January 2024
A Message From Michael

Dear Friends,Five Oaks is in the midst of deep winter; today, a thick blanket of snow coats the grounds. We bring the energy of this quiet momentum into our planning and dreaming for this year. The Five Oaks leadership is working continually towards programming, postures, and systems that enhance the vision, values, and mission, leading us collectively towards the flourishing of self, community, and the planet.You play an integral part in this journey. You bring your full body to our programs, and you send these newsletters to friends to invite them to a program. You continue to find ways to support the center—with a financial contribution, by coming to volunteer, and by holding this work in your prayers. You give deeply. Thank you!You are invited to the AGM, which will take place Sunday, June 9, in the afternoon. Exact details will follow, and we hope to see you there. There are many great opportunities to come to Five Oaks, including our program mentioned below. Whether coming on your own for a personal retreat or with a group from your own community, our team is ready to welcome you with radical hospitality.Looking forward to seeing you soon,Michael Shewburg, Executive Director

School Programs

Nature-Based Diversity Curriculum

Calling all teachers, educators, parents, and caregivers!

How do you create space for difference and diversity in your school? How are you encouraging inclusion, open conversations, and connection?

The specific teaching emphasized through our programs is that appreciation for the biodiversity in the land around us can lead to appreciation for the diversity among us as humans. The land knows that it needs diversity. We need it too, and we are stronger for it. This knowledge can help to build your community and encourage belonging and inclusion to flourish and grow.

Come, explore the land along the Grand River as we dive into diversity through active games, reflective activities and exploration!

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Camp Registration

March Break Curiosity Camp
Explore, discover, and create!
From March 11th to 15th, children ages 6-10

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SUMMER CAMP registration is officially OPEN!
Join us for fun-filled adventures, dynamic discoveries, nature-based play, and hands-on learning opportunities as we explore the land along the Grand River!

+ Little Acorn Adventure Camp (Age: 5, born in 2019)
+ Acorn Adventure Camp (Ages: 5-11, born in 2018+)
+ Youth Adventure Camp (Ages 11-14)
+ NEW LIT Program (Ages 14-17)

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Winter Wellness Tips
Stay CozyHerbal teas like chamomile and ginger can help soothe sore throats and boost your immunity. Curl up with a tea and good book!

Nutrient-rich soups not only warm you up but also provide essential vitamins and minerals to support your immune system.
Move + GrooveWinter activities like skiing and hiking are not only fun but also great ways to get your heart rate up and stay moving.Indoor movement is the perfect for staying active when it’s too cold to venture outside. From stretching to home workouts! Try a YouTube yoga class or guided mediation!

Nourish Your SoulTaking time for self-care, like enjoying a warm bath, can reduce stress and promote relaxation.

Staying socially connected, even virtually, can boost your mood and provide emotional support during the colder, darker months. Reach out to a loved one.

Five Oaks Upcoming Programs and Events – click link below for info.

Program Schedule

Your continued support means the world to us at Five Oaks Centre, and we’re grateful for your ongoing commitment.
How Your Donations Help: Your contributions will directly fund the centre, allowing us to serve our community and continue the Five Oaks legacy.
Donate Today: Please visit our website or contact us at (519) 442-3212 to contribute. Every dollar brings us closer to our vision.Online and mail-in options available. Click here to find out more.
Additionally, we kindly invite you to explore membership.2024 Membership Registration

Show your support, stay informed, and enjoy voting privileges!

The annual membership fee is just $20! Register online today.


Members Day
Annual General Meeting
Voting Privileges
Provide Feedback


Whether you’re renewing your membership or becoming a member for the first time, we are grateful that you’re choosing to become a member for 2024!

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 Your support – in all it’s forms – is a vital part of our journey and success.
With gratitude,
The Five Oaks Centre Team
Tax Receipts will be issued for donations of $20.00 or more.  Registered Charity #: 107389108RR0001