Come ye take light

Real Break

Spend a week inspired and encouraged in your faith.

What is Real Break?

Real Break provides college students (ages 18-25) with the opportunity to engage the Orthodox faith through trips of pilgrimage and service. Students travel during breaks to participate in the work of the Church alongside the ministries, monasteries, parishes, and people of each host city.

What is it like to encounter the Light of the World?

Stand in the places where heaven meets earth

After weeks of anticipation and preparation, you’re finally in church for the feast of feasts. Pascha has arrived. It’s almost pitch black, and even though you can’t see anything, you still hear the buzz of excitement around you. Everything goes silent when the priest steps out onto the solea with one, singular candle. His voice booms throughout the nave.

“Come ye take light from the Light, that is never overtaken by night. Come glorify Christ, risen from the dead”. First hymn of the Rush Procession.

A wave of fire washes over the congregation as one candle lights another that lights another that lights another still. This is what we hope to do in pilgrimage. We go to pray at sites and venerate the saints through which the presence of God abides. We go to take light and guard it within us so that it may spread when we return home. In that way, a wave of Paschal candles washes over the whole world.

2024 Trip

$250 Off My Trip to Greece?

The next 5 people who sign up for our Greece trip will receive an additional $250 scholarship which will be applied to their balance once they pay their deposit. 

The Trip Could Cost Me $0

Pretty much. Here’s how it would work…

  • There is plenty of scholarship money available. Students can apply for up to $1000 in need-based scholarships.
  • If the total amount of money fundraised and awarded from the scholarship exceeds the registration price, students will be eligible to be reimbursed for their flights to/from Greece. It’s quite common for students who dedicate time to fundraising on social media, over email, and at their parish, get their whole trip covered. OCF provides a prefilled-out crowdfunding form that takes all the technical work out of it. We are here to help! (Here is an example of the pre-filled form.)

Can I Have a Little More Time To Decide?

YES! We have extended registration to March 8th.

When Is Final Payment Due?

Good news. It is not due until April 1, plenty of time to fundraise, apply for the scholarships and get your balance down to $0!

Real Break Greece

The trip will be split into three parts. The first will be based around the Meteora Monasteries. These monasteries in Thessaly are perched atop massive rock formations and are protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the second part of the trip, the men will continue on to Mount Athos, and the women will go to Ormylia Monastery, built on thousands of years of history and a stronghold of Orthodox asceticism. Finally, we will spend the third part of the trip in Thessaloniki, praying in the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine era churches, venerating the relics of Sts. Demetrios and Paisios, and experiencing all that Thessaloniki has to offer.

May 23, 2024 – June 1, 2024

Please note: you must be registered and have paid your $300 deposit for your application to be considered. All scholarships will be reviewed and awarded based upon stated need and available funds on a rolling basis – scholarship applications must be submitted by March 8. If you have any questions about the scholarship process, please email Ivy Tesfay at