2022 Ancient Faith Women's Retreat ($250.00-$940.00)

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The 2022 Ancient Faith Women's Retreat

The Ancient Faith Women's Retreat seeks to create a peaceful, loving, and reflective gathering of women who have come to learn, worship, make friends, and rest at the entrance into the holy Nativity season. The full schedule of sessions and activities will be posted shortly.

Registering with 1 or 2 roommates? Please know the details of your roommate and event package needs before completing your registration. In the ADDITIONAL ROOMMATE INFO spaces provided above, enter the name, email address, and menu selection for each roommate. Separate the information with commas (Ex. Jane Smith, janesmith@emailaddress.com, Gluten-Free). As the registrant, your information will be provided during billing and checkout.

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Antiochian Village Conference Center
140 Church Camp Trail
Bolivar, PA 15923


Thu, Nov 10, 2022  –  Sun, Nov 13, 2022

Event Package Details

Private room, 1 person, meals and sessions
This registration is for a private room and bath, all meals, and sessions for 1 person.

Shared private room, 2 people, meals and sessions
This registration is for a shared private room and bath, all meals, and sessions for 2 people.

Shared private room, 3 people, meals and sessions
This registration is for a shared private room and bath, all meals, and sessions for 3 people.

Meals and sessions only, 1 person
This registration is for daily attendance with no lodging. It includes all meals and sessions for 1 person (Fri-Sun).

*Registration costs will adjust based on Menu Selection.
*Refunds up to 30 days before the event


Brandi Willis Schreiber: Cultivating Devotion to the Theotokos

Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica, one of many great Orthodox spiritual leaders and guides to the faith, observed that the Virgin Mary “prays for us ceaselessly. She is always visiting us. Whenever we turn to her in our heart, she is there … and all too often we forget her.” As the Mother of God, Mary truly serves as our greatest intercessor and advocate, someone to whom we can always turn for comfort and help. Despite this assurance, however, sometimes devotion and prayer to her can be unfamiliar, uncomfortable, and outright difficult for many Orthodox Christians – especially those who have not "grown up in the faith." Why is this? And what can we do to cultivate a more earnest, sincere, and trusting relationship with her? In this session, Brandi Willis Schreiber, author of A Long Walk with Mary: A Personal Search for the Mother of God, will lead attendees in exploring how to “go deeper” with an understanding and devotion to Mary. Through meaningful conversation, creative exercises, and personal storytelling, attendees will hopefully leave inspired with ideas on how to better encounter Mary in ways that fit the realities and challenges of their individual lives. Regardless of whether your prayers and love to Mary flow easily and regularly, or if you’re just tentatively figuring out what your relationship to Mary could be, this session is for you.

Cheryl Pituch: Looking at the Panagia through Iconography

This session will take us into the history of several icons of the Theotokos.

Where did they come from?

How were they found?

What is their unique story?

Is it possible to have or develop our own personal journey with the Panagia through one of her icons today?

Elina Pelikan: Creating a Glass Icon of the Theotokos

For this session, every participant will create a glass icon of the Theotokos to take home. Glass icons are originally a Romanian folk art, one that brings the deeply technical work of iconography to a level anyone can approach. Elina has taught this course numerous times to groups as young as 9 years old with wonderful results, so all levels and artistic abilities will be able to succeed! Yes, even you.

Kassiane: The Theotokos, Our First Missionary

The Theotokos, like most women, wears many hats in her work. During her life on earth and presently, as the King’s Right Hand, she has always been active as our chief example and our first missionary. When we study her, our modern categories and impressions around mission and evangelization break down and it becomes evident that the Great Commission and our theosis are not separate projects - Mary shows us that there is only one mission. And it’s the one that all of us have already begun.

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COVID-19 Information: Currently, there are no restrictions in place.

Who's Invited: The Ancient Faith Women's Retreat is for Orthodox women who are college age and up! This is an openly, joyfully Orthodox event. You do not have to be Orthodox to attend - if you want to be there, we want you there.

Roommates: Please note that Ancient Faith is NOT able to find you a roommate. You are responsible for finding your roommate and arranging to purchase your registration together. The price listed is the total price for room, board, and sessions. It should be divided in half for two roommates and in thirds for three roommates.

Driving: There is plenty of free parking at Antiochian Village, so if you're within reach, this is a great way to come.

Airports: If you are flying in, your best bet is Pittsburgh International Airport. There is a closer, smaller airport in Latrobe, but the only carrier is Spirit. There are also Amtrak and Greyhound stations in Latrobe, which is 20 minutes from Antiochian Village.

Airport Transportation: Antiochian Village is 2 hours from Pittsburgh. Group airport transportation has been arranged from Pittsburgh International Airport to Antiochian Village on Thursday, and returning to the airport on Sunday.

The shuttle on Thursday will leave the airport at 4:30 PM.

On Sunday, the returning shuttle will leave Antiochian Village at 8:00 AM.

Please consider the shuttle times when you book your flights. Allow yourself a minimum of 3.5 hours between van departure from Antiochian Village and your flight time. If your flights do not align with the shuttle times listed above, you will be responsible for making your own transportation arrangements. Please note that Uber and Lyft do not serve the area around Antiochian Village. You may wish to rent a car.

Airport transportation is a separate cost, not included in your retreat registration. From the Pittsburgh Airport, it is $120 per person round trip, and you MUST book directly with Allison Taylor at Antiochian Village BY OCTOBER 21, 2022. Please email her your flight itinerary, and she will respond with your invoice to be paid PRIOR to your arrival at Antiochian Village. Her email is events@avcenterpa.org, or you can reach her by telephone at (724) 238-3677 ext. 408.

What to Wear: This retreat is a come-as-you-are party! Please feel free to wear comfortable clothes. The weather will be cold, so dress accordingly, especially if you're someone who likes to go out for a walk during her free time. We will be celebrating Divine Liturgy together on Sunday morning, so please bring "church clothes" for that.

Questions: Please don't hesitate to contact Melinda Johnson at mjohnson@ancientfaith.com with any questions.

We are looking forward very much to spending time with you in November!

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