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  Name Title Email Address Ext
Andrew Schmidt Advancement Analyst 239 
Anita Whitmire Boan Housekeeping Manager 233 
Barbara Panetta Reservations Associate 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 
Connie Holliday Director of Group Sales 218 
David Schnitzer Camp Kanuga Director 279 
Eden Lewis Guest Period Program Director 283 
Eric George Assistant Director of Guest Services 288 
Gary Giniat Vice President of Advancement 240 
Jason Merritt Director of Marketing and Communications 224 
Jill Mallin Director of Guest Services 285 
Jimmy Haden Vice President of Hospitality and Sales 227 
Kaitlin Pope Mountain Trail Outdoor School Assistant Director 277 
Kate Bakko Reservations Associate 282 
Katherine Parnell Camp Bob Program Director 264 
Kevin Manion Expedition Programs Manager 263 
Kim Moree Manager of Board Relations 280 
LeeAnne Martin Vice President of Youth Programs 321 
Leslie Hartley Communications Writer  
Marcella Thompson Controller 217 
Matt Henry Chief Operating Officer 214 
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 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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Financial Assistance Download a printable application - PDF