Thank you for your interest in attending the 2019 Metropolis of San Francisco Young Adult Fall Retreat at St. Nicholas Ranch & Retreat Center!
This retreat is open to all Orthodox College Students and Young Professionals ages 18-30's.
November 1-3, 2019
AGES: Open to all Orthodox Young Adults, ages 18-30’s
St. Nicholas Ranch & Retreat Center
38526 Dunlap Road
Squaw Valley, CA 93675
THEME: “The Call to Beauty: Pilgrimage as a Path to Holiness”
SPEAKER: Thomaida Hudanish
Thomaida is a native Oregonian, and life-long Orthodox Christian. During college, she augmented her education with opportunities to visit holy sites in Greece, Romania and Russia. After receiving her degree in Russian Language & Literature, Thomaida worked in parish ministry for eight years. Then for seven months, Thomaida undertook an independent mission pilgrimage, working first at the Theotokos Girls’ Orphanage near Kolkata, India, and then at the Orthodox School of Bethany near Jerusalem, in addition to visiting religious sites in Europe.
Since 2014, Thomaida has served the Missions & Evangelism Ministry of the Metropolis of San Francisco. In thanksgiving for the blessings that she has experienced in the Church, Thomaida strives to make the beauty and truth of Orthodox Christianity accessible to all people.
In 2019, Thomaida co-founded Beauty First Films, a production company aiming to bring awe, beauty and holiness to viewers, and thus inspire them to take pilgrimages. The first two short documentaries are due to be available for viewing in 2020.
$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.
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.
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You can secure your spot with a $75 deposit and make payments until October 30, 2019 for the remaining balance.
ARRIVAL ON FRIDAY:
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.
DEPARTURE ON SUNDAY:
We will attend Divine Liturgy at the Monastery on Sunday morning followed by breakfast, a final session, group photo, and the retreat will end around 1:00pm.
MONASTERY WORK PROJECT ATTIRE
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.
FRESNO AIRPORT (FAT):
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.
SAN FRANCISCO (SFO) or SAN JOSE (SJC):
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
Typical weather is mid 70’s during the day and low 50’s at night.
Make sure to bring a warm jacket for the evening. We will go down to the lake, and it gets a bit chilly.
-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 or warm jacket 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.
-flashlight (we walk down to the lake Saturday night)
-musical instrument for campfire
-chapstick and sunscreen
-playing cards & board games
-notebook to take notes
-money to spend in the Monastery Bookstore. They only take cash or checks.