Knitting & Quilting Retreat

Master knitting and quilting techniques on a weekend escape

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January 16-19, 2025

Knitters and quilters can choose a project to work on during this three-day retreat. Projects will be offered for beginning to advanced knitters and beginning to intermediate quilters. You are also welcome to bring your own project to work on. In addition to daily classes, there will be get-togethers by the fire, time for hiking to scenic mountain overlooks, and visiting area yarn and quilting shops.

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CONFERENCE COORDINATOR
Varian Brandon
Coordinator, Knitting Instructor

Varian Brandon began knitting at age eight. A trip to the islands of Great Britain rekindled a love of color and created an interest in the traditions of Fair Isle design and construction. She is currently designing stranded colorwork patterns for several yarn companies, as well as her own website. Additionally, her designs have been published in several national and internationnl magazines including *Yarnwise,* *PLY,* and *Interweave Knits.* Currently living in Saluda, North Carolina, Varian has been teaching stranded colorwork and related knitting techniques, both virtually and in person, at national and regional fiber festivals and retreats, in local yarn shops, and for the past 17 years at the Kanuga Knitting and Quilting Retreat. Online, she can be found at www.brandonknittingdesigns.com, on Ravelry at varianbrandon, and on her YouTube channel, Varian Brandon.

CONFERENCE CHAPLAIN
Rev. Jennifer Deaton

Jennifer graduated from Emory University in 1994 with a B.A. in Religion, and from the University of Mississippi in 1998 with an M.Ed. in Educational Psychology. She earned her M.Div. from the General Theological Seminary in 2004. She served as Curate at St. Paul’s in Meridian, and as Chaplain at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Jackson. Jennifer has completed a two-year training in the practice of spiritual direction. She served as Canon for Pastoral care at St Andrew’s Cathedral in Jackson, and is now rector at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Indianola, Mississippi.

Registration opens soon.

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.  

Rates:

All Inclusive Rates (Arrive January 11 – Depart January 14)

Rates are per person and include accommodations, meals, and program fee. Check-in time is after 4 p.m. Check-out time is no later than 10 a.m. Meals include opening night supper through closing day lunch.

Occupancy Cost

Adult Double – Cottage (Shared Bedroom) $726 Adult Single – Cottage

(Private Bedroom) $864 Adult Double – Inn

(Shared Room) $816 Adult Single – Inn

(Private Room) $984

Non-participant guest $491

(Shared room with full participant: accommodation, meals, no program)

Commuter Rate (Arrive January 11 – Depart January 14)

Rates are per person and include meals and program fee. Check-in time is after 4 p.m. Meals include opening night supper through closing day lunch.

Occupancy Cost

Commuter $519

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Early Arrival (Arrive January 10)

Rates are per person and include accommodation and meals. Check-in time is after 4 p.m. Meals include supper through lunch prior to the retreat supper beginning on Jan. 11

Occupancy Cost

Early Arrival – Adult Double $117

Early Arrival – Adult Single $163

Early Arrival – Commuter $48

Departing Late (Depart January 15)

Rates are per person and include accommodation and meals. Check-out time is 10a.m. Meals include supper Jan 14 and breakfast on Jan. 15

Occupancy Cost

Late Departure – Adult Double $117

Late Departure – Adult Single $163

Late Departure – Commuter $48

Financial Assistance Kanuga is making it a priority to increase accessibility to our programs. 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.

Cancellations Written notice of cancellation must be delivered to Kanuga and may be made by electronic transmission to conferences@kanuga.org. Cancellations prior to 14 days out: Kanuga will issue a refund in the amount paid minus a $250 administration fee per registration ($100 per commuter and non-participant. Cancellation within 14 days of the event: no refunds.

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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. 

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 Chapel of The Transfiguration, outdoor Labyrinth, and St. Francis Chapel in the woods.

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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