Syezd Day Rates For Families and Individuals

Yes, that’s right, Syezd Day Rates for both individuals and families!

DAY RATE PER PERSON: $50 includes Lecutres, activities, Lunch and snacks

DAY RATE for PARENTS with children in Syezd ‘child care’ PER Parent: $40 includes Lectures, activities, Lunch and snacks

DAY RATE PER CHILD IN ‘CARE’: (available for ages 6 and under) $10 includes care during Lectures/discussion only, Lunch, snacks and associated care activities.

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The Special is now closed

The Crazy Discount Special is now closed! Congratulations to those who made it and got the special!

As the Gold Coast committee is still working out the cost of Syezd, please stay tuned and a price will be put up in the near future.

CLOSED: Crazy Discount for Repeat Attendees!

As mentioned on the last day of Syezd, for a limited time only (until midnight Sunday 10th January 2016), a HUGE discount is available for those that attended Syezd Melbourne 2015.

The special price is $250!!! It is estimated that next Syezd could cost up to $399 full price, so, this is just a crazy, absurd, insane discount – a way of saying thank you to those that attended in 2015 and want to attend the next one – at the Gold Coast! There are only 25 available spots, so do not let this chance pass you by!

If you did not attend the Syezd Melbourne 2015, please wait until later this year when we have finalised and opened registrations to the public.

Be on Guard!

How Satan keeps Christians from Christ


We live in a world that zooms around us with ever-increasing speed and events that crowd our thoughts & feelings, overwhelming us with stress, anxiety and fears. There seems no escape from the tumultuous assault on all our senses, pervading our mind, bodies and souls.

Even our children are not spared – their very conscience is attacked by school politics which dictate learning acceptance of all that is immoral and amoral, that being even curious or interested in God is ground for ridicule, bullying and ostracism. It is not acceptable for Orthodox Christians to ignore or accept the assault on Christianity.

“Be on Guard” is aimed to make one aware and alert to what is really happening in our everyday lives –the spiritual warfare preventing us from God and salvation.

By Elena Metlenko

A life worth living – psychological perspectives

This presentation will introduce individual development from biopsychosocial and spiritual perspectives. It will also discuss main psychological approaches to what does living a good life mean and what it means to be well as a person. Conflicting social and spiritual values will be discussed using Christmas as an example. This session will be concluded having a discussion of the introduced material with the audience and allowing time for the questions.

By Valeria Zoteyeva

  • Master of Psychology(Health) from Monash University.
  • At Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia Valeria was a Psychologist/ Lecturer in Psychology, specializing in Organisational Psychology.
  • She is a practicing Psychologist, general registration with Health psychology endorsement, Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency.
  • She is also a full member of the Australian Psychological Society,
  • She has worked at private hospitals and community organisations, with over 10 years of experience in psychology research, internationally, and clinical practice in different settings in Australia.
  • The Holy Protection Russian Orthodox parish, Russian Ethnic Council and Valeria, are at the moment, supporting and collaborating in the setting up of a low-cost Orthodox psychology Clinic in Melbourne.

Apocalypse: The Role of Women in the Church

In this modern/post-modern age of challenge and change, the role and status of women in society has been a prominent issue. Inevitably Christendom in general, and the Church in particular is confronted with this important issue.

Various Christian groups have sought to accommodate the women’s movement by allowing female ordination, from the diaconate to the episcopate. Even some in the Orthodox Church have argued for a more active role for women in the Church.

This talk seeks to address the issue of the position and role of women in the Church by way of returning to some foundational concepts regarding Christ and His Church, what it means to be a man, what it means to be a woman, and what it means to be a Christian. I hope that by re­-examining these foundational truths, we can place the “debate” into its proper context.

Indeed, context is very important. If we can appreciate the Tradition of the Church, the Teaching of the Scriptures, and the Practice of the Church when it comes to Christian Life and the Priesthood, we will be able to think through these challenges more fruitfully. Perhaps such an understanding will answer more than the particular question of women in the Church. Perhaps we can begin to nurture a deeper understanding of each other, as women, and men, and Christians in Christ’s Holy Church, and our relationship to the world around us.

by Fr. Dcn. Mark Woloszyn­

  • Bachelor of Theology (St.Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College, Sydney)
  • Graduate Studies in Classics and Archaeology (University of Melbourne)
  • Masters of Theological Studies, majoring in Old Testament Biblical Studies, Classical Hebrew, and a double thesis on Biblical Archaeology (Catholic Theological College, Melbourne)