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Thank you for your interest in attending the 2019 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.


2 spots available for females, as of January 13, 2019

Email Johanna to claim a spot


Friday, January 18-21, 2019 (MLK Weekend)


South Lake Tahoe 

Galilee Camp and Conference Center

1776 Hwy 50, Glenbrook, NV 89413 


$260 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 January 17, 2019 for the remaining balance.



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.


Monday morning we will have Orthros, breakfast, pack up, and head home around 10:00am.                                             

RETREAT THEME: “Seek First The Kingdom”


RETREAT SPEAKER: Cassandra Garibaldi


Cassandra works in New York as Resources and Training Coordinator in the National Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at the Archdiocese. She is a graduate of Hellenic College and Holy Cross. If you have had Cassandra as a session leader, you know to have your favorite ice cream flavor picked and ready for the ice breaker. One of Cassandra's biggest joys is being apart of retreats like this! She is beyond excited to be here with all of you for this weekend!


RETREAT PRIEST: Fr. Pete Sotiras


Fr. Panagiotis Sotiras (Fr. Pete for short) was assigned as the Pastor of St. Basil’s, Stockton on Sept. 1st, 2012, arriving with his wife, Presvytera Angie and their son Justin Paraskevas.  The Sotiras’ showed up on the scene with excitement and eagerness, ready to grow in Christ with the parishioners of St. Basil’s.

Fr. Pete was raised in Novato, CA where he attended the Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Church.  During that time, he was involved with various youth ministry programs such as: GOYA, Sunday School, Acolyte service and basketball.  His priest growing up was Fr. Constantine Efstathiu, who faithfully served the St. Basil’s community from 1967-1984, and who still remains his mentor.

Fr. Pete received his bachelor’s degree in History from UC Berkeley (Go Bears!) in 2001 and then attended Holy Cross Greek Orthodox seminary, where he received his Masters of Divinity in 2005.  From 2002-2008 Fr. Pete served in the capacities of counselor, co-director and director at St. Nicholas Ranch Summer Camp for youth.  Following seminary, Fr. Pete served as the Metropolis of San Francisco Youth and Family Ministries Director for three years.  In 2008, he was ordained to the Priesthood, being assigned to Holy Cross in Belmont where he was the Assistant Priest up until he was reassigned to St. Basil’s.

Some of Father’s interests include reading, drawing and rooting on his favorite Bay Area sports teams: the Forty-Niners, Cal Bears, SF Giants and Warriors.  Above all, he enjoys spending time with his family.


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.



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.


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)


On Saturday, 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



-bath towel 

-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


-phone charger

-chapstick and sunscreen

-water bottle

-backpack for our hike on Sunday to put your water bottle and lunch in

-playing cards & board games

-snacks to share

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