Kanuga Retreat Workshops and Activities

We are planning some wonderful activities and workshops for our 2017 theme “FREE TO BE”

 Freeing Ourselves In The Moment   Larry Henson

The only place we can create from, live from, and be totally free in, is the present moment. We as humans tend to be thinking about the past or the future and not where we are, the now. We therefore are not living but mostly ruminating about our past or worrying/ considering our future.

In this workshop we will use mindfulness techniques and exercises to live more fully in the moment, including body awareness, meditation, identifying and dealing with emotions and pain, awareness walk, and much more.

You will learn to live more fully, cure unhappiness, deal with pain, embrace more of life!

Brahmavihara: Helping you to be freely you   Ed Kosak

This ancient Buddhist meditation engages your ability to love others freely, and also look at shadow parts of yourself that you can observe equanimously so as to be free of pain, resentments, etc.

Free Yourself, Live Your Truth & Feel Your Incredible Power  David and Margaret Hiller

Now is the time to be and freely express the truth of who we really are. This workshop is designed to help us set ourselves free to be and live that truth. We invite ourselves to know how powerful we are, to know that all things are possible, that we are incredible creators, and by living a heart connected life, we can be set free to live our truth in peace and harmony, both inward and in the outer world. Powerful miracle shifting & healing stories and sacred ceremony healing experiences.

God in a Bag   Mindy Tucker/ Nickie Golden

We are each free to have our own experience of God.  This interactive workshop invites participants to have a ‘hands-on’ experience of God by touching various unseen items (religious icons, toys, household items, etc.) in a large travel bag – write a poem/prose about their unseen experience of God – and share the poem/prose with the group.  Witnessing participants sharing their experience of God, frees us to do the same.

Describing an experience of God often requires the language of the heart.  This experiential workshop provides an opportunity for artistically expressing your ideas and sensory experience of God through poetry and prose.  Prepare to be divinely amazed by your own creative genius!

The Relating Meditation   Shirley Bowman

Freedom lies in your ability to be authentic and stand in your spiritual power. The Relating Meditation is an active process that enables you to be fully present, feel more passionate and alive, and experience more lovingly satisfying relationships.

During this experiential workshop you will practice “The Relating Meditation,” a process that you can learn quickly and easily. It enables you to be aware of what’s going on within you while interacting with others. You’ll learn to identify the blocks to being authentic and how to overcome them. You will also learn the difference between Strategic communication and Authentic communication, how to set boundaries, how to make a request and how to give a “Positive NO.” These tools will enable you to be authentic, come from your heart and stand in your spiritual power in all of your interactions with others.

How to share the Unity message with fundamentalists and others   James King

When we can express our beliefs confidently – we will not be intimidated by others.  We are free to be ourselves and believe in what works for us rather than a fearful approach to the Bible.  To be conversant in Unity Principles and to feel empowered to share with others and to understand the true message of Jesus.

What Would I Do If I Believed I Could?   Robyn Volker

I often meet people who have many talents and many gifts, yet they hold themselves back. They say “no” to opportunities that present themselves. In this workshop, we will experience the freedom to pretend that we can do anything we want to do and be anything we want to be in the safety and security of folks of like-minds that will believe in us. This session will include lecture, meditation, and thought-provoking exercises to help participants move passed old blocks and paradigms. Time will be allowed for personal sharing.

Use the Super Power of Your Creative Imagination to be Totally Free   Ron Lindahn

Your creative imagination is God’s way of bringing you health, prosperity, joy and the awareness of His presence. We will learn and practice methods for effective meditation in order to prepare the mind, and the secret to accessing your inner power in order to actualize freedom in every area of your life.

The Power of Forgiveness   Victoria Loveland-Coen

We cannot truly be free while we are holding onto resentments.  Our inability to forgive anyone keeps us trapped in a continual cycle of victimhood and blocks the natural flow of good in our lives.  In this workshop, you will release the past, clear out that toxic energy, and open to a new a vibrant experience of life.

The 2016 Schedule is listed below. We’ll update the schedule as soon as our Kanuga Team 2017 makes their final plans. 


2:00-7:00 pm ~ Registration, Greetings, Hugs, sign up for “Spirit Sharing” and holistic treatment providers – in the lobby

6:00 – 7:00 pm  ~ Dinner together at Kanuga (included with your registration)

7:30-9:30 pm ~ Welcome Celebration with Eddie Watkins, Jr and our own “Spirit I Am” Band.  – a time of laughter, fun, peace, and the start of new friendships. 

Vespers in the Chapel after evening program (about 9:40)

The 2016 Kanuga Mural   Organized by Rev Richard Talley (Flat Rock, NC)


7:00 – 8:00 am ~ Tai Chi by the lake with Tai Chi for Health Institute Certified Instructor Jana Weed (Hendersonville NC)

7:30 – 8:30 am ~ Morning Meditation  

8:00-8:45 am ~ Breakfast

9 – 11 am  Keynote: Rev. Jack Bomar  What Would Love Do? Part 1   

11:00 – 12:00 –Yoga or Free Time     

Gentle Flow Yoga ~ Deborah-Marie Diamond (Asheville NC) 

Free time…. Walk around the lake… try out a rocking chair… talk with a friend… grab a little nap or a game of tennis.  Nearby attractions include the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site (tour of house, goat barns, hiking), Flat Rock Playhouse, golf at Crooked Creek, shopping in nearby historic downtown Hendersonville, arts & crafts, and antiques.

12:00 -12:45 ~ Lunch -Dining Hall

1:00 – 2:30 Wednesday Workshops

“Open To Divine Love”  ~  Rev. Ron Lindahn (Dillard, GA)

“Reclaiming Your Authentic Self” ~ Rev. Victoria Loveland-Coen (Chapel Hill, NC)  

“Mining for Gold in the Valley of the Shadows” ~ Rev. Margaret Hiller, (Myrtle Beach, SC)

Meditative Mountain Hike:  Rev. Charles Perry (Birmingham, AL)  

2:30 – 4:00 (Free time)

4:00 – 5:30  Wednesday Workshops

“The Mystical Experience” ~ Rev James King (Greenville SC)

“The Art of Appreciation”  ~  Rev. Mindy Tucker and Rev. Dr. Nickie Golden (Wilmington, NC) 

“Harmony in a World of Diversity: Pathways to Peace and Justice”  ~  Rev. Richard Talley, Rev. Eileen Douglas (Flat Rock, NC)

The waterfront is open for swimming/canoeing when lifeguards are on duty: 4:00 – 6:00 pm.

5:30 – 6:00  Free time ~ enjoy the beauty of Kanuga Conference Center 
6:00 – 7:00 ~ Dinner -BBQ at Pavilion by the Lake (weather permitting)

7:30 – 9:30pm    Rev. Jack Bomar  What Would Love Do? Part 2

Tithe to what feeds you spiritually.”  You will have an opportunity to tithe at this session to give gratitude to UMMAS. Come prepared to share in generosity.  

Vespers after evening program (about 9:40)


7:00 – 8:00 am ~ Tai Chi by the lake 
7:30 – 8:00 am ~ Morning Meditation

8:00-8:45 am ~ Breakfast

9 – 11 am   Eddie Watkins, Jr. Journey of Inspiration ~  

11:00am – 12:00pm – Yoga or Free Time 

Gentle Flow Yoga 
12:00-1:00 ~ Lunch

1:00 – 2:30pm Thursday Workshops

“Brahmavihara:  an Ancient Form of Meditation” ~ Rev. Ed Kosak (Charleston, SC)

“Welcoming our Transgender Neighbors” ~  Rev. Linda Herzer, Gabrielle Claiborne

2:45-4:15pm Thursday Workshops

“Zentangles as a Way to Mindfulness”  ~  Marie Pare (Wilmington, NC)

Meditative Lake Walk ~ Rev. Pat Veenema (Durham NC) 

*The waterfront will be open for swimming when lifeguards are on duty: 4:00 – 6:00 PM. You can also check out a canoe when lifeguards are on duty.

6:00 – 7:00 ~ Dinner – Dining Hall

7:00 – 7:30 pm  Music with Lytingale 

7:30-9:30 pm  Spirit Sharing ~ annual retreat favorite ~Emcees are Rev. Eileen Douglas (Flat Rock NC) & Rev. David Torres (Cookeville TN) 

If you missed the opportunity to tithe, an Offering for UMMAS will be received Thursday night. 

Vespers after evening program (about 9:40)



7:00 – 8:00 am ~ Tai Chi by the lake 

7:30 – 8:00 am ~ Morning Meditation ~

8:00-8:45 am ~ Breakfast

Please check-out of your room prior to the Closing Ceremony.  You need to have your room cleared out by 10 am.  Thanks!

9:30 – 11:30 ~ Closing Ceremony ~  “What Would Love Do Now?” ~ Rev. Dale Worley (Savannah GA)