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

School of Celtic Consciousness 2019

With John Philip Newell

July 2 - 4, 2019
Main Building, Chalet, 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. SCC Purpose To expand […]
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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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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 short course will help us see opportunity in what seems like a problem – 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…
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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

Grandmothers’ Tea (2019)

June 26, 2019
Five Oaks, in the Summer Centre Dining Hall on the River Flatland
Grandmothers' Tea at Nations Uniting on the Six Nations land in southern Ontario brings Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal grandmothers together to build bridges between the two cultures. Supported by Mission and Service of the United Church of Canada.   This video speaks to the beginnings of  the Grandmother's Teas:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dl1QOLMTGS8
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The GO Project Children’s Adventure Day Camp

July 8 - 12, 2019
Five Oaks
For 5 days, participants and youth leaders will engage in fun, meaningful activities in their communities and learn about how they are being called into action in their own lives. Activities may include visiting a food bank, meal program, senior’s residence, conservation authority, or many other options depending on the local host community. Throughout the […]
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Wampum-Neechi: Indigenous & Non-Indigenous Youth Experience 2019

July 9 - 14, 2019
Main Building
Wampum-Neechi: Indigenous & Non-Indigenous Youth Experience Wampum is a project to bring 10 Indigenous and 10 non-Indigenous youth (entering grade 8-10 or ages 12-14) together over six days in the summer at Five Oaks to forge new friendships across cultural divides, enjoy summer days together, and learn about Indigenous (Haudenosaunee and Cree) history and cultural values. Our […]
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GROWE WILDERNESS SUMMER CAMP – Jul 15-19 2019

With Tara Carpenter, Jen Griffith and Vanessa Stewart

July 15 - 19, 2019
Five Oaks Education and Retreat Centre
If you would like your child to have the summer camp memories that you remember as a child then GROWE Wilderness Summer Camp is the camp for your family. The GROWE KIDS will experience sitting around the campfire[…]
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Skylight 2019

July 26 - 28, 2019
Skylight is a gathering for people of diverse backgrounds to explore justice, arts and faith happening July 26-28, 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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GROWE WILDERNESS SUMMER CAMP – Jul 29-Aug 2 2019

With Tara Carpenter, Jen Griffith and Vanessa Stewart

July 29 - August 2, 2019
Five Oaks Education and Retreat Centre
If you would like your child to have the summer camp memories that you remember as a child then GROWE Wilderness Summer Camp is the camp for your family. The GROWE KIDS will experience sitting around the campfire[…]
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