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Kanuga is a gathering place for all.

Kanuga is an Episcopal retreat located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina.


Kanuga offers a variety of accommodations, recreation, and programs designed to encourage communion with each other, nature, and the Creator. 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.

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


To inspire a more mindful and compassionate world

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 the land and its 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.

Flat Stanley Visits Kanuga: A Gotbeter Family Story by LaClaire Atkins

One of my favorite things about working at Kanuga is getting to know so many wonderful people. I first came to know Brittan Gotbeter and her family wh...

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Kanuga Staff Day in the Garden

It takes a lot of love and attention for Kanuga’s Foster Education Garden to yield fresh and ample produce for the summer harvest. Staff planted thi...

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I Want to Marry You: A Kanuga Proposal

Alex Paradise could never have known as a little girl that one day she would be proposed to at her favorite place in the world. Alex and her family ha...

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Something For Everyone

Read more about our programming and special events.
KEY Conferences
Kanuga Empowered Youth: You're the key for spiritual growth.
Make new friends and explore your faith in a welcoming Christian community. Attend Youth Week in conjunction with Winterlight.
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