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Wish List

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FOP Staff “Wish List”

We much appreciate our generous donors and supporters!  If you’d like to make an in-kind donation but don’t know what we could use, here are a few items for your consideration (new or in good condition, please):


  1. Infrared portable space heater (2)
  2. Outdoor metal chairs for cabin porches (12)
  3. LCD projector. Epson EX6220 WXGA 3LCD Projector, 3000 lumen color, 3000 lumen white (V11H550220)   (Amazon $500-600)
  4. Windows.  Replace cloudy, double pane windows.  8 needed, bid: $900.
  5. 2 new refrigerators.  Kenmore Elite 78042 bottom-freezer refrigerator 24 cu in. White, ($1200-1700 ea)
  6. All-purpose gravel (gray), 150 pounds
  7. Umbrellas (6)
  8. Flashlights (12)
  9. Fireplace broom and tongs (black wrought iron)

Thank you to our generous donors:

Wood hod (for indoor fireplace)–Thank you JoAnn Huber

Easel for presentations–Thank you Gaye Mazzei

Portable shower stools–Thank you Reverie

Lazy Susan for salad bar–Thank you Knowlan Randza

Wash cloths. white, 13×13, (3 dozen)–Thank you Knowlan Randza

59” cotton double wide hammock – Thank you Knowlan Randza

Solar garden predator control lights (3) – Thank you Knowlan Randza

Immersion blender–Thank you Knowlan Randza

Husqvarna Riding Mower Trailer–Thank you Ken Gowriluk

OXO large salad spinner–Thank you to our donor

3 new CD/tape players.    Jensen CD-540 Portable Stereo Compact Disc Cassette Recorder with AM/FM Radio–Thank you to our donor

Food processor–Thank you Macrina Cowan

Binoculars–Thank you Barb and Lin Seder and Paul Rogers

32 Chairs for Bede, stackable.  $26.15 each +250 shipping = $1086.80–Thank you Jim Mazzei

Dishes.  Add to current set to handle large groups: Corelle–$200–Thank you Reverie

Headphones   JVC HARX300 High-Quality Full-Size Headphone  (Walmart $16 ea)–Thank you Jon Hart

A donation of all or part of the cost listed is most appreciated.  Where brand, size, and other details are indicated, this is what we actually can use, substitutions may not work.  Please call and let us know you’re coming before dropping anything off.  Thank you for your generosity.

Your donations are tax deductible.  We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


June 13 thru July 25: Forest Yoga in the City

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Learn the fundamentals of yoga in this 6-week class series conveniently located at Case Community Center in Sand Springs.  This series begins Tuesday, June 13, 8:30-9:30am through Tuesday, July 25.

Come to a welcoming yoga class where you will feel comfortable in your body just as it is today.  This class is appropriate for beginners, as well as more experienced students who want a good, solid foundation in yoga basics.  Have a great time in this class as you grow your yoga practice with joy and kindness!

Each class will focus on:

safe and healthy body alignment
fundamental seated, standing and reclining yoga poses
breath awareness
relaxation techniques
simple, short forms of meditation

Bio:  Sheila Lazier, MS, RYT has been practicing yoga since 2000 and has her 200-hour yoga teacher certification from Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.  Kripalu means being compassionate in Sanskrit, and the foundation of Kripalu yoga is nonjudgmental self-awareness, the essence of Sheila’s teaching style.  She is a member of the Kripalu Yoga and Ayurveda Association, a registered Yoga Alliance (the national yoga registry) teacher, and has a M.S. in Adult Education.
Sheila teaches yoga at the Osage Forest of Peace and Case Community Center in Sand Springs, as well as Beacon Yoga Studio in Tulsa.


Cost:  $60 for 6-week series (includes one free private class) or drop-in for $10 per class (register online or pay cash or check on site).

Sign up for the 6-week yoga series and receive one individual session with Sheila (out of the class) to further your body awareness and develop a yoga practice customized to your individual needs.


What to bring:  yoga mat, foam blocks, a strap (if you own them) and a friend!  A limited supply of mats and props will be available.


Registration:  Click here for registration and payment details.


Questions:  Call 918.245.2734 or email

easy pose with mudra

May 20, June 17 and July 1, Exploring Your Energy Centers: Yoga Wisdom for Optimal Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Health

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Exploring Your Energy Centers:  Yoga Wisdom for Optimal Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Health

May 20, June 17 and July 1

This 3-part series will help you deepen self-knowledge by exploring the 7 energy centers which the yogis called chakras.  We will use yogic breath work, postures, gestures and sound to fully embody an understanding of the chakras.  Additionally, participants will learn a variety of grounding and healing techniques including meditation, affirmations and journaling.  Each 2.5-hour class will help you to explore your physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual history in the context of the chakras:

May 20:  First and second chakras which are associated with survival, grounding, sexuality and emotions;

June 17:  Third and fourth chakras which are associated with power, energy and love; and

July 1:  Fifth, sixth and seventh chakras which are associated with communication, intuition and spiritual connection.

Time for reflection during meditative walks in the Forest, Zen Garden or Labyrinth is provided during each yoga workshop experience.

Requirements:  Suitable for beginners and advanced students alike, this series will offer you a deeper sense of yourself and a set of tools for personal growth and healing on your yogic journey. Wear clothing that allows you to breathe and move comfortably.  Mats and blocks are provided, but feel free to bring your own.  Participants must be able to get up and down from floor level.

Bio:  Sheila Lazier, MS, RYT has been practicing yoga since 2000 and has her 200-hour yoga-teacher certification from Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.   Kripalu means being compassionate in Sanskrit, and the foundation of Kripalu yoga is nonjudgmental self-awareness.  Sheila is a member of the Kripalu Yoga and Ayurveda Association, a registered Yoga Alliance teacher, and has  a M.S. in Adult Education.

Dates:  May 20, June 17 and July 1*

*To get the full benefit, it is recommended that you attend all 3 sessions; however, you may choose to attend just one or two (discount applied for attendance at multiple sessions)

Time:  9:30am – 12 Noon (feel free to stay for meditation in our chapel and/or for a delicious home-cooked meal at 12:30pm)

Cost:  Each 2.5-hour class is $25; attend 2 sessions for $45 or all 3 for $65 (payable at first class)

Register:  Call 918.245.2734 or email


June 14th: Spiritual Crafting (based on SoulCollage® as developed by Seena B. Frost)

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Join us for Spiritual Crafting, based upon SoulCollage® as developed by Seena B. Frost and presented in her book, SoulCollage® Evolving. We will meet from 3:45 to 8:00pm. No experience is necessary for this creative soul adventure!
In this expressive art form, participants use collage to create unique  soul-tending cards, each representing an energy of one’s ongoing life  story. This is a fun, engaging, and deeply illuminating process and full of personal reflections. This creative form of self-care doesn’t end, either!  You can continue to grow your deck over time as your life story  continues.

This time in the Forest will allow you an opportunity to meet others using SoulCollage cards as a way to go deeper within .  We will select images, create cards and see “what is up” for our exploration into our psyche.

Bring your journal, images, glue stick, your SoulCollage® deck (if you have one) and be ready to enter new ways of expressing yourself.

Absolutely no art experience is necessary. Anyone able to manage scissors and glue can create beautiful cards and enjoy sharing them with others!
For a fee of $20, you will have time and space to create your Spiritual Crafting cards, as well as supper and the chance to participate in a silent meditation in serene surroundings. Give yourself the gift of time to discover your wisdom and change your world with Spiritual Crafting in the Forest of Peace.
For more information on the process, and an introductory video by Seena Frost, the creator of SoulCollage®, visit
To register, please call the Forest of Peace at 918.245.2734 or send us an email to

June 17th: Zazenkai, Day of Zen with the Tulsa Zen Sangha

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Tulsa Zen Sangha is proud to announce that Sister Ellie Finlay is going to be our guest teacher for the June 17th Zazenkai.

Sister Ellie will be offering a dharma talk “The Fruits of Meditative Practice: Process and Paradox.”.  She will also be available for private interviews for those who would like to talk with her about their meditation practice.

Sr. Ellie Finlay is a solitary nun in the Anglican tradition. An experienced spiritual director and retreat conductor, Sr. Ellie’s background includes traditional convent life and education in theology, philosophy and spiritual direction. She has studied with meditation masters from several major religious traditions, most particularly in the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, and now specializes in the theory and practice of meditation.  She serves as principal teacher and executive director of St. John’s Center for Spiritual Formation and lives in Tulsa.

You are welcome to join us for this simple day of silence.  The day consists of sitting meditation, an hour break for mindfulness practice (walk, rest or Zen chores), a delicious lunch provided by the Forest of Peace, and chanting at the end of the day.



Time:  *9am – 3:30pm (Please arrive by 8:30am to register.) 

Location:  Meditation Chapel

Cost:  $50 for the day.   $30 goes to Osage Forest of Peace, which includes lunch, and $20 to Sr. Ellie Finlay.  Separate checks or cash would be helpful.  

*Sunrise meditation starts at 6:30am followed by a light breakfast at 8am.

Registration:  Call Paula Day to register:  918/798-1297.  Beginners are welcome.

Mark Your Calendars!  Upcoming Events:


September 15-17:  Patti Mitchell, our dharma sister who is now an ordained zen priest, will be back to give a weekend retreat.  The topic is: “Cultivating Equanimity and an Upright Response in the Midst of Turbulent Times.”   Registration will be done through the Forest of Peace.  More details to come.


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