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Glory to Jesus Christ!I often encourage pilgrimages, retreats, nature-oriented vacations, and conferences. The recent St. Emmelia West Conference was a perfect blend and a surprisingly refreshing time. The West Conference is in the ruggedly beautiful foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, at the St. Nicholas Ranch & Retreat Center, nestled under the Holy Monastery of the Theotokos, the Life-Giving Spring in Dunlap, California. My highlights in this ascendant setting were the many pious, eager, and loving young families; tasty, nourishing meals appropriate for the fast; the prayerful chanting before and after meals; well-planned, informative, and truly Orthodox lectures and workshops; a rich selection of appropriate vendors; many encouraging conversations; joyous tears during lectures; and lots of new friendships. All of this, plus educational programming for the children at a family-friendly price, makes me very thankful that our growing St. Emmelia Conferences has the West Conference in its family. I strongly encourage anyone who takes their educational responsibility for their children seriously to attend future conferences.May it be blessed!
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