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Peaceful mountains and a variety of programs await Kanuga guests


As the weather warms, Episcopalians and others from many states head for Kanuga Conferences in the North Carolina mountains. For some it is an annual tradition, what one guest calls “a week I look forward to for the other 51 weeks.”

An Episcopal center located near Hendersonville, Kanuga hosts and sponsors programs year-round, but the pace quickens in spring and summer.   

Kanuga serves all ages through conferences, guest periods, camps and outdoor education, and all find peace amid 1400 acres of woods and water, in the hush of rustic chapels and comfort of a cottage rocking chair.

The waterfront, tennis courts, climbing towers and hiking trails offer active relaxation. Lodging and meals are provided, so guests have time for themselves and the programs. Reduced rates are offered for accompanying spouses, children and babysitters.

Conferences provide education, spiritual renewal and refreshment. The calendar of Kanuga-sponsored programs includes these events. 

PROVINCE IV WOMEN’S CONFERENCE: The Holy Spirit – Advocate, Comforter, Paraclete, April 24-26 — Keynoter: The Rev. Dr. Jo Bailey Wells, director of Anglican Studies, Duke Divinity School. Co-sponsored with the Province IV Episcopal Church Women. (Kanuga hosts the Province IV Altar Guild June 4-7.)

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP V, May 7-12 — For all photographers, this retreat focuses more on the mental and spiritual connection with photography than on technology. George DeWolfe, Ron Wisner and other nationally known instructors help participants photograph the mountains in spring bloom.

GARDENS AND GRACE: Spiritual Growth in the Quiet Garden, May 21-24 — Learn to cultivate places for prayer, creativity and healing. Featuring workshops with the Rev. Philip Roderick, founder of the Quiet Garden Movement, Esther de Waal, renowned author and scholar of monastic spirituality, and other experts on gardening, landscape design and spirituality.

CAMP KANUGA — For ages 7-15, five sessions June 3-August 12. 

TRAILBLAZER ADVENTURE — Leadership training and a challenging trail trip for ages 15, 16.  Three sessions June 15-July 31. 

CHRISTIAN FORMATION CONFERENCE: Creating a Formational Parish, June 11-16 – For all who work in Christian Education/Formation. Keynoter: Tracey Herzer, LeaderResources, an Episcopal firm that helps congregations share their home-grown resources.

YOUTH WEEK, June 18-23 – Conferences for Junior Young People, Senior Young People, and Adults Who Work with Youth.  Scheduled a week later this year to accommodate school calendars.

RENEWAL CONFERENCE: Get a Life, June 25-30 — Explore how to re-engage the wellspring of the gospel as we face life’s challenges.  Keynoters John M. Barr III, Sumter, S. C. and David McCarthy, Glasgow, Scotland, are Episcopal rectors who visit each other’s parish and share ministry, vision and skills. 

CHRISTIANITY AND LITERATURE, God’s Healing for a Broken World, June 25-30 — Read and reflect on works by Flannery O’Connor, C. S. Lewis, Marilynne Robinson and others. Led by William Barnwell, Nancy Rockwell.

SUMMER GUEST PERIOD — Cool mountain air, activities for all, chaplain in residence. Eight weeks beginning July 1, with best choice of accommodations August 19-25.  

LITURGICAL ARTS IX: Holy Works for Holy Places, August 20-25 — A valuable tool for all churches—learning and inspiration for church needleworkers, choir leaders and choristers, calligraphers, weavers. 

Kanuga also hosts groups holding meetings for up to 440 guests. For information visit, e-mail, telephone 828-692-9136 or write to Kanuga Conferences, Post Office Box 250, Hendersonville, N.C. 28793.