Young Adult Fall Retreat 2016

Young Adult Fall Retreat


Thank you to everyone who is interested in attendeding the 2016 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: October 21-23, 2016



St. Nicholas Ranch & Retreat Center

38526 Dunlap Road

Squaw Valley, CA 93675




Click HERE to register online with CampDoc



$130 for a Dorm Room (cabins with multiple bunk beds)
$170 for Double Occupancy Lodge Room (hotel style room with two queen beds)
$240 for Single Occupancy Lodge Room (hotel style room)

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



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.


RETREAT SPEAKER: Dn. Michael Tishel

Dn. Michael Tishel, CrossRoad Director, OVM Asst. Director, and Hellenic College Lecturer received a BA in Comparative Historical Theology from Gordon College and a Masters in Theology (Dogmatics) from the Aristotle University of Thessalonika. He has been involved in youth ministry both on the high school and college levels for nine years, working as a youth and young adult leader at his parish, for his diocese, and for Orthodox Christian Fellowship. In addition to directing CrossRoad and the OVM’s student vocation programs, this year Mike is teaching the Eisodos First Year Experience course for incoming students. At his parish, Mike serves as an instructor of catechism, sunday school teacher, and chanter. Mike is grateful for the opportunity to serve God and his neighbor through the CrossRoad Summer Institute and Hellenic College.


THEME: “Gentleness, Divine Eros, and Love of Stranger: Words of Life for a New Generation”



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.



5:00pm Arrivals, registration, and fellowship
6:30pm Dinner
7:30pm Arrivals, registration, and fellowship continued
9:00pm Welcome & Introductions
10:00pm Candlelit Paraklesis service in the Faith & Heritage Center
11:00pm Games, fellowship, and snacks


7:45am Orthros in the Faith & Heritage Center
8:15am Time with God
8:30am Breakfast at the Ranch
9:30am Session 1 in St. Peter’s
10:45am Break
11:00am Session 2 in St. Peter’s
12:00pm Lunch at the Ranch
12:45pm Change into Monastery work clothes
1:00pm Monastery visit (tour the Chapel, talk with Gerondissa, and visit the bookstore)
2:00pm Monastery work project
3:30pm Break
4:00pm Great Vespers at the Monastery
5:30pm Break & change into comfy clothes for the evening
6:00pm Dinner at the Ranch
7:00pm Time with His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos
8:00pm Break
8:15pm Walk down to the Lake
8:30pm Fireside chat at the Lake (s’mores, songs, reflections)
10:00pm Games & fellowship


6:30am Orthros at the Monastery
8:00am Divine Liturgy at the Monastery
10:00am Group Photo on the grassy knoll
10:10am Breakfast
11:00am Session 3 & Wrap up – in St. Peter’s
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.

-Monastery Work Attire for Men & Women: Same as above, but clothes that are able to get a little dirty. Men can wear jeans and long sleeve shirt, Women can wear similar outfit as mentioned for Liturgy, just nothing too nice. Running shoes are recommended for both men and women for the work project day.


-phone charger

-chapstick and sunscreen

-water bottle 

-playing cards & board games

-musical instrument

 -Orthodox Book or Bible

-Money to spend in the Monastery Bookstore

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