Summer Conference: Freedom to Seek: Adventure into the Wild Divine

June 17-20, 2024


Rates & Policies

Register – Full Conference – Virtual / In-person / Commuter
Rates range depending on your selection. Financial assistance is available.

Kanuga’s summer conference welcomes spiritual seekers of all backgrounds to deepen and expand your current concept of who you are in relation to the Divine. With love as our foundation, we will support participants in deconstructing harmful beliefs, adopting supportive spiritual practices, and engaging in guided writing exercises.

Three phases: Chrysalis, Spreading Our Wings, and Taking Flight, will be explored individually and in the community. Time is built in for you to be renewed in nature, cultivate your ability to find sacred space, and restore your connection with the Divine in the world around you. Our gathering will include intentional reflection, sharing insights with others as you are inclined, and supporting one another in our commitment to ongoing spiritual expansion. Join us for this spiritual adventure rooted in love.



Chantal McKinney
Chantal is a life-long seeker of the Divine. She is a writer, speaker, entrepreneur, coach, consultant, practitioner of community development, and former church planter who walks in the two worlds of spirituality and religion. She is passionate about the rising of the Spirit and the Divine Feminine. She awaits the publication of her first book, Liberating Your Divinity From Within: A Guidebook for Your Spiritually Expansive Journey, which was largely written while being immersed in the natural world, allowing her to uncouple the wisdom of Spirit from the over-thinking mind. After serving in the Episcopal Church as a priest for twenty years, she founded Root Thrive Soar and works with churches and faith organizations around the country who are ready to shift towards being the church in/among their communities by aligning themselves with the Spirit’s movement in the world around them. Learn more at

John Roedel

John is a comic who unexpectedly gained notability as a writer and poet through his heartfelt Facebook conversations with “God” that went viral. John has since gone on to write multiple Amazon best-selling books.  

Offering a sincere and very relatable look at his faith crisis, mental health, personal struggles, perception of our world, and even his fashion sense, John’s writing has been shared millions of times across social media and lauded by fans and readers worldwide. He teaches at universities and retreat centers across the US, blending his trademark comedy with creative exercises, journaling, dialogue, and introspection to help people fearlessly embrace and share their personal stories. Learn more at

Accessibility to our programs is important to Kanuga’s mission.

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.

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 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. Dogs must be leashed at all times.

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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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