Amenities & Services
Indoor Amenities & Services
- Dining Hall
- Fireplaces (electric) – House on the Hill Meeting Space, Chalet Meeting Space
- Fireplaces (wood burning) – Main Building Upper Room, Summer Centre Dining Hall
- Grand River Bookstore ($)
- Interfaith Prayer Room
- Labriynth ($)
- On-site catering ($) / option to self-cater in select buildings
- Spiritual companionship ($)
- Team building and experiential learning for groups ($)
- Meeting spaces ($)
- WiFi in Upper Campus buildings
- Yoga and meditation instruction ($)
Interfaith Prayer Room
The Star Prayer Room at Five Oaks is a space for prayer, meditation, quiet reading, reflection or small gatherings. It has undergone a ‘makeover’ which creates a welcome space for and affirm the spiritual practices of our Vision Partner traditions. It is available for all guests on site to use.
The Grand River Bookstore has been at Five Oaks since the 1990s. The Bookstore is a wonderful treasure to have on site, so be sure to browse through the collection during your stay. You may want to check out “The Story of Five Oaks” or “Seasons at the Centre” for historic information about Five Oaks. Please contact the Bookstore Manager regarding your resource needs. The open hours are Monday to Friday 9am–5pm and Saturday 10am–2pm.
If you are coming to Five Oaks for spiritual reflection, you can request the services of a spiritual director. With this person you may want to spend an hour walking the labyrinth or sitting on a bench to explore your spiritual longings or questions.
Ageless Arts Yoga Studio has their primary studio location in the Main Building of Five Oaks. Ageless Arts Yoga believes that yoga should be accessible to everybody and every body! Connect with Ageless Arts Yoga to find out out about the large variety of classes and private sessions offered.
Outdoor Amenities & Services
- Basketball courts
- Campfire pits (including one riverside and one by the spring fed creek)
- Fishing access by permission
- Fly fishing instruction ($)
- Gazebo and outdoor seating areas
- Guided hikes ($)
- Horseshoe pits
- Large playing field
- Playground with sandbox
- River access for paddlers via a licensed outfitter ($)
- Sports equipment
- Swimming pool ($)
- Volleyball net
- Wooded areas with nature trails
There are campfire pits around the property which groups may use during their stay. Firewood for basic campfires is provided, but guests should bring their own lighter or matches. Depending on which building you stay in, upon request, we will reserve the nearest fire pit for your group.
A labyrinth is a sacred pattern that is used as a walking meditation. There is no right or wrong way to walk the labyrinth. Simply walk it with an open mind and an open heart. For a more detailed information sheet, come by the office. Guided walks of the labyrinth can be booked in advance through one of our Partners.
The outdoor pool at Five Oaks is open from approximately early July to the end of August, weather dependent . Each group must reserve their swim times in advance, as the pool is only available for one group at a time (booked in 2 hour time-blocks).
Guests must book a Lifeguard which is provided and insured by Five Oaks. The 2019 rate is $50 per 2-hour time block. Children’s programs or groups over 35 people require a second guard at a rate of $20 per hour. The 2nd lifeguard does not need to be a Five Oaks lifeguard, but does need to provide a copy of their National Lifeguard certification (NLS) and the group is required to provide liability insurance for their lifeguard.
The Five Oaks Pool has a shallow end of 3.6 feet and a deep end of 10 feet. The capacity of the pool area is 75 people. The pool has a water slide and a diving board for bathers to enjoy.