The Foundation for New Monasticism & InterSpirituality is pleased to announce its new affiliate, Osage: Forest of Peace. Founded by Sister Pascaline Coff in 1979 as a Benedictine monastery in the Christian Sannyas lineage of Fr. Bede Griffths ("Forest of Peace" is a reference to the Sanskrit, Shantivanam, Griffiths' monastery in India), today it is an interspiritual contemplative retreat center and sanctuary for those seeking a daily rhythm of prayer and contemplation. The staff is comprised of a resident community from a variety of spiritual backgrounds, valuing simplicity, compassion and diverse approaches to the Sacred. Osage, is situated on 40+ acres in Sand Springs, Oklahoma (near Tulsa), and is comprised of a main building (with a meditation chapel, library, and dining hall), several smaller multi-use buildings, and 14 cabins.
Osage and its director, Rev. Don Chatfield, will partner with the Foundation for New Monasticism & InterSpirituality on the implementation of interspiritual liturgical and practice materials, make its facilities available to interspiritual new monastic retreatants and retreats lead by FNMI teachers, and will host our next FRIS dialogue-retreat seeking the wisdom of our elders on "Spiritual Formation" in June of 2018.