Canada School of Celtic Consciousness

Year II
‘The Song of the Sacred Earth’

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LocationFive Oaks Retreat Centre
Paris, Ontario
DatesJuly 2 - 4, 2019
Registration Cost
Camping – CAD $369.00
Commuter – CAD $365.00
Commuter Option - without breakfast – CAD $345.00
Dorm Style – CAD $415.00
Main building - Shared Room – CAD $445.00
Summer Cabins – CAD $385.00
Scholarship Award
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Partial and Full Available
$395.00 CAD is maximum award - recipient pays remaining $50.00
Scholarship Award is for a shared room
Scholarship Application DeadlineMay 1, 2019

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 second year of the School of Celtic Consciousness 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 II is ‘The Song of the Sacred Earth’ (Eriugena, the Carmina Gadelica, and John Muir). Required reading for Year II is Listening for the Heartbeat of God and The Book of Creation 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 and Schedule

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.

The School will begin with registration around 4:00 pm on Tuesday, July 2nd and conclude with lunch on Thursday, July 4.

Please note that the School of Celtic Consciousness will be the only group on site for the duration of the program, and the gathering tent will be in the field on the lower level of the site at Five Oaks. Please contact Five Oaks directly if you have any mobility concerns.

Venue and Registration

This location of the School of Celtic Consciousness will be held at Five Oaks Education and Retreat Centre. As an affiliate of The United Church of Canada, Five Oaks celebrates its presence as an Education and Retreat Centre with an all-embracing spirit where everyone is welcome. Their vision is to be a sacred place where peoples of all faiths as well as spiritual seekers can gather in community to live, work, learn, pray, play, heal, and act for justice. To learn more about them, please click here to visit their website.

Registration for this location of the School is handled directly by Five Oaks Education and Retreat Center. For questions or concerns please contact them directly at


Each year Heartbeat provides scholarships to make attending the School of Celtic Consciousness accessible to all. Our goal is to deepen an individual’s spiritual journey and to ground, sustain, and enhance their efforts towards healing and transformation in their own unique context.

Heartbeat is pleased to be able to offer partial and full scholarships for the 2019 Canada School of Celtic Consciousness. The maximum award amount for this scholarship is $395.00 (CAD). Successful scholarship applicants will be required to pay the remaining portion of the registration fee. Scholarship recipients will receive:

  • Lodging for two nights at Five Oaks Retreat Centre in a shared room with a roommate*
  • Dinner on Tuesday through lunch on Thursday
  • The School of Celtic Consciousness program and curriculum provided by John Philip Newell

*On the scholarship application, you can indicate your gender and which gender you would be most comfortable sharing a room with. If you have questions or concerns about sharing a room, please contact Karin Baard.

Additional costs include:

  • The remaining registration fee (depending on portion of scholarship funds requested
  • Transportation to and from Five Oaks

There is a $10 application fee to be paid at the time your application is submitted.

To apply, please complete our online application and have a mentor, teacher, or spiritual leader complete our online reference form.

Applications and references forms must be submitted by May 1, 2019.

After the application deadline has passed, Heartbeat’s Selection Committee will review all applications and notify all applicants of their application status.

Please note that we only consider applicants with significant financial need for scholarship awards.