June 12-15, 2023


Schedule Overview


Full Conference Registration
All-inclusive conference rates range from $700-$955 depending on your lodging selection. The day commuter rate is $395. See the drop-down for registration, financial assistance, and payment plans.

Morning and Evening Events with Pádraig Ó Tuama Registration

About the Full Conference

The annual 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 and spiritual leaders to nourish and transform the soul for your work beyond Kanuga. 

This year the theme is Returning & Becoming. During this four-day conference, you are invited to become renewed in your commitment to continual learning and return to a love-centered life. Be inspired by spiritual leaders including poet and theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama, who will guide you into deep explorations of speaking and listening from the heart.

Kanuga endeavors to make its programs accessible. Please note during online registration that financial assistance and payment plans are available.


Pádraig Ó Tuama: Poet-in-Residence
Pádraig’s work centers around themes of language, power, conflict and religion. For Ó Tuama, religion, conflict, power and poetry all circle around language, that original sacrament. His work is featured or forthcoming in Poetry Ireland Review, Academy of American PoetsRaidio Teilifís Éireann’s Poem of the Week, Post Road, IMAGE, Dumbo Feather, Gutter, America, and New England Review. He has broadcasted, recited and been interviewed many times on RTÉ, BBC (Radio 4, Radios Scotland, Wales and N. Ireland) and Radio National (Australia). His work has been used in Medical Journals, quoted by Princes and used in Atlases and Liturgies. More

Ana Hernandez is a composer, song leader, activist, and facilitator creating tunes to help us to be present as we build loving and just community through skillful action. her focus is on racial justice as deep inner work. Click image for bio.

The Rev. Dr. Hillary Raining is an Episcopal priest, author, spiritual director, yoga & meditation instructor, forest therapist and founder of The Hive -- an online spirituality and wellness community. Click image for bio.

Dr. Westina Matthews is an author, speaker, spiritual director, and retreat leader. She serves as co-editor of collection of essays in “Soul Food: Nourishing Contemplative Living and Leadership” (Fall 2023). Click image for bio.

Roger Hutchison is an artist, author, and photographer, who has most recently released, “The Art of Calm: Spiritual Exercises for the Anxious Soul.” His art communicates love, healing, and hope in today’s hurting world. Click Image for bio.

Diana McKendree's passion is working with dreams and images. Trained as a Jungian psychotherapist, she is a skilled educator, speaker, consultant, and iconographer. Dreamwork is a symbolic language that offers insights into the soul’s deepest truths.

Robbin Brent is the director of publications and resource development for Living Compass, a spiritual director, founder of Wisdom Way of Knowing, and former director of the Center for Spiritual Resources in NC. An experienced leader of spiritual retreats and programs, she facilitates gatherings of contemplative leaders, and is a graduate of Shalem Institute’s Transforming Community and Spiritual Guidance programs.


The Rev. Ryan Hawthorne, Curate, Palmer Memorial, Texas


The Rev. Zack Nyein, Senior Associate Rector, St. Bart’s, New York


Attendance cost is calculated during online registration, depending on your lodging selection.

Apply for need-based financial assistance during checkout, and note that payment plans are available. While standard assistance is 20%, further assistance may be offered on an as-needed basis.

It is our goal to welcome all who wish to attend.  

Full Conference Registration

Register here for Pádraig Ó Tuama’s morning and evening events only.

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Monday, June 12

Arrival and Newcomer Orientation, Supper

Evening Gathering & Reception

Tuesday, June 13

Mindful Meditation — Hillary Raining

The Poetry of Returning & Becoming — Pádraig Ó Tuama

Quiet Reflection — Go and Be

Returning & Becoming

Music & Centering

The Contemplative Path to Well-Being -– Scott Stoner

Sabbath — Go and Be

The Language of Scripture in Poetry — Pádraig Ó Tuama

Wednesday, June 14

Mindful Meditation –- Scott Stoner

The Poetry of Returning & Becoming —  Pádraig Ó Tuama

Quiet Reflection – Go and Be

Community Picnic

Music & Centering

Cultivating a Sustainable Practice –- Hillary Raining

Sabbath / Unstructured Time — Go and Be

Returning & Becoming

Music & Centering

How Great Thou Art –- Living for Seven Generations

Reception with Book & Album Signing   


Thursday, June 15

Mindful Meditation –- Robbin Brent                                  

The Journey Continues -– Returning Home                                      

Closing Worship

Reception with Pádraig Ó Tuama Book Signing

Choose from a guest house, historic cottage or a room in Kanuga Lake Inn.

Check out photos of each type of lodging here.

We observe quiet hours from 11 p.m.-7 a.m.

Details can be found in online registration. 

Meals are included in the program fee. We serve three meals a day, buffet-style in our dining room. Please let us know of any food allergies when completing your online registration.

  • Breakfast: 7:30-9 a.m.
  • Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Supper: 5:30-7 p.m.

For the health and safety of our beloved community, Kanuga maintains high standards for food service, sanitation, and general cleanliness. All guests must be symptom-free from any communicable disease prior to arrival. Wearing masks is not required but welcomed by all, especially those at high risk or not up to date on vaccinations, or for 5 days after recovering from illness. Please visit this page for information specific to COVID in Henderson County.

In our shop, located next to the Main Lodge, you’ll find soft drinks, wine and beer, snacks, books, apparel, and necessities. 

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During your stay, we hope you can make time to explore Kanuga’s hiking trails, wooded walks, and lakes. The indoor gym includes workout and weight rooms, as well as a basketball court.

There are myriad worship and contemplation spaces at Kanuga in which all are welcome, including the indoor Chapel of The Transfiguration and the Labyrinth and St. Francis Chapel outdoors.

If you are attending an event at Kanuga and would like to share your photos with our online community, please tag us: #kanuga @kanugaepiscopal. Drone photography is not permitted by guests.

Check-in: 4 p.m.

Check-out: 10 a.m.

Certified service animals are welcome at Kanuga in certain lodging areas.

To communicate with us directly, please reach out: conferences@kanuga.org

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If you are able to further support Kanuga’s retreats, conferences, and camps, please consider an annual fund gift. Kanuga is a non-profit organization affiliated with but not funded by The Episcopal Church. Gifts of any amount are welcome and appreciated.

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