Syndesmos Summer Gathering 2017

 Syndesmos Summer Gathering 2017
on the theme:

Am I my brother's keeper? (Gen 4,9)

23 – 30 June 2017
Samos, Greece

 With the Kind Invitation and Blessing
of Metropolitan Efsevios of Samos and Ikaria

Post-deadline applications will be considered until 26 May 2017
(application forms to be sent to

download application form :


Participants needing visas are encouraged to send their applications early.

Syndesmos invites Orthodox Christians from its member organisations and beyond to spend a week of prayer, discussions and workshops on missionary and social ministries in the Church.

The Syndesmos Summer Gathering 2017 will be held on the northern Aegean island of Samos in Greece – in modern Orthodox Metropolis Camp Facility located in Kotsikas, near the port city of Vathi/Vathy in Samos. 

Working language:        English                   
Airports: Athens (ATH), Samos (SMI)

Tentative Schedule:
23 – 24 June 2017           Friday – Saturday             Arrivals
25 – 29 June 2017           Sunday – Thursday          Gathering Programme
30         June 2017           Friday                               Departures

You can fly into Athens International Airport (ATH) located in Athens, Greece.

…OR you can fly directly into Samos Airport (SMI) in Samos, Greece from your country (if routes prove possible) OR from Athens International Airport (ATH). (NOTE:  Check with low-cost Greek carriers such as AEGEAN AIRLINES...55-minute direct flights (ATH) to (SMI)).

…OR you can take an all-day ferry boat OR overnight ferry boat from the Greek port city of Piraeus to the port city of VATHI/VATHY, Samos.  Google HELLENIC SEAWAYS for ferry boat schedule.  Please allow up to two days for travel by ferry boat to Samos depending on boat schedule.

 (NOTE:  From Athens International Airport, one can take a cheap public train ride to the port city of Piraeus where ALL ships depart.  Ferry boat trip can take anywhere from 8-13 hours as boat stops on several other islands along the way before reaching Samos. To give you an idea, the approximate cost of an economy ticket during the summer of 2016 for a one-way ticket: 49.50 EUROS).

Visa Information:
Please check with your specific country Embassy to learn specific requirements for travel to Greece (member of European Union) and to learn if a visa is needed.
Regarding participants needing VISAS, in case of medical emergency to cover costs or other emergency needs, you will need to have proper health/travel insurance coverage.