Sister Water and the Sultan – Exploring our Spiritual Lives with Francis of Assisi

April 20, 2020 - April 23, 2020
Offered by Five Oaks Centre
Five Oaks Program - Commuter Option – CAD $305.00 Five Oaks Program - Shared Room – CAD $425.00 Five Oaks Program - Private Room – CAD $515.00 (All prices include CAD $275.00 base price, including meals
1 Bethel Road
ParisONN3L 3E3

Come and enjoy the awakening earth on this guided retreat with leader Len Desroches.

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 for a springtime 4-day retreat at Five Oaks. We will gather in House on the Hill for learning and reflection, and meals will be provided in the Main Building dining hall.



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 Love Of Enemy: The Cross And The Sword Trial. Len continues to teach and lead workshops in the Toronto area.
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