Lectures & Workshops
presented at the
1st West Coast Conference
December 2017
“Have Courage”

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Keynote/Plenary Lectures:

  • Have Courage

    Fr. Josiah Trenham, Ph.D.

  • Technology & the Development of Children

    Fr. Josiah Trenham, Ph.D.

Sessions for Homeschooling Elementary:

  • Homeschooling

    A Survival Guide for the Family

    Fr. Noah Bushelli

  • Homeschooling 101

    Addressing the Most Frequently Asked Questions about Getting Started

    Christine Hall

  • Co-ops, Charters, and Other Resources

    for Meeting the Academic, Social, and Spiritual Needs of Your Child

    Fr. Ninos & Presv. Tina Oshaana

  • Classical Education

    with an Orthodox Worldview

    Presv. Ana Coman, Ph.D.

Sessions for Homeschooling High School:

  • Re-Evaluating the Notion of Success

    Fr. Noah Bushelli

  • Dispelling the Myths

    about Homeschooling High School

    Presv. Ana Coman, Ph.D.

  • Raising Teens and Passing on the Faith

    Fr. Paul Volmensky

  • High School Panel

    What Did High School Look Like in Your Home?

    Ginny Silva, Christine Hall, Marie Eliades, and Despina & Anna Makrozahopolous


Demographics for the 2017 West Conference:

220 people attended the 2017 WEST Conference:  100 adults and 120 children!  This was the largest group at the St. Nicholas Ranch for the entire year of 2017, and the largest St. Emmelia Conference.

There were approximately 70 families represented at the 2017 West Conference.

Fifteen families at the 2017 West Conference traveled from out-of-state to attend the conference in California. Those fifteen families represented eight states:  Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Texas, Georgia, Colorado, Kansas, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina.

Two families at the 2017 West Conference live outside of the United States and crossed international borders to attend. One of these families traveled from Canada and the other traveled from Mexico.

Speakers for the 2017 West Conference represented three jurisdictions:  Antiochian, Greek, and ROCOR

Attendees of the 2017 West Conference represented seven jurisdictions:  35% affiliate with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, 30% affiliate with the Antiochian Archdiocese, 15% affiliate with OCA, 10% Romanian, 4% ROCOR, 3% Serbian, and 3% Jerusalem Patriarchate.

40% of families who attended had one adult member of the family with a parent or grandparent born in an Orthodox country.

Three families who attended were catechumens.

50% of attendees had never visited the Monastery of the Theotokos, the Life-Giving Spring prior to the 2017 West conference.

60% of the families came a day early for the 'Pre-Conference Visit', which included a visit to the Kings Canyon National Park and the Monastery of the Theotokos, the Life-Giving Spring.

40% of the families homeschool independently of the state, 30% homeschool through a public charter, 15% homeschool through an 'umbrella school' not associated with the government, and 15% have not yet started homeschooling.