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Employment Opportunity: Co-Director for Administration

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Job Description

The Co-Director for Administration works side-by-side with the Co-Director for Spirituality at the Forest of Peace to provide outreach and hospitality to guests, and ensure a smooth running of the facility. The Co-Director for Administration, along with the Co-Director for Spirituality and full-time staff, resides at the Forest, taking part in a communal, interspiritual life style with daily contemplative prayer and meditation.

The Co-Director for Administration of the Forest of Peace is responsible for all non-ministerial activities, including the administration and supervision of personnel, facilities and grounds maintenance, facility and telecommunication / information technology (IT) usage, kitchen, dining and office management, and coordination of volunteer efforts. The Co-Director for Administration collaborates with the Co-Director of Spiritual Life and the Board of Directors to fulfill the Forest’s mission and vision with formal authority to make decisions regarding the temporal aspects of the Forest of Peace. The Co-Director for Administration reports directly to the Board of Directors.

Required Skills:
Integrity and good character
Collaborative leadership
Effective, well-rounded communication
Ability to work in a diverse spiritual community
Project / team / office management
Budgeting oversight
IT (computer network) administration
Software proficiency (MS Excel, QuickBook, Access)

Desired Skills:
Strategic planning and financial forecasting
Fund-raising for non-profits
Building / grounds maintenance and repair

This is a stipend position that includes room and board. Please respond by email, attention Sr. Jane Comerford, with attached cover letter and resume,  A copy of the application form will be forwarded to you.

Wish List

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FOP Staff “Wish List”

These are things we need.  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 can cause some problems. Check with us first before dropping anything off.  Thank you for your generosity.

  1. 32 Chairs for Bede, stackable.  $26.15 each +250 shipping = $1086.80–Thank you Jim Mazzei!
  2. Windows.  Replace cloudy, double pane windows.  8 needed, bid: $900.
  3. 2 new refrigerators.  Kenmore Elite 78042 bottom-freezer refrigerator 24 cu in. White, ($1200-1700 ea)
  4. 2 new Stoves.   Kenmore 5.6 cu. ft. Gas Range 5 burners, w/ Convection Oven – Stainless Steel  ($1100-1400 ea)
  5. Dishes.  Add to current set to handle large groups: Corelle–$200–Thank you Reverie!
  6. 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)
  7. 3 new CD/tape players.    Jensen CD-540 Portable Stereo Compact Disc Cassette Recorder with AM/FM Radio  (Walmart $34 ea)
  8. Headphones   JVC HARX300 High-Quality Full-Size Headphone  (Walmart $16 ea)–Thank you Jon Hart!
  9. LCD projector.       Epson EX6220 WXGA 3LCD Projector, 3000 lumen color, 3000 lumen white (V11H550220)   (Amazon $500-600)

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


We are closed for the month of August

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The Forest of Peace will not be open for retreats or overnight guests during the month of August.  In the meantime, please see the new retreats coming this fall.

We look forward to seeing you in September!

October 10th-12th ~ Run Silent, Run Deep ~ A Contemplative Runner’s Retreat

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Run Silent, Run Deep is a 3-day contemplative runner’s retreat designed to cultivate physical and mental balance through the thoughtful application of mindfulness. 

Our intent is to help provide context, techniques and opportunities for participants to develop their own contemplative running style and to deepen their personal internal awareness and understanding.

Context and techniques will be provided through a series of presentations and talks to discuss contemplative theory, practices and application.

Opportunities to put practice in action will be offered by the following:

1.) Mid-day distance run on a rolling 1/2 marathon-length road route

2.) Evening trail run adjacent to Keystone Lake State Park

3.) Onsite short (1.25 mile) trail loop

4.) Onsite labyrinth

5.) Onsite silent meditation and prayer

6.) Yoga and physical recovery manipulations

When:   October 10th, 11th and 12th

Time:   Starts October 10th, Friday evening 5:00pm

Closes October 12th, Sunday @ noon(ish)

Where:   On the grounds of the Osage Forest of Peace

Cost:   The 3-day retreat is $250. This price includes 2 nights lodging, meals, presentations, half marathon, night-time trail run and all ammenities of the Osage Forest of Peace.

Registration:   Please send an email to our Registration Coordinator at

For additional information about the retreat and running events, please click here.

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October 23-26: Centering Prayer Retreat

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“God’s first language is silence.  Everything else is translation.”                           Thomas Keating

This retreat is designed for those with experience in Centering Prayer and interested in deepening their spiritual practice in an atmosphere of silence, solitude and community.

The retreat will consist of periods of centering prayer, daily Communion Service and Lectio Divina, private meetings with spiritual directors and ample free time for reflection and walking the meditative grounds of Osage Forest of Peace.

Sandy Guancial will facilitate this retreat.  She is a long time practitioner of Centering Prayer, has led many workshops and is area coordinator for the Dallas / Ft. Worth chapter of Contemplative Outreach.

Sr. Jane Comerford, CSJ, will assist in this workshop.  She has many years experience as a spiritual director, retreat facilitator and presenter, nationally and internationally.  She is Co-Director for Spiritual Life at Osage Forest of Peace.


Date: October 23-26

Time: Thursday evening beginning at 4:30pm (includes supper), through Sunday 1pm (includes brunch)

Cost:  Total cost for retreat, cabin, and meals:  Single occupancy cabin $325, Double, $275 each


November 7-8: Mini-Retreat with Singer/Songwriter & Yogini Cindy Novelo

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Friday – Saturday, Nov. 7-8, 2014

Friday evening concert

Saturday a.m. – Yoga Workshop: Nurturing Body, Mind and Spirit

Saturday p.m. – East Meets West: A New Perspective on Jesus workshop

Friday, Nov 7
7-8:30 Sanctuary Concert w/Cindy Novelo:  Music for the Soul
Cost: $15
Saturday, Nov 8
7-7:45 Communal meditation/prayer – optional
7:45 Breakfast
10-12 Yoga Workshop: Nurturing Body, Mind and Spirit
Nurture your body, mind and spirit as you enjoy the peaceful serenity of Osage Forest of Peace.  Study after study has revealed the many health benefits of the ancient practice of yoga.  However, the physical aspects of yoga are only one part of this sacred art which aspires to fully integrate body, mind and spirit in order to explore human connection with the divine.  In this workshop, we will practice some basic yoga postures as we also explore yoga philosophy.
Participants will be introduced to the different paths of yoga – some of which do not include the physical at all! – practice various breathing techniques, experience a guided meditation and briefly look at various ancient texts, including the Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.  As we do this we will learn about the eight limbs of classical yoga, an ancient system offering guidelines for enlightened living with the aspiration of union with the divine.
Come discover how the ancient practice of yoga can bring wholeness, depth and vitality to your everyday life, leading you to physical, emotional and spiritual awakening and well-being.  Yoga begins where you are, wherever that is.  All bodies and levels welcome!
Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat.
Workshop Cost: $35
12-12:30 Communal meditation – optional
12:30 Lunch
1:30-5:30 East Meets West: A New Perspective on Jesus
Could there be a deeper and more mystical understanding to the teachings of one of the most prominent wisdom teachers of all time?
While facilitating a unique course on yoga philosophy she created for a small private university in rural Kansas, singer/songwriter and yoga instructor Cindy Novelo was faced with a challenge; many of her students were traditional Christians who felt conflicted about some of the spiritual ideas presented in the course.  This inspired Cindy to explore the common ground between yoga philosophy and Christianity so she might better guide her students.  This study led her to an exciting new mystical perspective on Jesus and his teachings, igniting and deepening her own spiritual journey – which she shares with participants in this fascinating workshop.
Through musical sharing and interactive exercises, Cindy guides workshop participants through an exciting exploration of yoga philosophy, the original Aramaic language spoken by Jesus, and historical events that have shaped traditional Christian theology.  Come break your perspective wide open as we learn how all these things bring a new and wondrous understanding to the wisdom teachings of Jesus.
Workshop Cost: $55
Retreat Options:
Concert and yoga workshop:  $45
Concert and East Meets West:  $65
Yoga workshop and East Meets West:  $85
Attend all three events:  $95
Overnight Cabins (with meals):
Single Cabin:  $55 per night
Double Cabin:  $45 /pp per night or $90
Registration:  Call 918/245-2734 or email
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