Experiment with Light: A Quaker Meditation Retreat

  • Osage Forest of Peace Osage Forest of Peace
  • 141 Monastery Road Sand Springs, OK 74063
  • Jul 20 - 22, 2018 (3 days)
  • Single Occupancy Retreat Registration - $285.00 Double Occupancy Retreat Registration - $255.00 Commuter Retreat Registration - $185.00

About us

This retreat will help you have a personal encounter with the Divine that lights the path of your life and animates your life in community. Experiment with the Light is a Quaker spiritual practice that draws upon Quaker prayer and sacred listening to help you move into an encounter with the Divine. We’ll create a shared, safe space where we listen to one another and honor all experiences. This simple yet effective meditation creates connection with Spirit and then with others.

Experiment with Light is a contemplative spiritual practice, welcoming to people of all faith backgrounds. It is very personal, intended to help you dig deep into the concerns of your life, and there in the dark discover the light that illuminates the truth of your life and your path forward. This simple tool can bring profound change and inner peace into your life.

In this retreat, you’ll be given a spacious opportunity to:

  • Experiment with new ways of being in relationship with Light
  • Experience a four-step meditation that develops a personal and communal experience of Spirit
  • Nourish and deepen your spiritual life within the trust and unconditional support of a group
  • A 21st century process and encounter with the Divine

What to Expect

The retreat will be primarily experiential with a combination of individual, small, and large group reflection, as well as actual practice of the Experiment with Light guided meditation. You’ll receive written materials that reflect the substance of the presentations. As the retreat concludes, you’ll be given a personal plan for continued engagement with this practice.


Facilitators

Dan and JaimieDan Mudd is a graduate of Tacheria School of Spiritual Direction. He has served on numerous Quaker committees and has led lay dream work groups with adults for over 10 years. He is a Master of Divinity candidate at Earlham School of Religion, a Quaker seminary.

Jaimie Mudd has led Renewal and Circle of Trust retreats since 2009, provides spiritual direction, and workshops on church renewal and communal discernment processes. Jaimie holds a Master in Counseling Degree from Arizona State University and a graduate certificate in Evidence Based Coaching from Fielding Graduate University. Currently, Jaimie is a Master of Divinity candidate at Earlham School of Religion.

Both Dan and Jaimie are members of Pima Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, in Tucson, Arizona, and receive guidance through a Ministry Support Committee at Pima Monthly Meeting.


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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  • Jul 20, 2018 - Jul 22, 2018 (3 days)

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This sounds like a dream! I am an education student and I have spent way too much time working all summer to pay for school. My boyfriend of 5 years is a government firefighter and has been away working most of the summer. His 30th Birthday and our 6th anniversary is coming up this winter, we would love to celebrate with a yoga retreat! We both love yoga but have barley had time to practice in the past few months. Keeping our fingers crossed! Jaimee and Dan
 

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