Residency Program: Residential Immersion

  • Osage Forest of Peace Osage Forest of Peace
  • 141 Monastery Road Sand Springs, OK 74063
  • Ongoing
  • Standard Cabin - $1,300.00 Guest Hermitage - $1,400.00

About This Event

Our Residential Immersion Program offers one-month experiences in contemplative living within a community setting. This program gives you an opportunity to live in harmony within a residential contemplative community for a month-long period. Do you have a desire to live contemplatively and are you seeking help in learning how to live this way? With this program, you can sample different contemplative practices and spiritual tools to deepen your experience.

Your experience in the program will be different than coming on a personal retreat. Personal retreats are often focused on deep private contemplation and meditation, apart from the community. The Residential Immersion Program, on the other hand, immerses you in the experience of living and working with others who integrate contemplative practices into their daily lives. This means that you’ll enter into the daily schedule of the resident community, including meditation, meal times, work projects, and community events. While a portion of the program (up to five days) can be in solitude, an important component of the program is living in community.

In this program, you’ll:

Immerse yourself in the resident community’s daily meditation schedule (7:00 a.m. meditation is optional).

Engage in a work practice for three hours per day, five days per week. Your work project will be identified as part of your application process.

Participate in kitchen clean-up after meals alongside the resident community.

Enter the rotation for supper meal preparation (warming and serving pre-cooked meals) at least once per week.

Optional activities available to you:

Participate in weekly spiritual direction sessions with a resident spiritual director.

Participate in special programs, events, and retreats that are open to community members without fee (subject to contract requirements with facilitators, open events during your stay will be identified).

Multiple month residencies may be available, subject to cabin availability. Partial residencies of two to three weeks are also available at a pro-rated cost.

Application Process

In order to participate in this program, you’ll undergo an application process and interview to explore if this is a fit for your needs and our community. Participation in this program is based on availability. No payment will be taken until your application is complete. Contact us at (contact info blocked) to begin the process!


Standard cabin: $1,100 per month (includes all meals)

Guest Hermitage: $1,200 per month (includes all meals)

The normal rate for single occupancy in a standard cabin for a month is $2,100 or $2,400 for the Guest Hermitage. The reduced rate is offered in exchange for three hours of work per day (five days a week) within the community.

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.


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


  • 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.


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.

Thank you!

We're glad you've joined our retreat community. See you around :)

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Why Retreat?

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

To give my ego a break from all these construction projects. Layth

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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