Listing Of Events

Beauty and the Sacred
We hope you can join us for Beauty and the Sacred: A Day Retreat with Dr. Pia Chaudhari Cameron.

Saturday, Sept 21, 2024
St. Bergitta Convent in Darien, CT

Orthodox Christians believe that the physical and the spiritual are one whole, made holy by God. We worship not only with our souls but also through our bodies. Beauty—physical and spiritual—enlightens every part of our lives; our relationship with the material world is permeated with God and so brings us to God. It is one of the ways that God speaks to us humans. That is why Dostoevsky writes, “Beauty will save the world.”

Gather with a small group of twenty-five women on the beautiful property of St. Bergitta’s Convent and experience it for yourself! This day retreat will include two sessions with Dr. Chaudhari Cameron and contemplative exercises led by other experts. Lunch and coffee/tea are provided. 

Cost: $85  

(Orthodox women only, please.)

Register here!

Patmos Pilgrimage Teaser

Join Poustinia Pilgrimage & Axia Women for their first Orthodox women’s pilgrimage to Patmos, Greece!

A time set apart to focus on stillness and being with God, sharing our experiences as women, immersed in the holy wisdom and tradition of the Orthodox faith and  walking in the footsteps of a newly canonized saint.

Share in daily gatherings • Pray in St. John’s cave • Contemplative walking on ancient footpaths • Make a handmade prayer journal • Venerate relics on Leros Island • Fall in love with your prayer life • Small group of up to 20 pilgrims.

The island of Patmos, Greece - a holy place, blessed by Saint John the Beloved, Saint Amphilochios the lover of trees, Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, and recently canonized Saint Gavrilia, the “ascetic of love.” Patmos has been a spiritual pilgrimage site for generations, known to Christians throughout the ages as ‘The Jerusalem of the Aegean’.

Cost: $3250, excluding airfare

Pilgrims will meet at the Athen’s airport on August 27th, spend 10 glorious days together, and be returned back to the airport on September 6th.

You can find more details and the application to attend here.

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Not sure when to set boundaries and when to just give to others? Did Christ even have boundaries? Join us in hearing from Dr. Ioana Popa in this interactive workshop on Friday, June 7th at 2pm Eastern. We’ll discover 2 mindset shifts to navigate this fine balance, with God at our core. 

$12   (Let us know if cost is a barrier.)

Sign up here!

(Orthodox women only, please.)

Space Rituals and Your Mind webinar for IOCS

Join us to learn from Dr. Ioana Popa--psychiatrist, spiritual advisor, theologian--on how to use your environment to support your rituals and spiritual goals. Axia is offering this as a special event with the Institute of Orthodox Christian Studies in Cambridge.

We hope you can join us!

$5 (Orthodox women only, please.)

If cost is a barrier, please let us know at

Register here!

Prepare for Pilgrimage

​Are you interested in a walking pilgrimage? Not sure how to get started? 

Jennifer Nahas was a pilgrimage instructor at REI for seven years and has also been on two full Camino walks of over 500 miles. 

​In this webinar, she will cover the spiritual, physical, and practical (gear!) aspects of preparing for a walking pilgrimage, using walking the Camino as a case study. 

We hope you can join us!

$12 (Orthodox women only, please.)

If cost is a barrier, please let us know. 

Register here!


Girls in the LIturgy, part 3


Girls’ Participation in the Liturgy, Part 3: The third panel in this series co-sponsored by Axia Women and the St. Phoebe Center on January 28th, 2024, at 7pm Eastern.

Everyone is welcome!

We will hear from four diverse panelists who will focus on integrating girls into our liturgical celebration, addressing this issue from various perspectives—from those who plan and coordinate this ministry, to the perspectives of parents, and to the perspective of clergy on how this ministry has been received in their parishes and its value for the parish.  

We’ll hear from: 

• Anna Kallis, MDiv - the founder of the Myrrh-bearer ministry at St. Peter and Paul

• Kristina Baktis, MPS, LCAT, LPAT - co-founder of a ministry for young girls at her parish 

• Andy Nosal, PhD - a parent whose daughter participates in this kind of ministry

• Fr. Peter Baktis, DMin. - a parish priest

The panel will be moderated by Dr. Teva Regule, a liturgical scholar, and an expert on lay participation in the liturgy. The event will include short presentations explaining the panelist’s respective ministries, responses from other panelists, and a Q+A time for those attending the meeting.

You can register for the event here.   

Missed Parts 1 and 2? Over the past few years, the St. Phoebe Center in partnership with Axia Women has sponsored two webinars/zoom meetings focusing on the participation of women and girls in the liturgical assembly.

You can watch the videos on the St. Phoebe Center YouTube channel:

1) Integrating Girls (and boys) into the Liturgy: How and Why (sponsored by Axia)  

2) Liturgical Service by Girls and Women

Please note that when you register for this event, you will be added to St. Phoebe Center’s newsletter mailing list. They do not sell or share their lists. You will not be bombarded with unnecessary emails. You may unsubscribe at any time.

St. Phoebe Center plans to record portions of this event by photo, video, and audio. By registering for this event, you consent to SPC taking, using, reproducing, altering, and publicizing photographs, audio, or video for publicity, advertising, and promotion.

We hope to see you on January 28th! 



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Interested in unplugging and creating a space to experience the presence of God more deeply? Then consider setting your sights on a pilgrimage. Out of all the possibilities, there is one out there for you! 

On October 15th, Axia will be hosting a pilgrimage panel to explore the many ways we can be a pilgrim.  Our panel will cover the emotional, physical and spiritual benefits that come from traveling to and/or creating a sacred place to worship and experience the presence of God. Through the stories and lived experience of four different women, we will work through a broad definition of what it means to be on pilgrimage - whether alone or with others; virtually or physically; staying put in a sacred place or a walk that is just as important as the destination. 

We will be making a special announcement during the panel discussion—you don’t want to miss this!

About Our Panelists

Arpi Nakashian: After growing up in the Old City of Jerusalem, where she encountered pilgrims from across the world, Arpi went on to lead both in-person and virtual pilgrimages, eventually inspired by the pilgrims’ faith to establish her own pilgrimage ministry, Holy Land Lights.

Jennifer Rich: The author of 'Prayer Spa: Ancient Treatments for the Modern Soul’ and member of the Orthodox Speakers Bureau, when not tending her flock of sheep and stationery business Oblation Press in Portland, Oregon, Jennifer leads pilgrimages such as her recent tour with Frederica Mathewes-Green to Greece, focused on stillness in prayer.

Jen Nahas: An REI guide certified in both spiritual accompaniment and outdoor meditative walks, Jen’s adventurers all prepared her for the Camino de Santiago, one of the many pilgrimages she has sauntered.  

Teva Regule: Among her contributions as President of the Orthodox Theological Society of America, Teva was one of the motivators behind the creation of the annual New Skete pilgrimage in New York and hopes to be an example for anyone else who would like to create a pilgrimage place for their own community.

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Starting September 1, Axia's church year will be focused on PILGRIMAGE.

If you've taken part in a pilgrimage recently or long ago, we'd love to hear about it!  It could be a journey to a monastery, a weeks-long trek on the Camino or other established trail, or a trip to a place that is holy to you, or some other sacred travel. The piece should be between 500 and 1500 words long. Send to with the subject line "My Pilgrimage Story." We'll be picking at least six for our new blog series over the coming months. 

We can't wait to read what you write!

(Orthodox women only, please.)


Space Rituals and Your Mind webinar

Join us to learn from Dr. Ioana Popa --psychiatrist, spiritual advisor, theologian--on how to use your environment to support your rituals and spiritual goals.

6 pm eastern | 5 pm central | 4 pm mountain | 3 pm pacific

$12 (Let us know if cost is an issue.)

Register here!

(Orthodox women only, please.)

Church of Our Granddaughters webinar

We are delighted to offer a webinar by Carrie Frederick Frost, PhD,  author of The Church of Our Granddaughters, with a special focus on menstruation. 

In many parishes and areas of the Orthodox world, women and girls are excommunicated during their periods. Sometimes they are instructed not to venerate icons, light candles, kiss the cross, bake prosphora, or engage in other acts of worship, and sometimes they are even prohibited from coming to church at all. Dr. Frost will discuss how these popular practices–though widespread–diverge from core Orthodox theology related to women, the human body, and the Incarnation, and suggest ways to bring this particular set of practices in line with our theology.

If you want to read the book before the webinar, it is available from Cascade Books and

Register here ($12--let us know if cost is an issue)

(Orthodox women only, please.)