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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. Wood hod (for indoor fireplace)
  3. Portable Shower Stool (2)
  4. Outdoor metal chairs for cabin porches (12)
  5. Easel for presentations.   Best-Rite Oak Presentation Easel – Natural – 69 1/2″H x 30″W x 31 1/2″D (Best-Rite BES-745)   ($120 – 150)
  6. LCD projector. Epson EX6220 WXGA 3LCD Projector, 3000 lumen color, 3000 lumen white (V11H550220)   (Amazon $500-600)
  7. Windows.  Replace cloudy, double pane windows.  8 needed, bid: $900.
  8. 2 new refrigerators.  Kenmore Elite 78042 bottom-freezer refrigerator 24 cu in. White, ($1200-1700 ea)
  9. 2 new Stoves.   Kenmore 5.6 cu. ft. Gas Range 5 burners, w/ Convection Oven – Stainless Steel  ($1100-1400 ea)

Thank you to our generous donors:

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.


May 5 thru June 16: Going Deep into Mystic Teaching

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Drawing from mystic saints and sages such as St. Teresa of Avila, Jiddu Krishnamurti,  Yogananda, St. Theresa Benedicta, Thomas Merton, St. Francis of Assisi, Thich Nhat  Hanh, St. Theresa of Lisieux, and Hildegard von Bingen, this class will allow you to go  deep into the teachings of the great mystics and apply their insights to your life.

Annette Norris, who will be in residence at the Forest in May and June  2016, will teach this weekly series on the mystics.  In 2009, Annette followed the Light and found herself surrounded by mystic saints who asked her to  share their life experiences. Soon afterwards, Annette began teaching classes in Dallas on the mystic  saints and sages. Annette is thrilled for the beautiful opportunity to bring forward this unique and  uplifting experience of Light to Osage Forest of Peace through the study of the mystics.

This weekly course will meet on the following days:   famous-catholic-mystics

Thursday, May 5, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 12, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 19, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 26, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 2, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 9, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 16, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 23, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 30, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.


Cost:  $20 per session (you may attend any or all sessions) Join us for meditation after class at 4:45 (free) and supper for only $10 more.

Registration:  Email or call 918.245.2734

May 14 + June 11: Mystics in the Morning

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The Osage Forest of Peace presents two opportunities to learn from the words of mystic  saints and sages.  Annette Norris, who will be in residence at the Forest in May and June  2016, will teach both of these programs.

In 2009, Annette followed the Light and found herself surrounded by mystic saints who asked her to share their life experiences. Soon afterwards, Annette began teaching classes in Dallas on the mystic saints and sages. Annette is thrilled for the opportunity to bring forward this unique and  uplifting experience of Light to Osage Forest of Peace through the study of the mystics.

The purpose of studying the mystic saints is to be deeply touched by the Holy Spirit, the  mystical spirit and tangible expression of Light. To gather with the mystic saints lifts  people into that space where we allow for miracles.  Annette will introduce the words of  a mystic saint or sage each Saturday morning, providing time for participants to ponder  these words in a contemplative setting and engage in deep dialogue with one another.

Dates/Times:  Saturday, May 14 and Saturday, June 11, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.Mystics_bingen

Cost: $20 per session

Registration: Email or call 918.245.2734

Please note:  Morning in the Forest will return to the second Saturdays of the month in September 2016.

May 7-8, Being Wisely Selfish: Cultivating a Compassionate Heart

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In countless ways, we seek happiness by trying to arrange the external world around us – through our relationships with family and friends, our work, where we live, our exercise routines, hobbies, sports, therapy, etc. Has it worked? Have you found stable, reliable lasting happiness?

His Holiness the Dalai Lama often says that the best way to improve our minds and hearts is to cultivate altruism. That’s code for cultivating compassion and especially, bodhicitta, a vast mind that aspires to achieve lasting happiness for the welfare of others. Bodhicitta is one of the healthiest, sane-est minds we can have. Why? Because it’s based on compassion, great compassion.

This weekend’s focus is on a method called the 7-Fold instruction of cause and effect for developing bodhicitta: combining authentic Mahayana Buddhist teachings, with ample time for direct experiential practice, and complimented by some of the most recent scientific research on compassion.


Ven. Tenzin Tsepal was first introduced to Buddhist meditation in high school in 1975.  She trained in clinical and administrative healthcare in the US while continuing her practice and study of Buddhism.  A life-changing 3-month retreat in 1998 propelled her to live and study in Dharmsala, India for 2 years where she was ordained as a Buddhist nun by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2001.  Tsepal formerly served as the primary Western Teacher at the Chenrezig Institute in Queensland, Australia.

Date:  May 7-8, 2016

Time:  Starts 9am Saturday and ends at 3:30pm on Sunday



9-10:15am Session 1

10:45am-12 Noon Session 2

12:30pm Dinner

1:30 – 2:45pm Session 3

3:15-4:30pm Session 4

6pm Supper

7-7:45pm Meditation


9-10:15am Session 5

10:45am-12 Noon Session 6

12:00pm Brunch

1:30-3:30 Session 7

Cost:  $120 for program (or $60 per day) Deposit:  $65 non-refundable deposit required.  Commuter:  $30/per day (includes Saturday and Sunday mid-day meals)

Single Cabin:  $70/night; Shared Cabin:  $110 per person/night (includes Saturday mid-day meal and supper; Sunday breakfast and brunch)

Registration:  Call 918/245-2734 or email

April 13 thru May 20, Yoga: A Moving Meditation, Wednesday + Friday Mornings

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This yoga series will help to kindle trust for the body’s intelligence, encouraging a practice rooted in self-awareness and self-care.  It will consist of physical yoga postures, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques for integrating body, mind and spirit.

Please join Sheila Lazier as she offers this moving meditation to create a heart-centered yoga practice for beginners or anyone wishing to revitalize their practice.  Modifications are offered throughout, making these classes accessible to every body.

Sheila has been practicing yoga for 15 years and has her 200-hour yoga-teacher certification from Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She is a registered Yoga Alliance teacher, and has  a M.S. in Adult Education.

If you’d like to stay and walk the labyrinth, hike the trails or  join us for a meal afterwards, please let us know.  We serve dinner at 12:30pm.


Wednesdays,  April 13 – May 18, 9:30-10:30am  and Fridays,  April 15 – May 20,  9-10am.                       yoga in the forest1


$8 per class (drop-in)

Wednesday or Friday, 6-class package: $42

Wednesday and Friday 12-class package:  $75

Location:  Bede

Registration:  Please call 918/245-2734 or email: to register.  If you sign up for the package, payment is due at the first class.

What to bring:  Yourself and a friend.  We provide yoga mats, blocks and straps, or feel free to bring your own.

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