Just This: Loving Ourselves and the World As It Is

  • Osage Forest of Peace Osage Forest of Peace
  • 141 Monastery Road Sand Springs, OK 74063
  • Jun 8 - 10, 2018 (3 days)
  • Single Occupancy Two Nights' Lodging - $150.00 Single Occupancy One Night Lodging - $80.00 Double Occupancy Two Nights' Lodging - $120.00 Double Occupancy One Night Lodging - $65.00 Commuter Registration Full Retreat - $65.00…

About us

Tulsa Zen Sangha Retreat

Using our practice of Zazen (just sitting), we’ll explore and contemplate qualities of the heart and mind that facilitate acceptance, letting go, and loving kindness. The weekend will include:

  • Meditation
  • Dharma talks
  • Private interviews with Patti Mitchell
  • Stretching and deep relaxation
  • Chanting
  • Eating wonderful food
  • Time for resting


Friday, June 8th

4:00 – 5:45 pm Arrival/ Registration

6:00 – 7:00      Supper

7:00 – 7:30       Orientation

7:30 – 9:00       Zazen/Chanting

Saturday, June 9th

*6:30 – 8:00 am Zazen / Chanting

8:00 – 8:30       Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00       Zen Chores

9:00 – 9:30      Break

9:30 – 10:30    Zazen

10:30 – 11:00  Talk

11:00 – 12:30   Zazen

12:30 – 1:30    Lunch

1:30 – 2:30      Break/rest

2:30 – 3:00      Deep Relaxation/Gentle Stretching

3:00 – 4:30       Zazen

4:30– 5:00       Break

5:00 – 6:00      Zazen

6:00 – 6:30      Supper

6:30 – 7:30        Break

7:30- 8:00         Zazen

8:00 – 8:30       Talk

8:30 – 9:00        Zazen/Chanting

Sunday, June 10th

*6:30 – 8:00 am   Zazen

8:00 – 8:30          Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00          Zen Chores/Cabin Cleaning

9:00 – 9:30         Break

9:30 – 10:00       Zazen

10:00 – 10:30      Talk

10:30 – 12:00      Zazen/Closing

12:00 -1:00         Lunch

* If you are not able to arrive at 6:30 am, recommended arrival time is by 9:00 am so you can get registered and settled for Zazen, which will be starting again at 9:25.


Patti Mitchell, friend and dharma sister to the Tulsa Zen Sangha, ordained as a Soto Zen priest in the Shunryu Suzuki Roshi lineage in December 2016. She has completed two, three-month monastic training periods at Tassajara mountain monastery. Her heart teacher is Christina Lehnherr, a former abbess of San Francisco Zen Center.

She originally took Boddhisatva vows in the Tibetan Dzog Chen tradition in 1977 and had practiced in the Vipassana tradition for a number of years before finally finding her seat in Zen. Her marketplace practice as a priest is somatically based. She has trained as a yoga teacher, specializing in working with both cancer patients and those in recovery from addiction.

She continues to be inspired by those beings who embody practice in a warm, open hearted, non-hierarchical way, honoring all beings and traditions as equal and unique.


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.


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

Menu Types

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


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.


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.

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
Comfortable chair
Alarm clock
Hand soap
Makeup remover wipes
Insect repellent

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
Comfortable chair
Alarm clock
Hand soap
Makeup remover wipes
Insect repellent


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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  • Jun 8, 2018 - Jun 10, 2018 (3 days)


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