A 65-acre, three-hermitage site in the high desert of Crestone, Colorado, in the Sangre de Cristo mountain range, co-directed by Tessa Bielecki and Father Dave Denny, Carmelite new monastic hermits. Tessa Bielecki, formerly mother abbess of the Spiritual Life Institute, founded four ecumenically-oriented Carmelite monasteries over four decades before co-founding The Desert Foundation in 2005 with Fr. Dave Denny, also formerly of the Spiritual Life Institute.
Tessa Bielecki and Fr. Dave Denny are affiliated partners of the foundation, lending their 40-years of monastic experience to foundation program development, and opening the Desert Foundation property and hermitages for use by the Foundation for New Monasticism & InterSpirituality.
Osage: Forest of Peace, founded by Sister Pascaline Coff in 1979, 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, a former Benedictine monastery in the Christian Sannyas lineage of Fr. Bede Griffths, 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 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."
We are also pleased to be partnering with Mepkin Abbey in Moncks Corner, South Carolina. Mepkin Abbey is a Trappist monastery which is beginning to explore interspirituality and new ways of offering lay people monastic experience. Mepkin will host our fourth FRIS dialogue, "The New Monastery," exploring ways in which we can re-envision monasteries and contemplative life in today's world.
We are also honored to be receiving support for our initiatives from the beautiful souls at Kalliopeia Foundation in San Rafael, California.