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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):


  • Hair dryers for the cabins
  • LCD projector. Epson EX6220 WXGA 3LCD Projector, 3000 lumen color, 3000 lumen white (V11H550220)   (Amazon $500-600)
  • Windows.  Replace cloudy, double pane windows.  8 needed, bid: $900.
  • 2 new refrigerators.  Kenmore Elite 78042 bottom-freezer refrigerator 24 cu in. White, ($1200-1700 ea)
  • All-purpose gravel (gray), 150 pounds

Thank you to our generous donors!

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.


Announcing our Partnership with the Foundation for New Monasticism and InterSpirituality

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Foundation for New MonasticismWe are pleased to announce our new affiliation with the Foundation for New Monasticism and InterSpirituality, an organization supporting the emergence and development of interspiritual wisdom. The Foundation will convene interspiritual dialogues at the Forest in June 2018, with the theme of the “Future of Religion and InterSpiritualiy,” focusing on spiritual formation.

We will also work together on the implementation of interspiritual liturgical and practice materials and will make the Forest facilities available to interspiritual new monastic retreats led by FNMI teachers.

Five-Month Series in 2018: We Walk the Path Together

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Learning from Thich Nhat Hanh and Meister Eckhart

A Five-Weekend Course with Father Brian Pierce

Brian PierceIn this five-weekend course, Dominican Friar Brian Pierce will acquaint you with the medieval Christian mystic Meister Eckhart and contemporary Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. Enroll now in this course and learn about the common spiritual ground that exists between Christianity and Buddhism. Each weekend begins on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and concludes at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. You may attend the entire course, or select specific weekends to attend. You may also register as a commuter.

The dates are:

  • January 26-28 – Magnanimity: Learning the Art of Dialogue
  • February 23-25 – Mindfulness and the Eternal Now
  • March 23-25 – The Breath of the Holy Spirit
  • April 20-22 – Living from the Ground of Being
  • May 25-27 – Compassion, Suffering & Love in Full Bloom

Retreat Schedule for each weekend:


4:00 to 5:45 Check in and settle into cabins

4:45 p.m. Afternoon Meditation – Meditation Chapel

6:00 p.m. Supper

7:30 to 8:30 Welcome, Introductions, First Session – Bede Building


7:00 a.m. Morning Meditation – Meditation Chapel

7:45 a.m. Breakfast in silence

9:30 a.m. Second Session – Bede Building

10:30 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m. Walking Meditation (Outdoors if possible)

12:00 p.m. Noon Meditation – Meditation Chapel

12:30 p.m. Lunch – Rest

2:30 p.m. Third Session – Bede Building

3:30 p.m. Afternoon Break and Time for Contemplation

4:45 p.m. Afternoon Meditation – Meditation Chapel

6:00 p.m. Supper

7:30 p.m. Sharing the Fruits – Bede Building – This final session on Saturday evening will be a 20 minute sit, followed by “sharing the fruits of the day’s contemplation” – Meditation Chapel


9:00 a.m. Final Session: Incarnating the Teachings – Bede Building

10:30 a.m. Catholic Mass – Meditation Chapel

12:00 p.m. Brunch

Registration:  Click here to register online and pay for the course.

Questions:  Call 918.245.2734 or email

March 1-3, 2018: Radical Resilience Retreat

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A self-health resilience-building retreat and workshop for busy professionals, caregivers, and those whom they love

Raging stress calls for RADICAL RESILIENCE!

Radical Resilience 2We are living in a time when we are constantly bombarded with overwhelming community and worldwide events and demands on our time. This often leaves us with feelings of fatigue, anxiety, uncertainty, irritability, burn out, busy-ness, lethargy, and marginal self-care practices. Our entire being – body, mind, and spirit – is screaming for attention and nurturing!

Can you really do less and have more? YES! This is the perfect guided retreat to take some time for you, to move from “stressed out,” “burned out,” “overwhelmed,” and “too busy” to saying “YES!” again to what matters most in life. While nourishing your own body, mind and spirit, you will learn and experience The Art of Self-Health which includes simple integrative skills and practices for increasing energy, effectiveness, enjoyment, and resilience to STRESS.

Who is this for?

This transformational weekend is designed for both personal growth and professional development through learning and applying holistic approaches to stress management and self-care. If you are a busy professional or caregiver of any sort, give your SELF what you give to others every day.

During this weekend, you will:

  • Learn ways of personal empowerment for positive change through presence, mindfulness, movement and creative play.
  • Awaken and nourish the spirit of your inner healer through seven energy centers (chakras) and seven dimensions of well-being.
  • Practice simple skills that enhance self-awareness, self-love, and effectiveness in communication both personally and professionally.
  • Learn ways of honoring your heart’s desire when creating your life, relationships, and day-to-day environment for optimal energy, effectiveness, and healthy life balance.
  • Take time to relax and fill your senses with the perfect balance of nature, meditation, gentle movement, and journal writing.
  • Laugh, have fun, and be well-nourished…body, mind and spirit!

Retreat Leaders Bio

Carol LaRue is an occupational therapist and an integrative wellness author, speaker, trainer, and coach. Her book, The Art of Self-Health, Creating Total Well-Being from the Inside Out offers a practical model of “bridging” our subtle energy body (chakras) with seven essential dimensions of well-being while offering simple and practical solutions for spiritual and meaningful living.

Pam Boeck is a registered nurse and holistic nurse educator. She specializes in teaching mindfulness, tools to prevent compassion fatigue in healthcare providers and caregivers, and the healing power of creative expression through art and writing.

Both Carol and Pam are passionate about guiding others toward increased peace, happiness, and fulfillment – from the inside out – through sharing their personal and professional experiences with burnout, grief, compassion fatigue, and illness.


For more information and to register, click here.

March 9-11, 2018: AA Steps Six and Seven Retreat

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A retreat on change for AA and Al Anon participants

Sunrise Field
This Steps Six and Seven Getaway Retreat is all about change. You will learn about your willingness to change and the humility required to allow God to work in us for change. Come and join others in recovery for an inspirational and supportive weekend.

Step 6

Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

Step 7

Humbly asked Him to remove all these defects of character.


Rev. Don Chatfield, Executive Director, Osage Forest of Peace

Mary L., 49 years sober in the program of AA. She is active in homegroup membership and sponsorship. Maintains an active prayer life.

Ross D., 30 years of sobriety, he is actively sponsoring and is sponsored. Active in homegroup and AA service at the District and Area level and maintains an active prayer life.

Interfaith Panel on Saturday Evening


For more information and to register, click here.

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