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

Spiritual Practices and Community Meal

With Karen Eade and Kevin

Open Dates
Five Oaks Main Building
In living more deeply into our vision as an interfaith/intercultural spiritual centre, Five Oaks offers an opportunity for weekly guided spiritual practice and a community meal. Gather just before noon in the interfaith prayer space on the lower level of the Main Building.
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Companions Mini-Retreat

With Karen Eade and Kevin

Package Dates
Retreat House
In living more deeply into our vision as an interfaith/intercultural spiritual centre, Five Oaks is offering a new retreat opportunity. This is a one day ‘mini retreat’ that is offered weekly from Sunday late afternoon to Monday evening. As Companions, we come together to refresh ourselves, experience community, take time apart and deepen our spiritual lives - however we express our spirituality.
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Confirmation Weekend ~ Exploring Faith

April 3 - 5, 2020
Five Oaks Main Building
A retreat to support & enrich the confirmation process of your congregation. For both youth & leaders. Come, share the journey!
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Sister Water and the Sultan – Exploring our Spiritual Lives with Francis of Assisi

With Len Desroches

April 20 - 23, 2020
Come and enjoy the awakening earth on this guided retreat with leader Len Desroches. How do we live lovingly with each other - especially as we are divided by culture, nationality, religion and more? How do we live responsibly and lovingly with the natural world?
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Rituals and Spiritual Experiences of Death and Dying

With Anne Pearson and Patricia Pearson

May 22 - 23, 2020
The Main Building
In a secular age, people still thirst for wisdom and ritual to help shepherd them through the experience of death, yet many have lost contact with their traditions. Anne and Patricia Pearson will lead this weekend workshop that offers inspiration and wisdom from various faith traditions and practices on how to undergo these journeys of loss.
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School of Celtic Consciousness 2020

With John Philip Newell

July 7 - 9, 2020
Main Building, Chalet, Retreat Houses, Cabins, Camping (bring your own tent or trailer)
In 2016 John Philip Newell founded the School of Celtic Consciousness (SCC). He did so in the belief that Celtic wisdom is needed at this moment in time, urgently. It is a Christian spiritual tradition that can nurture vision of mind, strength of soul, and compassion of action. […]
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Grandparent GROWE Camp

July 19 - 24, 2020
Five Oaks
Come to camp with your grandchildren this summer! Live in community with other grandfamilies in one of our comfortable retreat houses. This is a partnered project with the Grand River Outdoor Wilderness Education (GROWE) daycamp program here at Five Oaks.
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Grandmother GROWE Camp

July 26 - 31, 2020
Five Oaks
Come to camp with your grandchildren this summer! Live in community with other grandfamilies in one of our comfortable retreat houses. This is a partnered project with the Grand River Outdoor Wilderness Education (GROWE) daycamp program here at Five Oaks.
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Supported & Affiliated Programs

GROWE Camps, Programs & Outdoor Schools

With Tara Carpenter

Open Dates
Five Oaks Education and Retreat Centre
Grand River Outdoor Wilderness Education (GROWE) facilitates outdoor school, school breaks, PA Days and summer camps for children and youth at Five Oaks. Check out their full list of programs here.
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Men’s Spirituality Retreat 2020

February 3 - 6, 2020
Five Oaks Education and Retreat Centre
In February every year, this judgment free, life-affirming event is for courageous men of spirit to explore relationships, spiritual issues and ultimately themselves. Spend time singing, drumming, sharing stories and poetry in a sacred trusted circle, enjoy lots of free time for naps, personal reflection, hikes, reading and each other's company.
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Quarterly Gathering – School of Celtic Consciousness (February)

February 17 - 18, 2020
Five Oaks
These day-long events are an opportunity to gather with others who have been part of the annual School to explore the themes and practices of Celtic spirituality. Theme - Peregrinations pro Christo
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Quarterly Gathering – School of Celtic Consciousness (May)

May 4 - 5, 2020
Five Oaks
These day-long events are an opportunity to gather with others who have been part of the annual School to explore the themes and practices of Celtic spirituality. Theme - Thin Places with our Anam Cara
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Skylight 2020 Accommodation and Food

July 17 - 19, 2020
Five Oaks Centre
Skylight is a gathering for people of diverse backgrounds to explore justice, arts and faith happening July 16-19, in Paris, Ontario. With roots in the experience of the Greenbelt Festival in England and the Wild Goose festival in North Carolina, Skylight is full of speakers, musicians, and artists Five Oaks is […]
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Skylight 2020

July 17 - 19, 2020
Five Oaks Centre
Skylight is a gathering for people of diverse backgrounds to explore justice, arts and faith happening July 17-19, in Paris, Ontario. With roots in the experience of the Greenbelt Festival in England and the Wild Goose festival in North Carolina, Skylight is full of speakers, musicians, and artists. Five Oaks is […]
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