Orthodox Pebbles Retreats

Let us plan an engaging learning experience for the children and families in your group!

We would love to come to your own space to organize a creative and interactive educational event for young and old alike. All participants will delve deeper into an Orthodox theme, while the grown-ups can also explore ways to effectively teach a religious education topic, at home or in the Sunday School classroom.

Concert and teacher training with Presvytera Gigi Baba-Shadid

Presvytera Gigi Baba Shadid is a friend and collaborator of Orthodox Pebbles and an award-winning Orthodox educator. She is the creator of the popular YouTube series “Sing-Along with Gigi“, which is hosted on the channel of the Y2AM Ministry of the Greek Orthodox Archiocese of America. Her passion is teaching with music, and she can complement our event with an optional children’s concert experience. With over fifty original songs for teaching Orthodox youth, participants will be filled with joy while learning the eternal truths of our Faith.

Presvytera Gigi also offers an additional hands-on training workshop for Sunday School teachers and youth workers. Building on an experience of over twenty five years in education, Gigi has led teacher trainings and workshops in both public and parochial schools as well as in numerous Orthodox churches. Participants will leave feeling excited and ready to engage young people in proven and effective instruction.

You can choose to plan a half-day retreat with Natalie and Despina of Orthodox Pebbles, or a full-day retreat also including Pr. Gigi.


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A different Jesse Tree

A uniquely Orthodox approach to the popular Jesse Tree custom of the Nativity season, focusing on the Old Testament connections to the Nativity of our Lord, and their depiction in Orthodox icons and hymns.

Let’s prepare for Pascha!

An exploration of the various milestones on the journey toward the Feast of Feasts.


A multifaceted approach to the Holy Mysteries of the Orthodox Church.

Limited budget?

As an alternative to a live Orthodox Pebbles retreat, we will be more than happy to help you plan your own event, with custom-made material according to your parish needs.

So looking forward to having you with us.
Hooray!!! Glory to God!

Presvytera Georgia, Holy Taxiarhai and St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church – Niles IL, December 2021

The team from Orthodox Pebbles came prepared with lessons, activities and crafts to lead our children in a discussion about the Sunday’s of Great Lent and the spiritual practices of fasting, prayer and almsgiving. The youth and teachers were captivated with their approach to teaching. Natalie was professional, open to ideas and loving in her responses. She is a committed Orthodox Christian in her demeanor, affect and actions. I would not hesitate to host Orthodox Pebbles again and look forward to doing so. God bless, Natalie, Despina and Eleni! 

Alexis Pappas, Holy Trinity-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Birmingham AL, February 2023

Let’s turn our little Orthodox pebbles into rocks of faith together!