Young Adult Fall Retreat 2017

Young Adult Fall Retreat 2017 Flyer_book signingYOUNG ADULT FALL RETREAT INFORMATION 

Thank you to everyone who is interested in attending the 2017 Metropolis of San Francisco Young Adult Fall Retreat at St. Nicholas Ranch & Retreat Center!

This is a ministry of the Youth Office of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco.

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DATE: September 29-Oct 1, 2017



St. Nicholas Ranch & Retreat Center

38526 Dunlap Road

Squaw Valley, CA 93675




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$140 for a Dorm Room (cabins with multiple bunk beds)
$180 for Double Occupancy Lodge Room (hotel style room with two queen beds)
$250 for Single Occupancy Lodge Room (hotel style room)

Includes 2 nights lodging and all meals: Friday dinner – Sunday breakfast.





Fr. BarnabFr. Barnabasas (Charles) Powell is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. Having been raised in a small Pentecostal church as a boy, Barnabas grew to love the church, enjoy the music, and eventually came to be the youth pastor of his home church.

Barnabas attended Toccoa Falls College, an Evangelical Protestant school in Northeast Georgia, and received his theology degree there in 1988. He then went on to establish a new church in the Atlanta area. While pastoring, Barnabas also was heavily involved with Evangelical Christian media.

A reading program in Church History and Theology would eventually lead him to enter the  Orthodox Church, along with several of the families that had been with him during his pastorate in November of 2001.

In 2007 Barnabas was given the blessing of Metropolitan ALEXIOS of Atlanta to enter Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA.

On November 8th 2009, Barnabas was ordained to the diaconate in his hometown of Atlanta, GA at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral by His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios and on Sunday March 8, 2010, Barnabas was ordained to the holy priesthood at the same cathedral. He is now the proistamenos (senior pastor) of Sts. Raphael, Nicholas, and Irene Greek Orthodox Church in Cumming, GA.

Fr. Barnabas founded Faith Encouraged Ministries in 2014 and is the host of Faith Encouraged LIVE on Ancient Faith Radio. He also produces the Monday thru Friday Devotional called Faith Encouraged Daily. “A Journey to Fullness” is a video project he has released through the ministry to help parishes introduce the Faith to the average person.

Fr. Barnabas is particularly motivated by the beauty and timelessness of our Orthodox Christian faith and strives to see this timeless faith put down deep roots here in America. The Orthodox Christian faith is uniquely suited to quench the spiritual thirst of Americans from all backgrounds with the depth and beauty of our Orthodox faith.

Ultimately, Fr. Barnabas believes that Orthodoxy is the path to both spiritual renewal in our Orthodox homes and the path for all believers to spiritual maturity.



thomaidaThomaida was born in Portland, Oregon into an Orthodox Christian family. During college, she had the opportunity to visit religious sites in Greece, Romania and Russia. After receiving a B.A. in Russian Language & Literature at Portland State University, Thomaida worked as a Parish Administrator at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Beaverton, Oregon. During this time Thomaida served on short-term mission trips with Project Mexico and OCMC, chaired her parish Missions & Evangelism Ministry, conducted church tours, reviewed books for the parish bookstore, started a summer reading program and wrote and edited articles for the parish newsletter and website.

From 2013 to 2014, Thomaida embarked on an independent mission pilgrimage, working three months at the Theotokos Girls’ Orphanage near Kolkata, India, and three months at the Orthodox School of Bethany near Jerusalem, in addition to visiting Orthodox sites in Europe.

In 2015 Thomaida earned a certificate in Professional Fundraising through Portland State University and the local association for development professionals, Willamette Valley Development Officers, WVDO.

In thanksgiving for the blessings that she has experienced in the Church, Thomaida has a sincere desire to help make the beauty and truth of Orthodox Christianity accessible to all people, beginning in her homeland of the western United States.




Dorm Rooms:  Large rooms with multiple bunk beds. All of the dorms have attached bathrooms and electricity. Minimal bedding is provided: pillow, sheets, and light blanket. If you want to bring a sleeping bag or heavier blanket, that is recommended. Towel for showing also provided.

Lodge Rooms: Hotel style rooms with two large queen beds and private bathroom with shower. All bedding and towels provided.





Arrivals begin at 5:00pm on Friday, Dinner is served at 6:30pm, and we will begin the retreat introduction around 8:30pm. It is normal to have participants arrive at all times Friday night since many will be coming after work. Some will arrive as late as midnight and we will post which cabin you will be staying in on the welcome board by the cafeteria.



We will attend Divine Liturgy at the Monastery on Sunday morning and the retreat will end around 12:30pm.




4:30pm    Arrivals & Book Signing (Sweet Tea & Treats with Fr. Barnabas on the patio)
6:30pm    Dinner
7:30pm    Arrivals, check-in, and fellowship continued
8:30pm    Welcome & group introductions in St. Peter’s Conference Room
9:30pm    Introductory talk with Fr. Barnabas in St. Peter’s Conference Room
10:00pm  Paraklesis service in the Faith & Heritage Center
11:00pm  Games, fellowship, and snacks

7:45am    Orthros in the Faith & Heritage Center
8:20am    Group Photo on the Grassy Knoll
8:30am    Breakfast at the Ranch
9:15am    Introductions in St. Peter’s Conference Room
9:30am    Keynote Session with Fr. Barnabas Powell in St. Peter’s Conference Room
11:30am  Break (Fr. Barnabas departs)
11:45am  Time with His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos in St. Peter’s Conference Room
12:30pm  Lunch at the Ranch (Presentation from Hellenic College Holy Cross)
1:15pm    Change into Monastery work clothes  
1:30pm    Monastery Visit (Talk with Gerondissa and visit the bookstore)
2:00pm    Monastery Work Project
3:30pm    Break (Pool open)
4:30pm    Great Vespers at the Monastery with His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos  
5:45pm    Dinner at the Ranch
6:45pm    Break & change into comfy clothes for the evening
7:00pm    Session with Thomaida Hudanish – Metropolis Missions & Evangelism
8:00pm    Break
8:15pm    Walk down to the lake (s’mores, talent show, reflections)
10:00pm  Games & fellowship

6:30am    Orthros at the Monastery
8:00am    Divine Liturgy at the Monastery
10:45am  Breakfast at the Monastery
11:30am   Homily at the Monastery and visit bookstore
12:30pm   Departures





If you are flying, we recommend that you fly into the Fresno Airport. This airport is small and has limited flights (and sometimes expensive) but it is the closest to the Retreat Center. Fresno (FAT) airport is about 45 minutes away and if you fly in anytime after 3pm, someone can pick you up on their way to the retreat.



You can also fly into Northern California and road trip about 4 hours south to the retreat center with the Bay Area Group. San Francisco (SFO) or San Jose (SJC) are great airports to fly into on Friday early afternoon (arrive before 4pm), and fly out late Sunday night (after 7pm). Both San Jose and San Francisco airports are about 4 hours north of the retreat center. #roadtrip


-You can fly into Southern California (LAX) or (SNA) Friday afternoon and fly out late Sunday night after 7pm. LAX is about 4.5 hours south and SNA is about 5.5 hours south of the retreat center so you would join in with the people coming from Southern California.



Please make sure to fill out your medical information on CampDoc when you register. If you have health insurance, please bring your insurance card with you. 



-sleeping bag and/or warm blankets for a twin size bed (only if staying in the Dorms)


-bath towel (only if staying in the Dorms)

-Casual/comfy attire is recommended for throughout the weekend.

-It does get colder in the evenings, so a sweatshirt is recommended.

-Monastery Liturgy clothing for Women: Modest Long dress or skirt (no slits), long sleeve shirt or sweater, closed toe shoes, and head scarf.

-Monastery Liturgy clothing for Men: Long dress pants, dress shirt, closed toe shoes.


-phone charger

-chapstick and sunscreen

-water bottle 

-playing cards & board games

-musical instrument

-Money to spend in the Monastery Bookstore



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