Spirituality Retreats at

St. Nicholas Ranch

St. Nicholas Ranch hosts intensive retreats throughout the year focusing on themes of spirituality and the inner life. These retreats include special guest speakers, opportunity for self-examination and confession, and a full cycle of liturgical services. Spirituality retreats include the Metropolis Spiritual Renewal Retreat during Great Lent, a retreat during the season of Pentecost, a fall retreat, and an Advent retreat on the weekend nearest the Feast of St. Nicholas.

Coming Events:


Celebrate Holy Week and Pascha with the Nuns

April 24-May 1

Spend Holy Week and Pascha at the Monastery of the Theotokos the Life-Giving Spring for a once-in-lifetime and life-changing worship experience.  Call the Ranch at 559.338.2103 to reserve a space!


monastery feast day and Orthodox Spirituality Retreat with Fr. Demetrios Carellas

May 6-8

On Thursday, May 5th, the Monastery of the Theotokos the Life-Giving Spring will celebrate its feast day beginning with small vespers at 7:00 pm, followed later in the evening at 11:30 pm with an all-night vigil that will end at 6:30 am.  Beginning at 7:00 on Friday, May 5th, and continuing through the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, Fr. Demetrios Carellas will be leading a retreat at St. Nicholas Ranch & Retreat Center.  Join Fr. Demetrios as he continues his journey into the Beatitudes given to the Church by our Lord.

Feast Day-Spirituality Retreat Registration Form in Word

Feast Day-Spirituality Retreat Registration Form in Adobe pdf

truth depicted: a Byzantine Iconography Workshop & Retreat with Fr. Michael Courey

August 8-12, 2005

By depicting Christ’s image we affirm the truth of His Incarnation, which alone makes our salvation possible. Come, therefore, and learn the art of Byzantine iconography. The lessons will include everything from the history of Byzantine Art to actually entering the studio and completing an icon! No studio art experience is necessary. All materials— paper, canvas panel, paint, brushes, palette, etc.— are included in the Registration fee.  For information about the instructor, Fr. Michael Courey, and to download a registration form, click the link below.

2005 Byzantine Iconography Retreat- Truth Depicted Flyer.pdf


Orthodox Marriage Encounter

October 28-29, 2005

The Marriage Encounter Weekend is a positive and personal experience for a couple which offers them a technique of loving communication that they can, use for the rest of their lives. It's an opportunity to look deeply into their relationship with each other and with God. Also, it's a time to share their feelings, their hopes, fears, joys and frustrations. Marriage Encounter is an Orthodox expression open to all happily married couples regardless of faith, race, age, education, or financial status. Marriage Encounter is not a retreat, nor is it a marriage clinic or sensitivity course. It is not a time to look at the past but rather to look at your future together. The weekend offers a positive and simple experience, which enhances the relationship between husband and wife.  To register, please call Fr. Jim Pappas at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Fresno at 559.233.0397. 

Click Here for More Information about the Orthodox Marriage Encounter and Registration Information.





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