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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 25 thru July 27, Yoga: A Moving Meditation, Wednesday + Saturday 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,  May 25 – July 27, 9:30-10:30am (10 sessions)Sheila Yoga Class 3

Saturdays,  May 28 – July 16,  9:30-10:30am  (8 sessions) (no class June 18)


$8 per class (drop-in)

Wednesday 10-class package: $72

Saturday 8-class package:  $58

Wednesday and Saturday 18-class package:  $125

Location:  Bede

Registration:  Please call 918/245-2734 or email: to register.  If you sign up for a 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.

September thru November, Following the Gossamer Thread in a Changing World; A Journey of Grace and Growth

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Following the Gossamer Thread in a Changing World; A Journey of Grace and Growth


Walking SticksWoven with lived experience, James Finley’s rhythm of spiritual ripening, and the wisdom of various contemplative and artistic voices, this expanding six-session series invites us to the Divine Connection at the core of our being and to whole heart, soul, mind and strength loving with fruits and gifts to share.


Please join us for one of these opportunities by choosing the format that best meets your needs:


Thursdays * September 29 to November 3 * 9:00am to noon with refreshments


Saturdays * September 10, October 8, and November 12
9:00am to 3:00pm * including lunch


Designed in thanksgiving as a teaching tool, aid to spiritual befriending and personal growth and/or at-home retreat by Barbara Schneeberg, friend of the Forest, spiritual companion, group retreat leader, commissioned presenter with Contemplative Outreach Int’l and active member of the Center for Action and Contemplation’s Living School.


$225 per person includes all materials
$50 deposit requested by July 27 * Balance due at first session.

Cabins may be available for both offerings at an additional cost:  $70/single cabin and $55/person double cabin


Call  the Forest at 918.245.2734; email or call Barbara at 918.645.4541


“Only Love can say what this new spirit gradually forming within you will be!”
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

May 20-22: Embodying Practice in Our Everyday Life, Weekend Meditation Retreat

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Tulsa Zen Sangha is excited to announce that Patti Mitchell, our friend and dharma sister who is presently training to be a Zen Priest will be guiding a weekend retreat at Osage Forest of Peace Tulsa May 20-22! Many of us know Patti from the gift of having her spend much of 2014 in Tulsa with us. (See below for her bio.)

Using the six paramitas as a focus, we will explore and contemplate how we can use all of daily life as both a means of practice and a dharma gate to freedom.

The weekend will include meditation, dharma talks, private interviews, stretching and deep relaxation, chanting, eating wonderful vegetarian food, plus time for resting.

More about Patti:

Patti has been a practicing Buddhist since 1976 when she first took Bodhisattva vows in the Tibetan Dzog Chen tradition. She has practiced for a number of years in the Vipasana tradition. Eleven years ago she found her seat and heart teacher, Christina Lehnherr, in the Soto Zen lineage of Suzuki Roshi. She received Jukai in 2007 from Christina and is currently studying with Cynthia Kear and sewing her robes for ordination as a Zen priest, with both Christina and Cynthia.

Patti’s body centered practice is informed and supported by her training as a yoga teacher and her 26 years of recovery practice. She is a breast cancer survivor of 20 years and recently retired from full-time work as a Hospice and Palliative care nurse.

Practicing with everyday life, balanced with solitude and self-exploration on the cushion in retreat, has been invaluable in meeting and relieving the nature of her suffering. She is inspired by those beings who embody practice in a warm, open hearted way, honoring all beings as equal and unique. She is one of three sangha leaders at Great Spirit Sangha in San Francisco, guided by Cynthia Kear, a Dharma transmitted priest of Darlene Cohen.

spa_zen_stones_bambooSingle Cabin: $80 per night

Shared Cabin:  $65 per person/night

Deposit:  $65 paid by May 4, 2016

If there is a large turnout for the retreat, we ask that you please be generous and be willing to share a cabin if you are able.  Dana will be collected for Patti for her time and travel, so please donate generously.

Commuter:  $25 per day which includes one meal.  If you come for the full day on Saturday and want to add breakfast and supper the cost is $39/day.  Commuter deposit is $15.

Registration:  Please call 918.245.2734 or email

Schedule: Check-in:  3:00-5:00pm on Friday; Supper at  6:00pm; program starts at 7:00pm.  Retreat will conclude with brunch at noon on Sunday.

Friday, May 20th

3:00 – 5:00 pm Arrival/ Registration

6:00 – 7:00 Dinner/Registration

7:00 – 7:30  Orientation

7:30 – 9:00  Zazen/Chanting


Saturday, May 21st

6:30 -8:00 am Zazen

8:00 – 8:30  Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00 Zen Chores

9:00 – 9:30 Break

9:30 – 10:30  Zazen

10:30 – 11:00 Talk

11:00 – 12:30 Zazen

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch

1:30 – 2:30   Break/rest

2:30 – 3:00  Deep Relaxation/Gentle Stretching

3:00 – 4:30  Zazen

4:30– 5:00 Break

5:00 – 6:00  Zazen

6:00 – 6:30  Supper

6:30 – 7:30  Break

7:30- 8:00 Zazen

8:00 – 8:30 Talk

8:30 – 9:00  Zazen/Chanting


Sunday, May 22nd

6:30 -8:00 am Zazen

8:00 – 8:30  Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00  Zen Chores/Cabin Cleaning

9:00 – 9:30 Break

9:30 – 10:00  Zazen

10:00 – 10:30 Talk

10:30 – 12:00  Zazen/Closing

12Noon Brunch


July 16th: Zazenkai, Day of Zen with the Tulsa Zen Sangha

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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 vegetarian 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:  Chapel

Suggested Donation:  $30, payable to Osage Forest of Peace

*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.


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