Thank you for your interest in attending the 2018 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.
October 12 - 14, 2018
St. Nicholas Ranch & Retreat Center
38526 Dunlap Road
Squaw Valley, CA 93675
$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.
ONLINE REGISTRATION: NOW OPEN!
You can secure your spot with a $75 deposit and make payments until October 11, 2018 for the remaining balance.
THEME: Life-Giving Relationships
SPEAKER: George Papageorge, LMFT
BIO: George Papageorge is a licensed marriage & family therapist who has been working with couples, families and young people for the past 30 years. With a private practice in Pleasanton California, his work targets empathy based relationships, parenting with emotional intelligence, family systems therapy and addiction recovery. He is also a highly sought out seminar speaker in a variety of areas of family life and personal growth. As a team member of the Family Wellness Ministry for the past three years, George is excited to take the ministry to the next level as he has accepted the Director position of the Family Wellness Ministry for the Metropolis of San Francisco. George offers patients and workshop participants a path toward integrating sensible psychological insights upon a solid Orthodox foundation. George and his wife Kim have two children, Olivia and Petros.
RETREAT PRIEST: Fr. Jim Pappas, St. George, Fresno, CA
BIO: For the past 23 years, Fr. Jim (James) Pappas has been serving the parish of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Fresno, California. A full-time priest, he is a regular guest lecturer at Fresno Pacific University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in interior design from California State University, San Francisco, and earned a Masters of Divinity from Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. Fr. Jim was captain of the Clergy-Wellness goals for the Family Wellness Committee for the Strategic Planning Commission for the Metropolis of San Francisco and coordinates the annual clergy couple retreat and senior camp program for the Metropolis. He and his wife, Pres. Donna, served many years as the lead clergy couple for Orthodox Marriage Encounter and together have presented workshops and seminars for lay, clergy, and seminary couples. They continue to lead seminars and workshops dealing with family, teen and relationship issues.
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.