Spiritual Retreats

For Orthodox Christians a pilgrimage is a journey or search of great moral significance to the Orthodox belief and faith. The object of any particular pilgrimage can vary greatly, from pilgrimages of great meaning to all Orthodox believers to those that may have significance to believers in a local area. A person who makes such a journey is called a pilgrim....

Pilgrimages by Christians were first made to sites connected with the birth, life, crucifixion, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Surviving descriptions, such as that by the pilgrim Egeria, of Christian pilgrimages to the Holy Land date from the fourth century, when pilgrimage was encouraged by church fathers like St Jerome. Pilgrimages also began to be made to Rome and other sites associated with the Apostles, various saints, and Christian martyrs.

Over time it became common to make pilgrimages to the Reliquaries of the saints, Cathedrals and Monasteries as well.

Based on: http://orthodoxwiki.org/Pilgrimage

Upcoming Retreats:


"What's the Story in Mark?"

John Burnett of the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, San Anselmo, CA


"The 12 Step Program and its Application to Spiritual Life"

Monk Cosmas of the Monastery of St. John, Manton, CA

September 25th, 26th and 27th; 2015
October 9th, 10th and 11th; 2015

The Apostle Mark is a powerful and subtle storyteller whose every word sails into your world like a brick through a glass window. Experience his powerful and transforming narrative in its complete structure over one weekend. The trick is to get a feel for his actual wording (not always accurately reported in modern bibles) and to see how he crafts his story for maximum effect.

Workshop participants will receive a careful new translation (along with the original Greek text), a teaching outline and supporting materials, and will learn how to tell the story around a hearth or campfire, as it was originally done.

See the link https://youtu.be/TJ1WobAlFjc for a short Youtube promo video. You can also download a flyer for the retreat by clicking here.

A retreat hosted by one of our monks, Fr. Cosmas, on the 12-step program and its application to Orthodox spiritual life. This is an open retreat, but is designed for anyone who is engaged in the 12 steps in a regular 12-step fellowship to deal with addiction issues. Discussions will focus on bringing life in the Orthodox Church and life in the 12 steps closer together so that they reinforce each other.

Monk Cosmas is a Monk of the Monastery of St. John in Manton, CA.


"The Development of Lent and Holy Week in the Liturgical Services"

Archpriest James Jorgeson, retired


"The Way to Union with Christ through Watchfulness and Prayer"

Abbot Damascene of St. Herman Monastery, Platina, CA

February 6th, 7th, and 8th; 2015
March 27th, 28th, and 29th; 2015
The Church in her wisdom has assigned each of the seasons of the year a period of fasting and re-orienting the soul to the "one thing needful" and of the Fasts the richest is undoubtedly that of Great Lent - the period before the feast of Pascha.

Join us as Fr. James guides us in looking more closely at the beauty and depth of the mind of the Church in the her services during this period known as the "springtime of the soul".
A panoramic overview of Orthodox Christian teaching on salvation and deification in the Church: what Christ has done to unite us with God, and what we are to do to become one with Him.

The teaching is covered "chronologically": from the creation of the world, mankind's original condition, the Fall, and the world's redemption by Christ, to the life of a Christian in the Church, and to the final state of deification in the eschaton.

Emphasis is placed on the practical dimensions of watchfulness and prayer as means to union with Christ -- drawn from the Holy Scriptures, the writings of the Holy Fathers, and the counsels of modern-day elders.


"Journey to Eden: The Image
of Christ in Creation"

Hieromonk Innocent of St. John Monastery, Manton, CA


"Building an Orthodox Christian Family in 21st century America"

Priest Josiah Trenham of St. Andrew's, Riverside, CA

April 17th, 18th, and 19th; 2015
May 15th, 16th, and 17th; 2015
Fr. Josiah serves as the rector of St. Andrew Antiochian Orthodox Church in Riverside, CA. Many have been greatly edified by his recorded talks as can be heard on Ancient Faith Radio, www.ancientfaith.com, and Patristic Nectar Publications at patristicnectar.org.

When a family is founded on Christ-centered principles it can be a powerful source of healing for everyone who encounters it. Yet, in our spiritually impoverished times, it has sadly become a rarity. Many young couples do not know what marriage is, and how Christ has blessed it for the salvation of both spouses. Children are a great blessing when they come, yet few truly understand how to spiritually mold and shape them from their earliest infancy on through adulthood. The first steps of a newly-married couple are toward the Church. They are expected to make their home like a little church, yet how many diabolical temptations assault the Christian home in our times!

Sample Schedule:

Pilgrims arrive in the afternoon and evening
5:00 Vespers
6:30 Supper
7:30 Introductory Session
8:45 Compline

7:00 Service in Chapel (Jesus Prayer, Hours, Divine Liturgy)
9:30 Breakfast
10:30 Second Session
1:00 Lunch
2:00 Third Session
4:00 Free time
5:00 Supper
6:00 Q & A, or one-on-one meetings
7:00-10:00 Vigil

8:00 Service in Chapel (Jesus Prayer, Hours, Divine Liturgy with Homily)
10:30 Breakfast
11:30 Wrap-up Session
12:30Pilgrims travel home

$125 per person, Couples $200
Please contact us to make your reservation

For directions to the monastery please go to the "Contact Us" page.