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12th Annual Easter Sunrise Service

St. Francis of Assisi Outdoor Chapel at ECCO

Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 6:30 a.m.

Breakfast follows service - $12 per person

Reservations required for breakfast
No reservations required for Easter Sunrise Service

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Opera Class

Opera at Oakhurst

April 17-20, 2015
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Why Did They Do It That Way? 

There is perhaps nothing in the world of opera that so excites and infuriates opera goers as modern stage productions. For some, the sole important medium for the opera is music and any attempt to introduce or impose a theatrical interpretation on the score is a violation of the composer’s work; for others, however, opera is the highest form of theatre and the composer’s work only comes alive if it is staged inventively in a way that refreshes the original work.

The Opera at Oakhurst weekend for 2015 will be devoted to studying and discussing opera production.  Throughout the weekend there will be talks on opera production, on how operas were staged when they were first performed, and on the conventions, technology and physical conditions that determined their composition. But we will also look at some of the most important and controversial productions of our own time, determining why stage directors decided to present the work in the way they did. We will look at DVDs of both “traditional” and “radical” productions and discuss the differences between them; in doing so, it is to be hoped that we will begin to develop yardsticks that might allow each of us both to judge the quality of productions that might initially appear to be strange and to understand the meaning behind those stage techniques and interpretations that have puzzled us.

Most of the Opera at Oakhurst weekends have involved a heavy lecture component. There will, of course, still be lectures that will introduce you to all sorts of unfamiliar and curious aspects of opera history, but there will be considerable  opportunity for discussion and for the exchange of ideas about operatic performance and production. You will learn about some of the most significant innovators in the history of operatic staging, including the scenic masters of the baroque opera, the reformers of opera in the 18th century, the directors of 19th century grand opera, and Richard Wagner and the modernist innovations of Adolphe Appia and Wieland Wagner. The course will also include a survey of the work of the most important stage directors working in opera today.

This promises to be an extremely stimulating weekend both for those who enjoy changing fashions and styles in opera production and those who find them puzzling and are curious to know why such changes happen.

The program runs from lunch Friday to lunch Monday. We are glad to able to hold the cost of 2014 over to 2015 and include an additional meal. Also, if you wish to lengthen your stay at ECCO by arriving a day early or staying a day later, you may add that to your registration. Additional nights in a private room is $86/person, per night. Double rooms are $43/person, per night.


3 nights, 10 meals

$569.00 per person
Double occupancy

$699.00 per person
Single occupancy (limited availability)

$439.00 per person
Commuter (includes everything but lodging)

$539.00 per person
Triple or quad occupancy

Current college student rate
$419.00 per person Triple, quad, or dorm occupancy
. Inquire for scholarship availability.


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Spring Clergy Retreat

April 27-29, 2015

Retreat begins with registration at 4 p.m.followed by dinner at 6 p.m. on Monday
and closes after Breakfast on Wednesday.

Per person pricing for 2 nights, 5 meals if registered before April 13th:
Double & Quad $99 Day Use $70
Private rooms are available on a case by case basis at the rate of $189

Any registrations received after April 13th will pay full price.

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Golden Bear Amateur Radio Net Annual Meeting

June 5-7, 2015

Cost per person for 2 nights, 6 meals:

Private: $264  Double: $178  R.V.: $112

Please place reservation by May 22nd.

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2015 Gerard Family Camp

July 5-11, 2015

Cost per person for 6 nights, 17 meals:
Doubles, Quads & Dorms: $411 R.V.: $321

On reservation please indicate your prayer group preference.
Please place reservation by June 21st..

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St. James’ Cathedral Men’s Retreat

August 14-15, 2015

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Clergy Wives Retreat

October 2-4, 2015

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Thanksgiving at ECCO
November 25-27, 2015

Thanksgiving at ECCO, an annual tradition.  Imagine how wonderful Thanksgiving can be when you can relax with old and new friends, eat delicious food, enjoy the beauty of our surroundings, and no dishes to wash!  Thanksgiving festivities begin with an optional Holy Eucharist from 11:00 to 12:00, followed by appetizers, and then dinner at 1:00. p.m. Spend a quiet afternoon visiting, playing games and relaxing.  For those choosing to spend the night. Consider an optional stay over that evening with departure on Friday morning after breakfast. Join us; it's fun!

Per person pricing:
Thanksgiving dinner:  $30.00 for adults, $15.00 for children ages 4 to 11

Package 1: Thanksgiving dinner, evening snacks, Thursday night lodging and Friday breakfast: 
Single:  $123   
Double: $82  
Quad:  $76  
Children 4 to 11: $37.50

Package 2: Wednesday and Thursday nights lodging, Thanksgiving dinner, evening snacks, Friday breakfast: 
Single $213 
Double $131  
Quad: $119 
Children 4 to 11 $58

Please submit reservations by November 11th, 2015

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Winter Clergy Conference
November 30 - December 2, 2015

Retreat begins with registration at 4 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. on Monday
and closes after Breakfast on Wednesday.

Per person pricing for 2 nights, 5 meals if registered before November 17th:
Double & Quad $99 Day Use $66
Private rooms are available on a case by case basis at the rate of $189

Any registrations received after November 17th will pay full price.

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New Year's at ECCO
December 31, 2015 - January 1, 2016

ECCO - A Sensible Celebration for New Year's.

Have you wanted to do something fun for New Year's but not wanted to risk being on the road? Ecco wants you to Stay and Play with us. Music, Games, Dancing and Socializing.

Begin your evening with yummy appetizers and a chance to get acquainted. Then enjoy a dinner of your choice of Prime Rib or Lemon Herb Salmon with roasted red potatoes, steam vegetable medley, fresh baked rolls and your choice of fresh baked pie all served from our buffet line.

After dinner: an evening of games and music provided by DJ for your dancing or listening pleasure. Ring in the New Year on New York time at 9:00 pm and then dance and play the night away knowing your comfortable lodge room is steps away.

Complete your stay with a delicious Sunday Brunch.

New Year's Eve
Social Hour 6:30 pm | Dinner 7:00 pm | New York Midnight Toast 9:00 pm

New Year's Day: 
Brunch 10:00 am and late check-out at 12:00 pm


Includes New Year's Eve Celebration, Social, Dinner and Festivities, Sunday Brunch. Prices are per person. Prices listed below is what you pay, there are no additional charges.

  • $30 Meal & Festivities
  • Single Occupancy (Private Lodge Room) $100.00
  • Double Occupancy (Two per Lodge Room) $78.00

Get your friends together and reserve a table for 8. Reservation deadline is December 17th.

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ECCO shuttle service is available from Fresno to ECCO and back on opening and closing dates of Road Scholar and ECCO programs at a cost of $75.00 one-way or $150.00 round-trip, per person. Advance reservations with payment are required. Please complete the form, indicating the program date. An ECCO staff member will contact you to confirm your reservations and establish the pickup time and place.

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