Jesus & the Prodigal Son Retreats – April Only or Both Weekends

  • Osage Forest of Peace Osage Forest of Peace
  • 141 Monastery Road Sand Springs, OK 74063
  • Apr 5 - 7, 2019 (3 days)
  • Single Occupancy Retreat Registration - April Only - $285.00 Double Occupancy Retreat Registration - April Only - $255.00 Commuter Retreat Registration - April Only - $170.00 Single Occupancy Retreat Registration - Both April & June - $540.00 Double O

About This Event

Jesus and the Prodigal Son Retreats

April 5-7, 2019 and June 7-9, 2019

A Two-Weekend Course on the God of radical mercy with Father Brian Pierce

Come for either or both of these weekend retreats with theologian Brian Pierce, who brings a startling perspective to one of the most beloved stories of scripture – the parable of the Prodigal Son.  Fr. Brian teaches this parable as a commentary on the story of Jesus himself, who entered the world of suffering and sin to bring the good news of the radical mercy of God.   While shedding new light on the gospel, his approach bears implications for spiritual seekers to enter compassionately into the world of those on the margins. Please note registration options include one or both weekends with savings given now to those who register for both weekends simultaneously.

Retreat Schedule:


4:00 to 5:45 Check-in and settle into cabins

4:45 (contact info blocked) Afternoon Meditation – Meditation Chapel

6:00 (contact info blocked) Supper

7:30 to 8:30 Welcome, Introductions, First Session – Meditation Chapel



7:00 (contact info blocked) Morning Meditation – Meditation Chapel

7:45 (contact info blocked) Breakfast in silence

9:30 (contact info blocked) Second Session – Bede Building

10:30 (contact info blocked) Break

11:00 (contact info blocked) Walking Meditation (Outdoors if possible)

12:00 (contact info blocked) Noon Meditation – Meditation Chapel

12:30 (contact info blocked) Lunch – Rest

2:30 (contact info blocked) Third Session – Bede Building

3:30 (contact info blocked) Afternoon Break and Time for Contemplation

4:45 (contact info blocked) Afternoon Meditation – Meditation Chapel

6:00 (contact info blocked) Supper

7:30 (contact info blocked) Sharing the Fruits – Meditation Chapel



9:00 (contact info blocked) Final Session: Incarnating the Teachings – Meditation Chapel

10:30 (contact info blocked) Catholic Mass – Meditation Chapel

12:00 (contact info blocked) Brunch

To register for only the second weekend retreat in June 2019, click here.

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 (contact info blocked), 12:00 noon, or 4:45 (contact info blocked), and on Sunday at 9:45 (contact info blocked) 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.

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