The Three Great Lenten Disciplines: Fasting, Almsgiving, and Prayer

Have you ever entered a Lenten period thinking, "Oh, wow! I get to pray, fast, and give alms more!"? Most of us haven't. But that's because we don't understand the beauty of these practices and the great benefit we can get from them. In this course, we will link these important disciplines to the temptation of Adam and Eve (the fruit was good to eat, pleasant to the eyes, and desirable to make one wise) and the three temptations of Christ, in which He overcame the basic temptations that Adam and Eve succumbed to. Then, we will talk about how, through God's grace and our own practice of fasting, almsgiving, and prayer, we can rise up to new life in Christ.

Spring Registration is Open

  • Spring 2022 Class Session

    Open to New Students in Spring '22


  • Prerequisites: None
    Instructor:  Mother Melania, Ph.D.
    Age Level: 13 years and older; younger students are accepted if parents attend with them
    Minimum Enrollment: 2
    Maximum Enrollment: 15
    Tuition: $50
    Class Meeting Days and Times:
    Wednesdays, 11:AM - 12:30 PM Pacific
    Please Note: This is a 5-week class -- SPRING COURSE MEETS January 26 - February 23

Mother Melania, Ph.D.

Mother-Melania (1)Mother Melania (Salem) is the Abbess of the Holy Assumption Orthodox Monastery (OCA) in Calistoga, Ca. She holds the Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Durham, England. She has been a monastic since 1999. She is the author of the series of children’s books entitled Fearless the Fire Duck and His Friends, as well as a continuing series of booklets on the meaning of the Great Feasts of the Church and Stories from the Old Testament.

Textbook and Materials: All Materials Provided by Instructor

2019-20 Registration for this Course Opens on February 11.


(If you would like to enroll in this class but cannot attend at the posted time, please contact us.  We may be able to open an additional section.)

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Beginning Drawing Materials:

  • Sketch book: Strathmore 9 x 12 inch
  • Charcoal pencils (two of each): soft, medium, hard
  • white chalk pencil (or white chalk pencil)
  • compressed charcoal (a couple pieces)
  • vine charcoal
  • kneaded eraser
  • rubber eraser
  • pencil sharpener
  • ruler
  • cloth sham
  • large newsprint paper pad (18 x 24 in)
  • Large thick drawing pad (18 x 24 in Canson or Strathmore)
  • large drawing board (with clips for hold your paper)