We Walk the Path Together, 5th Course: Compassion, Suffering & Love in Full Bloom

  • Osage Forest of Peace Osage Forest of Peace
  • 141 Monastery Road Sand Springs, OK 74063
  • May 25 - 27, 2018 (3 days)
  • Single Occupancy Retreat Registration - $270.00 Double Occupancy Retreat Registration - $240.00 Commuter Retreat Registration - $155.00

About us

Learning from Thich Nhat Hanh and Meister Eckhart

A Five-Weekend Course with Father Brian Pierce

In this five-weekend course, Father Brian Pierce will acquaint you with the medieval Christian mystic Meister Eckhart and contemporary Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. Enroll now in this course and learn about the common spiritual ground that exists between Christianity and Buddhism. You may attend the entire course, or select specific weekends to attend.


Facilitator

Father Brian Pierce is a member of the Dominican order and lives at the Priory of St. Albert the Great in Irving, Texas. He spent 15 years doing ministry in Latin America and Peru. He now travels the world leading retreats on

contemplation, mysticism and spirituality.


Retreat Schedule for each weekend:

Friday

4:00 to 5:45 Check in

4:45 p.m. Afternoon Meditation – Meditation Chapel

6:00 p.m. Supper

7:30 to 8:30 Welcome, Introductions, First Session – Bede Building

Saturday

7:00 a.m. Morning Meditation – Meditation Chapel

7:45 a.m. Breakfast in silence

9:30 a.m. Second Session – Bede Building

10:30 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m. Walking Meditation (Outdoors if possible)

12:00 p.m. Noon Meditation – Meditation Chapel

12:30 p.m. Lunch – Rest

2:30 p.m. Third Session – Bede Building

3:30 p.m. Afternoon Break and Time for Contemplation

4:45 p.m. Afternoon Meditation – Meditation Chapel

6:00 p.m. Supper

7:30 p.m. Sharing the Fruits – Bede Building – This final session on Saturday evening will be a 20 minute sit, followed by “sharing the fruits of the day’s contemplation” – Meditation Chapel

Sunday

9:00 a.m. Final Session: Incarnating the Teachings– Bede Building

10:30 a.m. Catholic Mass – Meditation Chapel

12:00 p.m. Brunch


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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