Art & Soul Retreat: Personal and Liturgical Creative Expression

The Art of Growing Our Souls 


August 18th – 23rd, 2019

The Art and Soul Retreat is a liturgical arts retreat designed to provide opportunities to connect with the Divine through many forms of artistic expression. Within a spiritual community of love and creativity, we strive to renew our minds and inspire our hands and voices in ordinary and extraordinary ways.

Classes are led by some of the finest artisans in their fields. Kits and supplies are provided by instructors at an additional cost. Participants must register for a morning class track, leaving afternoons open to participate in the music program, work on personal projects or enjoy the outdoors.

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The Rev. Robert Fowler, III is the oldest of three children, born in Atlanta, Georgia, and raised in Albany, Georgia, in the United Methodist Church. He is a graduate of Georgia Tech and has an MBA from Georgia State University.  His professional career included work in contracting and real estate for ten years and then investments for almost twenty.  He began his theological work at Sewanee in the fall of 2010 and was ordained to the priesthood in Atlanta in June of 2013 after graduation. He has two children, Rick and Rainey.  Rick is 28 and graduated from The University of Alabama in 2013.  He works for a technology firm in Greenville, SC.  Rainey is 22 and graduated from The University of South Carolina last December, where she studied psychology and Spanish.  She hopes to teach in Madrid later this year.

Robert grew up in the church and formally began his discernment while attending St. Luke’s in Atlanta, where he began EfM in 2007.  His call to ministry is a combination of a strong Methodist upbringing and a desire to serve others. While in seminary, he served at St. Stephen’s Episcopal in Huntsville, Alabama.  After graduation, Robert served as the Curate at St. Margaret’s in Carrollton, Georgia, for 2 1/2 years.  He was called as Priest-in-Charge at St. Luke’s in Jacksonville, Alabama, in December of 2015 and was named as their Rector in the spring of 2016.  He has travelled to France and Great Britain on several occasions (leading a church group to Paris and eastern France in 2014) as well as Tanzania for a seminary mission trip in 2012.

Robert is involved in community theater and enjoys tennis, movies, travel, and anything to do with the Titanic, Gone With The Wind, and architecture.  He is a great admirer of Thomas Jefferson, extroverted, enjoys people, and loves to laugh.  He also takes piano lessons, loves to sing, and considers music to be an integral part of liturgy and worship.

Conference Staff

Lark Howell / Coordinator is a native of Anniston, Alabama where she attends Grace Episcopal Church. She has served on two vestries, the Altar Guild, the Healing Ministry, the Preservation Committee and is currently a Eucharistic minister. She is a past chairman of the Alabama Diocesan Commission on Spirituality and has been co-chairman of Kanuga’s Liturgical Arts Conference for the past 10 years. Lark is married to Joe, and together they are co-founders of The Institute for Conscious Being, which teaches the spirituality of the Enneagram. Her leisure time is filled with creative activities such as needlework, photography, flower arranging, gardening, traveling and pampering their three cocker spaniels. Today Lark continues to find meaning, creative expression and pure joy in being a part of the Liturgical Arts Conference. “It is a personal blessing to be a part of such an event which touches so many lives. For me it is an annual spiritual renewal offering new creative ways to express and share my faith.”

Conference Musician

Robert Lee has been a church musician for 45 years, serving as organist/choir director for churches in Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, and South Carolina.  In addition, he was for 20 years a high school choral director and history teacher.  Robert remains active as a vocal coach and accompanist for a variety of musical ensembles.  He is associate organist at St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church, Harrods Creek (Louisville), Kentucky.



Conference Details

Lodging options at Kanuga:
  • Double Occupancy (Shared room): $935
  • Single Occupancy (Private room): $1120
  • Commuter (program, meals and facility fees): $590
  • Non-participant (shares room with participant): $635
  • Stay over the night of August 23: $80 (subject to availability)

Payment and Cancellations

A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required at the time of registration. We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and Echeck.

Balance due: Payment in full is required beginning 30 days before the event start date, which is also the Balance Due date for those only paying the initial deposit when registering.

Cancellations: Cancellations and refunds are provided in a tiered system based on proximity to the event start date. Any cancellation made at least 21 days before the event start date will result in a refund, minus the $100 nonrefundable deposit. Cancellations made 20-15 days before the event start date will receive a 50% refund, minus the $100 nonrefundable deposit. Cancellations made 14-8 days before the event start date will receive a 25% refund, minus the $100 nonrefundable deposit. Cancellations made within 7 days of the event start date are not eligible for a refund. All cancellations must be in writing.


Check-in: 4–6 p.m. Sunday, August 18
Check-out: 10 a.m. Friday, August 23

Registration & Discounts

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Scholarship Request

For more information regarding scholarships, please contact Director of Formation Programs and Resident Chaplain Richmond Jones at or 828-692-9136 Ext. 2745.