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Kanuga 2017


Kanuga Parish Retreat

Registration deadline Friday, September 1
Friday through Sunday, September 29–October 1 at Kanuga Conference Center, Hendersonville, NC

This year’s Kanuga chairs Debbie Wilson and Jowell Thome, with co-chairs, Devon and Jason Jackoniski, invite you to join in the fun at the 2017 annual parish retreat at Kanuga! This year’s theme for the weekend is The Rev. Heidi HavercampReconnecting with the Holy Spirit through Community. To help us, we’ll welcome The Rev. Heidi Haverkamp, Senior Associate Rector of the St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church in Chicago, as our speaker and teacher. Most recently, Heidi served at St. Chrysostom’s (since June 2016). Before that, she served as Vicar and then Rector of the Episcopal Church of St. Benedict, Bolingbrook. She is a Benedictine oblate at Holy Wisdom Monastery in Wisconsin. Heidi recieved her M.Div. from The University of Chicago Divinity School in 2006 and completed a certificate in Anglican studies from Seabury-Western a year later. She has also worked on organic farms, with the seriously mentally ill, in a corporate law office, as pastor of a rural congregation in New England, and at Trader Joe’s.

Friday NightThis year, Kanuga entertainment will all be home-grown. We’re bringing back long-time favorite talent show, All Saints’ Got Talent, on Friday night. Saturday’s always a big day at Kanuga! Events include the traditional: Fun Run, programs for kids and adults, the Polar Bear Swim, the Kids vs. Adult Kickball Game, and the ever-popular Scavenger Hunt. We’ve also added a few new Saturday offerings this year:

  • NC Bog4th–6th graders will participate in a bog study with Kanuga’s Outdoor School, visiting the mountain bog and experiencing the wetlands therein. A Sustainable Future program follows, teaching the children how Kanuga’s solar hot water system, organic garden and ongoing conservation initiatives impact the science of sustainability.
  • Our Youth will take part in an exploration and hike through the DuPont State Forest with The Rev. Tim Black and Alvin Moore. Eucharist on the mountain top will be the highlight of this experience!
  • After lunch adults are invited to join Kanuga’s Outdoor Education School for a Mountain Ecology program which includes a hike.

For those who need a little R&R during the weekend, there will be plenty of time for sitting and rocking on the porch.

On Saturday night we’ll try something new, connecting with each other in progressive cabin parties where our clergy can be found meeting and greeting those who come by. Be sure to also stop by the Fireplace Lounge for a desserts and coffee mix and mingle and chat with our new rector, The Rev. Dr. Simon Mainwaring, and his wife, Monica.

Kanuga ChapelOn Sunday morning we’ll gather as we always do, in the beautiful Chapel of Transfiguration for worship, and join our voices singing When the Saints go Marching In as we depart.

It’s truly a weekend that will fill you with grace and God and love. Connect with new friends, strengthen connections to long-time friends, and discover how God brings us all together in nature and fellowship. First timer, old timer, young and old, married, single, or whatever your age or stage of life, the annual parish retreat at Kanuga is for you!

Take advantage of the August through October payment plan! Register online or download the registration form. For more information, stop by the Parish Life table on Sunday mornings and pick up a Kanuga brochure and registration form, or contact Debbie Wilson or Jowell Thome at 404-314-4905 or

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