The ‘Iliad’ & the ‘Odyssey,’ Greek Philosophy & Greece Without Leaving the U.S.
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6 days
5 nights
15 meals
5 B 5 L 5 D
Check-in, Registraion, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Dunlap, CA
St. Nicholas Ranch

Dinner: 5:30pm. Greek Fare

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

Iliad & Odyssey, Greek Cooking Class, Iliad Performance
Dunlap, CA
St. Nicholas Ranch

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.

Iliad & Odyssey, Performance of John Muir, Greek Dancing
Dunlap, CA
St. Nicholas Ranch

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: 2pm. Frank Helling brings John Muir to life.

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

Evening: George Papangellion, a dance instructor from St George Greek Orthodox Church will have you dancing before the night is over.

Lecture, Free Time, Greek Language, Traditions & Customs
Dunlap, CA
St. Nicholas Ranch

Breakfast: 8am. Continental sampling.

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. A sack lunch will be available for you to pick up after the lecture.

Afternoon: 12pm. The afternoon 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

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.

Greek Philosophers, Monastery Visit, Night Festivities
Dunlap, CA
St. Nicholas Ranch

Breakfast: 8am. Greek and American Fare

Morning: 9am. 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. Soup and Sandwiches Greek Style

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.

Greek Coffee, Program Concludes
Dunlap, CA

Breakfast: 8am. Continental Breakfast

Morning: Learn how to make authentic Greek Coffee

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

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