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 will also explore ways to effectively teach a religious education topic, at home or in the Sunday School classroom.

The retreats are designed in two parts and for two separate tracks: Youth Track (ages 6-12) and Adult Track. In the first part, each track gathers in their own room. In the second part, both tracks get together for a variety of hands-on activities. The teaching plans, games, crafts and additional materials are provided and coordinated by Orthodox Pebbles. Through a variety of exclusive resources, participants gain a better understanding and appreciation of our Faith.

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 is complementing 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 book 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 fundamental theme of the Holy and Life-giving Cross.

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

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