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

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

August's Evening Sky

Following a Splash of Rain


If we have a function on the earth we can learn about it in the garden. All of us need to engage in the life process. All of us need to plant something and teach our children how to plant something. It's urgent that we all start participating in life process and start teaching it.


-- Scott Pittman, Permaculture Institute



Hooray! It's time! The Third Annual

Prairie Dinner and Concert 




Green Connections Dinner at Doe Creek

and Concert in the Round-top Barn



October 1, 2011





This is one of our favorite events at Turtle Rock Farm. We welcome guests about 3 in the afternoon - to tour the farm, meet the animals, take a country walk, enjoy the straw bale and mud hermitage, spend some time at the labyrinth.... 


At 5, we gather alongside lovely Doe Creek for  Slow Food Chef Kamala Gamble's sumptuous local food supper, Oklahoma's best  Woods and Waters Wine and the good company of and conversation  with people who care about the planet. Kamala always makes a delicious five-course meal featuring Oklahoma's naturally-grown foods.  


After supper, we walk to the Round Top Barn where Kyle Dillingham dazzles us again and again with his fiddle and violin-playing and his singing. He's an incomparable entertainer and musician and our souls are always stirred by his musical presence. (Last year, he ended the concert around the bonfire under the stars where we could take in the Milky Way as he played "Shogun's Farewell.")


This event is sponsored by and is a fund-raiser for Green Connections, a not-for-profit corporation that supports the environmental education programming at Turtle Rock Farm. Tickets are $75 until September 23 and $85 until September 28, when reservations close. 






Last year's Prairie Dinner and Concert  




To reserve your place at the table go to our website: 





Hope in a record-breaking  


hot and dry Oklahoma August 


Green Connections Board Members meeting at the farm, and enjoying the animals.

Oklahoma's first certificate-level Permaculture Course held its first set of classes
at the farm which included a tour.

Permaculture teacher Scott Pittman gives a lecture.
Gardner Singleton identifies the pattern in a piece of grass.
It was so exciting to get a rain shower, that participants raced outside in the rain.
They stand, looking out at the dried pond. And at lunch, share some handmade music. 



Scott demonstrates how to use an A-frame tool to determine the placement of a swale.
And the Permies enjoy Saturday night supper.



It's taken months, but the two male Guineas are now acclimated to the farm: they haven't flown the coop or been captured by the dogs. And now, there are four youngsters, safely in an outside pen in the barn, until they get their flying wings next spring.


People who run retreat centers and facilitate retreats need retreats themselves. Pat, along with 900 others, made hers in the Rockies at a mindfulness retreat led by Thich Nhat Hanh. It included a daily walking meditation and a sitting meditation in a pine grove.



Learning Nature's Ways on the Prairie   


Thirty people gathered the first of the hottest and driest Oklahoma August on record to learn how to live sustainably on the Great Plains. Scott Pittman, founder of Santa Fe's Permaculture Institute, taught four days of classes in the principles and practices of permaculture. It was the first session of four that will be held in Oklahoma through November. It is the kind of education that brought hope to a beleagured land. We were thrilled to welcome the participants and Scott, who lodged in our strawbale and mud hermitage.


We began to learn nature's systems and how humans can cooperate in those systems to live sustainably. We began to learn about water catchment and how plants cooperate with and help each other and how to apply excess to the care of earth and its people; how we can increase rainfall by planting trees. There's much to learn and process and adapt to each of our situations. But it is thrilling and extraordinarily hopeful that there are ways to live sustainably on the warming planet and live in ways that decrease the amount of greenhouse gases that are creating the conditions that cause the warming. We are excited that we will be able to apply what we learn to our farm and help teach others what we learn.  


A very hot and dry August is a good time for retreat leaders to head for the mountains and go on retreat themselves. Pat made her retreat at the YMCA of the Rockies outside of Estes Park, Colorado. Led by Thich Nhat Hanh, the mindfulness meditation retreat was a time of rest and renewal. And, once again, we look forward to passing along what  was learned. Our next Living in the Moment Retreat is in October and our next Meditation Retreat is in November.


We look forward every year now to our Prairie Dinner and Concert. It's coming up on October 1. It's a magical evening - we don't use that description loosely. it's a magical evening because we have no idea why it is so pleasurable and so meaningful; but, again and again, that's what we hear, and what we experience for ourselves. It does make sense: a table set alongside a lovely creek, friends and interesting people gathered, good wine, delicious, fresh local foods topped off by a sunset walk, a fine concert and the sky lit by a jillion stars. We hope you can join us for this splendid time together.


We look forward to all that is developing at Turtle Rock Farm; to sharing all we are learning and experiencing; to cooler autumn days spent in retreats and workshops and simply enjoying the prairie together.




In beauty and peace,

Ann and Pat 

Thank You Volunteers!

Thank you Fred and Carol.

 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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September 10
Beekeeping Workshop

September 12-13
Shepherds' Retreat

September 26
Sustainability Book Discussion


October 1

Prairie Dinner and Concert


October 8
Living in the Moment Retreat


November 5
Simpler Living Retreat

November 19
Meditation and Labyrinth Retreat

Turtle Rock Farm Retreat Center is Eco-Certified Platinum





Reserve Your Tickets 




The Third Annual Prairie Dinner and Concert


Fiddler Extraordinaire Kyle Dillingham will be in concert


Kamala Gamble will prepare an amazingly delicious local foods dinner served alongside Doe Creek

Reserve your place at the table at:



Retreats and Workshops




Beekeeping Workshop


September 10







In this day-long workshop, participants will learn information  

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, tips on raising bees and what goes on in the bee community during the course of a year. You'll get to don the beekeepers' garb and look inside a hive. 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



Shepherds' Retreat

September 12-13 




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. From 5 p.m. Monday to 3 p.m. Tuesday 


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



Monthly Sustainability Book Discussion


10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


Monday, September 26  



We begin another book discussion group Monday, September 26. We'll be discussing the first chapter of Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough. It explores the way we make things and proposes an environmentally intelligent way of designing goods that generate economic, social and environmental value. Let us know you're coming.  



Living in the Moment Retreat


October 8 



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? On this retreat you will learn how to live in the moment.

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




Simpler Living Retreat 

November 5





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 in simpler ways that bring meaning back into their lives. 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   





 Meditation and Labyrinth Retreat

 November 19


Meditation is one of the oldest and most beneficial spiritual practices. On this day-long retreat, led by spiritual director Pat Hoerth, participants will have the opportunity to learn and practice several kinds of meditation, including centering prayer, breath prayer, guided meditation, lectio divina and walking the wonderful prairie labyrinth. The labyrinth is an ancient, spiritual tool used for centuries as a way to get in touch with the inner life and inform the outer life. Making the slow walk of twists and turns toward the center and back out again is a transformative experience. This retreat is for both beginners and those who've been practicing, but want to deepen their practice.


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


Comments from our guests...

 "My stay in this hermitage has been the capstone experience to an amazing week. I came jut yesterday directly from a three-day workshop on the ecology of the North Canadian River watershed conducted by the Oklahoma Conservation Commission. I find great inspiration from those who are living and working to protect and educate others in awareness and harmonic living within our dynamic ecosystem. Perhaps God is reaching out to us in a silent yet profound conversation as we become more 'in tune' with natural systems. I am thankful for this experience. Peace." -- S.C. 
"Turtle Rock Farm experiences are for people who care about the environment now and for future generations. We need to treat our world and others with more respect. (Important vocabulary: we, our, together.)" -- M.A. R.

"Peace on the prairie
In my soul I will carry.
To share and to live
Is the gift I will give."
-- L.A.

"Our time at the hermitage has been a tremendous blessing. The solitude, silence and serenity allowed a sharper focus on our relationship with our Heavenly Father. The labyrinth, the books and your gracious demeanor enhanced our stay. Thank you for your heapin' helpin' of hospitality. Peace and grace to you." -- Jeff and Vicky

"What a treat to be able to stay in the straw bale/adobe hermitage. It reminded me of 'home' in New Mexico! We are looking forward to collecting fish from Doe Creek. May the Lord continue to bless you." -- Jean Lemmon

"A perfect place! Thank you for this sacred space - and for all those sister travelers who have stayed here. Blessings." -- Jeannie Martin

"Thanks to God and to you who have provided this place of rest and reflection. We are blessed by your hospitality. May peace, hope and joy come to all who linger here."
-- Danny and Joyce

"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