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:

OPEN RETREAT

"Everyday Saints: My Personal Encounters with Holy People"

Archpriest Basil Rhodes of St. Nicholas', Saratoga, CA

LADIES RETREAT

"The Virtues, the Passions, and the Healing of the Soul"

Nun Melania of Holy Assumption Monastery, Calistoga, CA

November 14th, 15th and 16th; 2014
December 12th, 13th and 14th; 2014

OPEN RETREAT

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

Archpriest James Jorgeson, retired

OPEN RETREAT

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

Abbot Damascene of St. Herman Monastery, Platina, CA

January 23rd, 24th, and 25th; 2015
March 27th, 28th, and 29th; 2015

GARDENING RETREAT

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

Hieromonk Innocent of St. John Monastery, Manton, CA

OPEN RETREAT

"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

Sample Schedule:

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

Saturday:
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

Sunday:
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.