Osage Forest of Peace

About us

The Osage Forest of Peace is an interspiritual contemplative retreat center, providing sacred space for individual retreats, group retreats, or a day of respite from the busy world. The staff is comprised of a resident community of people from a variety of spiritual and religious backgrounds. We value simplicity, compassion and diverse approaches to the Sacred. Osage Forest of Peace provides an environment that is supportive of all those who desire to engage in "dialogue of the heart" through prayer and meditation.

Come and experience the beauty of 43 wooded acres on a ridge between Keystone Lake and Shell Lake, just 20 minutes from downtown Tulsa. The Forest features nearly three miles of hiking trails with beautiful views, a woodland labyrinth, a Zen Garden, and a Cave of the Mothers meditation chamber. There are many peaceful places for prayer and meditation. 

We invite you to come and savor the stillness of the Forest, drinking from the wellsprings of the great spiritual traditions. At the Forest of Peace, you'll be welcomed by contemplative silence and a resident community who lives simply and offers hospitality to all who seek a deeper spiritual practice.

Osage Forest of Peace is one of the most rejuvenating places I've ever been. I went looking for a space to clear my mind and begin to renew my soul. What I found was more than that. There are people here sharing a common way of life, on different paths, yet all dedicated to spiritual depth and contemplative life. Charles Gossett

Venue Highlights

Entering the Forest is a peaceful experience and you'll have the opportunity to meditate in a beautiful Meditation Chapel with large windows looking out into the woods. Other meditation areas include a traditional Zen Garden, a woodland labyrinth for walking meditation, and an underground meditation chamber (the Cave of the Mothers) with wonderful acoustics for chanting.

Our retreat center also has a trail system along wooded bluffs with views of Shell Lake and downtown Tulsa. You can rent a cabin to experience the peaceful setting overnight for your own personal retreat. Our rental rates include three meals a day in our dining room, where you'll eat alongside other guests and residents of our community. The Forest also offers a full range of programs and retreats on meditation and spiritual topics.

You have a range of options to experience meditation in a way that suits you. You might choose to join our resident community for meditation held Tuesday through Saturday at 7:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, or 4:45 p.m., and on Sunday at 9:45 a.m. in our Meditation Chapel. Here you'll experience a meditation of 25 to 45 minutes with others who can help guide you.

Or, you may wish to simply rake the Zen Garden as you contemplate the prayer flags in the trees overhead. If you prefer to move while meditating, walking the labyrinth or hiking the trails will give you a chance to reconnect with nature. The Cave of the Mothers provides you with a dark, quiet place where you will be amazed by the sound of your chanting reverberating all around you.

Amenities

  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Coffee/Tea
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Includes Meat
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free

Menu/Cuisine

Breakfasts are a self-serve buffet style with cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, toppings such as nuts and raisins, hard-boiled eggs, and a variety of milks from dairy to dairy free. On weekends, we additionally offer a variety of breads and toppings for toast.

Lunch is our main meal of the day and is eaten together in community. Before the meal, we all circle around the table for a blessing and to introduce ourselves. Food options typically include a meat, a variety of vegetables, tofu or other protein for vegetarians, salad bar, and a healthy dessert.

Supper is a light meal and is eaten together in community. Food options typically include a hearty soup, a meat, a variety of vegetables, crackers, salad bar, and a healthy dessert.

Accommodations

Our guest cabins provide a cozy and simple spot in the Forest to focus on what truly matters during your retreat. Many guests comment that they experience deep peace upon arriving at the Forest. Staying in a guest cabin allows you to experience the serene rest that comes with sleeping in the woods.

STANDARD CABINS
Our standard cabins feature a full bathroom, heating and air conditioning, and WiFi access. They include:

Twin beds
Bathroom with shower
Bed linens, pillows, blankets, and towels
Hair dryer
Desk
Dresser
Comfortable chair
Alarm clock
Hand soap
Makeup remover wipes
Tissues
Insect repellent
Umbrella
Flashlights

GUEST HERMITAGE
Our guest hermitage cabin is located in a private spot with big picture windows for looking out at the forest. This cabin features two rooms and a larger bathroom. There is a microwave, small refrigerator, plates, mugs, and eating utensils. A private deck is perfect for experiencing the wonder of the forest in solitude.

This cabin includes:

Twin beds
Bathroom with shower
Bed linens, pillows, blankets, and towels
Hair dryer
Desk
Dresser
Comfortable chair
Alarm clock
Hand soap
Makeup remover wipes
Tissues
Insect repellent
Umbrella
Flashlights

Directions

FROM TULSA:
Take Hwy 64 West past the town of Sand Springs; exit at 177 West Avenue.
Turn RIGHT on 177 West Avenue and drive about 1 mile to Anderson Road.
Turn LEFT on Anderson Road.
Continue about ½ mile to the entrance to the Shell Creek West housing division.
Turn RIGHT into Shell Creek West housing division.
Turn RIGHT at Lakeview Drive.
Continue until you see Monastery Road.
Turn RIGHT onto Monastery Road until you come to the parking lot for Osage.

Tags: community creative residency directed retreats forest interspiritual labyrinth meditation nature personal retreat trails

Reviews  
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  • Kyle Blankenship   October 24, 2018

      Guys will love it

    This was my first visit and I stayed two (2) nights at The Forest in mid-October. My wife booked my stay as a gift to me as she wanted me to experience this place she loves and visits annually. I'm an outdoorsy, typical-guy, who likes to hike and easily finds God in nature. I found this place to a life-changer. I would not hesitate to recommend this place to other men. Everything from the Staff to The Forest was warm and inviting. During my stay I simply hiked, attended as many meditation sessions as possible, read 3 books, and painted on some canvas in my room. I loved it and will probably be an annual attendee.

  • BARBARA ROGERS   October 10, 2018

      Refreshing

    The few "rules" were easy to follow. Expectations clear & concise. I hiked alone a lot. It is a beautiful campus. The group meditation was good & I enjoyed the spiritual guidance session. She gave me concrete tools/ideas. It is minimalism at its finest. The other retreatants & staff were lovely. Harold the groundskeeper is a sweetheart. I will continue coming here.

  • Suzanne Medearis Hathaway   September 25, 2018

      Personal retreat

    This is a serene, woodlands, spiritual community with an abundance of offerings. The facilities, food and fantastic staff does not disappoint. A perfect place for personal reflection, with the option of regular community meditation. There are lovely trails complete with benches for quiet moments with nature. I’m very much looking forward to my next visit!

  • Alisha DeCanio-McCuan   September 20, 2018

      Peaceful

    Everything was perfect. The cabins were excellent and well maintained. The food was healthy and delicious. The whole experience brought about a great sense of calm.

  • Alaric Englert   September 20, 2018

      Just the place

    ....for silence, kindness of staff, hospitality, nourishing meals. The Spirit is present here. Highly recommend.

  • Bob Berry   September 17, 2018

      A blanket of tranquility

    The Forest wrapped me in a blanket of tranquility as the world I just left marched on. I let it go. This gossamer cloak encouraged my notion to do...nothing. Or go for a walk, hike, or participate in the myriad opportunities to explore meditation techniques from various cultures and perspectives. A stunningly refreshing respite on my continuing journey westward.

  • Amy S Powell   July 11, 2018

      A beautiful experience

    I couldn't ask for a kinder experience. Nor could I ask for more mindful treatment.

  • Praneeth Munuganti   July 05, 2018

      Beautiful place

    serene atmosphere, friendly people, good food. Amazing place for a getaway from all the hassle

  • Ellen Depee   May 15, 2018

      Beautiful forest retreat!!

    Had an amazing weekend at the Osage Forest with some dear friends. Look forward to going again in the future!!

  • Kay L. Sommer   April 25, 2018

      Silence is golden

    My three day silent retreat was extraordinarily full of graces for me. My cabin was excellent with a wonderful view; tidy, clean, with comfortable bed and a rocker inside and a small table and chairs on the porch. I went in the middle of the week and it was wonderfully quiet. The staff were all kind, respectful and helpful ; I had a Spiritual Director for 3 sessions who was extraordinarily intuitive and helpful. Food was excellent and I was able to fix a tray to take to my cabin for each meal. Only one suggestion: the shower would benefit from a grab bar and non-skid floor for safety. I want to go again soon and am attempting to get a friend or two to go with me. Thank you to all those who made my Retreat a blessing!

Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

I want to deepen my meditation. Jackie
 

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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