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  Name Title Email Address Ext
Andrew Schmidt Advancement Analyst 239 
Anita Whitmire Boan Housekeeping Manager 233 
Barry Phillips Director of Food Service 235 
Bethany Frazier Youth Events Program Director 276 
Chris Lynn Adult Conferences Program Director 267 
Christine Murawski Mountain Trail Outdoor School Program Director 281 
Clint DeWitt Environmental Projects Manager 270 
David Schnitzer Camp Kanuga Director 279 
Eden Lewis Guest Period Program Director 283 
Eric George Assistant Director of Guest Services 288 
Gary Giniat Director of Advancement 240 
Hunter Soper Expedition Programs Director 263 
Jason Merritt Director of Marketing and Communications 224 
Jill Mallin Director of Guest Services 285 
Jimmy Haden Vice President of Hospitality and Sales 227 
Jodi Calabrese Retail Operations Manager 241 
Kate Bakko Reservations Associate 282 
Katherine Parnell Camp Bob Program Director 264 
Kim Moree Manager of Board Relations 280 
Kim Watson Vice President of Finance and Operations 214 
LeeAnne Martin Vice President of Youth Programs 321 
Marcella Thompson Controller 217 
Monica Phillips MTOS Assistant Program Director 277 
Nicole Bentley Reservations Director 284 
Paul Bockoven Director of Information Technology 315 
Ricky Varnadore Director of Property 221 
Sandy McKinney Reservations Associate 222 
Stan Hubbard President 212 

Kanuga Calendar

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Kanuga Knitting & Quilting Retreat

January 16, 2014 - January 19, 2014

Optional January 20 Stayover

Extend your retreat for an extra day! Limited classes will be offered in addition to a buffet supper Jan. 19 and a continental breakfast before checkout Jan. 20.

"KKQ has been so formative in my life, teaching me many new knitting skills, introducing me to remarkable women (and a few men!), and shaping in me a deep joy for chaplaincy, spiritual direction, and retreat ministry.  That the event is on the holiest ground I know, and I get to share it with my mom, is icing on the already wonderful cake!"  -The Reverend Jennifer Deaton

Learn new techniques from patient experts and exercise your creativity during this relaxing mountain weekendProjects will be offered for beginning to advanced knitters and beginning to intermediate quilters.

Knitters and quilters will choose one project to work on during this three-day retreat. Knitting projects include a contiguous sweater, felted “pop squares” tote, beginning socks, lace and beads scarf, Christmas stockings, Fair Isle mitts or bring your own project to work on. Click here to see detailed descriptions of each project.

Quilters can choose to make a Dottie Zig-Zag, Jelly Roll Jambalaya, and/or Seed Pods. Quilters also are welcome to bring their own quilting project. Click here to see detailed descriptions of each project.

In addition to daily classes, there will be get-togethers by the fire and time for hiking to scenic mountain overlooks and visiting area yarn and quilting shops. The atmosphere is casual. The people are warm and friendly.  The experience is a gentle escape from “real life.”

Download the Knitting and Quilting Retreat flyer

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. An international award winning designer, she is currently creating patterns for various yarn companies and knitting magazines both in this country and in Europe as well as for her own website. She lives in Saluda, NC.

Jennifer DeatonCHAPLAIN: The Rev. Jennifer Deaton serves as the Canon for Pastoral Care at St. Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral in Jackson, MS. 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 $490 per person
Includes program, lodging, meals and use of recreational facilities.
Single Occupancy $600 per person
Includes same as above. (Based on availability)
Commuter $320 per person
Includes program, lunches, suppers and use of recreational facilities. 
$330 per person
Includes lodging, meals and use of recreational facilities.
Optional Stayover $70 per person
Includes lodging, buffet supper and continental breakfast.


Deposit $100 per person
Nonrefundable. Nontransferable. Deposit deducted from total fee.
Balance Due December 16
(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. 16
Check-out After lunch Sunday, Jan. 19


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