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Come re-nourish your soul as we ring in the New Year at Winterlight XLVII. From December 28, 2022, to January 1, 2023, high schoolers from across the country are invited to a winter retreat at Kanuga in the mountains of western North Carolina. In this community built on unconditional acceptance, young people will be empowered to feel nourished by nature, be unapologetically genuine, and to create authentic connections with each other and the Creator.

Winterlight is a celebrated Kanuga tradition open to high school students grades 9–12 and recent high school graduates. As part of our KEY Conference series, Winterlight brings in the new year for Kanuga Empowered Youth. Take this chance to get away from the distractions of everyday life and spend time meeting new friends, hanging out with old ones, singing, dancing, ringing in the New Year and exploring your thoughts and beliefs.

Ven a nutrir tu alma mientras recibimos el Año Nuevo en Winterlight XLVII. Del 28 de diciembre de 2022 al 1 de enero de 2023, los estudiantes de secundaria de todo el país están invitados a un retiro de invierno en Kanuga, en las montañas del oeste de Carolina del Norte. En esta comunidad construida sobre la aceptación incondicional, los jóvenes tendrán el poder de sentirse nutridos por la naturaleza, ser genuinos sin disculpas y crear conexiones auténticas entre ellos y con el Creador.

Winterlight es una célebre tradición de Kanuga abierta a estudiantes de secundaria de los grados 9 a 12 y recién graduados de secundaria. Como parte de nuestra serie de conferencias KEY, Winterlight trae el nuevo año para Kanuga Empowered Youth. Aproveche esta oportunidad para alejarse de las distracciones de la vida cotidiana y pasar tiempo conociendo nuevos amigos, pasando el rato con los viejos, cantando, bailando, celebrando el Año Nuevo y explorando sus pensamientos y creencias.

Winterlight 47: Coordinators & Staff

December 28, 2022-January 1, 2023

Raven Tarpley


I’m Raven. I grew up at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia and now live in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. KEY Conferences has had such a positive impact on the person I am today and I love giving that experience back to the current participants. I am an extremely passionate person but especially so when it comes to nature, furniture design and tie dye.

Chauncy Molodow


Hey, I’m Chauncy I’m from Phoenix, Arizona , currently I am attending St. Luke’s Episcopal Church at the mountain. I am the youth leader at my Parish. Camp back home has been one of the greatest things that I have been a part of. From the friendships that I have made and the leadership that has made me the person I am today. I love pineapples and my favorite color is yellow. What a coincidence! Can’t wait to meet you all.

Rev. Samuel Borbon

Associate Missioner for Latino/Hispanic Ministries in the Episcopal Church

Samuel is a first-generation Latino who grew up on the border between Mexico and the United States. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2007 and is now the Associate for Latino/Hispanic Ministries and Program Developer for the Presiding Bishop. He fell in love with Kanuga after attending Nuevo Amanecer 2016. Two years later, during Nuevo Amanecer 2018, he met Francisca, now his wife. Kanuga holds an exceptional place in his heart and is thrilled to return for Winterlight 2022.

Bishop Brian Prior

Conference Liaison

I’m BP. Kanuga is home, thin place, Beloved Community and family. I have been blessed to have been a part of all things Kanuga including KEY Conferences from a young age. I own my own business, Prioritize Coaching: individual and organizational leadership development, a ‘janitor for Jesus’, and oh a Bishop.


KEY Conferences Winterlight Youth Week

Come gather with us at Winterlight XLVII as we explore Pan de Vida!

“I am the bread of life, whoever comes to me will never be hungry.” – John 6:35 NRSV

Bread is timeless and transcultural. It offers comfort, familiarity, and sustenance. God’s presence in our lives is our spiritual nourishment. How do we allow God to knead us into the unique individuals we are? How do we know the presence of God within us all?

The word “companion” literally means “with bread,” and the people with whom we break bread are those that form our fellowship. How can we come together, as the ingredients in bread do, to rise as one and form a holy community?

God kneads us, let’s rise!