Schedule for the Ancient Faith Women’s Retreat

The first-ever Ancient Faith Women’s Retreat will take place at Antiochian Village in Bolivar, PA on November 15-18, 2018. You can see a complete list of our speakers and topics here. For the purposes of this post, just remember that our speakers are Elissa Bjeletich, Nicole Roccas, Melissa Naasko, Molly Sabourin, and Melinda Johnson, and we’ll be joined by Barli Ross from the Antiochian Village staff. All sessions will run twice, and we will have only two sessions running at once so that everyone can attend every session!

As planning continues, we’re ready to announce the daily schedule for this much-anticipated event.  Please note that if you see some unscheduled time, that’s intentional! This is a retreat with a peaceful spirit – join in as much as you like, and enjoy the quiet times of friendly talk, rest, and reflection in between.

Thursday, November 15

Guests should plan to arrive during the afternoon on Thursday. There will be 2 vans from Pittsburgh International Airport to Antiochian Village – one leaving the airport at 2:00 PM ET and one leaving at 5:00 PM ET.

5:00 PM Dinner together in The Cedars, the wonderful Antiochian Village dining hall

6:30 PM Evening Prayers in the Chapel

7:30 PM Welcome Fun and Games!

Friday, November 16

6:30 AM   Those who enjoy early morning exercise may join a run with Nicole or a walk with Barli.

7:15 AM   Morning Prayers in the Chapel

8:00 AM   Breakfast

9:00 AM   Morning Session – 2 options:

  • Elissa Bjeletich, My Cup Runneth Over: Finding Healthy Rhythms
  • Melissa Naasko, Finding Peace When Looking for Dinner

12:00 PM   Lunch

1:00 PM   Afternoon Session – 2 options:

  • Elissa Bjeletich, My Cup Runneth Over: Finding Healthy Rhythms
  • Melissa Naasko, Finding Peace When Looking for Dinner

3:30 PM   Knitting with Melissa – If you’d like to participate, bring yarn and needles. Details to come!

5:00 PM   Dinner

6:30 PM   Evening Prayers

7:30 PM   Nicole Roccas, Keynote: Gathering Lost Crumbs

Saturday, November 17

6:30 AM   Those who enjoy early morning exercise may join a run with Nicole or a walk with Barli.

7:15 AM   Morning Prayers

8:00 AM   Breakfast

9:00 AM   Morning Session – 2 options:

  • Molly Sabourin, Seek Peace and Pursue It
  • Melinda Johnson, You and Your Saint

12:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM Afternoon Session – 2 options:

  • Molly Sabourin, Seek Peace and Pursue It
  • Melinda Johnson, You and Your Saint

3:30 PM   Prayer walk with Nicole: Join Nicole for a journey down Antiochian Village’s Prayer Walk in the Woods.

5:00 PM   Dinner

6:30 PM   Vespers

7:30 PM   Campfire, weather permitting (If not, we’ll be enjoying activities indoors.)

Sunday, November 18

8:00 AM   Orthros followed by Divine Liturgy

9:00 AM   Divine Liturgy

11:00 AM Brunch and Closing

There will be two vans to Pittsburgh International Airport on Sunday, one leaving Antiochian Village at 10:00 AM ET and one leaving at 1:00 PM ET.

We are looking forward very much to this retreat and to making friends with the crowd of wonderful women who are coming! There are still a few (very few) rooms left, and if you want one, please contact Melinda Johnson directly right away at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Melinda Johnson

About Melinda Johnson

Melinda Johnson is an Orthodox Christian, wife, mama, writer, and the author of Letters to Saint Lydia (AFP, 2010), The Other Side of the Bonfire (LSP, 2012), and is hard at work on another book project. Melinda has a Master’s in English Literature because she loved taking literature classes so much she couldn’t stop doing it. When she is not seeing “heaven in a wildflower,” Melinda enjoys writing for children, walking and talking, and knitting. She lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.

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