Kanuga Retreat Workshops and Activities

September 26-29

Tuesday evening through Friday noon

Wonderful activities and workshops for our 2017 theme “FREE TO BE”

All workshops are provided voluntarily by UMMAS ministers and partners in ministry.

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

Now is the time to be and freely express 8602395the 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.  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 enables you to be fully present, feel more passionate and alive, and experience more lovingly satisfying relationships. It can be applied to almost any relationship, anywhere, anytime.

The Relating Meditation enables you to be aware of what’s going on within you while responding to the outer.  This is an active meditation that you can learn quickly and easily. It will enable you to be authentic, come from your heart and stand in your spiritual power in all of your interactions with others.

Kanuga 2017 Registration Form

 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.

Kanuga 2017 Registration Form

Free to Be Aware of My Self- Understanding Your EQ   Therese Lee

Would it be okay to experience inner peace in your relationships? Do you know your strengths and limitations? Are you aware of the energy you bring into the room? You will learn to recognize, understand and manage your own emotions and learn to recognize and understand how you influence the emotions of others. (EQ=Emotional Intelligence)

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.

Mountain Hike   Dale Worley

Join our annual silent hike up a challenging path to the top of the mountain on the Kanuga site! The obvious goal is the top of the mountain with a fantastic vista for many miles. But the subtle rewards present themselves all along the way. We walk in silence, so that we can be free to be in the here and now, in the beauty and serenity of nature. Wear good hiking shoes, and bring water and a snack, if desired.

Lake Walk  Bronte Colbert

Connect to the peace, resiliency, and healing power of nature as you mindfully walk around the lake, perhaps setting your intention of what “Free to Be” means to you. How will you choose to empower it and your dreams in the weeks ahead? When we reach the meadow, join in a circle of well-being and slip off your shoes (optional) as we call up the healing power of Mother Earth / Mother God / Infinite Spirit.  Meets in the registration area of the lobby before the walk.

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

Do you have inner dreams and desires?   Life circumstances and responsibilities may have caused you to push your dreams to the back burner or completely out of your mind.  During this workshop, you can once again rebirth those dreams and allow them expression in the company of supportive friends.

What would you do if you believed you could?   What would you do if you were totally free with no limitations of time, age, money, education or commitments?  During this workshop, you will have opportunities to meditate and participate in exercises to awaken your inner dreams.   Then you will have the opportunity to share your forgotten desires and tell the story of your newly recognized possibility and potential.  Come and play, and unleash your inner dreams.

Use the Super Power of 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 Presence  Victoria Loveland-Coen

Learning to be fully present enhances every part of our lives, our mental and creative abilities are heightened, as well as our ability to identify opportunities and solve problems. When we’re fully present there is an alignment in our energies: spiritual, mental, emotional and physical. That gives us a sense of well-being, and we radiate presence. When we are fully present with others, trust develops and miraculous things spring forth from that connection. Finally, when we embody the presence of the Divine within us, spirit can work through us and we become a healing presence in the world.  In this “hand-on” experiential workshop you will not only learn the secrets of “having presence” you will experience it.

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

The dates for this year’s retreat are September 26-29, Tuesday evening through Friday noon

Tuesday September 26

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 – 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   

Wednesday September 27

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

11:00 – 12:00 –Yoga or Free Time     

Gentle Flow Yoga ~  or chose 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 Workshops

2:30 – 4:00 (Free time)

4:00 – 5:30  Workshops

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    Keynote

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)

Thursday September 28

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  Keynote 

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

Gentle Flow Yoga 
12:00-1:00 ~ Lunch

1:00 – 2:30pm Workshops

2:45-4:15pm Workshops

*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 

7:30-9:30 pm  Spirit Sharing ~ annual retreat favorite ~

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

Vespers after evening program (about 9:40)


Friday September 29

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 ~   Rev. Dale Worley (Savannah GA)