Parish Retreat

Parish Retreat at Kanuga 2016

Kanuga Conference Center // Hendersonville, NC
Friday-Sunday, September 23-25 // Family Incentive Available for a Limited Time!*

What is Kanuga?

An old-fashioned horn? A Native American stew? Not exactly. Kanuga Conference and Retreat Center near Hendersonville, N.C., is the site of an annual gathering of 200 to 300 of us from St. Helena’s. Our Parish Family Retreat features inspiring speakers, woodsy walks, singalongs, square dancing, worship services in various venues, social gatherings, youth activities, family-style meals, and fellowship! You won’t want to miss this celebration of family, our church, and God’s Word! For more information, please contact the church office at (843) 522-1712.

Retreat Speaker

mjl-pic-175.jpgThis year we welcome back a very special Parish Retreat speaker – our own Bishop of South Carolina, the Rt. Rev. Mark Lawrence. Bishop Lawrence was born in Bakersfield, Calif., on March 19, 1950. A fifth-generation Californian, he was educated at California State University, Bakersfield (BA 1976) and Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry (M. Div. 1980). He has also received honorary degrees from Nashotah House (D.D. 2008) and Sewanee (D.D. 2009). He has ministered in parish settings from suburban church plant, rural mission and inner city church to downtown parishes in California and Pennsylvania. These include Holy Family, Fresno, Calif.; Saint Mark’s, Shafter, Calif. (1981-1984); Saint Stephen’s, McKeesport, Pa. (1984-1997); and Saint Paul’s, Bakersfield, Calif. (1997-2007).

Known for being a dedicated pastor-teacher, he served on the Commission on Ministry, the Standing Committee, the Board of Examining Chaplains, and as a Rural Dean among many others. He served as a deputy to the General Conventions of 2003 and 2006. He has published articles on devotional and ecclesiastical concerns in various periodicals. Mark has been married to Allison Kathleen Taylor since 1973. They have five children: Chadwick, an Anglican priest and headmaster of our own Holy Trinity Classical Christian School in Beaufort (he and Wendy have four children); Adelia, married to Stephen Matson who is planting an Anglican congregation in Southern California (parents of three children); Emily, married to Jacob Jefferis (parents of three children); Joseph, ordained transitional deacon serving at Trinity Anglican Church in Bakersfield, Calif. (he and Joette have three children); and Chelsea, married to Jason Hamshaw, a youth minister at Prince George Episcopal Parish in Georgetown (they have three boys).

Mark enjoys reading and outdoor activities such as hiking, backpacking, canoeing, fishing, and jogging.


For details on accommodations, visit the Kanuga website at The front desk phone number is (828) 692-9136. To find out more about rates, including our special limited family incentiveclick on the "Register Now" button or download the brochure below.


* Download a copy of the 2016 brochure HERE.

Things you should know

  • Clothing: Casual clothes entire weekend. Be prepared for chilly evenings.
  • Sports Equipment and Other Stuff: Bring tennis rackets, fishing gear, swimsuits, golf clubs. All of these activities are nearby. It’s a good idea to bring a flashlight and maybe an umbrella or two should the sun begin to drip.
  • Pets: Sorry, Kanuga has no facilities for pets. Please leave them home.
  • Driving Directions: For comfort, allow 5-6 hours from Beaufort. Take 1-95 North to I-26. Follow I-26 West to Hendersonville, N.C. Take exit 49-B on US 64 West into Hendersonville. Continue for 2.3 miles. Turn left on South Business 25 South (Church Street) and drive 9 blocks. Turn right on Kanuga Street and go 3.75 miles to Kanuga Lake Road. Turn right on Kanuga Lake Road and drive 1.25 miles (past Camp Kanuga on the right). Turn right on Kanuga Chapel Drive. (Neil Park Entrance is on your right.) Turn left into the second big, paved parking lot at the top of the hill (near the Chapel of the Transfiguration). The lobby entrance is to the left of the Kanuga Bookstore.