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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.


Only 32 spots left, as of January 18, 2018


Friday February 16-19, 2018

(President's Day Weekend)


South Lake Tahoe 

Galilee Camp and Conference Center

1776 Hwy 50, Glenbrook, NV 89413 


$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 12, 2018 for the remaining balance.



The Retreat begins at 6:30pm on Friday with Dinner in the retreat center dining hall. Please plan to arrive around 5:30pm-6:30pm to get settled in. 


Monday morning we will have Orthros, breakfast, pack up, and head home around 11:00am.                                             


RETREAT THEME: "Repentance as the Way of Life"


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.

RETREAT PRIEST: 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.



That’s okay, you do not have to ski or snowboard to have a blast on this trip!

There will be a large group going sledding and ice skating on Saturday at Northstar in North Lake Tahoe and then watching NFL Football on Sunday in the South Lake Tahoe area. 


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 – (15 minute drive south from the retreat center)

-Diamond Peak – (25 minute drive north from the retreat center)

-Northstar - (45 minute drive north from the retreat center)




If you are flying, we recommend that you fly into Sacramento Airport on Friday between 10:00am – 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 either before 10:00am 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.


There is a good chance of snow in February.

Typical weather is high 40’s during the day and low 20’s at night.

If you are driving a car, you should have snow chains with you.


-sleeping bag and/or warm blankets and sheets for a twin size bed



-bath towel 

-sled or blow up inner tube

-snow gear for skiing or snowboarding (skiing/snowboarding is optional)

-waterproof snow boots or shoes

-gloves, scarf, hat

-bring lots of layers (thermos/leggings/long sleeve shirts)

-comfy warm clothes for lounging around at the retreat center


-phone charger

-chapstick and sunscreen

-water bottle

-playing cards & board games

-snacks to share

Check out the video from the 2016 Metropolis Young Adult Winter Retreat!