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.

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Reviews  
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  • Jeremy Arrisontz   March 17, 2019

      Incredibly healing place

    I stayed at the Osage Forest of Peace for only 24 hours, but that time was so memorable. They have cultivated a healing and relaxing atmosphere with many opportunities for indoor and outdoor meditation, and were truly respectful of everyone there. The food is also delicious! I will most definitely be staying there again, next time for longer than just one night.

  • Meegan Mitchell   March 14, 2019

      Retreat, Restore, Recover!

    Arriving at The Forest of Peace property feels like the ultimate “Ahhh” release. I find the Forest to be the perfect place to unplug, reflect and open my heart to the universe. The retreat I attended was thoughtfully prepared with excellent presentations, followed by productive discussions. The meals are always a feast! Staying in the cabins allowed me to take in the tranquility, pause for meditation, and honor the gift of the Forest throughout my stay.

  • Mary Emmet   February 28, 2019

      FPC Stillwater Women’s Retreat

    I thought this place was very peaceful. The food was excellent. The cabins were good. I wish the hiking trails had been a little better marked. Overall, it was a great experience.

  • Ann C Houston   February 27, 2019

      Presbyterian Women Retreat 2019

    New to the retreat experience in this location, I wasn't sure what to expect. I found the periods of silence and the early morning meditations in the forest with the windows to nature all around to be healing. These peaceful times allowed for reflection without expectations, which I hope to be able to emulate now that I am at home. The little cabin was cozy and walking paths well tended. Flashlights at night were provided which was a good thing. It is DARK out there! Our cabin's heater wasn't heating well enough and we just told Donna who immediately took care of the problem. We stayed plenty warm the whole time there. The meals were delicious. Hearing from Chef Stacie exactly what she included in the recipes interesting and offered healthy choices whether vegan, vegetarian or carnivore! And, I was most thankful that Reiki Master Karen worked on me. I learned a lot about myself and feel more at peace than I have for a long time. A combination of all parts of this wonderful place contributed to a memorable, healthy experience for me. I'm glad to know guests may come walk the trails and make appointments during a day's outing.

  • Megan Hill   February 13, 2019

      Osage Forest of Peace

    The peacefulness and simplicity of Osage Forest of Peace always brings me back. The excellent content of the retreat on Sufism and Christianity was icing on the top. A wonderful place for personal insight and contemplation. The staff is warm and helpful! Food is great!

  • Greg LaFevers   February 06, 2019

      Wonderful experience

    We are so glad we visited on what they call a personal retreat. The facilities are very nice, and the walking trails are wonderful. The people could not be nicer or more welcoming, and there is something truly peaceful and sustaining about the forest. Highly recommended. Greg

  • Ginny Ayling   February 04, 2019

      An evening with Dr. Habito

    I had heard of Ruben Habito but had never met him before. His teaching was down to earth and he was extremely relatable . The room was full and I think we all felt the peace. Thank you for a wonderful experience

  • carolyn goodrich   January 30, 2019

      Finding Refuge in Silence

    The setting, the facilities, and the staff were all more than expected. The cabins are very simple, but comfortable. I will definitely attend more retreats at this facility.

  • Charles Beard   January 21, 2019

      Highly recommended.

    Challenging hiking trails and quiet places to contemplate. Good food and excellent library.

  • Deb Marshall   December 15, 2018

      Exactly what I needed.....

    During a life transition, I found myself uncertain about the future. I had learned about the Osage Forest of Peace from a friend and I know immediately that I would one day spend time there. I opted for the one month Residency Immersion program, which combines a personal retreat with integration with the Forest residents (those that take care of the Forest, property and guests). The cabin was a perfect minimalistic space with functionality and plenty of space for sleeping, reading, meditating. You can craft your stay exactly as you need - whether you wish to spend less or more time in silence, hike in the gorgeous forest, interact with others, read from the amazing library that contains books from many faiths and perspectives. I enjoyed weekly sessions of spiritual direction and also the freedom to experiment a bit with meditation tools and techniques. The food is absolutely delicious and health - those who prefer vegetarian or vegan foods will most definitely be pleased. Even those that choose to eat meat will have options, however. I left my month experience feeling a renewed sense of energy and anticipation for whatever is coming next in my life while also having the tools to deal with the 'right now'. I absolutely encourage anyone that needs a few nights or longer to be still, to pause or desire the experience of a contemplative stay to go to the Forest of Peace. Especially for those in the midwest (Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas) due to convenient location.

  • Nick M   December 11, 2018

      A terrific place!

    Very glad to say that I’ve been to the Osage Forest of Peace 3 times. Learned more about the history of it this last time in the literature. Such a serene atmosphere! Great people and wonderful food. Good vibes. I rented a cabin and stayed over night this last time and it was really great. Went for a nice walk on one of the trails and sat by myself in the woods, closed my eyes, breathed in the air for a little while, felt very good. Saw a few birds and heard some other common forest scurrying here and there; others I talked to said they saw a few deer that day. I definitely recommend this place. It’s very peaceful and you’re basically just left to be if that’s what you’re looking for. The staff are all really nice and helpful if there are any questions or concerns and I had some good conversations with many of the people who work there as well. Real and cool people. I had my first of the life zen garden experience about a month ago when I was there for a day long zen meditation retreat. Put the wooden rake into the zen garden and had some fun, picked some leaves out of the garden to put them to the outside so they could go here or there or come back with some of their friends; it was fun. The place itself is set in the woods as the name might suggest. Before you get there keep on driving a small amount through here and there, already feeling like you’re getting more into nature. A couple turns and then you come to a simple and pretty mildly wooded parking lot. Lots of space, several trails which are marked well with some ribbons on the path tied to trees; especially helpful with thousands of leaves on the ground this time of year. Drag your feet through those leaves at times if you want, I did, it was nice. ::shoosh shoosh shoosh:: Beautiful buildings. A serene and solid place all around with various statues and other representations of spirit here and there to say “hello, what’s up?, you’re awesome, isn’t it all not that bad?, things are ok, you are the bees knees and so is I, love and light and Om and home within/without, you’re there, you’re here, oops, but that’s ok, who cares, etc”... ... just wave to these cutie patooties or bow or say “hey” or say, “do you know what time it is? My watch is 5 minutes too slow”... ...or just walk on by eyeballing them or avoiding contact or smiling, they don’t care. They’re supercool, and so are you. Alright alright... The one main meditation/worship place is very beautiful with big windows and some great plants and other terrific things; good energy. I got to see the smaller chapel as well which was very nice and I participated in two group meditations between those two common areas with some staff and friends of the forest. Was able to check out a book for free from their library as well which has quite a few books; several thousand; on a variety of subjects. Chances are you may see a few that you’ll find cool if you’re into a variety of different things... either to check out or to sit on one of the comphy chairs or sofas or out on the long porch and hang out with. This place I would say has some good unity to it and strives for a theme of community and peace etc. If you’re looking for such a place I suggest you give it a try. Thanks!

  • 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:

Because I sometimes work up to 16 hours a day, and need time to stop and breathe. Mary
 

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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