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 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…
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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

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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Habitat Helpers – November 15th, 2019

With Tara Carpenter and Jessica McGregor

November 15, 2019
Five Oaks Education and Retreat Centre
Come GROWE with us…outdoors!
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Community Christmas Connections – January 2nd-3rd, 2020

With Tara Carpenter and Jessica McGregor

January 2 - 3, 2020
Five Oaks Education and Retreat Centre
Come GROWE with us…outdoors!
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GROWE Winter Wild Survival – January 20th, 2020

With Tara Carpenter and Jessica McGregor

January 20, 2020
Five Oaks Education and Retreat Centre
Come GROWE with us…outdoors!
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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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March Break Wild Wonderland – March 16-20, 2020

With Tara Carpenter and Jessica McGregor

March 16 - 20, 2020
Five Oaks Education and Retreat Centre
Come GROWE with us…outdoors!
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Spring into the Forest – April 24th, 2020

With Tara Carpenter and Jessica McGregor

April 24, 2020
Five Oaks Education and Retreat Centre
Come GROWE with us…outdoors!
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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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Pollinator Gardening – June 5th, 2020

With Tara Carpenter and Jessica McGregor

June 5, 2020
Five Oaks Education and Retreat Centre
Come GROWE with us…outdoors!
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Wild Water World – June 26th, 2020

With Tara Carpenter and Jessica McGregor

June 26, 2020
Five Oaks Education and Retreat Centre
Come GROWE with us…outdoors!
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Skylight 2020 Accommodation and Food

July 17 - 19, 2020
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
Book now and get 45% off listed prices. Offer valid until Jan 5, 2020.
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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