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DUNLAP, CALIFORNIA

The ‘Iliad’ and the ‘Odyssey,’ Greek Philosophers, and Experience Greece Without Leaving the U.S.

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Program #6480RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
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Itinerary for Oct 14 — Oct 19, 2012

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Type: Conference Center

Description: ABOUT ST. NICHOLAS RANCH: "The Ranch" as the locals call it, is a conference and retreat center located in Dunlap, California, 40 miles east of Fresno in the foothills leading up to Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park. Rolling hills, ancient oaks, an apple orchard and an olive grove provide gorgeous natural surroundings. Nestled on 230 acres of what was once a working horse ranch, our lodges, meeting spaces, and recreational facilities provide for very comfortable accommodations surrounded by rugged landscape. Both the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are only 30 minutes away from our facility, making it possible to visit both in one day! A breathtaking Byzantine-style monastery over looks our facility. Hiking trails and a swimming pool are also available. All rooms come with a private bath, individual air-conditioning and heating. All the lodge rooms, dining, and classrooms are located together on level ground. All meals are included in the registration fee. VISIT OUR WEBISITE: www.stnicholasranch.org.

Contact info:
38526 Dunlap Road
PO Box 400
Dunlap, CA 93621 USA
phone: 559-338-2103
web: www.stnicholasranch.org

Room amenities: Individual air conditioning and heating. Linens and towels provided for each guest. Smoking is not allowed in guest rooms.

Facility amenities: Trails for hiking, swimming pool, library & gift shop.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $65.00-$100.00
Contact St. Nicholas Ranch 559-338-2103

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, October 14 - Dinner/Orientation
Arrive To: Check in at 4pm.

Dinner: 5:30pm. Greek Fare

Evening: Wine and cheese reception. With an overview of the weeks program.

Lodging: St. Nicholas Ranch

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: ABOUT ST. NICHOLAS RANCH: "The Ranch" as the locals call it, is a conference and retreat center located in Dunlap, California, 40 miles east of Fresno in the foothills leading up to Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park. Rolling hills, ancient oaks, an apple orchard and an olive grove provide gorgeous natural surroundings. Nestled on 230 acres of what was once a working horse ranch, our lodges, meeting spaces, and recreational facilities provide for very comfortable accommodations surrounded by rugged landscape. Both the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are only 30 minutes away from our facility, making it possible to visit both in one day! A breathtaking Byzantine-style monastery over looks our facility. Hiking trails and a swimming pool are also available. All rooms come with a private bath, individual air-conditioning and heating. All the lodge rooms, dining, and classrooms are located together on level ground. All meals are included in the registration fee. VISIT OUR WEBISITE: www.stnicholasranch.org.

Contact info:
38526 Dunlap Road
PO Box 400
Dunlap, CA 93621 USA
phone: 559-338-2103
web: www.stnicholasranch.org

Room amenities: Individual air conditioning and heating. Linens and towels provided for each guest. Smoking is not allowed in guest rooms.

Facility amenities: Trails for hiking, swimming pool, library & gift shop.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $65.00-$100.00
Contact St. Nicholas Ranch 559-338-2103

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 15 - Breakfast/The Iliad and the Odyssey/Lunch/Greek C...
Breakfast/The Iliad and the Odyssey/Lunch/Greek Cooking Class/Dinner/Performance of the Iliad

Breakfast: 8am A simple continental breakfast with a choice of Greek Fare.

Morning: Professor Pamela Johnston, PhD, will begin with an introduction of these two epic works by the poet Homer. For nearly 3,000 years these magnificent stories have captivated the world. Her multi-media presentation brings the subject alive, offering something for both the serious student and the more casual participant.

Lunch: 12pm Lunch. Greek Cuisine

Afternoon: 2pm. A truly Greek experience work with phyllo and grape leaves. And then sample your art on Thursday evening at the Glendi.

Dinner: 5:30 pm. A sampling of Greek dishes.

Evening: 7pm. Professional actor Eldon Quick's dramatic reading of the Iliad brings this classic work alive in a unique and exciting way. Listening to him speak you will think you are on the beach of Troy 3,500 years ago, with Achilles, Agamemnon and Odysseus standing before you.

Lodging: St. Nicholas Ranch

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: ABOUT ST. NICHOLAS RANCH: "The Ranch" as the locals call it, is a conference and retreat center located in Dunlap, California, 40 miles east of Fresno in the foothills leading up to Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park. Rolling hills, ancient oaks, an apple orchard and an olive grove provide gorgeous natural surroundings. Nestled on 230 acres of what was once a working horse ranch, our lodges, meeting spaces, and recreational facilities provide for very comfortable accommodations surrounded by rugged landscape. Both the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are only 30 minutes away from our facility, making it possible to visit both in one day! A breathtaking Byzantine-style monastery over looks our facility. Hiking trails and a swimming pool are also available. All rooms come with a private bath, individual air-conditioning and heating. All the lodge rooms, dining, and classrooms are located together on level ground. All meals are included in the registration fee. VISIT OUR WEBISITE: www.stnicholasranch.org.

Contact info:
38526 Dunlap Road
PO Box 400
Dunlap, CA 93621 USA
phone: 559-338-2103
web: www.stnicholasranch.org

Room amenities: Individual air conditioning and heating. Linens and towels provided for each guest. Smoking is not allowed in guest rooms.

Facility amenities: Trails for hiking, swimming pool, library & gift shop.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $65.00-$100.00
Contact St. Nicholas Ranch 559-338-2103

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 16 - Breakfast/The Iliad and the Odyssey/Lunch/Furs, F...
Breakfast/The Iliad and the Odyssey/Lunch/Furs, Flowers, and Feathers of the Sierra Nevada/Dinner/Greek Dancing

Breakfast: 8am. Buffet style breakfast.

Morning: 9am. Professor Johnston will continue her examination of the Iliad and the Odyssey discussing the great adventurers and archaeologists of the 19th and 20th centuries like Schliemann and Evans who, following in the footsteps of Homer discovered the places described in the stories-Mycenae, Knossos and even Troy itself. She is one of our most popular lecturers and has a real gift for communication the importance and relevance of this fascinating subject.

Lunch: 12pm. Phyllo & Yogurt, has Greek written all over it.

Afternoon: Dave McFadden takes us on an adventure, both in the classroom, and on a modest hike around the Ranch.

Dinner: 5:30pm. A sampling of great Greek food and freshly baked bread.

Evening: The local dance troupe, Kamari, from St. George Greek Orthodox Church joins us with their instructor George Papangellin. George will have you joining the dance group before the night is over.

Lodging: St. Nicholas Ranch

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: ABOUT ST. NICHOLAS RANCH: "The Ranch" as the locals call it, is a conference and retreat center located in Dunlap, California, 40 miles east of Fresno in the foothills leading up to Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park. Rolling hills, ancient oaks, an apple orchard and an olive grove provide gorgeous natural surroundings. Nestled on 230 acres of what was once a working horse ranch, our lodges, meeting spaces, and recreational facilities provide for very comfortable accommodations surrounded by rugged landscape. Both the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are only 30 minutes away from our facility, making it possible to visit both in one day! A breathtaking Byzantine-style monastery over looks our facility. Hiking trails and a swimming pool are also available. All rooms come with a private bath, individual air-conditioning and heating. All the lodge rooms, dining, and classrooms are located together on level ground. All meals are included in the registration fee. VISIT OUR WEBISITE: www.stnicholasranch.org.

Contact info:
38526 Dunlap Road
PO Box 400
Dunlap, CA 93621 USA
phone: 559-338-2103
web: www.stnicholasranch.org

Room amenities: Individual air conditioning and heating. Linens and towels provided for each guest. Smoking is not allowed in guest rooms.

Facility amenities: Trails for hiking, swimming pool, library & gift shop.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $65.00-$100.00
Contact St. Nicholas Ranch 559-338-2103

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 17 - Breakfast/Free Time/Sack Lunch/Squaw Valley Herb ...
Breakfast/Free Time/Sack Lunch/Squaw Valley Herb Garden/Dinner/Greek Language, Traditions, and Customs

Breakfast: 8am. Continental sampling.

Morning: The day is yours! Choose to peruse the many books in the Library, or check out the surrounding area with a hike. For other ideas and local attractions give us a call at 559-338-2103

Lunch: 9am. A sack lunch will be available for you to pick up after breakfast.

Afternoon: 2pm. A visit from the Squaw Valley Herb Garden, Rosemary brings her beautiful garden to the ranch.

Dinner: 5:30pm.

Evening: 7pm. We will take a light hearted look at the Greek Language, and the traditions and customs of Greece. A great introduction for those of you planning to visit Greece in the future or simply want to better understand your Greek neighbors.

Lodging: St. Nicholas Ranch

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: ABOUT ST. NICHOLAS RANCH: "The Ranch" as the locals call it, is a conference and retreat center located in Dunlap, California, 40 miles east of Fresno in the foothills leading up to Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park. Rolling hills, ancient oaks, an apple orchard and an olive grove provide gorgeous natural surroundings. Nestled on 230 acres of what was once a working horse ranch, our lodges, meeting spaces, and recreational facilities provide for very comfortable accommodations surrounded by rugged landscape. Both the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are only 30 minutes away from our facility, making it possible to visit both in one day! A breathtaking Byzantine-style monastery over looks our facility. Hiking trails and a swimming pool are also available. All rooms come with a private bath, individual air-conditioning and heating. All the lodge rooms, dining, and classrooms are located together on level ground. All meals are included in the registration fee. VISIT OUR WEBISITE: www.stnicholasranch.org.

Contact info:
38526 Dunlap Road
PO Box 400
Dunlap, CA 93621 USA
phone: 559-338-2103
web: www.stnicholasranch.org

Room amenities: Individual air conditioning and heating. Linens and towels provided for each guest. Smoking is not allowed in guest rooms.

Facility amenities: Trails for hiking, swimming pool, library & gift shop.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $65.00-$100.00
Contact St. Nicholas Ranch 559-338-2103

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 18 - Breakfast/Greek Philosophers/Lunch/Greek Orthodox...
Breakfast/Greek Philosophers/Lunch/Greek Orthodox Evening Vespers/Monastery Tour/Dinner/A Nights Festivities

Breakfast: 8am. Greek and American Fare

Morning: 9am. Professor Tony Kocolas will introduce to you the Greek Philosophers. Plato? Aristotle? Heraclitus? Just who were these philosophers whose names we keep hearing, but never quite got to know? Discover the thinkers and events that started the stream of what is today called "Western thought".

Lunch: 12pm. Soup and Sandwiches Greek Style

Afternoon: 4pm. (Optional) You will have the opportunity to attend a Greek Orthodox Evening Vespers service at the convent which last approximately one hour.

Afternoon: 1pm. One of the most unique features of St. Nicholas Ranch is that it is home to an authentic Greek Orthodox Convent which follows the Orthodox Byzantine tradition. It is an opportunity to experience a living witness of Byzantium. Enjoy the hospitality of the nuns who will provide a tour of the convent followed by Greek coffee and pastries.

Dinner: 5:30pm. "Glendi Night" A social hour starts the nights festivities, with a Traditional Lamb dinner to follow.

Evening: 7pm. Talent Show, Movies, Charades, Dancing! An evening of Fun for all.

Lodging: St. Nicholas Ranch

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: ABOUT ST. NICHOLAS RANCH: "The Ranch" as the locals call it, is a conference and retreat center located in Dunlap, California, 40 miles east of Fresno in the foothills leading up to Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park. Rolling hills, ancient oaks, an apple orchard and an olive grove provide gorgeous natural surroundings. Nestled on 230 acres of what was once a working horse ranch, our lodges, meeting spaces, and recreational facilities provide for very comfortable accommodations surrounded by rugged landscape. Both the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are only 30 minutes away from our facility, making it possible to visit both in one day! A breathtaking Byzantine-style monastery over looks our facility. Hiking trails and a swimming pool are also available. All rooms come with a private bath, individual air-conditioning and heating. All the lodge rooms, dining, and classrooms are located together on level ground. All meals are included in the registration fee. VISIT OUR WEBISITE: www.stnicholasranch.org.

Contact info:
38526 Dunlap Road
PO Box 400
Dunlap, CA 93621 USA
phone: 559-338-2103
web: www.stnicholasranch.org

Room amenities: Individual air conditioning and heating. Linens and towels provided for each guest. Smoking is not allowed in guest rooms.

Facility amenities: Trails for hiking, swimming pool, library & gift shop.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $65.00-$100.00
Contact St. Nicholas Ranch 559-338-2103

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, October 19 - Breakfast/Greece the Roots of Western Civilizatio...
Breakfast: 8am. Continental Breakfast

Morning: Professor Kocolas will wrap up his lecture with a discussion of why the Greeks still matter today and why the study of Ancient Greece is so important.

Lunch: 12pm. A final good bye to our Greek Cuisine.

Lodging: St. Nicholas Ranch

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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