Schedule of Workshops and Activities

September 26-29, 2017

“Free To Be”   UMMAS Retreat 

Tuesday evening 6:00 through Friday noon

Wonderful activities and classes provided voluntarily by UMMAS ministers and partners in ministry following our 2017 theme “FREE TO BE”

schedule of activities and classes:

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 -Dining Hall  (included with your registration)

7:30-9:30 pm ~ Welcome Celebration: Rev. Christy Snow and the “Spirit I Am” Band

9:40 pm ~ Vespers in the Chapel after evening program 

Relax and Renew: Throughout the retreat, massage therapists and other body workers will be available in five Cabins at Minkler Grove across from Balthus Hall. You can sign up at the registration tables upon your arrival. Payment is a love offering payable to the body worker at the time of your appointment.

Wednesday September 27

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

7:30 – 8:00 am ~ Morning Meditation  – Chapel

8:00-8:45 am ~ Breakfast -Dining Hall

9:00 – 11:00 am  Keynote: Rev. Christy Snow – Balthus Hall

11:00 – 12:00 Free Time or Yoga –1st Floor Lounge Room      

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

Free Yourself, Live Your Truth & Feel Your Incredible Power 

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. David & Margaret Hiller, Myrtle Beach, SC  – Balthus Hall

Use the Super Power of Creative Imagination to be Totally Free   

Your creative imagination is your door to health, prosperity, joy and the awareness of the Divine 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.  Ron Lindahn, GA   -St. John’s Room

Lake Walk  

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.    Bronte Colbert, Athens, GA   Meet in the lobby.

2:00-4:00  Canoeing is available

2:30 Band rehearsal; 3:15 Choir Rehearsal  – Balthus Hall

2:30 – 4:00 Free time for most    

4:00 – 5:30  Workshops

The Power of Presence  

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. Victoria Loveland-Coen, Chapel Hill NC  Balthus Hall

Brahmavihara: Helping you be freely you  

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. Ed Kosak, Charleston SC  -St. John’s Room

Freeing Ourselves in The Moment   

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. 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.  Larry Henson, Raleigh, NC   -St. Paul’s-Calhoun Room

5:30 – 6:00  Free time ~ enjoy the beauty of Kanuga Conference Center. 
6:00 – 7:00 ~ Dinner BBQ at the Pavilion

7:30 – 9:30pm    Keynote: Christy Snow  – Balthus Hall

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


Vespers after evening program (about 9:40)  -Chapel

Thursday September 28

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

8:00-8:45 am ~ Breakfast

9:00-11:00 am Keynote: Christy Snow  – Balthus Hall

11:00 – 12:00 –Free Time or Yoga –1st Floor Lounge Room   

12:00-1:00 ~ Lunch

1:00 – 2:30 pm Workshops

God in a Bag   

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!  Mindy Tucker/ Nickie Golden, Wilmington NC   -St. Paul’s-Calhoun Room

 The Relating Meditation 

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.  Shirley Bowman, Murfreesboro, TN   -Balthus Hall

 How to share the Unity message with the World!  

When we can express our beliefs confidently – we will not be intimidated by others.  Can we be free to be ourselves and believe in what works for us rather than someone else’s fearful approach to divinity? Do you desire to be conversant in Unity Principles and become empowered to share with the world?  This fun and enlightening class will assist participants in addressing current world events and how to, “be the change we want to see in the world.”  James King, Greenville, SC  -St. John’s Room

2:45-4:15pm Workshops

Free to Be Aware of My Self- Understanding Your EQ   

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)  Therese Lee, Hilton Head, NC  -Balthus Hall

 Mountain Hike   

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.   Dale Worley, Savannah, GA  –Meet at General Store

What Would I Do If I Believed I Could?   

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.  Robin Volker, Gainesville, GA  -St. John’s Room

4:00-6:00  Canoeing is available 

6:00 – 7:00 ~ Dinner – Dining Hall

7:30-9:30 pm  Spirit Sharing Annual retreat favorite ~ Bates Reed MC. -Balthus Hall

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

Vespers after evening program (about 9:40)  -Chapel

Friday September 29

7:00 – 8:00 am ~ Tai Chi by the lake -Pavillion

7:30 – 8:00 am ~ Morning Meditation -Chapel

8:00-8:45 am ~ Breakfast

10:00 am Check out time. Please check-out of your room prior to the Closing Ceremony. 

10:00 – 11:30 ~ Closing Ceremony:

a wonderful time of community meditation, ritual and blessing. Be sure to stay for this remarkable experience! ~   Rev. Dale Worley (Savannah GA)  -Balthus Hall

Kanuga 2017 Registration Form