St. Kosmas Aitolos Orthodox Homeschool Community:   Providing Resources and Opportunities for Orthodox Homeschool Families

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Academic and Creative Arts Contests


Annual Pilgrimage to San Francisco for the Feastday of St. John Maximovitch

2018:  June 28 - July 1


Our homeschool community has made an annual pilgrimage to San Francisco for the feastday of St. John Maximovitch for 14 consecutive years.  2018 will mark our group's 15th year to make this trip.  Our pilgrimage usually includes the Thursday night Akathist service to St. John, a Friday molieben service at the Old Cathedral to be blessed under the mantia of St. John followed by picnic and playtime in Alamo Square, the Friday evening Vigil service, the Saturday morning hierarchical Divine Liturgy, procession, molieben, and feastday meal, and a walk on the Golden Gate bridge or along the shoreline near the bridge.  In past years we have also combined other educational field trips with this pilgrimage including the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Japanese Tea Gardens, tour of a merchant marine ship docked in the bay, the San Francisco Zoo, and the California Academy of Sciences. 


Annual Camping Trip in Kings Canyon National Park

2018:  July


While Camping in Kings Canyon National Park, we visit Roaring River Falls, Zumwalt Meadow, and the Road's End.  We camp near the river, wade in the creek, play in the forest, take hikes, do crafts, play board games, read stories, have some science and nature lessons, visit the park ranger at the ranger station, cut our own firewood, make campfires, eat together, roast marshmallows, sing traditional folk songs, and sleep in tents under the stars.

We have camping sites reserved for 15 families for our 2018 annual camping trip!


Seeking Truth:  Educating Children within an Orthodox Ethos

Veteran's Day Weekend 2018:  November 8-11


St. Kosmas Homeschool Community has joined forces with the Saint Emmelia Conferences of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America Department of Homeschooling, in order to bring a Pan-Orthodox Homeschool Conference to the West Coast which will be held at the St. Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center in Dunlap, California.


West Coast Walk for Life

Pan-Orthodox Pilgrimage


Orthodox Christians Walk for Life! Join fellow Orthodox Christians of all jurisdictions and ages at the annual Walk for Life West Coast every January in San Francisco. Orthodox Christians from all over will be gathering for a pan-Orthodox weekend of prayer, fellowship, and learning surrounding the pro-life West Coast Walk for Life. The 2018 Walk for Life and the Pan-Orthodox events that took place in San Francisco were a great success and we are looking forward to gathering a large contingency of Orthodox homeschool families for participation in the 2019 Walk and Pan-Orthodox events that take place that weekend in San Francisco.  



8:30 am: Liturgy followed by breakfast at Holy Trinity Church, 999 Brotherhood Way

11:30 am: Pre-Rally PAN-ORTHODOX MOLIEBEN SERVICE FOR THE SANCTITY OF LIFE, Civic Center Plaza near corner of Polk & Grove Streets. For information, please contact Veronica Ruby at (510) 882-7779.

12:30 - 3:30 pm: RALLY & WALK FOR LIFE, Civic Center Plaza.  Rally starts at Civic Center Plaza, walking down Market Street (2 miles). Ends at Justin Herman Plaza/Ferry Building. BART stations at both locations. Ample parking. 

5:30pm: Vespers followed by dinner at St. Nicholas Church, 5200 Diamond Heights Blvd.


7:30 am: (English) Liturgy at Holy Virgin Cathedral, 6210 Geary Blvd.

9:30 am – 12 pm: Breakfast and pro-life symposium in the Holy Virgin Cathedral parish hall

From Southern California:

Orthodox Christians in Southern California will be travelling by bus to San Francisco for the weekend. For more details or to register for the bus trip, visit

For info about the Walk for Life, visit

For information about the Pan-Orthodox Walk for Life Schedule of Events, please contact Veronica Ruby at (510) 882-7779.

2019 Project Mexico Homebuilding Service Trip

2019:  May


Continuing on our theme of "Building Life Skills", St. Kosmas Homeschool Community is planning our first Family Service Project Trip to Project Mexico to participate in a homebuild.  Start planning now.  There are costs involved and all members of the family will need passports to make this trip. More information to come.

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