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September 18-20: Mindfulness in Motion~A Contemplative Retreat for Runners & Walkers

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Mindfulness in Motion  is a 3-day contemplative  retreat for runners and walkers 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/walking 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:   September 18, 19 and 20th 

Time:   Starts September 18th, Friday evening 5:00pm Closes September 20th, Sunday by 10:00am

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, quarter marathon and a 5k, night-time trail run and all amenities of the Osage Forest of Peace.  A $35 non-refundable deposit reserves your cabin.

Registration:   Please send an email to our Registration Coordinator at For additional information about the retreat and running events, please click here.

For further details, check out our retreat FAQs

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July 11th: Morning in the Forest®

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  Morning in the Forest®

“Where the  Whisper of God and the Desire of our Heart Meet!”

flower for May 2015

Please join us for a morning in the forest

…your time to come away and experience contemplative prayer

through Silence and Scripture, story, song and wisdom sayings

with our friend Barbara Schneeberg.


Date/Time:  Every second Saturday of the month

8:30 am to 11:30 am

with the option of remaining in

the forest as you wish.


Donation: $20 with an additional $10 for lunch

Registration:  Call 918.245.2734

or email

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: 2015

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January 2015

Dear Friends of the Forest of Peace,

Happy New Year! May rich blessings fill your life as we begin this New Year. I am profoundly grateful to you for being a part of the Forest of Peace community. Your support and encouragement keeps our mission strong and of benefit to so many. I am frequently asked, “What is the Forest of Peace? What is the most relevant thing it stands for, or does?” My answer to that question is, “The Forest changes lives!” because time spent at the Forest:

- brings healing to old wounds

- breaks open creativity in people’s lives

- serves as a place of respite and renewal

- builds bridges between and among differing faith traditions

This is great work!!  And you helped it happen!! 

In 2014, we hosted a wide variety of retreats that covered such topics as wellness, Healing Touch, Celtic spirituality, mandalas, as well a retreat for family members of veterans, and for 12-Step groups and Buddhist groups. Our numbers of guests continues to rise.

In 2014, we removed many dead trees to improve safety near buildings, repaired foundation drainage issues, maintained trails for beauty and safety, completed necessary insurance upgrades on the property, and purchased a new freezer and a new copier.

You helped make it happen!  Thank-you!

In 2014, for the first time ever we balanced our budget! Your generosity last year was exceptional.  We also received two grants:  1) From the Kalleopiea Foundation that will help us sustain our programs; and 2) from the Hardesty Foundation that will be used for a much needed upgrade of our technology capabilities. We are deeply grateful for this support, for your belief in our mission and the willingness to share in building our vision for a peaceful future.

We know clearly that none of what we accomplish happens in isolation. Whatever happens at the Forest is the result of many individual efforts, yet each of our efforts serves as an ongoing reminder that we are one. We breathe the same air and our great heart moves together as one.

So once again we ask for your generosity–for you to access the depths of your love and willingness to be a part of the Forest of Peace. Each year I am grateful for the many gifts, of whatever size, that combine with others’ contributions to keep the Forest not only alive but thriving. Your generosity makes a difference.

Together we have enough!

With humble gratitude,


JoAnn Huber, Board President

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

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