Events and Announcements

June 6-7 & July 25-26: Spirituality of Aging

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This very informative workshop of transforming conditioned attitudes of our life into opportunities for spiritual development will again be offered at Osage Forest of Peace. This time the material will be presented on two weekends, with half of the material covered in Part 1 and the other in Part 2.

Aging helps us realize that we are more than our body. It helps us realize who we really are. We will explore how the paradoxes of aging become our pathways to a vital spirituality.

Topics to be covered in Part 1 are: Love, Connectedness, Acceptance of Self, Forgiveness, Living in the NOW moment.

Part 2 topics are: Letting go of Anger, Giving of Self, Celebrating Faith, Discovering Deep Meaning in Life, Making Feelings Work for You, Achieving balance in Life.

Part 2 may be attended without having attended Part 1.

When:   June 6 and 7, 2014 (Part 1) July 25 and 26, 2014 (Part 2)

Time:    Friday evening 7:00 – 8:30 pm

               Saturday: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Where: Bede’s Conference Room

Cost:     $65 for program

               $50 for overnight cabin– includes Saturday breakfast and noon meal

               $25 for commuter – includes Saturday noon meal

Deposit:  $15 non-refundable deposit required.  To use Paypal, click the link to the left or scroll to the bottom of the home page; mail a check; or call with your credit card.

Registration:  Call 918-245-2734 or email us at

Presenter: Sr. Maryann Greenwald, SSND is a trained chaplain, spiritual and retreat director with experience in Independent, Assisted Living, Skilled Care, and Hospital facilities. Her experience also includes establishing and working with a Commission for the Elderly.

For directions to the Forest, click here.

MAG Bio 2013


August 16: James Finley is returning to Tulsa

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“The Mystical Dimension of the 12 Steps for us All”

co-sponsored by the Osage Forest of Peace

The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are not just for addicts.  We all struggle with hindrances that keep us from experiencing our own true nature and God’s oneness with us in all things.

Topics include:

Understanding and healing the grip of addiction in its many forms

How prayer and meditation can help us find freedom and peace in our own fragility and limitations

12 methods of meditation for entering into the interior dimensions of each step

James Finley, PhD, is a retreat leader and practioner of contemplative spirituality.  A clinical psychologist and presenter on mystical sobriety at the Betty Ford Center, he was once a Trappist monk and spiritual directee of Thomas Merton.  Author of several books on contemplative prayer and living.

Date/Time:  August 16, 9am – 4pm

Place: Monte Cassino School, Deisenroth PAC, 2206 S Lewis, Tulsa, OK

Early Registration:  by June 30:$45

Registration after June 30:  $55

At the Door:  $65

Cancellation Charge:  Through July 15–$20; No refunds after July 15

Registration:  www.JFCTULSA.COM or send check to JF Conference, 220 S Lewis, Tulsa, OK 74114

Scholarships:  Limited scholarships available.  Email MMARKWARDT@COX.NET

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.


Annual Appeal

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January 2014

Dear Friend of the Forest of Peace,

Happy New Year! May the Light of your life shine brightly within you as we begin the new year. We extend deep thanks to you for being an ongoing part of our community.

Much success is being experienced at the Forest, thanks in large part to your contributions and participation. In the last year we have doubled our occupancy, with many groups now booking their retreats a year in advance to ensure a spot on our calendar and many first time visitors spreading the word beyond the borders of Oklahoma. Visitors’ comments tell the story of healing and renewal from time spent in the Forest:

“FOP made a unique and lasting impression on me. The inherent peace remains with me and is making me a better teacher.”
“My years of grief have finally abated after my time spent in silence in the Forest.”
“I was contemplating suicide and the spiritual help I received at the Forest kept me alive.”
“Being in the presence of people from such differing backgrounds and sharing prayer with them broadens my outlook and deepens my faith.”
“The FOP is a place of respite!”

We ask you to accept this opportunity to access the depth and quality of your own generosity. Your contribution helps us sustain the work of peace building, healing and renewal that takes place in this beautiful Forest of Peace.

Approximately five years ago the Forest of Peace was purchased from the Benedictine monastic community. The small monastic community that lived at the Forest never earned enough income to cover expenses; however, their larger community made up the monetary difference. We do not have that advantage any longer. Now it is just us – the family members of our shared spiritual home, who must take our beloved retreat center into the future.

Your Forest of Peace Board of Directors is working hard to seek funding for capital improvements and repairs such as roof work, tree removal, and new windows and appliances. The money brought in by retreats and guests brought in approximately one third of this year’s operating budget of $150,000. Beyond monetary contributions, people have generously stepped forward to help with projects such as the recent donation and construction of a beautiful labyrinth, and the funding and scheduling of first-time group retreats. A bequest and some large donors have sustained us these last few years, but in order to continue the Forest’s unique service to the world, our donor base and donation amounts must expand.

Our staff is doing a magnificent job with hospitality and service to our guests. The staff works hard to keep us sustainable, such as saving $2000.00 on utility bills over last year by such actions as plugging air leaks around doors, fixing windows, and being diligent at keeping lights out and heat turned down in cabins. Sounds a bit like managing a home does it not?!

The Greek word “oikos” refers to a dwelling place or a home. Oikos is also the root word for economics (daily housekeeping and viability) and ecology (the science and logic of operating a house). The Forest of Peace is a spiritual home for us all. You are a member of this household and we count on your generosity to help sustain this beautiful spiritual home.

As much as we are enjoying success and will continue to grow, retreat centers always need additional support from donors like you. Philanthropy is an act of love for humanity. Wealth represents potential units of love! God honors us with the task of determining how to express our love, and then we receive the tremendous joy that is in the gift of freely giving.

Your donation to the Forest of Peace is an investment in building a more hopeful, just and compassionate world. Your donation is energy that fuels our story of transforming lives, deepening relationships, building a broad sense of oneness, and developing a richly spiritual life for many others.

Will you join us in continued financial support of our shared vision?
The gifts of many, pooled together, can accomplish what each of us alone could never do.

Any amount is appreciated. Together we have great abundance!
May peace be upon you,

JoAnn Huber, Board President

PS You can use PayPal to make a one-time donation or monthly pledge here

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