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  Name Title Email Address Ext
Andrew Schmidt Advancement Analyst 2824 
Anita Whitmire Boan Housekeeping Manager 2831 
Barbara Panetta Reservations Associate 2814 
Barry Phillips Director of Food Service 2833 
Bethany Frazier Youth Events Program Director 2812 
Chris Lynn Adult Conferences Program Director 2818 
Christine Murawski Mountain Trail Outdoor School Program Director 2839 
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 Assistant Director of Guest Services 2827 
Gary Giniat Vice President of Advancement 2816 
Jason Merritt Director of Marketing and Communications 2826 
Jill Mallin Director of Guest Services 2828 
Jimmy Haden Vice President of Hospitality and Sales 2810 
Kaitlin Pope Mountain Trail Outdoor School Assistant Director 2838 
Kate Bakko Reservations Associate 2811 
Katherine Parnell Camp Bob Program Director 2836 
Kevin Manion Expedition Programs Manager 2813 
Kim Moree Manager of Board Relations 2806 
LeeAnne Martin Vice President of Youth Programs 2837 
Leslie Hartley Communications Writer 2822 
Marcella Thompson Controller 2803 
Matt Henry Chief Operating Officer 2804 
Nicole Bentley Reservations Director 2809 
Paul Bockoven Director of Information Technology 2819 
Ricky Varnadore Director of Property 2834 
Sandy McKinney Reservations Associate 2815 
Sara Christensen Visual Communications Specialist 2825 
Stan Hubbard President 2805 

Kanuga Calendar

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Kanuga Knitting & Quilting Retreat

January 15, 2015 - January 18, 2015

Optional January 19 stayover

About the 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.

Click here to view and download the event flyer.

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.

Knitting projects include Dreambird Shawl (FULL), Leftovers Wrap, Knitted Toys (FULL), Beginning Socks, Fixing Mistakes, Steeking Basics and more. Click here for a full list of knitting projects.

Quilting projects include Log Cabin Cross and Asian Fusion wall hangings, Jelly Roll Race and Carousel quilts. Click here for a full list of quilting projects.

About the staff

Varian BrandonCOORDINATOR: Varian Brandon has been knitting since she was 8 and has been almost continuously working with yarn and needles since a trip to Scotland after college. Recently, she was the top American winner in an international design competition sponsored by Jamieson and Smith Woolbrokers. She lives in Saluda, NC where she uses her needles (and graph paper and computer) to design hand-knitted sweaters and other colorful wearables.

Jennifer DeatonCHAPLAIN: The Rev. Jennifer Deaton serves as the Canon Pastor at St. Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral in Jackson, Mississippi. An avid knitter, she maintains the blog Preach One, Purl Two.

Jean Ann Wright and Janet Houts

QUILTING INSTRUCTOR: Jean Ann Wright is a design consultant to the fabric industry and co-author of Circle of Nine: 24 Stunning and Creative Quilts, One Unique Quilt Setting. Previously, she served as editor of The Quilting Quarterly and Quilt magazines. Her quilts have appeared on the covers of The Quilter and Quilter's World and featured in Fons and Porter, McCalls and Quilter's Newsletter magazines. She has taught quilting in the United States, Canada and England and was a judge at the first International Quilt Festival in Austria and the Quilt Festival in Houston.

QUILTING INSTRUCTOR: Janet Houts is a quilt designer and co-author of Circle of Nine: 24 Stunning and Creative Quilts, One Unique Quilt Setting. Her quilts have been published in numerous magazines, including Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting, McCalls Quick Quilts, Quilter’s World and Quilt Magazine. She has designed quilts for several textile companies, including Blank Textiles, Windham Fabrics and Andover Textiles. She has an extensive background in graphic arts and previously was the editorial art director for The Quilting Quarterly.




Double Occupancy $550 per person
Includes program, lodging, meals and use of recreational facilities.
Single Occupancy $680 per person
Includes same as above. (Based on availability)
Commuter $320 per person
Includes program, lunches, suppers and use of recreational facilities. 
$385 per person
Includes lodging, meals and use of recreational facilities.
Optional Stayover

$75 per person
Includes lodging, buffet supper and continental breakfast.

Extend your retreat for an extra day! Limited classes will be offered in addition to a buffet supper Jan. 18 and a continental breakfast before checkout Jan. 19.


Deposit $100 per person
Nonrefundable. Nontransferable. Deposit deducted from total fee.
Balance Due December 15
(To register after this date, please send a check or use a credit card for the full amount.)


Check-in 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15
Check-out After lunch Sunday, Jan. 18


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Register by Mail/Fax Download a printable registration form - PDF
Financial Assistance Download a printable application - PDF