Dates

Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2017

For

All Archdiocese Clergy

Location

Leesburg, VA

Earlybird Registration

Expires September 30, 2017

Registration Fees / register early and save!

Regular

$395
  Register after September 30, 2017
  No Earlybird drawing
  Space available basis
  Why wait? Register early!

About the Retreat / what happens there and why you should come

The vision of the APC is simply this: "Brothers who love and serve one another."

Its mission is is "to serve the clergy of the Archdiocese by supporting our priests through spiritual growth, educational development and personal wellness. This mission is accomplished through retreats, continuing education, brother-to-brother outreach, ministry development, clergy family care and benevolence."

The biennial National Clergy Retreat is one of the most important ways the APC fulfills that vision and mission through refreshing, renewing and recharging the clergy of the Archdiocese of America, and through them the Church, ministries and families they serve and love.

All this happens through encounters with dynamic and personal speakers, engaging sessions with brother clergy, refreshing adventures to change the pace and plenty of time for great conversations, personal prayer and taking a break from our hectic daily schedules. And an professional fitness sessions add to the overall emphasis on wellness that empowers all who attend to be better stewards of their gift of heath.

It is a place where brothers who serve at the Holy Altar of Christ discover that they are not alone in their struggles and have others around them that can uniquely share their joy. It is also the only national gathering event in the life of the Archdiocese exclusvely for clergy.

Register 

Buzz / what brother clergy are saying about the retreat

"These retreats are fabulous"

"These retreats are fabulous, and I am most grateful to be able to attend them ... I appreciate the opportunity especially to see a new place and soak in our brotherhood."

(2015 participant)

"We can't do it alone"

“The retreat helped me to reaffirm to not be so hard on myself and to feel more empowered to reach out more to my brother clergy for much needed support and encouragement. We can't do it all alone, and God wants us to serve him in communion with one another.”

(2013 participant)

"It gave me the refreshment I needed"

"This retreat could not have been more timely for me. It gave me the refreshment I needed and overall has already made me a better priest."

(2011 participant)

Register

Event Speakers / encounters that challenge

HIS EMINENCE ARCHBISHOP DEMETRIOS

OF AMERICA

As Archbishop of America, Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and head of the Eparchial Synod of the Archdiocese since 1999, His Eminence has traveled extensively in his work as archpastor and shepherd. Known to many of our clergy through those travels as well as a beloved professor of Old Testament at Holy Cross, His Eminence will celebrate Divine Liturgy and offer pastoral words and have opportunities to interact with all those in attendance.

ARCHIMANDRITE ZACHARIAS

OF ESSEX

Father Zacharias is a disciple of Elder Sophrony (of blessed memory), and a monk of over 40 years in the Patriarchal Stavropegic Monastery of St. John the Baptist, in Essex, England. He studied Theology in Paris and Thessalonica, and is fluent in Greek, Russian, French and English. While studying for his Ph.D, Father Zacharias wrote his doctoral dissertation entitled “Christ, Our Way and Our Life.” He has since published many books in multiple languages, and has extensively lectured internationally. It is a rare opportunity to have him with us.

Retreat Schedule / day by day

"Arrival"

Arrive at Lansdowne, check in, connect with your brothers and enjoy exploring the resort's beautiful natural setting of 476 picturesque acres along the Potomac River.

"Opening Vespers"

"Freely you have received, freely give to us" (From the Apolytikion of Ss. Cosmas and Damian). Open the Retreat with the Vespers of Saints Cosmas and Damian the Holy Unmercenaries and Wonderworkers.

"Archbishop's Welcome Reception"

Enjoy a welcome reception hosted by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, who is looking forward to personally greeting each retreat participant. Find friends you haven't seen in a while, catch up on relationships and share stories. Get ready for a great retreat!

"Opening Dinner"

Find old friends or be adventurous and sit with someone you don't know for a great Lansdowne dinner. Either way, it's a great way to unwind from your travels and settle in for a great stay.

"Evening Hospitality Suite"

Relax each evening in the Executive Suites area with complimentary snacks and drinks. Catch up on quiet conversations, visit with friends and call it a day!

"Divine Liturgy"

Begin the day and the entire retreat united in the Holy Mystery of the Eucharist as His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios celebrates the Divine Liturgy for the feast of Saints Cosmas and Damian the Wonderworkers

"Brunch"

Enjoy brunch at Lansdowne with His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios as he shares his pastoral insights and experience as shepherd of the Church in America and longest-serving Hierarch in the Orthodox Church throughout the world, with 50 years of episcopal service.

"Break"

Everyone needs a break now and then, even at a retreat. Stretch, walk and breath in some relaxation as you make time for winding down.

"Encounter 1: 'Fathers' - Archimandrite Zacharias"

Father Zacharias addresses us for the time. This Encounter opens the Retreat with the topic of being fathers. Prepare to roll up your sleeves in an "Engagement" session afterwards, where brothers all have an opportunity to share questions, concerns and stories with one another in a safe and trusting environment.

"Lunch/Free Time/Wellness Consultations"

Surveys of past retreats consistently ask for free and unstructured time to relax, decompress and take time for ourselves, and the Retreat Team takes your feedback seriously, so here it is! Amble around the resort, grab lunch at one of its great restaurants, talk with friends, enjoy the free activities or immerse yourself in prayer and peace. Also available at this time will be Wellness Consultations provided by the Orthodox Health Plan.

"Professional Fitness Sessions #1"

Don't just listen to words about "Wellness" - walk the walk! (Or maybe "stretch the stretch!") Three fitness sessions will be conducted by professional trainers who will meet you where you are and challenge you to go a little farther. Choose to "Get Moving" (light exercise), "Get Active" (moderate exercise) or "Get Intense" (a kick-it-up workout). A great an energizing way to start the day. Professional attention at no extra charge! (Be sure to pick the right fitness level when you register online!)

"Encounter 2: 'Men of God' - Archimandrite Zacharias"

Father Zacharias again addresses us, this time on the topic of being men of God. Prepare to roll up your sleeves in an "Engagement" session afterwards, where brothers all have an opportunity to share questions, concerns and stories with one another in a safe and trusting environment.

"Break"

Everyone needs a break now and then, even at a retreat. Stretch, walk and breath in some relaxation as you make time for winding down.

"M Games Part 1 - Individual Events"

The 2017 Retreat will feature a competitive element, never seen before. The 'M Games' (Metropolis Games) will promote camaraderie, inspire fun and provide an all-around competition of mind and body in an epic three-round gauntlet of excitement. In Round 1, participants will compete in one-on-one challenges. Some of these challenges include: Arm Wresting, Finger Jousting, Rock-Paper-Scissors and a Staring Contest. Points count towards team total for the next round. Yes, brothers, it’s 'Time to Power Up!!!'

"Break"

Everyone needs a break now and then, even at a retreat. Stretch, walk and breath in some relaxation as you make time for winding down.

"Dinner"

Enjoy Virginia Wine Country from the scenic surroundings of the Stone Tower Winery. Start with an hour of wine tasting with Stone Tower's local Virginia wines, then head down to the Vineyard View room for a laid-back evening of food and conversation with your brothers.

"Evening Hospitality Suite"

Relax each evening in the Presidential Suite with complimentary snacks and drinks with your brothers. Catch up on quiet conversations, visit with friends and call it a day!

"Professional Fitness Sessions"

Don't just listen to words about "Wellness" - walk the walk! (Or maybe "stretch the stretch!") Three fitness sessions will be conducted by professional trainers who will meet you where you are and challenge you to go a little farther. Choose to "Get Moving" (light exercise), "Get Active" (moderate exercise) or "Get Intense" (a kick-it-up workout). A great an energizing way to start the day. Professional attention at no extra charge! (Be sure to pick the right fitness level when you register online!)

"Breakfast Buffet"

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and beautiful, sunny scenery at Lansdowne's Riverside Hearth restaurant, included in your registration.

"M Games Part 2 - Arena Events"

The 2017 Retreat will feature a competitive element, never seen before. The 'M Games' (Metropolis Games) will promote camaraderie, inspire fun and provide an all-around competition of mind and body in an epic three-round gauntlet of excitement. In Round 2, an arena will be set up with stadium seating for the Arena Round, featuring inflatable games. Each team will choose it’s challengers ahead of time to compete in events such as: Jousting, Sumo Suits, Inflatable man ball, and “the Pie Game.” The goal of this round is to promote camaraderie.

"Adventures!"

Choose from a bunch of great ways to spend the day with your friends outside the office! No extra charge unless otherwise indicated. Enjoy a bus tour of Washington, DC, landmarks, including the White House! Zipline through the colors of fall from above at Harper's Ferry. Hike and bike the Potomac River Valley on 476 acres of Lansdowne trails. Battle through 48acres of paintball at Pev's Paintball Park. Enjoy the Robert Trent Jones Jr and Greg Norman signature golf course at Lansdowne. ADDED OPTION: Spend an afternoon exploring this massive museum housing over 3,000 aircraft, spacecraft, and other historical items, including the Space Shuttle Discovery, an SR-71, an Air France Concorde, and the B-29 bomber Enola Gay. Or just lay back, relax and hang out on your own or with friends. Your choice, but NOTE: Choice MUST be made a time of online registration.

"Free Time/On Your Own"

Surveys of past retreats consistently ask for free and unstructured time to relax, decompress and take time for ourselves, and the Retreat Team takes your feedback seriously, so here it is! Stretch, walk and breath in some relaxation as you make time for winding down.

"M Games Part 2 - Finale"

The 2017 Retreat will feature a competitive element, never seen before. The 'M Games' (Metropolis Games) will promote camaraderie, inspire fun and provide an all-around competition of mind and body in an epic three-round gauntlet of excitement. Round 3 will be a Trivia Night and Closing Ceremony before the final dinner at Lansdowne Resort. With the teams, groups will be seated with brothers they do not know. In addition the honor of winning, a small prize will be given to members of the winning team.

"Lansdowne Virginia Dinner"

Get ready to be immersed in the Virginia flavors and hospitality of Chef Marcus and his team. This is a meal you will want to write home about!

"Evening Hospitality Suite"

Relax each evening in the Presidential Suite with complimentary snacks and drinks with your brothers. Catch up on quiet conversations, visit with friends and call it a day!

"Professional Fitness Sessions"

Don't just listen to words about "Wellness" - walk the walk! (Or maybe "stretch the stretch!") Three fitness sessions will be conducted by professional trainers who will meet you where you are and challenge you to go a little farther. Choose to "Get Moving" (light exercise), "Get Active" (moderate exercise) or "Get Intense" (a kick-it-up workout). A great an energizing way to start the day. Professional attention at no extra charge! (Be sure to pick the right fitness level when you register online!)

"Morning Worship"

"O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice" (Psalm 5.3). Start the morning worshiping the Lord in thanksgiving for the gift of the retreat experience and in prayer for safe travels for all.

"Breakfast"

Get a great start to the day enjoying breakfast with your brothers.

"Engagement 3: 'Time to Power Up!'"

Lots to review and process from an intense week. Spend an hour talking over the week and everything you've learned in a final interactive Engagement session with your group from the week.

"News and Information Session"

From the new Financial Literacy Program to Benefits to Peer Learning Groups to Continuing Education, there is a lot of news about many exciting developments and opportunities for clergy in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. Get ready for a one-hour tour of everything new from the experts in the field.

"Departure"

Depart for home, family and re-energized ministry in the holy vineyard of Christ! Be sure to schedule your departure to stay until the end! Dulles Airport is not far away, but recommend scheduling flights for 3:00p or later.

Adventures / hiking, biking, touring, golfing ... whatever!

Comfortable buses will take you on a guided tour of DC’s most iconic sights: landmarks, monuments, museums...and the White House!

Spend an afternoon exploring this massive museum housing over 3,000 aircraft, spacecraft, and other historical items, including the Space Shuttle Discovery, an SR-71, an Air France Concorde, and the B-29 bomber Enola Gay

There are plenty of great trails and routes nearby to explore, hike, and bike, including 476 acres on the Lansdowne property. You can also traverse many of these trails by bike, including the 27.5 mile “Dirt Ride” mountain bike loop!

Cruise along the picturesque Virginia Potomac River Valley roads with your other clergy biker brothers on Harley. Requires a motorcycle license, previous experience and insurance.

The Harpers Ferry “Fall Colors” zipline canopy tour is the perfect way to experience autumn. The tour includes 7 zips with heights up to 425 ft and a 100 ft sky bridge! Immerse yourself in the colors of fall like never before!

Pev’s Paintball Park is a massive 48 acre complex with 14 playing fields full of 25+ buildings and props, towers, rock fields, caves, and inflatable obstacles. No experience needed and all playing/safety equipment will be provided.

Lansdowne Resort boasts the mid-Atlantic’s premier golf club, offering a championship course of 45 holes created by world renowned Designers Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Greg Norman. (ADDITIONAL FEES)

A relaxing resort hotel. The peaceful Potomac River Valley. A good book. R&R. Need we say more?

Hotel

Lansdowne Resort and Spa
44050 Woodridge Pkwy
Leesburg, VA 20176
Phone: 703-729-8400

Click to Reserve

Get Directions

Questions / everything else you need to know

Your parish. As cited in the Archdiocesan Presbyters Council Guidelines, "The National Clergy Retreat (NCR) of the Archdiocese of America will be organized by the Archdiocesan Presbyters Council and held biennially on the off year of the Clergy Laity Congress. All expenses for clergy participants are to be covered by their individual Parish, as per the Regulations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the remunerative standards for clergy established by the Clergy Compensation Plan that is issued annually." Exceptions to this directive must be approved by the local Metropolitan.

Further, the Archdiocese Uniform Parish Regulations (Article 17 (Clergy), Section 8), state: "The Archdiocesan Council and the Archdiocesan Benefits Committee will establish remunerative standards for the Clergy. These standards, for the following year, shall be sent to each Parish annually, by September 30," and in the Clergy Compensation Guidelines referred to therein, it is noted: "The Parish must provide…Expenses for attending District/Metropolis Clergy-Laity Assemblies and Retreats, the Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress, Clergy Continuing Education Programs, and the Archdiocese Presbyters Council Retreat."

It depends on your choice in a number of factors: Registration, Hotel and Travel

Registration: $350-$395

Register by September 30, 2017 pay only $350 - a savings of almost $50 over the regular rate of $395.

Hotel: $232-465 + tax

Rooms are an affordable $155/night single or double occupancy, so save money by sharing a room with a friend and cut your cost for three nights to $232 + tax or $465 + tax for a single.

Travel: $100-$300

Airfares to nearby Dulles Airport are ranging $100-$200 from the East Coast, $200-$300 from the Midwest and $300-$400 from the West Coast. Book early!

That puts the total cost range between $680 and $1,160 depending on your choices of registration, rooming, transportation and location.

The APC understands that clergy schedules are subject to change due to issues beyond our control and has established the following refund policy. It allows a partial refund for cancellations by September 30, 2017.

By September 30, 2017

Cancellations requested by September 30, 2017 will receive a refund of the registration fee paid less a $100 cancellation fee.

After September 30, 2017

Cancellations requested after September 30, 2017 will not receive a refund due to guarantees and expenses incurred by the retreat as a result of the registration.

Important hotel cancellation note: Registrants who cancel are responsible for cancelling their hotel reservations. Failure to do so may result in hotel cancellation charges.

The APC wants to make this as all-inclusive and worry-free as possible for our hard-working brothers, and great efforts have been made to eliminate out-of-pocket expenses, so the registration fee includes:

All scheduled events

All scheduled meals*

All event transportation

Scheduled airport shuttle*

All Adventures except golf and rentals

Hospitality Suite

*Notes: Wednesday and Thursday lunches are not scheduled group meals and are on your own. Airport shuttle service is complimentary during scheduled times from DULLES Airport only. Golf Adventure involves extra fees.

The overall cost of the retreat is greatly lowered for all clergy through a generous grant from the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund. This makes the event more affordable for all.

Additionally, limited financial assistance is available for clergy with demonstrated need through the Leadershp grant and through APC and Metropolis Clergy Syndesmos resources. Clergy should contact their local Syndesmos representative for information. A list of representatives can be found here.

Important note:All requests for financial assistance must be received by the Earlybird registration discount date of September 30, 2017.

The National Clergy Retreat is, by definition and as indicated in the Registration information, a clergy only event, just as the National Sisterhood of Presvyteres is a women's retreat only. Our schedule, meals and other events are designed with the full participation of the clergy registrants in mind. Because attendance at any session, meal, adventure or other retreat function is limited to paid clergy participants, please understand that wives or others do not have the opportunity to do so.

The APC does, however, place a great emphasis on healthy clergy couple relationships, and since Lansdowne Resort is a beautiful location at a great price, clergy may want to enjoy some time there with their presvyteres before or after the retreat. So, wives and families are welcome to be present for the three days BEFORE the retreat or the three days AFTER, but are kindly asked to NOT be present on-site DURING the retreat itself.

We encourage all our Presvyteres to attend the NSP Retreat in October

The affordable registration and hotel rates are made possible as incentives to participate in the entire retreat, and all attendees are expected to receive the full benefit of the retreat by participating in all events.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The discounted hotel rate is available only to clergy who register and participate in the retreat events. Attendees who register but do not participate in the retreat will be charged full room rates.

You Pick the Prize! / register early and you could win!

 

WIN AND PICK YOUR PRIZE!

Some of us like tech gadgets, some like great food and still others like to travel. So instead of us picking a prize to give away for early registration, this time around we're letting you pick the prize! If you are chosen as the winner, you will have your choice between the following three great prizes: 1) A GoPro Hero4 Silver Professional 1080p Waterproof Action Camcorder (Value: $300); 2) A Ruth's Chris Steak House Gift Certificate for dinner at any of 150 locations (Value: $300); 3) A Hotels.com Gift Certificate for an overnight stay in any of 150,000 locations (Value: $300).


 
 

HOW TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCES

CHECK THIS OUT: THE EARLIER YOU REGISTER, THE BETTER YOUR CHANCES! Register by September 30th and your name will be put in a drawing for the "Pick Your Prize" drawing. For each day before September 30th, your name will be entered AGAIN! So, register on August 20th and your name will be entered 41 times. Register on July 10th and your name will be entered 82 times! Get it? Register early, increase your chances!

 
 

ABOUT THE "PICK YOUR PRIZE" DRAWING

The random drawing to choose a winner will take place on October 1, 2017. The winner will be announced in Leesburg at the Opening Dinner on October 31, 2017 and the winner must be present or the prize will be awarded to the runner-up, so don't miss the Opening Dinner! Winner will choose the prize on that night and it will be delivered following the Retreat. Winner is responsible for all taxes or additional charges.