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

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. “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.
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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? Francis of Assisi lived by the words of the anonymous poem often attributed to him: “Lord make me an instrument of thy peace, where there is hatred let me sow love.” Francis was a medieval friar, deacon and preacher who is known, not only for his love of nature and the environment but also how…
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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
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 to…
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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 as…
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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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