Events and Announcements

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


Coming September 2016: School of Spiritual Direction

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We’re pleased to announce that the Osage Forest of Peace will open an interfaith School of Spiritual Direction in September 2016.  The two-year program will provide training in spiritual direction for persons feeling called to provide companionship, holy listening and guidance to other individuals on their spiritual journeys.  The school is also open to persons who are yearning for answers to their spiritual questions and want to further explore their own spirituality.  Both ordained and lay persons are welcome to apply.

Students will gather one day per month from September through June, and will also be expected to attend a weekend retreat each year of the program.

The curriculum will include study and discussion of the beliefs and values associated with Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and other spiritual traditions of the world.  The program results in certification as a spiritual director for those who successfully complete the coursework.

Application forms for the Class of 2018 are due by June 17, 2016.  For more information, contact Rev. Don Chatfield at or Karen Chatfield at

School of Spiritual Direction

June 9th, Eucharistic Mass

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Eucharistic Mass is offered monthly in our chapel, typically the second Thursday of the month.

In June, Eucharistic Mass will be held on Thursday, June 9th at 11:00am.  All are welcome to attend.

Attention: Bishop Kelley Alumni — Brother Norman Memorial Fund

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Please give in memory of Brother Norman McCarthy, FSC

        The Brother Norman Sustain The Forest Fund


To touch the hearts of students is the greatest miracle you can perform.”   -St. John Baptist de La Salle, patron saint of teachers (1651-1719)

Dear Bishop Kelley Alum:

Decades of Bishop Kelley High School alumni were deeply influenced by the life and teaching of Brother Norman McCarthy, FSC, who served at BK from 1992 until his death in 2008.  For many, Brother Norman’s Belief and Spirituality class opened their hearts and minds to explore the depths of their faith and understanding of discipleship.

Brother Norman touched the hearts of faculty, staff, students and parents. He was widely beloved, especially by the members of his Men’s Forum group (which became the model for the Women’s Forum group). He introduced many of his students and fellow faculty to the practice of contemplative prayer in the Christian tradition and also to a special place in his faith development and interfaith understanding: The Osage Forest of Peace in Sand Springs, OK.

The Forest of Peace was dear to Brother’s heart. Founded as a Benedictine monastery in 1979, it continues today as a nonprofit retreat center governed by an interfaith board of directors. The Forest offers hospitality, retreats, workshops and contemplative prayer opportunities to all who seek to deepen their spiritual practice. Mass is offered once a month in the main chapel, and Eucharistic Adoration is available 24 hours in the Sr. Pascaline Coff Chapel.

In memory of Brother Norman, would you be willing to donate to the Forest of Peace, so it can continue to serve those who seek spiritual growth and practice here? The needs of the Forest are relatively simple, but the work of the Forest—which Brother Norman delighted in sharing–cannot be sustained without contributions from friends.

Please check out our website, or call 918-245-2734 to schedule a visit to The Forest. You may donate with PayPal online. Or send your check, payable to Forest of Peace, to 141 Monastery Road, Sand Springs, OK 74063. Designate checks to the Brother Norman Fund. Please consider a $5000, $1000, $100, $50 or $25 donation. Or consider making a monthly donation. Whatever amount is right for you, your gift will be stewarded well.

Thank you for helping sustain the mission of The Forest in memory of Brother Norman.  Blessings to you from The Forest!



Sr. Jane Comerford, CSJ

Director of Spiritual Life

Osage Forest of Peace

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