The Osage Forest of Peace welcomes the public to an open house Sunday outside Sand Springs. The inter-faith retreat center is located a few miles outside Tulsa at Keystone Lake.
Once a monastery, the Forest of Peace is now privately owned and operated by a board of directors, according to Sister Jane Comerford, director. They welcome individuals and groups looking for a hour, a weekend - or longer - break from the working world.
On Sunday, October 20, from 2 to 4 p.m., visitors can enjoy desserts and drinks, meet the board and staff and get a glimpse of what the Forest of Peace offers.
"We have 10 individual cabins available and can accommodate up to 20 people," said Sister Jane Comerford. A suggested donation of $55 includes lodging and three meals with a vegetarian option available.
There are three daily meditation sittings open to the public. Sittings are held in a beautiful central meditation room looking over the forest at 7 a.m., noon and 4:45 p.m.
The center has trails for hiking and has recently built a labyrinth, Sister Jane said.
Some groups come with their own leader while others make use of the two spiritual directors on staff, Comerford said. Individuals come from all over the country for a quiet weekend along with their thoughts or in communion with a friend. Forest of Peace also hosts themed day and weekend retreats.
The Forest of Peace is located at 141 Monastery Road in Sand Springs. Get directions to the forest.