Canada School of Celtic Consciousness (Ontario) Year I

July 3, 2018 - July 5, 2018 | Five Oaks Retreat Center - Paris, Ontario, Canada

Year I
‘In the Beginning was the Gift’

FO - Inspiring Connection

In 2016, John Philip Newell founded the School of Celtic Consciousness. He did so in the belief that Celtic wisdom is needed at this moment in time, urgently. It is a spiritual tradition in the Christian household that can nurture vision of mind, strength of soul, and compassion of action.

This is the first year that the School of Celtic Consciousness will have a Canadian location at Five Oaks Education and Retreat Center in Paris, Ontario. Five Oaks is the fifth (and only Canadian) location. The School will convene annually in the early summer at Five Oaks.

School of Celtic Consciousness Purpose:

  1. To consciously access the wisdom of our Celtic Christian inheritance.
  2. To deepen spiritual practice in relationship to this wisdom.
  3. To translate this study and practice into compassionate action.

School of Celtic Consciousness Curriculum:

The School of Celtic Consciousness follows a three-year curriculum. In other words, the themes of Year I will not appear again until the fourth year. Participants may join at any stage and over a three year period receive the full curriculum of teachings. Participants are also welcome to interchange locations (for a full listing of options, please visit the School of Celtic Consciousness section of our website found here).

The theme for Year I is ‘In the Beginning was the Gift’ (Pelagius, St. Brigid, and Teilhard de Chardin). Required reading for Year I is Listening for the Heartbeat of God by John Philip Newell. The recommended prayer book for the School is Sounds of the Eternal: A Celtic Psalter by John Philip Newell.

Program Format

Five Oaks Outdoor Labyrinth

Five Oaks Outdoor Labyrinth

Our daily schedule will consist of prayer at the beginning and ending of each day, teachings by John Philip Newell, meditative practices, silence, and sharing. Meals will be shared in common, and there will be free time to hike, walk Five Oaks’ large outdoor Chartres Labyrinth, read, and rest. There will be a celebration of our time together on the last evening.


Registration for this location of the School is handled directly by Five Oaks Education and Retreat Center. For more information and to register, please visit their website found here.