Musicians’ Gathering

A gathering of creative and innovative music leaders from around the country


Kanuga is grateful for this community of song leaders and creators. The gathering scheduled for April 2023 has been postponed. Planning is underway for a revised date, and an announcement with registration will be ready soon

About the Retreat

The Musicians’ Gathering at Kanuga creates a time and space for musicians to rest and renew in the sanctuary of not only the peaceful mountain scenery, but also the mutual support of 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. Return home with a clarified, hopeful vision of a community renewed through your soulful ministry.

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

Who is this gathering for?

If you participate in any form of emerging music expression, this gathering is for you. If you would like to experience what other creative leaders are doing around the nation, this gathering is for you. If you are among the many who have burned the candle at both ends for a long, long time, this gathering is for you. While the retreat is tailored for musicians, anyone with an appreciation for music and all things creative is welcome to attend.

Come bless us and be blessed by your experience.


Charles Milling

Charles Milling is a music, worship and band director in the Episcopal ethos, but also in the secular world. He currently serves at Christ Church in Charlotte, NC, and is wrapping up Live Hymnal’s fourth album. Charles started his church work at Fran McKendree’s side in 1998 at Kanuga. It gives him great comfort to return to Kanuga again this year to be in a gathering of like-minded spirits.

Bishop Brian Prior

Brian is a self-described camp-kid who became a camp director at the age of 20 beginning a lifelong passion for retreat ministry. A chance meeting at the first EYE (Episcopal Youth Event) in the early 80’s began a long partnership with Fran McKendree in providing a holy space for individuals and communities to move more deeply into the presence of God.

Simon de Voil

We welcome to our gathering, Simon de Voil, a sacred musician and interspiritual minister as well as singer songwriter from Vermont. Simon will serve as our chaplain for the week and share with us his creative liturgy and presence. Simon comes to us by way of Spiritual Directors International

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.

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.

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.

Support Kanuga

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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