Adult Conferences

Thoughtful, engaging, transformational experiences


For 90+ years, Kanuga has sponsored conferences and retreats that provide enlightening, restful and transforming experiences. Our goal is to offer a peaceful place for you to focus on your relationship with the Holy and return home with renewed energy to reveal God’s grace to the world. With many Kanuga-sponsored adult conferences offered each year, our hope is you’ll find one that resonates with you.

Summer Dream & Spirituality Conference
May 28-June 2, 2023

The Haden Institute is honored to welcome in person Joy Harjo, who served three terms as the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States 2019-2022.

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Returning & Becoming
A Retreat featuring Pádraig Ó Tuama
June 12-15, 2023

This conference offers a sacred space to be able to speak and listen from the heart in the journey toward fostering Beloved Communities. Nurture the body, mind, and heart by co-creating a space with like-minded siblings to nourish and transform the soul for your work beyond Kanuga.

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with The Rev. Dr. Bob Sturdy
June 25-30, 2023

Recharge spiritually with friends and family during a week of powerful worship, teaching, and healing.

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Drinking from Poetry’s Well
Dr. Catherine Meeks & Poet David Whyte
October 10-13, 2023

The theme for this year’s Lansing Lee Conference, featuring Dr. Catherine Meeks and poet David Whyte, is “Drinking from Poetry’s Well: The Search for Freedom, Hope, and Healing.” The Rev. Winnie Varghese will serve as chaplain.

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November 2-5, 2023

We invite spiritual leaders and wisdom teachers, poets and storytellers, progressive theologians who are deeply steeped in Biblical scholarship, gifted musicians, people engaged in the hard work of love and justice, seekers on the journey, hungry souls, hopeful and despairing, young and old, all looking for ways to connect and deepen their relationship with the Divine and each other.

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Icon Writing with Teresa Harrison
November 4-10, 2023

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

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Nuevo Amanecer
June 3-7, 2024

The Office of Latino/Hispanic Ministries and Kanuga partner in offering the biannual Nuevo Amanecer conference for those who are already involved in Latino Ministry as well as those interested in becoming involved. The conference brings together many successful and dynamic leaders involved in Latino ministries and offers workshops that provide training that can be implemented in any parish. Keynote speakers offer inspiration.

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Musicians’ Gathering
Coming Soon

The Musicians’ Gathering at Kanuga is a retreat for music leaders from around the country, a time set aside for musicians to rest and renew in a community of supportive peers who understand the unique challenges of this vocation. Come for collaborative worship, sharing of ideas, resources and best practices, peer-led discussions, jam-sessions, and emerge with a clarified, hopeful vision of a community renewed through your art.

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Iconography with Suzanne Schleck
February 4-10, 2023

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, led by instructor Suzanne Schleck.

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Knitting & Quilting
January 12-15, 2023

Crafters of every experience level work on a project of their choosing and learn new knitting and quilting techniques.

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