• CAD $75.00 – Program Price
  • CAD $45.00 – Reduced price for un-waged/under-waged

Date & Time Details: Wednesday evenings, 7:30 - 9:00 pm, Jan 6, 13, 20 and 27

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Sister Water and the Sultan – Exploring our Spiritual Lives with Francis of Assisi (Online course/retreat – 4 evenings)

With Len Desroches

January 6 - 27, 2021

Nourish your soul this winter with an online guided retreat/course with leader Len Desroches, hosted by the Five Oaks Centre.

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 he engaged deeply in the political and social issues of his day – including a powerful encounter with the Muslim Sultan of Egypt.

Join a small group in January for this 4-week session hosted by Five Oaks. We will meet once per week on Wednesday evenings on zoom for a 1.5 hour session of lecture, reflections, conversation and video. Len will be our guide on this winter retreat with the slumbering earth, and St Francis.



Len Desroches
Len is a leading authority on the life and teachings of Francis of Assisi. He has a life-long commitment to peace-making and non-violence. He has worked as a non-violence trainer for Christian Peacemaker Teams and is the author of Allow the Water – The Practice and Spirituality of Nonviolence and Love Of Enemy: The Cross And The Sword Trial.  Len continues to teach and lead workshops in the Toronto area.
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