Healing the Sin-Sickness of our Souls Through the Virtues

Have you ever gotten to the end of a hard day and wondered to yourself, “Why do I keep falling into the same old sins?” This course not only answers that question (hint, it started with Adam and Eve), but gives strategies for breaking the cycle.  We’ll start by looking at how our worldviews shape how we answer this question.  Then, we’ll examine the passions (our deep-rooted sinful inclinations) and their opposite virtues.  Last, we’ll look at just how we strengthen the virtues and heal our souls.

  • Offered  Spring '22 Semester Only


  • Prerequisites: None
    Instructor:  Mother Melania, Ph.D. 
    Age Level: 13 years and older; 12-year-olds are accepted if parents attend with them
    Minimum Enrollment: 2
    Maximum Enrollment: 15
    Tuition: $50
    Class Meeting Days and Times:
    Tuesdays, 8:45 - 10:15 AM
    Please Note: This is a 5-week class -- March 15 to April 12. 

Spring Registration is Open

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.

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)