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1st Annual Coptic Young Adults Retreat 2018

About HE Archbishop Angaelos (Link)

Every week we grind out our days of work, family, and church responsibilities. As we invest all this effort to build our homes and churches, we also need to invest in our recovery and fellowship with each other and our authentic Orthodox faith. Join us in our first ever CYA retreat when we will spend a great September weekend in Lake Tahoe with H.E. Archbishop Angaelos of London.

Ages 25+ | All services will be in English | For people with young children & babies, baby/child sitting services can be arranged. Please contact Mark Nakhla for more information. Registration & Details coming soon!

Theme: TBD

Time: Friday, September 14 – Sunday, September 16

Location: Lake Tahoe Marriott Grand Residence (owners lounge, second floor) in Heavenly Village

Registration: Coming soon

RETREAT COST: ~$50 per person.

ROOM COSTS: You may stay at any hotel of your choice. Below is a nearby recommended option available to you on a first come, first serve basis, ROOMS ARE RUNNING OUT. All prices presented below includes a hotel room for 1-2 adults (children exempt) for two nights, breakfast, WIFI access, all taxes, fees, valet parking. If more than two adults are in a room, an additional cost of about $20 each person per night will be added. IT IS MORE COST EFFECTIVE to share a two bedroom suite with friends or family so consider this and book ASAP. Rooms are 100% refundable by September 7th.

Two bedroom suite (4-6 adults) $269/night – $649.61 final.
One Bedroom suite (2-4 adults) $185/night – $481.32 final.
King Hotel Room (2-4 adults) $175/night – $436.44 final.
Double Queen Hotel Room (2-4 adults) $185/night – $458.88 final.


  • The cost seems a bit high, are there other options available? Our goal was to find the most affordable options. During that process we found that hotels with lower cost typically do not have sufficient meeting space. Also, during our search, hotels with lower room rates charged more for meeting space and vise versa which means the retreat cost would increase as well. The options presented are the best locations we found in each city.
  • Will there be any additional fees above the cost mentioned? The retreat cost should be about $65 assuming 30 participants. If more participants sign up, retreat cost can be reduced. As for the hotels, the costs mentioned are already including all taxes and fees. No other fees are expected. Any additional costs would be for personal entertainment and meals.
  • What is included in the retreat cost? Retreat cost is to cover the cost for the meeting space, accommodations for the guest speaker, and some minimal retreat materials. The largest expense is travel cost for the guest speaker which has been covered by the Archdiocese.
  • How do we book our room? Directly with the hotel once we have finalized the location based on the facebook event votes (LINK). More information coming soon.
  • Can we do the retreat locally? The desired atmosphere of the retreat is to be somewhere further that requires overnight stay together rather than a local venue where participants would come and return home each day. The goal is for a weekend getaway together in fellowship.
  • I have young children/babies. Is it fine for us to bring them? Yes, children are welcome to come and join the child/babysitting services.
  • Will there be any babysitting services available? Babysitting services can be made available as the parents utilizing them will split the cost of a room and resources needed. Please contact Mark Nakhla directly to utilize this service.

Schedule (Tentative)

3:00                Hotel Room Check in starts
5:00 – 7:00      Hall Set up
7:00 – 8:00      Registration
8:00 – 8:15      General Introduction to New Retreat/Goals/Hotel
8:15 – 9:00      Part 1: Intro to Topic

7:00 – 9:30      Breakfast Buffet included with room
9:30 – 10:00    Agpeya Prayers + Songs
10:00 – 11:00  Part 2
11:00 – 5:00    Lunch + Free time/Boardwalk/Tahoe Beach & Downtown
5:00 – 6:00      Part 3
6:00 – 7:00      Dinner
7:00 – 8:00      Part 4 – QA session
8:00 – 8:30      Vesper Prayers
8:30 – 10:00    Midnight Praises + Appointments with HGBA (15 minutes each)

8:00 – 10:30    Liturgy + Orban
10:30 – 11:00  Brunch/Snacks available
11:00 – 12:00  Part 5: Conclusion
12:00              Hotel Room Check-Out