Thank you for your interest in attending the 2019 Metropolis of San Francisco Young Adult Lenten Retreat at St. Nicholas Ranch!
This retreat is open to all Orthodox College Students and Young Professionals ages 18-30's.
March 29-31, 2019
St. Nicholas Ranch & Retreat Center
38526 Dunlap Road
Squaw Valley, CA 93675
THEME: “Prayer as a Path to Healing”
ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
You can secure your spot with a $75 deposit and make payments until March 28 for the remaining balance.
$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.
SPEAKER: Fr. Niko Bekris, Resurrection, Castro Valley, CA
Father Nikolaos (Niko) Bekris was born in Seattle, Washington in 1981, and was baptized at the Church of the Annunciation in Amaliada, Greece on August 15, 1982. After graduating from the University of Washington in 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree in History, he enrolled at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts, having felt a calling from the Lord to become a priest. He finished his studies in 2008, graduating with a Master of Divinity.
Upon completing his studies, he served from three years (2008-2011) as the Youth Director of the Metropolis of San Francisco while also serving at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation in San Francisco. He was ordained to the holy deaconate on December 14, 2008, at his home parish of the Assumption in Seattle, Washington, and was ordained to the holy priesthood on August 15, 2011 at the Annunciation Cathedral, after which he began serving at the Cathedral as the full-time associate pastor. In 2015, he was assigned as the proistamenos of the Church of the Resurrection, in Castro Valley, California.
Upon graduating from theological school, Father Niko married the love of his life, Stella Zahariudakis. They were wed on August 16, 2008, at Presbytera Stella’s home parish of the Nativity of Christ Church in Novato, California. Father Niko and Presbytera have since welcomed their two children, Christo and Dimitri Bekris.
Father Niko enjoys ministry a great deal. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Greek folk dancing, contemporary Greek and American music and life in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is also an avid Seattle sports fan, and comic book/graphic novel reader. He also maintains the popular blog “Christ, Coffee and Comics,” as well as the “Creative Blessings” podcast.
ARRIVAL ON FRIDAY:
Arrivals begin at 5:00pm on Friday, Dinner is served at 6:30pm, and we will begin the retreat introduction around 9:00pm.
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 12:00pm.
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 60’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 & shower shoes (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.