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A gathering place for all 

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Kanuga conferences, retreats, and camps offer more than 35,000 guests annually a variety of accommodations, recreation, and programs designed to encourage communion with each other, nature, and the Creator.

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Mission~Vision~Values

In 1928, Bishop Kirkman G. Finlay envisioned a place in the mountains of western North Carolina, rooted in the Episcopal Church, grown from the love of Jesus, and open to all people. We share the spirit of this place equally with all who desire its experience and affect in the world, and we welcome people of all religions, genders, ethnicities, nationalities, ages, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender expressions.

Mission

Kanuga is a gathering place inviting all people to connect with each other, nature, and the Creator.

Vision

To inspire a more mindful and compassionate world

Core Values

Service
We seek to awaken a world of good by providing programs that transform and nourish the soul for work beyond Kanuga.

Respect
We honor the presence and image of God in every person and offer radical hospitality to all guests while striving for a work environment that supports staff with living wages and quality benefits.

Sustainability
We treasure God’s gift of creation and commit to using and teaching sustainable models that have the least impact on the land and its resources.

Stewardship
We give generously while using our inheritance wisely, utilizing our resources responsibly so that Kanuga is preserved for future generations.

 

Kanuga Blog

Discover what's happening in our mountain valley.
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A Holy Baptism on Sacred Ground

by LaClaire Atkins “It is a day when we celebrate the communion of saints, the martyrs and ancestors, the people in our lives who have stood in the...

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In Honor of Mary: A Gift of Renewal for Kanuga

“My aunt loved Kanuga more than anything else,” says Heather W. Harts’horn, speaking of her father’s only sibling, Mary Hartshorn-Gregory, who...

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Smile and Say: “Kudzu”!

This month, Kanuga welcomed a local goat herd to serve as weed-eaters. “Goatscaping” is re-emerging as a popular alternative to the use of the exp...

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Something For Everyone

Read more about our programming and special events.
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Mountain Trail Outdoor School
Bring your students to the MTOS outdoor classroom.
Hands-on experiential learning designed to increase awareness and stewardship of our natural environment. Plan a field trip!
EXPLORE MTOS
Camp Kanuga
Summer camp for boys and girls, building confidence and friendships since 1931.
Choose your adventure with our exciting camp experiences, including starter camp, residential camp and Trailblazers.
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Experience Kanuga
Absolutely beautiful... but why wouldn't it be? It's Kanuga!!! Best place in the world.
Nanky Tribble
A small corner of heaven right here in NC.
Bonnie Gruetzmacher
Kanuga’s track record of thoughtful environmental stewardship adds credibility and momentum to the board’s aspirations for bold leadership in this field. Kanuga will undoubtedly have a lot to teach us in coming years.
Dr. Mallory McDuff, lecturer at Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, NC
In our throw-away world, Kanuga is a treasure well worth preserving. We must protect the special feeling of being at Kanuga.
Bryan M. Haltermann, real estate developer, Augusta, GA
My family loves Kanuga! I want my son to have a feeling of exciting reunion as our Guest Period comes closer. The best gift of the experience is the recapturing of a simpler, richer lifestyle when people chat with each other face to face. Thank you for knowing the value of shared time and space and preserving it in this crazy world.
Sarah, camper parent