Program Schedule

Five Oaks programs inspire connection to Spirit; to Self; to Each Other; and to Nature, especially to this sacred space. Offerings for these connections to be made are done while attending to the physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual aspects of the individual.
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Five Oaks Programs

Family Fun Day at Five Oaks

August 22, 2019
Pool, Pool Washrooms, Secret Firepit, Playground, Upper Field, Trail
Join us on Thursday, August 22 for a day full of family fun, swimming, and community. People will be welcome to drop-in and visit for as long as they like between 10 am - 4 pm. During this time people will be welcome to explore the site and see everything we have to offer.
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Healing with Art and Stories Women’s Retreat 2019

With Amira Ayad

August 30 - September 1, 2019
This will be an intimate retreat for women (limit - 10) that will take you on a journey of healing and self-transformation. We will be staying together in a beautiful cozy chalet overlooking the Grand River near Paris, ON, surrounded by nature and sunshine. We will be using Narrative & Art healing modalities for re-framing our stories of personal search for meaning, health, and happiness. The retreat is based on a totally new model that integrates Islamic tradition (through prophet Joseph’s story in the Quran), Joseph Campbell’s mythology (through the Hero’s Journey), and the Ayurvedic model of human development (through…
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Companions Mini-Retreat

With Karen Eade and Kevin

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In living more deeply into our vision as an interfaith/intercultural spiritual centre, Five Oaks is offering a new retreat opportunity starting in September 2019. This is a one day ‘mini retreat’ that is offered weekly from Sunday late afternoon to Monday evening in Friendship House or Peace House. Companions will be led by Karen Eade who is our spiritual-guide-in-residence each week. “Companions” are those who – literally – “break bread together”.  As companions we come together to refresh ourselves, experience community, take time apart and deepen our spiritual lives - however we express our spirituality.  Companions stay in a retreat…
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Social Enterprise and Change-Making in your local community

With Shaun Loney and Adrian Jacobs

October 6 - 8, 2019
Main Building
We want to create positive change for people in our communities, and do that in sustainable ways, but, how? This course will help us see opportunity in what seems like insurmountable problems – and how to make good things happen. "We have a big church, and an aging congregation and it's hard to keep up our building. Is there a way that we can use what we have to actually solve problems in our community, use our resources and make our building a centre of change-making in our community...and keep it open?" "We have so many problems facing our community,…
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Healing and Wellness: Spiritual Wholeness in Light and Shadow

With David Giuliano, Renee Thomas-Hill and Amira Ayad

November 11 - 13, 2019
Come join us for a time of learning and renewal at Five Oaks this fall. This 2.5 day program is led by three speakers from different cultures and faith traditions. It is a time of shared learning, being deeply rooted in one's own faith or spiritual tradition, and deepening our understanding and lived experience of the stories we tell about healing, wellness, illness and wholeness. It is an opportunity to learn together, for those in our partner communities (Christian, Muslim, Indigenous) and beyond. Though it is open to anyone, it may be particularly relevant to those who find themselves or someone…
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Supported & Affiliated Programs

Family Fun Day at Five Oaks

August 22, 2019
Pool, Pool Washrooms, Secret Firepit, Playground, Upper Field, Trail
Join us on Thursday, August 22 for a day full of family fun, swimming, and community. People will be welcome to drop-in and visit for as long as they like between 10 am - 4 pm. During this time people will be welcome to explore the site and see everything we have to offer.
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FALL FOREST FUN – September 13th 2019

With Tara Carpenter and Jessica McGregor

September 13, 2019
Five Oaks Education and Retreat Centre
Come GROWE with us…outdoors!
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GROWE Outdoor School – Fall 2019 – Eagles

With Tara Carpenter, Andrea King and Laurel Grieve

September 18 - December 18, 2019
Five Oaks Education and Retreat Centre
Come GROWE with us…outdoors!
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GROWE Outdoor School – Fall 2019 – Acorn

With Tara Carpenter, Andrea King and Laurel Grieve

September 18 - December 18, 2019
Five Oaks Education and Retreat Centre
Come GROWE with us…outdoors!
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Quarterly Gathering – School of Celtic Consciousness (November)

November 4 - 5, 2019
Threshold Moments We will explore our theme through Mary’s threshold moments of the annunciation, conception, and ‘bearing forth’ of the Christ Child. In community and in solitude, participants will be invited to ponder, “How do we receive and nurture the Christ within so that Christ might be borne into the world through us”. As part of the Canadian School of Celtic Consciousness program, we offer quarterly events for those attending or have attended our annual July program. John Philip has suggested these gatherings as a means to build on the experience and learning of the annual three-day schools; and to nurture study, spiritual practice, community and action. That being said,…
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Quarterly Gathering – School of Celtic Consciousness (February)

February 17 - 18, 2020
Theme - Peregrinations pro Christo Participants will be invited into the call of wandering in search of the Christ in the world. We will delve into the concept of pilgrimage as an openness to being led by the Divine in our wandering search. Like St. Columbanus and other Irish monks of his time who might have declared that they would “rove to rest”, we will explore the idea of pilgrimage, in itself, as a spiritual homecoming.    As part of the Canadian School of Celtic Consciousness program, we offer quarterly events for those attending or have attended our annual July program. John Philip has suggested these gatherings as a means…
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Quarterly Gathering – School of Celtic Consciousness (May)

May 4 - 5, 2020
Theme - Thin Places with our Anam Cara Our Anam Cara (soul friend) is the one whose soul entwines with ours; who accepts us as we truly are; and who may mentor, and companion us into life's “Thin Places”. Through the lens of the Emmaus Road story, we will reconnoitre our Anam Cara’s presence on our own spiritual journeys.  The risen Christ walks the road as the Anam Cara who evokes the “Thin Place” in the breaking and blessing of the bread.   As part of the Canadian School of Celtic Consciousness program, we offer quarterly events for those attending or have attended our annual July program. John Philip has suggested these gatherings…
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