Thank you for your interest in attending the 2018 Metropolis of San Francisco Young Adult Winter Retreat in Lake Tahoe!
This retreat is open to all Orthodox College Students and Young Professionals ages 18-30's.
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
Friday February 16-19, 2018
(President's Day Weekend)
$250 includes 3 nights lodging (Fri, Sat, and Sun) and all meals except lunch Saturday & Sunday since we will be out exploring Lake Tahoe both afternoons.
Price does NOT include lift ticket.
You can secure your spot with a $100 deposit and make payments until February 15, 2018 for the remaining balance.
ARRIVAL ON FRIDAY:
The Retreat begins at 5:30pm on Friday with Dinner in the retreat center dining hall. Please plan to arrive around 5:30pm-6:30pm to get settled in. We do however realize that people will be arriving at all hours on Friday night.
DEPARTURE ON MONDAY:
Monday morning we will have Orthros, breakfast, pack up, and head home around 11:00am.
RETREAT THEME: "Repentance as the Way of Life"
RETREAT SPEAKER: Jacob Saylor
SPEAKER BIO: Jacob Saylor is presently the pastoral assistant at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. Entering his third year at this most recent assignment, Jacob has worked extensively in field of Orthodox youth and young adult ministry since 2007. An alumni of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School Of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts, Jacob received his Masters of Divinity in 2010. Prior to this, his undergraduate degree was a B.A. (Double-Major) in Philosophy and Religious Studies, earned at the University of South Carolina.
Following his theological studies, Jacob worked as youth director of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in San Francisco from 2011-2015, during which time he also served as program director for the Metropolis of San Francisco Summer Camp (2013-2016). Invested in ministering to as many youth, families, and young adults as possible, Jacob has created, developed, and contributed to numerous programs and curriculums across our Orthodox Church in North America, and has been blessed indeed to be further allowed to lead, organize, and guest lecture at various regional, Metropolis, and national youth, young adult, and youth worker events, retreats, and workshops year round.
Fr. Pete Sotiras, St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church, Stockton, CA
We will have the entire retreat center to ourselves. All of the cabins have attached bathrooms, electricity, are heated, and have bunk beds.
Bedding is not provided – Please bring your own sleeping bag, pillow, and towels.
If you are flying into town for the retreat and unable to bring your own bedding and towels, please let us know and we can make special arrangements with the retreat center.
FOR THOSE NOT SKIING OR SNOWBOARDING:
You do not have to ski or snowboard to have a blast on this trip!
There will be a large group going to South Lake Tahoe on Saturday where there are tons of great restaurants, pubs, shops, ice skating, art galleries, wine tasting, and opportunities for adventure. On Sunday, there will be a large group going hiking in Emerald Bay.
SKIING OR SNOWBOARDING:
There will be opportunities to go skiing or snowboarding on Saturday and/or Sunday. You will need to purchase your lift tickets on your own. There are three resorts near the retreat center:
-Heavenly Ski Resort – www.skiheavenly.com (15 minute drive south from the retreat center)
-Diamond Peak – www.diamondpeak.com (25 minute drive north from the retreat center)
-Northstar - www.northstarcalifornia.com (45 minute drive north from the retreat center)
SUNDAY HIKE IN EMERALD BAY
On Sunday, for those who are interested, we will take a group hiking in Emerald Bay. Bring a pair of running or hiking shoes, a backpack, and water bottle. It's a very easy hike down on switchbacks, and slightly more strenuous going back up, but well worth it! On our way to Emerald Bay, we will stop at Safeway and everyone will have the opportunity to pick up lunch & snacks to bring with us. Once we reach the beach in Emerald Bay, there's tons of great places to eat lunch, play football, and explore!
If you are flying, we recommend that you fly into Sacramento Airport on Friday between 9:00am – 3:00pm.
One of the carpools from the Bay Area will be able to pick you up on their way through Sacramento to Lake Tahoe.
For your returning flight on Monday, we plan to leave the retreat center by 11:00am and drive through Sacramento by 2:00pm so a flight out of Sacramento would be best after 3:30pm.
If you are flying and will be arriving or after 3:00pm on Friday, we recommend flying into Reno airport.
Reno is one hour north of Lake Tahoe and we don’t anticipate any carpools driving through the Reno area. You will need to take the “SOUTH TAHOE EXPRESS” shuttle bus from Reno to the MontBleu Hotel in South Lake Tahoe.
Our retreat center is about 20 minutes north of the MontBleu hotel, so you would need to call us once you are close to the hotel so that someone can come pick you up.
If you need to fly out of Reno on Monday afternoon we can drop you off at the MontBleu hotel and you would arrange to take the South Tahoe Express shuttle back up to the Reno Airport.
The weather looks to have highs in the high 50's and lows in the low 30's with no rain or snow over the next few weeks.
The roads should be dry and clear, so no need for chains or 4WD.
-sleeping bag and/or warm blankets and sheets for a twin size bed
-sled or blow up inner tube
-snow gear for skiing or snowboarding (skiing/snowboarding is optional)
-running shoes or hiking boots for our hike on Sunday
-gloves, scarf, hat
-bring lots of layers (thermos/leggings/long sleeve shirts)
-comfy warm clothes for lounging around at the retreat center
-chapstick and sunscreen
-backpack for our hike on Sunday to put your water bottle and lunch in
-playing cards & board games
-snacks to share