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Full Moon over the Prairie


"I'm a scientist who thinks it wise to enter the doors of creation not with a lion tamer's whip and chair, but with the reverence humankind has traditionally summoned for entering places of worship: a temple, a mosque or a cathedral. A sacred grove, as ancient as time." -- Barbara Kingsolver



January Retreats

Living Simply, Beekeeping, 


Meditation and Conservation

Simple Living Retreat included discussions, individual reflection, walks in nature
and time with the animals.

Beekeepers learned about the fascinating world of bees and how to house and feed them.

A meditation group enjoyed group meditation, gathering at table
and walking the labyrinth. 

A Boy Scout troupe from Oklahoma City studied conservation and did a service project, helping gather dead wood along Doe Creek.

More January Moments

We enjoy watching the birds - the chickens and guineas inside the barn
and the Goldfinches, Woodpecker, Chickadees (and others) outside.

The sky, morning and evening, has been beautiful.
And the night sky has been spectacular, including this colorful halo around the moon. 

And now comes February


January is a wonderful month at Turtle Rock Farm. People arrive to begin again or deepen their interest in connecting with the natural world and making changes in their lives that are healthy for them and the environment. And so it was this new January. Guests came to learn and commit to simpler living, spending time trying to understand how simpler living is good for people and the planet and looking at the next changes they want to make for a less consumptive, less wasteful life. Others came to learn about the fascinating life of bees, how important they are to our food system and how to build hives and provide food for them. One of those guests called later, thrilled to learn that her city does indeed allow bee hives in the backyard. She's on her way to beekeeping!

Two groups came to the farm in January. A group of Boy Scouts worked on their conservation badge and helped us pile up dead wood from along a fence line near Doe Creek. They toured the farm and hung out with the Alpacas and chickens. A meditation group enjoyed the quiet at the farm and we were glad the weather permitted them time on the prairie labyrinth.

On the other hand, it was a different kind of January for us as well. Ann traveled to Little Rock, Arkansas, to the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group's annual conference where she learned from Growing Power's Will Allen about vermi-composting, which is her favorite way to compost. She also attended a workshop on building high tunnels to garden in. She's already at work planning our new vermi-composting bins (we have lots of worms already to put in them) and a high tunnel (a sort of movable greenhouse) to extend our garden and the gardening season.

Pat traveled to Asheville, North Carolina, where she taught workshops on spiritual practices and on global climate change as a social justice issue. She led the cosmic walk with two groups. It is her favorite way of helping people connect with the wondrous universe in which we live. Across the Smoky Mountains and into Nashville, she went to lead a three-day retreat at Scarritt Bennett Conference and Retreat Center on Prayer: Holy Conversations with God. She was surprised to discover that, there in the beauty of the tree-covered mountains, she missed morning and evening prairie skies.

It already feels like spring in Oklahoma (as it did in Nashville, where Forsythia and Quince were blooming.) Of course, there's still time for cold and snow and we hope we have winter because that's part of the natural course of this ecosystem. We are still getting greens - and small, delicious tomatoes! which we didn't get in the hot, hot, hot summer - in our greenhouse (and a sunny window at the farmhouse.) Seedlings are growing under grow lights and more will be planted in coming weeks.

This month we will lead retreats and workshops on Gardening, Living in the Moment and Communicating with one another in a non-violent way. Descriptions of and links to our February and March retreats and workshops are listed below. The rest of our calendar is on our website. We are looking forward to several new retreats and new facilitators. Keep an eye on the website.

In February, you can also find Ann at a booth at the Oklahoma Food Coop annual meeting. Too, we will be speaking at our district Women in Ag conference. Pat will be teaching mission studies in Oklahoma City and Tahlequah. We'll be welcoming a graduate class in communications from OSU to spend the day learning about how the way we grow food affects the planet. And we're excited about the first discussion of the book on sustainability we're currently reading-Gaviotas. Join us next Monday (Feb. 6) at 10, (and bring a sack lunch and spend some time on the farm if you'd like.) Let us know you're coming. You are also welcome to join us for our quarterly Bug Collection with Blue Thumb, the volunteer program with the Oklahoma Conservation Commission. We'll be getting into Doe Creek the afternoon of Feb. 10.

Mark your calendars and plan to be with us for our Second Annual Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 21. Last year was a lovely day on the farm with bluegrass music, contra dancing, happy eating, shearing alpaca, wool spinning, making solar ovens and dedicating our straw bale hermitage. Soon, on our website, we will be giving details of the activities scheduled for this year's celebration of our Earth home.

We look forward to welcoming you to Turtle Rock Farm. 



In beauty and peace,

Ann and Pat 

Thank You Volunteers!

Thank you Beau Lacefield!

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.

Keep an eye on this space. Next spring, we'll be offering
a day at Turtle Rock Farm, including lunch, for four hours' labor. 


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February 6
Sustainability Book Discussion

February 10
Blue Thumb Bug Collection

February 11
Gardening Workshop 
February 18 
Living in the Moment Retreat 
February 25 
Talking and Listening Deeply Workshop 
February 27-28 
Shepherds' Retreat 
March 10 
Vermi-Composting and Gardening 
March 17 
Spirituality and Earth 
March 24 
March 31 
Meditation and Labyrinth


Mark your calendar
for our Earth Day Celebration - Saturday, April 21

Our 2012 calendar
is on our website:

Turtle Rock Farm Retreat Center is Eco-Certified Platinum




Retreats and Workshops

Monthly Sustainability Book Discussion


10 a.m. February 6  


(Bring a brown bag and stay for lunch. Stay a little longer,

walk the labyrinth if you'd like.) 



Each month we discuss a book on sustainability. This month, we'll be sharing our thoughts about the "Overture" and first 56 pages of Gaviotas by Alan Weisman. It's a fascinating and inspiring account of a community on Columbia's savannah (not unlike our prairie) and the creative process they experienced finding the most sustainable way to live there.  


Let us know you're coming. Call 580.725.3411 or




Gardening Workshop 


February 11





What a joy (and how healthy) it is to eat fresh vegetables out of your own garden. Too, as we become aware of how much of our food costs come from the oil it takes to transport them across several states, we have one more reason to grow some of our own food. It's fun and wondrous to watch those tiny seeds turn into large plants with an abundance of produce. Learn how to build a 4 X 4 foot raised bed garden complete with hoop house to extend the growing season and a drip irrigation system. This type of garden has few weeds and requires a minimal amount of work. Also learn how to start your own seeds so you can garden year round.    

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



Living in the Moment Retreat   


February 18




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  



Talking and Listening Deeply to Each Other


February 25  







We all know how to talk and we all know how to listen. But to listen deeply, compassionately and to express our feelings and desires are sometimes not easy to do. To communicate with loving kindness is key to our relationships, both personal and in all aspects of our lives. During this day retreat, we will explore several tools that help widen, deepen and heal our relationships. Participants will experience take-home methods from the teachings on mindfulness and non-violent communication of Thich Nhat Hanh and Marshall Rosenberg, as well as the circle process of Just Peace.   



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


Shepherds' Retreat

February 27-28 





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


 Vermi-Composting and Gardening


March 10     



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 red wiggler veri-compost home, 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. With this system you can extend your growing season and garden all year. Vermi-compost (composting with worms) is an excellent and easy way to compost. It provides rich nutrients for your garden as well as "compost tea" for all your plants.   


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


Spirituality & Earth


March 17


Meister Eckhart said, "Every creature is a book about God." We'll spend the day doing just that: "reading the book" of God's first revelation in creation. We'll learn how to "read" the natural world and let it speak to our hearts and souls. In addition to our time spent outdoors, we'll look into the writings of J. Philip Newell, Matthew Fox, Meister Eckhart, Gary Snyder, Julian of Norwich, Mary Oliver.


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





March 24





 In this day-long workshop, participants will learn about the fascinating lives of bees and 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, what equipment you need to get started, where to get bees, 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    



Meditation & Labyrinth

March 31  


   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    






To see what's happening in the coming months,
check out our calendar



Comments from our wonderful guests...


"So incredible to see this place finished. I'll never forget all of the bales that were stacked and cob that was stomped. It was worth it, because this dwelling is a vehicle for absolute bliss. I'll remember it, and its creators, dearly. We'll be back."
-- Steven Wooley

"This place is so beautiful and peaceful. It felt like home the second we walked in. Thank you so much for your hospitality. We have plans to visit again next year."
-- Shauna

"Thank you, thank you, thank you for seeing the gifts in this place and sharing them so generously. The hermitage is lovely and the weather has been amazing but your hospitality has made it great. I greatly appreciate your sharing your farm fresh eggs and other items with me, and thank you for allowing me to help with the animals. As a city girl, my experience with farms is minimal to say the least, but you both made me welcome from the very start. As a Deaconess sister and fellow Christian on the journey, blessings to you and on this place; that it will thrive and continue to impact many lives with its offerings of peace, spiritual renewal and connections with God's creation."
-- Deaconess Mandy Caruso
Kansas City, Mo.

" Thank you for a wonderful respite of peace and solitude. I needed that!"
-- Janet Barrow
Dover, Ak.

"I came here tired and soul-weary from the chaos, noise and clutter of city life. I leave renewed and at peace. Thank you for that gift. I thank God for the beauty and simplicity of pastures, animals and sunsets. May God bless you and this place!"
-- Dawn Richards

"The inspiration of your hearts has created a glorious place for retreat and renewal. Your warmth blesses us all. Your peacefulness transfers to each of us who visit. Thank you for creating this comforting place to renew and refresh our spirits. Great blessings shower down on you for all your days. The God in me honors the God in you."
-- Linda Puckett

"Came to help little brother and found a unique farmhouse that we really enjoyed. Keep up the good work." - V. & G.

"Thank you so much for your kindness and hospitality during our time of need. You and your hermitage are a gift from God. We cannot express how thankful we are that you opened your home and hearts to us." - T. and S.

"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.

"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

"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.

"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

"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.

"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

"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

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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, 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