Adult Conferences & Retreats

Transforming lives through engaging conferences


For more than 85 years, Kanuga has sponsored conferences and retreats that provide enlightening, restful and transforming experiences. Our goal is to offer you a peaceful place to focus on your relationship with the Holy and return to your home with renewed energy to reveal God’s grace to the world. With ten Kanuga-sponsored adult conferences offered each year, our hope is you’ll find one that resonates with you.


Knitting & Quilting

January 12, 2017 – January 15, 2017

Take a weekend retreat and join in a variety of workshops with innovative experts. Crafters of every experience level work on a project of their choosing and learn new knitting and quilting techniques.

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Iconography with Suzanne Schleck

February 11, 2017 – February 17, 2017

Explore the gospel in line and color. During this week of art and prayer, participants paint an icon using gold leaf and egg tempera on gessoed boards, lead by instructor Suzanne Schleck. Choose your icon: King David, Ohrid Annunciation and Yaroslavl Mother of God

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Church Leadership

February 17, 2017 – February 19, 2017

This conference is coordinated through a partnership between the Episcopal Church Foundation (ECF) and Kanuga. Discover how to fortify your congregation’s faith while listening to speakers and attending workshops centered on how leaders can better serve their churches. Share your ideas with other church leaders as you learn and reflect on the theme “Finding Your Place.”

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Christian Formation

June 12, 2017 – June 16, 2017

Strengthen your spiritual relationships with God, yourself, others and the natural world at Kanuga’s longest-running conference. In 2017, Christian Formation explores inspiring faith formation for all God’s people in an era of change.

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June 25, 2017 – June 30, 2017

Recharge spiritually with friends and family during a week of powerful worship, teaching and healing. “Life in the Trinity: There’s More to You than You Think” delves into how Jesus included us in the Trinitarian Life and what this means for us today in work, play and relationships.

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Faith, Art & Creative Expression: A Liturgical Arts Conference

August 20, 2017 – August 24, 2017

Encounter the Divine while attending creative classes led by talented instructors in a Christian community. Participants choose from outdoor art, flower arranging, oil painting, photography, embroidery and other artistic expressions.

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Nuevo Amanecer

Returning in 2018

This biennial conference equips participants with the tools and resources to support and spiritually connect with the Latino/Hispanic community. La conferencia equipa a los participantes con las herramientas y el apoyo para conectar con la comunidad latina/hispana.

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Lansing Lee

October 16, 2016 – October 18, 2016

Focus on practicing the faith within the world, nation, the Church and society while listening to dynamic speakers and engaging in workshops and group discussion. The theme Faith, Politics and the Golden Rule considers the place of civility within democracy. LA Times writer Mark Oppenheimer keynotes.

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October 27, 2016 – October 30, 2016

Learn about your true self, purpose and spiritual pathways through the Enneagram—an enlightening system of knowledge with faculty from the Institute of Conscious Being (ICB). Keynote speaker Dr. Joe Howell focuses on the theme “what if you did know?”

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Icon Writing with Teresa Harrison

November 13, 2016 – November 19, 2016

Teresa Harrison instructs attendees in the ancient art of icon writing, inspiring reflection and meditation. Beginners and experienced iconographers welcome.

Choose your icon: The Baptism of Christ, the Angel with the Golden Hair–Archangel Gabriel, and Mary Magdalene with Christ.

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For more information, please contact Adult Conferences Director Chris Lynn at 828-692-9136, ext. 2818, or