June 12-15, 2023

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 to nourish and transform the soul for your work beyond Kanuga. This year the theme is Returning and Becoming. During this four-day conference, you will be invited to become renewed in your commitment to Christian formation and return to a more God-centered life. Be inspired by poet and theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama, who will guide you into intimate explorations about how poetry shapes itself to fit the yearnings of the heart and deepens your spiritual journey.


Pádraig Ó Tuama
As a poet and theologian, Pádraig Ó Tuama’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. Photograph: Trevor Brady

Retreat Leaders


Dr. Westina Matthews, Planning Co-Leader
Westina is an author, a public speaker, contemplative spiritual director, and retreat leader who has found a way to connect with others through her books, essays, lectures, and teaching.



Roger Hutchison, Planning Co-Leader
Roger is the author and illustrator of nine books for both children and adults including, The Painting Table, My Favorite Color is Blue. Sometimes., Faces: A Love Story, and Sparrow’s Prayer. Roger serves as the Director of Christian Formation and Parish Life at Houston’s Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church and is a member of the National Alliance of Grieving Children and Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. He lives with his wife Kristin just outside of Houston, Texas.



Ryan Hawthorne smallThe Rev. Ryan Hawthorne, Co-chaplain
Ryan is a recently ordained priest in the Diocese of Texas. She received her M.Div in 2013 and completed a Diploma in Anglican Studies in 2021. Ryan loves exploring ministry and theology on the edge and at the intersections of race, class, and gender/sexuality. In her free time Ryan enjoys exploring Houston, sitting with friends on patios, and any activity involving water. She also revels in the great joy of raising a young child.


The Rev. Zack Nyein, Co-chaplain
Zack serves as Senior Associate Rector at St. Bart’s, New York, with responsibilities in a wide array of ministries, including social justice, creative worship, newcomer engagement, and Children, Youth, and Families. Zack is enthusiastic about developing creative ways of connecting and communicating the Good News of God in Christ across generations and difference as the Church lives into its new and ancient calling as a community of reconciliation and renewal.