Be Still and Know: Practice in Silence and Discernment Retreat

  • Osage Forest of Peace Osage Forest of Peace
  • 141 Monastery Road Sand Springs, OK 74063
  • Sep 12 - 15, 2019 (4 days)
  • Commuter Retreat Registration (Friday - Sunday) - $164.00 Single Occupancy Three Nights Lodging - $340.00 Single Occupancy Two Nights Lodging - $285.00 Double Occupancy Three Nights Lodging - $325.00 Double Occupancy Two Nights Lodging - $260.00

About This Event

Join Swami Sankarananda for a classical Yoga-Ashram style retreat designed to help rediscover the sacred silence within and to reconnect with your authentic self. This retreat focuses on both the wisdom teaching of Yoga and Yogic practices to help you both experience and sustain inner connection and awareness. All are welcome regardless of Yoga experience or ability.

Swami Sankarananda will guide us through the majority of the retreat, sharing wisdom to inspire transcendence from living in fear, to living in peace & harmony. You will be invited to deepen your experience of yoga through silence, meditation, chanting, yoga asana and the teachings of the Vedanta.

This silent retreat is open to all sincere truth seekers. All participants are expected to observe and respect silence within scheduled times and remain at the Forest during the full extent of the retreat (unless you are commuting to retreat sessions).

If you wish to stay for three nights, you’ll be given a spacious opportunity to spend Thursday evening through Friday evening in silence and rest before the retreat sessions begin on Friday evening.

Retreat Schedule

Thursday, Day 1

4-5 PM Arrival Check-In

5:00 PM Dinner

Silence and relaxation on your own

10:00 PM Lights Out

 

Friday, Day 2

7:00 AM Community Meditation in Chapel (Optional)

Silence and relaxation on your own

12:00 PM Community Meditation in Chapel (Optional)

12:30 PM Lunch

Silence and relaxation on your own

4-6 PM Arrival Check-In for Friday arrivals

6:00 PM Dinner

7:00 PM Opening Prayer, Introductions, Retreat Overview

7:30 PM Satsang (silence begins)

Meditation

Chanting

Dharma Talk: Silence

10:00 PM Lights Out

 

Saturday, Day 3

5:30 AM Wake up bell

6:00 AM Satsang

Meditation

Chanting

Dharma Talk: Fear to Peace

8:00 AM Yoga Asana / Pranayama Class

10:30 AM Brunch

11:30 AM Seva-1 hour

12:30 PM Spiritual Counseling (by appointment)

Practice on your own (rest, meditate, journal..)

4:00 PM Gentle Yoga Class

5:00 PM Discrimination Workshop

6:00 PM Dinner

7:00 PM World Peace Chanting

7:30 PM Satsang

Meditation

Chanting

Dharma Talk: Sadhana

10 PM Lights Out

 

Sunday, Day 4

5:30 AM Wake up bell

6 AM Satsang

Meditation

Chanting

Dharma Talk: “Steps to Inner Peace”

8:00 AM Yoga Asana / Pranayama Class

10:30 AM Brunch

11:30 AM Peace Walk

2:00 PM Silence ends – Discrimination Workshop

3:00 PM World Peace Chanting

3:30 PM Closing Discussions

                      Open questions and comments – share your insights & experiences of the weekend!

5:00 PM Program Ends – Closing Prayers and Arati

You may choose to stay for supper at 6:00 p.m. for an additional $10, provided that you reserve a place with the Guest Services Coordinator no later than Thursday, September 12th.

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

Schedule


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.

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

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.

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.

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:

It would my first vacation in the mountains. I think getting away and beginning a new routine would be good for me and a friend. Dianne
 

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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