, music, prayer and play, youth are encouraged to explore their thoughts and beliefs in a welcoming Christian community.

Three different, simultaneous tracks offer youth and adults the chance to spend time with similar-aged participants.

Web page and registration coming soon.

June 26-July 1

Renewal Conference

This summer, spend five days relaxing in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains; learning about God’s plan for your life, enjoying great worship, connecting with friends, encountering Christ in a real and profound way, and experiencing the power of the Holy Spirit. Keynoter: The Rev. Dr. Russell Jones Levenson, Jr., rector of St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston, TX.

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.

Web page and registration coming soon.

August 25-28

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.

Clergy, diocesan missioners, parish staff, church planters and lay leaders are invited to engage as a community, focusing on God 's mission and celebrating culture, diversity and the unique sense of Fiesta (joy) fostered  in the Latino/ Hispanic community. 

Participants will take home a deeper understanding of God 's mission in the context of Latino/ Hispanic congregations and strategies and ideas for practical implementation at the local and diocesan level.

Simultaneous interpretation available throughout the conference.

Web page and registration coming soon.

 
October 16-18

Lansing Lee Conference

The annual Lansing Lee Conference honors the memory of Lansing B. Lee Jr. of Augusta, GA. Lee participated in many aspects of Kanuga’s programs and governance for more than 50 years. The conference focuses on the theme “Practicing the Faith” and explores different dimensions of that topic in the context of the world, nation, the Church and society. The Lansing Lee Conference is made possible by an endowment established by Lee's wife Natalie.

Web page and registration coming soon.

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.

Web page and registration coming soon.

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.

Web page and registration coming soon.