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a 501c3 Not-For-Profit Corporation

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

Evening sky above Turtle Rock Farm the day after the tornadoes 




"My goodness,

what will it take?

I believe the scientists,

the evidence,

that Earth's systems

are in great upheaval.

Massive, systemic change-

to cut carbon dioxide in the atmosphere-

is, indeed, daunting.

It is unarguably the greatest challenge

of our lifetime.

Yet, in Oklahoma today,

as I'm sure in Alabama in April

and Joplin too,

and-lest we forget, amidst the tornado rubble-

along the mighty Mississippi,

people are checking on each other,

praying for everyone,

helping each other,

doing hard but necessary work

alongside one another.

This evidence is obvious too:

we human beings

can band together

to do what needs to be done.

Look around:

our capacity for understanding,

for compassion,

for comm-unity,

for change, 

is powerful



-- Turtle Rock Farm Blog, 25 May 2011  






Wonderful, Wonderful May Days   

Women of Bethany Disciples of Christ Church, Tulsa, make the Cosmic Walk
on a chilly last day of April, in the round-top barn.
Familes from Mayflower Congregation Church meet the Alpaca.

Mayflower youth checking out the Big Pond.
Susan Ross, in the stillness of morning, watches a glassy pond,
on which she'd just seen goslings out for their morning swim.

Shepherds Retreatants, in solitude, and as a group.

Alyssa and Aimee make their way to the prairie labyrinth and Aimee spends time in the center of the labyrinth during the Meditation Retreat.

Beekeeping Workshop participants build new hives, then don the gear to
check the bees. (in photo below too.)

Children at the sparkling waters of the Big Pond, during Earth Plunge.

Ben and Little Red; Emma and Ben and a bullfrog during Earth Plunge. 


Drawing the prairie during the Earth Plunge.
Youth from Pond Creek First Christian Church digging a trench
for their service project.

Zack gets to know a Red Wiggler Worm.
Zack and Chloe, exploring life on the islands on the Big Pond..

Emma, approaching a bullfrog in the old trout pond; Amy, meeting a new chick.

Celebrating Earth! 


Getting to Know, Celebrating Earth 



Barnswallows are back to their nests in the old chicken house, the three Alpaca are learning to get along (since William joined us about a month ago), there are new chicks in the garden and, soon to be, the Alpaca pasture. There are several batches of kittens being raised at various hiding places around the farm. Yarrow, lavender, larkspur, roses are in full bloom. The prairie is a rich, new green.

May 2011 has been quite an eventful time. We've watched spring make its way through drought and violent storms. We've planted the biggest garden yet and we have welcomed individuals and groups who want to spend time in nature, experience small and mammoth wonders, and learn to live more sustainably.


It has been a joy to welcome so many children, youth and families; to journey alongside the women from Tulsa who made the Cosmic Walk and all the discoveries that unfolded for them; to spend a day exploring various methods of meditation and sharing the quiet power of the prairie labyrinth; to witness the enthusiasm of women learning how to keep bees. We watched the wonder in the faces of old and young alike when Mr. Darcy or William silently sniffed their necks. We watched a boy enthralled by a Red Wiggler Worm and a girl, a young chicken. We marveled at first-time kaykers, who kept getting back in the boat despite heavy winds and other youngsters who bravely shored the kayaks to explore the islands on the big pond. We gladly shared the first outdoor meals of the year, with pals from the Shepherds' Retreat-dedicated servants who take the time for community, contemplation and restoration quarterly. We are grateful for people like Mary Lou Bender, a frequent retreat participant, who gave her children the Earth Plunge for their birthdays this year. And for Donna Gilchrist, a pastor who brought her baptism class, and Bob Davis, who brought families from Mayflower Church, out into the natural world for the day. Because these adults know the inestimable value of children spending time in the natural world, the future of the natural world looks a whole lot healthier.  


We are excited to be entering summer. The garden is doing well and we look forward to sharing its bounty with our guests. We're especially glad to be offering a Haiku retreat on June 4. Our friend Jeannie Martin is coming from the Boston area to lead this retreat. One of the ways to get to know nature more closely is to describe it and the haiku is a form of poem-making that is accessible to everyone. Here's one of Jeannie's:


by daylight
just some bug


There are still a few spaces left, so call us when you get this if you're interested.


The Women's Prairie Retreat is always a relaxed and beautiful time exploring the prairie eco system. It's an overnight retreat and guests are welcome to camp or lodge indoors. In July, we'll be offering two opportunities to learn how to cook in a way that's healthy for humans, animals and the planet. And we'll take our cameras out into the natural world to see with contemplative eyes on July 23. We'll learn how to capture not only what we see, but what we feel when we observe nature.


Now that it's warmed up, we will also be finishing the last coat of lime plaster on the last two walls of the hermitage. If you haven't had the chance to work on the strawbale hermitage, now's the time to join the fun. Let us know you're coming. The date we've set is Saturday, June 25.


Hope to see you soon. 


In beauty and peace,

Ann and Pat 

Thank You Volunteers!

Thank you Fred and Carol.

And Lisa and Scott.

And the baptism class from Pond Creek First Christian Church

 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; lodging is not

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


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June 2
Blue Thumb Fish Collection
at Doe Creek

June 4
Haiku Retreat with Jeanne Martin

June 12
Taize Service and Potluck

June 17-18
Women on the Prairie Retreat

June 25
Lime-plastering at the hermitage

July 9
Cooking for the Earth Workshop

July 17-18
Shepherds' Retreat

July 23
Meeting Nature for the First Time
Through Photography

July 30
Cooking for the Earth Workshop

Turtle Rock Farm Retreat Center is Eco-Certified Platinum




and coming up...




The Third Annual Prairie Dinner and Concert


Fiddle Extraordinaire Kyle Dillingham will be in concert

Kamala Gamble will prepare our local foods dinner served alongside Doe Creek

Reserve your place at the table at:


Retreats and Workshops

The World in a Moment: Haiku Retreat

June 4

Haiku is a short nature poem that captures a single moment in time and place, a moment that connects us more deeply with the natural world.  In this retreat we will explore together haiku as a poetic form as a way to see more clearly the natural world that is all around us.  We will have an opportunity to look for haiku moments through a walk on the prairie, called a kigo walk, and think and talk together about

how haiku relates to our lives.

Participants will receive a free book by the retreat leader, The Art of Awareness, and leave with a greater understanding of this beautiful and evocative form, and perhaps a few haiku to share with family and friends.

alone on the prairie
the familiar call
of an unknown bird

Memorial day -
low on the horizon
a single star

Jeannie Martin, MTS. Ed.D is a haiku poet, teacher and retreat leader. She has published haiku in a number of journals. Her work in also included in several anthologies.  As a United Methodist Deaconess, Jeannie works with frail and homeless elders in the Boston area.


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



Prairie Retreat for Women 


June 17-18 

Much of Oklahoma was native prairie. This retreat will take us back to the prairie, where we can learn about its history (from its ancient beginnings as an ocean, as hunting ground for Native Americans, as home for pioneer families and modern farming and ranching) and its ecosystem. We will spend time in the prairie noticing the grasses, birds and wildlife - the prairie community.


And we will come away, having experienced more intimately the prairie ecosystem of which we are a part, with the wisdom that only the prairie can offer and a deeper understanding of how to live in harmony with the natural world..


This is an overnight retreat, beginning Friday evening at 7 p.m.


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



Earth Dinner: Considering Food

and How to Cook It-

Or, How Eating Can Change the World


July 9






Decisions we make about food not only impact our health, but also the health of the planet. On this retreat participants will learn how food impacts global warming, why it matters what we eat and what we can do about it: where to get food, what kind of food to get and how to cook it. We'll learn about cooking local fresh food using methods that are simple and that create flavorful meals. Half the day will be spent in the kitchen. The retreat ends with a supper we prepare together, and a reminder of the joy of eating together.


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



Shepherds' Retreat


July 17-18  





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 and Evening Prayer.


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


Meeting Nature Again for the First Time:

Learning to See, Through Photography

July 23




One of the best ways to get to know and appreciate the wonders of nature is to spend relaxed time in careful observation. One of the best ways to observe, is to photograph what we see and try to communicate not only what we see, but what we feel when we see it. After some discussion and instruction, we'll be out in the natural world with our cameras (bring your own.)  


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



Earth Dinner: Considering Food

and How to Cook It-

Or, How Eating Can Change the World


July 30


See above for details and link to registration. 


More opportunities to join us...  



Our Monthly Book Discussion

on Sustainability


Join us the third Monday of each month at 10 a.m. We are discussing Bill McKibben's book, Deep Economy. In May, we'll discuss chapter 5. Call us to let us know you're coming. 580.725.3411.



Blue Thumb Fish Collection at Doe Creek


We have been monitoring Doe Creek on our farm for the last couple of years as part of the Oklahoma Water Conservation Commission's Blue Thumb program. Every five years, the department does a fish collection on the creeks that are monitored. This year, it's our turn. It's an all-day event that includes a habitat assessment and then seining of the creek to see what fish live there. If you're interested in helping out, spending the day in the creek, let us know. We'll begin at 8:30 a.m. Be prepared to get wet! Call us if you plan to come: 580.725.3411.  



Taize and Potluck 

Join us at 4 p.m. the second Sunday of each month for a Taize service and potluck supper. Created by a religious community in Taize, France, a Taize service is a beautiful, meditative experience. The music is lovely, easy to sing and very prayerful. Musicians for this service include Nancy Thomason, Deb Blakely, Dave Bluethman and Jeni Markham Clewell. Let us know you're coming.

Last Chance (perhaps):

Lime-plastering the outside walls of the Hermitage


Saturday, June 25


Call us to let us know you're coming: 580.725.3411


(wear pants and long sleeves) 

Comments from our guests...


"Very nice place to relax and find yourself. Can't wait to return. Wish we could have stayed longer." -- T. J.

"I had a lot of fun. Hope I can come back soon." -- A.M.

"Thank you for letting me stay the night. I liked it. I loved the prairie and I loved all the animals. Most of all I liked spending time with you. Love, E.M."

"Earth Plunge-a great experience and opportunity. Many thanks for this place." -- M.L.

"Thank you for making my 'desert day' a special one. It was good to be with Jesus in his passion while walking the labyrinth. I enjoyed my companions - Maizey and Joe - and everything about this day. I hope this is only the first of many visits to Turtle Rock. May God continue to bless you and the work you are doing." -- D.L.

"Earth Day and Good Friday. An inspiring, relaxed sharing, praying and playing together; to shear alpacas-and have the fleece spun and plied into yarn!; to bless this hermitage, where I am privileged to stay tonight; to share a simple yet delicious meal, and finish off the evening with music and dancing! What a blessed day! Thank you so very much!" -- Sr. Terry

"It's been a very quiet couple of days for me to do some deep and difficult psychological work. I benefited greatly from the energy kinesiology session, the massage, the crickets, Joe the Dog and the quiet." -- A.V.

"Played my flute in the teepee with the wind keeping time by flapping the canvas. Pounded my djembe within these thick walls {at the hermitage} and absorbed the solid, solitude, solidarity. Strummed my ukulele and was softened by the timbre of the taut, short strings. And sang in a voice only God heard. Thanks." -- D.C.

"We really enjoyed the Taize service as well as the quiet and peaceful evening and walks outdoors (although the wind was brisk and a little cool!) -- Maribeth and Greg

"Woke to coyotes howling and geese honking-it couldn't be better. An oasis for a weary soul! Thank you. Blessings." -- N.

"To a beautiful planet! Thank you, Ann and Pat, for great food and a peaceful time."
--Tina, Christopher and Ila

"Thanks so much for your hospitality and great food. We've all enjoyed our time together immensely. This is a ministry of blessing which you so generously share with others." -- Loma Sullivan

"I enjoyed feeding the animals and helping with salad. Hospitality and entertaining are my 'forte.' Thanks for letting me help." -- Loretta Payne

"This is a beautiful place! So quiet and restful. Thank you for the experience."
-- Dorothy Coy Light

"What a beautiful and peaceful place. Thanks for working so hard to make it available to sojourners." -- Steve Roach

"What a wonderful place to retreat. Thank you for all your hard work in making this place happen." -- Frank Denney

"If you want or need a serene, spiritual place to go, Turtle Rock is perfect for prayer and reflection. It has all the elements you need to find God and yourself."
 -- Cindy Bullen, Wickline UMC

"If you are looking for the opportunity to slow down so you can think, you will find it at Turtle Rock Farm. The Simpler Living Retreat gave lots of food for thought and helped me to find a focus from it that I can take home and apply to 'real life.' Your life will be impacted in ways unexpected. I feel like I not only gained more ideas for simpler living, but also acquired realistic ideas to coping with and sorting out various areas of stress in day-to-day life. Choose one small positive change you want to work on, commit to it, focus and anything is possible. Thank you Turtle Rock Farm!" -- Michelle Hamilton

"Turtle Rock Farm is a wonderful place to come and be refreshed. To relax with nature surrounding you. To come away a stronger person - more able to cope with all the pressures of our modern lifestyle. I would highly encourage people to 'escape' to Turtle Rock Farm."
-- L.D., Kansas

"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 all 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


"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 through its programming, our dream is to build a retreat center and hermitages with sustainable building methods, including straw bale construction.  


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: 


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, Claudia Scribner, 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


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.

Turtle Rock Farm LLC
5900 CR 90
Red Rock, OK 74651