Rev. Don, an ordained interfaith minister, has many years of experience as a counselor, speaker, retreat facilitator, and spiritual director. Before coming to the Forest of Peace he was the co-founder of the La Cholla Center for Integrative Spirituality and served as a therapist at Desert Star Addiction Recovery Center in Tucson, Arizona. Rev. Don has served as chief operating officer and executive director of nonprofit organizations and presently serves on the board of directors of Sanctuary Cove, an interfaith retreat center in Tucson.
With a Master of Divinity degree, a master’s degree in counseling, and a Ph.D. in human and organizational development, he is able to be of support and guidance to many on the spiritual journey.
Rev. Don finds great fulfillment in being a companion with others on the spiritual journey. His interests in the field of spirituality include the development of an interspiritual liturgy, eco-spirituality, spirituality and the creative arts, and developing interspiritual curriculum resources for training spiritual directors. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Rev. Don completed high school and college in Oklahoma before going on to live, study, and work in Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, California and Arizona.
“I am delighted to return to Oklahoma to become part of the amazing community at the Osage Forest of Peace. We first came here on a private retreat and immediately fell in love with the Forest, the people, and the traditions. It is now an honor to join with the community and our board of directors to play a role in advancing the interspiritual age, providing tangible examples of how people from different faiths can live in harmony and peace.”
Jeni comes to the Forest of Peace after spending several years as a technical writer in the software industry. She has lived and traveled across the U.S. and the world, including six years living in Germany. After facing some personal losses, she returned to the U.S. and spent part of 2016 in the residential immersion program at the Forest, where her work project was creating a digital catalog of the 2,500 library books. During this rich, transformational time, she experienced her Divine Feminine awakening, which then led her back to Europe for several months on a pilgrimage through England and Scotland in search of her Celtic ancestors and the Goddess in the sacred sites.
In early 2017, she returned to the Forest and served as the temporary housekeeper. Now she is honored to join the Forest community as a full-time resident and in her new role as the Guest Services Coordinator. She hopes to create a welcoming, soothing, and healing environment for guests.
Jeni is deeply reverent of the rhythms and cycles of nature, the moon, and the female body. She loves experiencing the mystical in everyday life and finds grounding in Celtic spirituality and in practicing Ayurveda.
“The Forest of Peace is truly a sacred, healing home for me, and I dearly hope that you will experience the magic, tranquility, and nourishment of this special place.”
Karen joined the community at the Osage Forest of Peace after working more than 20 years at a nonprofit behavioral health agency in Tucson, Arizona. She is best known for her work in the area of organizational cultural competence, particularly as it relates to eliminating health disparities for minority and underserved populations.
As a resident of the Forest, Karen’s primary focus is on creating sacred space for persons seeking spiritual renewal and fulfillment. She is a graduate of the Tacheria School for Spiritual Direction, as well as a certified Reiki Master in the Usui tradition. She has spent considerable time studying the principles of Religious Science and the Science of Mind philosophy, and also has developed a deep interest in angels. With her husband, Don, she has co-facilitated numerous meditation classes and retreats.
“Living at the Forest of Peace allows me to answer Spirit’s call every day, in any variety of ways. Whether it is tending to the Zen garden, offering spiritual companionship or energy healing, or gently escorting a critter outside with a bug cup, I feel the presence of Spirit guiding my actions, and for that I am extremely grateful.”
Rachel is a freelance writer who has spent the past two years traveling the U.S. with her Venezuelan cat, Maria Lionza. She has worked in a wide range of environments, from customer service and farm labor to international reporting. Rachel loves animals of all kinds, and enjoys hiking, reading, painting, gardening, and spending time in silence. Rachel holds a BA in Sociology from Lewis and Clark College and an MS in Journalism from Columbia
University, where she received a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship.
“I was drawn to Osage Forest of Peace because of its focus on silence, nature, and interfaith community.”
Stacie joined the Forest of Peace staff in December 2016. Having previously worked in several restaurants in Tulsa, Stacie is an experienced cook and especially enjoys researching and trying new recipes. The mother of two teenage girls, she loves spending time with her family.
“I love the scenery, and the calm and quiet of the Forest. From the time I hit the gravel road driving in, I can feel the peacefulness.”
After 24 years in the aerospace industry, Bob joined the Forest of Peace staff in November 2015. His hobbies include ham radio, gardening, and working and handyman. He lives with his wife, Gloria, and Missy, his cat, in southeast Tulsa.
“I enjoy the peace of the Forest.”
Barbara is a retired corporate accountant who has done the bookkeeping at the Osage Forest of Peace since January 2009.
“It is amazing to me to see the growth in what the Forest has to offer since its earliest days as a nonprofit. I think there are many exciting additions yet to come.”
Eric is a student at Tulsa Community College. He has worked in the kitchen at the Forest since Spring 2015.
“Welcome to the Osage Forest of Peace. My name is Eric Armstrong, Jr., and I hope you enjoy the many interesting sites and personalities that the Forest has to offer.”