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IIn Partnership with
GreenConnections
a 501c3 Not-For-Profit Corporation

Connecting with creation so that creation can heal us
and we can allow creation to heal.




 "Glance at the sun.
See the moon and the stars.
Gaze at the beauty of Earth's greenings.
Now, think."

-- Hildegard von Bingen


2010



 
 

 
 



 


It was a wonderful year. Our thanks to every visitor, guest, retreatant, volunteer, supporter, friend and family member who came to Turtle Rock Farm and shared time with us.

2011

We look forward to all that is to come in the new year. We are excited about our new offerings. For one thing, we will host the first guests in the strawbale hermitage, beginning the first week of January. In February, we will begin again our monthly potluck Sabbath Suppers, with the wonderful addition of a Taize service. Our monthly sustainability book study will also begin again in February. We'll be reading and discussing Bill McKibben's Deep Economy. And we are offering several new retreats and workshops. You can get the details for the next couple of months below, and for several months by clicking on "Workshop/Retreat Schedule" on our website: www.turtlerockfarmretreat.com.

In addition to our core offerings, we will be introducing new workshops and retreats include Beekeeping, Deep Ecology (Why Sustainability), Meeting Nature Again The First Time through Writing, Meeting Nature Again the First Time through Photography, Getting to Know Animals. We look forward to our friend and sister United Methodist Deaconess Jeannie Martin's retreat called The World in a Moment: Haiku. Jeannie will be visiting Turtle Rock Farm from Boston, Massachusetts. We are very excited about both old and the new retreats and workshops.

Mark your calendars for our Earth Day Celebration, when we will dedicate the strawbale Hermitage, host another contra dance and other activities.

It will be a year to learn together, to grow into more sustainable living, to share time in nature and grow spiritually. We hope you can join us.




In beauty and peace,
Ann and Pat


Thank You Volunteers!




Thank you Paul!


Want to be a Turtle Rock Farm Volunteer?
Have we got a deal for you!


a day at Turtle Rock Farm (on us)
for 3 hours of labor (yours)
lunch included

As we grow and expand our offerings and our facility, we couldn't get along without the wonderful people who volunteer at Turtle Rock Farm. They have become a cherished part of our community.
If you're interested in helping out, let us know. We'll work together and you can have some retreat time and some community time around a table set with home-cooked fresh food.

Note: This offer does not pertain to our programmed workshops and retreats.

Call us at 580.725.3411 or email annmcferron@hotmail.com; 580.917.6011 or email pathoerth@gmail.com



A QUICK LOOK AT RETREAT DATES

January 8
Beekeeping Workshop

January 15
Simpler Living Retreat

January 22
Living in the Moment Retreat

February 5
Military Women Retreat

February 19
Gardening: Raised Bed and Composting Workshop

February 26
Top Ten Pain Releasers

February 28-March 1
Shepherd's Retreat

Check out the calendar for 2011 on our website:

www.turtlerockfarmretreat.com




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Upcoming

Retreats and Workshops




Beekeeping Workshop

 

January 8, 2011


 


 

In this day-long workshop, participants will learn about the fascinating lives of bees, the importance of bees in our ecosystems and for our food supply. Ann, who is the beekeeper at Turtle Rock Farm, will teach how to put together a beehive, how to make candy boards for the winter and what goes on in the bee community during the course of a year. She might even give you a sample of Turtle Rock Farm honey, which, we think, is the best honey in the world.


 

To register, go to our website: www.turtlerockfarmretreat.com



 


Simple Living

 

January 15, 2011

 

 


 

It's been a wonderful surprise to discover that every time we choose to take another step toward simpler living, we find great joy in it. It turns out that living more simply is a more joyful way to live. We know this from our own lifestyle changes and from those who've come to Turtle Rock Farm to learn how they want to simplify their lives. The reports we get back are stories of happy success at living more simply. The changes toward simpler living turn out to be not challenging at all and, indeed, are fun and fulfilling.


This retreat helps participants realize the causes of our consumptive lifestyles, be inspired to shift priorities, learn ways to simplify, take inventory about what changes we want to make next and experience the support of others simplifying their lives.

 

 

To register, go to our website: www.turtlerockfarmretreat.com





Living in the Moment Retreat

 

Or...How to put spiritual practice back into your

multi-tasking, multi-messaging life

 

January 22, 2011

 

 
 

                     Cooking Mindfully

 

 

Do you have trouble quieting your mind? Are you constantly thinking about what you have to do in the future - later today, or tomorrow, or next week? Are you missing the graces of this day by worrying about all the things you have to get done?


Learning to live in the moment is an ancient spiritual practice that has been rediscovered for our multi-tasking, multi-messaging culture. Learning to live in the moment is indeed a great stress-reducer. And it is so much more. It helps us find our deepest, truest selves and the Source of life and love. On this retreat you will learn how to live in the present moment, which is the only time the spiritual life can be lived, the only time we are open to experience the touch of Divinity.

 

To register, go to our website: www.turtlerockfarmretreat.com




Military Women Retreat


 

February 5


 



 


A day's get-away into the country for military women who've been deployed. Connect with Each Other - Enjoy Time in Nature

Walk with us on the Prairie...Relax on the Porch...Canoe the Pond...Explore the Creeks...Do Some Gardening...Feast on Fresh, Home-Grown Food...Visit with Friends...Relax in the Beautiful Countryside...Spend a Day in Nature.


 

To register, go to our website: www.turtlerockfarmretreat.com





Gardening: Build a Raised Bed Garden and/or a


Turnable Composter


 

February 19


 


 

We've combined two workshops into one. You can come for a full day and build both a four-by-four foot raised bed with a hoop and a turnable composter, or come half a day and build one or the other. With a growing awareness of the value to our health and the health of the planet, more and more people are growing some of their own food. In addition to going home with tools to garden and compost, you'll get information about growing vegetables and composting. We'll show you our gardens and composting projects.


 


To register, go to our website: www.turtlerockfarmretreat.com





Top Ten Pain Releasers

February 26




Pain is a clear message that we need to pay attention to our bodies. The Top Ten Pain Releasers is a fun, hands-on workshop for reducing stress and pain that integrates massage, energy work, kinesiology, polarity, acupressure and various reflex techniques. You will learn a wide variety of simple and highly effective self help skills to benefit yourself and your family.


To register, go to our website: www.turtlerockfarmretreat.com


 



Shepherds' Retreat


February 28-March 1


For United Methodist Lay and Clergy


 




A 24-hour retreat modeled on the Spiritual Academy with cycles of holy reading, silence, group sharing. The retreat begins and ends with Eucharist and includes Morning Prayer.



For questions and to register, email Rev. Susan Ross at ross-susan@sbcglobal.net or Pat at pathoerth@gmail.com 






Comments from our guests...





"It was a perfect retreat...New understanding has dawned illuminating my path with added clarity and compassion...The labyrinth was transforming, as was working with the mud in building inside walls of the hermitage. These three days signified family, roots, births, mothers, grandmother and the Great Mother, Earth. Your perspectives added richness to the experience as did Ann's energy kinesiology session. Thank you both for providing a safe, sacred place and opening it to us. Favorite mental image: Grasshopper dancing in the fields!" -- J.S.

"Thank you Pat and Ann for a wonderful stay. Our Creator God blesses us to be a blessing and that's what you're doing with this farm; allowing it to be a blessing to others, so that they may come and rest in God's awesome beauty and presence and love. Peace and Joy." -- C.H.

"We felt renewed and relaxed (yes, even at the same time!) by the sense of community we experienced. Preparing the healthy and spiritual food was calming and centering for us both. I will always remember watching the momma cat affectionately loving on her white litter of kittens. The afternoon rainstorm was just what the land, and the soul needed! Thank you both!" Raven Crowl


"It's been rewarding and inspiring to be with people that love and care about life so much. Thanks for teaching me so many different things." Denise Bertoncino

"What fun, what joy, what a solid experience. To see all of us join together to create the hermitage was inspiring. This will continue to inspire me into building my own dwelling. Thank you!!!" Cassandra Bachrad

"What a privilege, what a blessing to be part of building the first retreat building on your beautiful property. May the love spread through all who come to experience  peace in creation at its best." George Kilmer

"It has been a beautiful experience learning about beautiful buildings that help save the Earth and meeting such wonderful people in such a beautiful setting. Thank you all." Jim McKinney


"What a wonderful piece of Oklahoma! I have very much enjoyed the time I have been here and enjoyed the spirit of this place. I wish peace for all who come here. Thanks." Scott Jordan

"Your kindness and the community that has formed here make me fall in love with Oklahoma ll over again. I feel so thankful for the old, open wisdom that has been shared. So many wonderful lives. Love it!"  Steven Wooley

"Have you ever felt as if you could see the world in every direction? The labyrinth at Turtle Rock Farm is perched on top of a rolling hill, surrounded by wildflowers and prairie grasses and as you walk the sacred path, you can see beauty in every direction. Come and see." -- Jeni Markham Clewell

"What an amazing experience! Thank you ladies for sharing your love and land with us all. The labyrinth retreat is a must for anyone seeking to dive deeper into themselves." -- Shela and Kiran, Tulsa

"When you come to Turtle Rock, the world changes. There is an intentional connection to Earth, to the past, to the present, to the future. Turtle Rock is a place of incredible grace, a place of peace." -- Paul Calkin


"Awakened to a world washed clean from thundershowers. The birds are cheerful and greet us with morning song. A lovely retreat to enjoy the wonders of creation! My only sadness - it was much too brief. Eager to return." -- Shelley R.

"Thank you so much for your hospitality and generosity. Our kids had such a blast feeding the animals and using the kayaks and canoe. The fresh eggs were delicious and your home was so cozy and comfortable. We enjoyed being out in nature and being together as a family. The kids LOVED it all!" -- Lisa, Madi and Christian

"Thank you for these great times of our lives. I'm sure we'll come back soon." -- Bethany

"A blizzard on the first day of spring. I should be worried about getting home, but I can't find it in myself. There's such peace here. Thank you for a quiet place to rest with God." -- Sara Marie Bodenstein

"We came for a gardening workshop and found so much more. We treasured our time here due to the incredible scenery and lovely people. We felt welcomed and at home. These days helped us rekindle our love and commitment to Earth. Thank you for sharing your land, passion and talents." -- Wendy

"This retreat is a great idea. Women who are military can get together to bond, share their stories and life with others who have the same experience. It is a 'happy' place." -- J

"Just knowing we, the women of the United States military are not alone is beautiful. Thank you to Turtle Rock." -- Max, US Army

"I loved camping on the hill - beautiful views of the Oklahoma prairie. Beautiful place - thanks for sharing." - M.C.

"Wow! What a peaceful, lovely place. Thank you for your hospitality. Looking forward to future visits and more peace..." -- Molly Helm

"'Unless you find belonging in your solitude, your external longing will remain needy and driven.' Thanks again for your hospitality in this Sacred Space. Gracias! Blessings! Namaste!" -- Mary Lou Bender

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"Retreat is neither whim nor luxury nor self-indulgence, but a rock-bottom staple of a healthy life. We need retreat as surely as we need oxygen or protein. While any given retreat may start out as a joyride - a few days away from spouse, kids or job; a chance to spread one's wings, loosen one's belt, kick up one's heels - it always winds up as a pilgrimage. We start to look for what really counts." -- Philip Zaleski, The Recollected Heart


How does one 'do' a Retreat?


A "retreat" at Turtle Rock Farm is a chance to get away into the quiet and beauty of the prairie. But not everyone is used to the quiet and find the idea a bit intimidating, even if they know they long for it.
A retreat can be a time when you sleep, listen to music, read, walk, visit, play musical instruments, do art, bask in silence, get a therapeutic massage, sit in a rocking chair on the porch, visit with a spiritual director, receive an energy kinesiology session, explore nature, walk the labyrinth, feed an alpaca, gather eggs, garden, kayak or swim in the pond, sit at a farm table...alone, with friends, family, or with the community gathered here at the farm.

It can be what you need and what you want it to be. We are happy to guide and assist, or give you solitude.

To reserve your individual, group, couple or family retreat:
email or phone pathoerth@gmail.com; 580.917.6011
or annmcferron@hotmail.com; 580.725.3411
 
______________________________________________________
our partnership

with GreenConnections...






The First Annual Green Connections
Dinner on the Prairie - October 2009

Green Connections is a 501c3 Not-for-Profit corporation committed to helping people connect with Earth, be healed in it and learn to live more sustainably. In addition to supporting the mission of Turtle Rock Farm, our dream is to build a retreat center and hermitages with sustainable building methods, including straw bale construction. We are in the process of building the first strawbale and mud hermitage.

If you believe in the work of Green Connections, please consider gifting us with your supportive wishes and hopes, with your volunteer labor, and with your dollars. All gifts, large and small, would be appreciated. If you have questions, please call 580.725.3411 or 580.917.6011.

We are seeking sponsors...

...for the Prairie Dinner and Concert.

And we are seeking grants and donations for the building of a retreat center.

You may send tax deductible donations to Green Connections, 5900 CR 90, Red Rock, OK 74651. Or, go to our website - www.turtlerockfarmretreat.com - and click on Green Connections Partner, and use Paypal to send your donation. Or, click here:

Donate

alpaca with GC board members

Green Connection Board members meet the Alpaca

Meet our board members:

Green Connections: Kay Adair, Beverly Alexander (treasurer), Elizabeth Box Price, Dorothy Gray, Pat Hoerth, Stephanie Jordan, Ann McFerron, Mary Moloney, Alan Ware (president.)

Turtle Rock Farm Advisory Council: Barbara Hagan, Bruce Johnson, Tom Temple, Corey Williams

We Support the Buy Fresh Buy Local Movement
Buying locally-grown food saves fossil fuel, supports our local growers and provides fresher and more nutritious food. What food you can't grow yourself, consider buying directly from a producer/farmer, a farmer's market or the Oklahoma Food Coop. To find out about becoming a member of the Oklahoma Food Coop, go to: www.oklahomafood.coop. Information about the work of the Oklahoma Chapter of Buy Fresh Buy Local (including food guides and reasons to buy local) is at: www.buyfreshbuylocalok.com

Turtle Rock Farm LLC:

A Center for Sustainability, Spirituality and Healing


Mission Statement

Connecting with the Natural World
 
We believe that Earth - part of the Creator's good creation - has intrinsic value.
We believe that human beings are interdependent with all of creation and that the Creator is calling humans to re-connect with creation, with Earth,
and participate more consciously in the web of life. We want to provide
opportunities for people to experience our connectedness with creation
in three distinct ways:

+ organizing and leading retreats that afford people the experience of our
connection and interdependence with the web of life: all of creation, each other and the Divine.

+ promote healing - of Earth, creation and humans, through connecting with
Earth which, we believe, can heal us - as well as through the various modalities of holistic health care including Energy Kinesiology.

Learning to Live Sustainably

+ living sustainably and teaching and supporting others in their efforts to live sustainably. By sustainability, we mean honoring, bringing, enabling life rather than harming and disposing of life; learning practical things to do to sustain life on Earth. Because we believe this is done in community, we hope to promote community life.




Morning Over the Prairie - 30 September 2009

Thanks Mom and Dad

Gifts

C
onsider giving a retreat at Turtle Rock Farm as a gift for a friend or loved one. Perhaps a weekend getaway or one of our scheduled retreats or workshops. Email us at pathoerth@gmail.com or annmcferron@hotmail.com. Or call 580.725.3411 or 580.917.6011.
 


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5900 CR 90
Red Rock, OK 74651
580.725.3411
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pathoerth@gmail.com
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