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Kanuga has inspired generations since the start of our rich history.
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Learn about Kanuga

A gathering place for all 


What is the Kanuga experience? Our full-service conference, retreat and camp center offers 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 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.

Our Mission:

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

Our Vision:

To inspire a more mindful and compassionate world.

Our Core Values:

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

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.

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

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.

Face to Face

Conversations from Kanuga The Apostle Paul, in his hymn to love, wrote: “12For now we see in a mirror, dimly,[b] but then we will see face to face....

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Beyond thoughts and prayers: what I learned on the first day of school

In 1972 I walked into an Open House to meet my first-grade teacher about a week before classes. She was a beautiful, kind woman in her mid-forties; ho...

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A Love Letter to Kanuga

Following the initial weekend of Kanuga Cottage Retreats, we received some moving and meaningful feedback from guests. We share with her permission th...

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Something For Everyone

Read more about our programming and special events.
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.
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!
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