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"For several years I have been writing about animals, looking at how important they have been as characters in the human drama from very early in our history, at how much joy and texture and mystery they bring into our lives. These too have become stories of grief, as the news gets bleaker about the animals' fate in a biologically impoverished world. Fifty percent of the world's animals are in decline. One-quarter of the world's mammals face extinction...Imagine the loss of wonder and excitement, the growing fear and sorrow as the continuity between human beings and the others  tatters...the world we leave to the future will be brutally impoverished. Earth's gorgeous palette is fading, and there is no ark for our fellow creatures but us." 

-- Alison Hawthorne Deming, Moral Ground  



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Earth Day Celebration

Saturday, April 21

Beginning at 1 p.m.




The day's activities will include:

George Davis and Friends playing swing music
on the farmhouse front porch

Solar-Oven Making - Alpaca Shearing
Wool Spinning with Janice Robinson from JR Alpacas

Cherokee Double-Wall Basket Weaving with Renee Hoover

Wheat Weaving with Diane Ford

Drum Circle with Dave Conrad

Labyrinth Walking

Touring the Farm

Walking Country Roads

Thanking-the-Earth Ceremony


Contra Dancing with a caller
and fiddle music by the Mud Dobbers

Meet the Animals - Sit in the shade of the old Hackberry Tree
Enjoy a day in the Prairie Ecosystem 


Green Connections' Earth Day Celebration is an educational event that is free and open to the public. Children are welcome!

Let us know you're coming...so we have enough supper for everyone! And so we can email you directions (Google, Mapquest, GPS can get you lost.)

annmcferron@hotmail.com or pathoerth@gmail.com

Green Connections Website:



 A Most Marvelous March

Graduate writing students from Oklahoma State University
visited to learn about sustainability, including building with straw and mud
and growing food year-around. They made their luncheon salad
from greens in the greenhouse.        

We raised the tipi, a happy task that went much easier on a not-windy day.
Thank you Tom, Mary and Alice!

Learning to build and inspect the hives at Ann's latest beekeeping workshop.
Pigs, borrowed from our friends at Rowdy Stickhorse Wild Acres Farm,
doing a great job of rooting out the grass and weeds for an enlarged garden.

Three generations of members of the Ellis family came for an overnight visit
to spend some time together in nature. It was a mutual love affair
between people and animals.

Walking the Prairie Labyrinth and enjoying this year's first lunch with guests
on the patio during the Meditation and Labyrinth Retreat.
After meditation and labyrinth walking, guests met the animals.

We welcome our friend Susan Ross, who has come on board
as part of the Turtle Rock Farm team.

Tricia Dameron was our first official tipi guest.
Her friend Nancy came on a day-trip and after a picnic
they took out the kayaks onto the Big Pond - the first to travel its waters
since it filled in its new configuration.

Pat joined the protest to stop the Keystone XL pipeline
during President Obama's visit to Cushing.
Burning the tar sands oil would dramatically increase carbon dioxide in the air.
And we added a Peace Pole to the farmhouse porch; it's in three languages:
English, Arabic, Hebrew 

Rains came and the prairie is lush, the creeks and ponds are full
and trees and plants are blossoming, leafing. 



Just Imagine What April Will Bring!   


March was memorable. We pretty much moved from barely-winter into almost-summer. It was the warmest Oklahoma March on record, as it was for much of the country. And it was beautiful. The grass and wheat greened, canola turned giant patches of land bright yellow, tree and flower blossoms burst open. Rains came and the Big Pond filled to overflowing-a great relief for us and the creatures who depend on it for their habitat. We're a bit nervous about what this continuous warming trend portends for the summer. But for now, we're drinking in the beauty, as have our March visitors. It's been wonderful spending time with our guests - individuals on retreat, families on overnights, a group of graduate writing students from OSU, people participating in our beekeeping workshop and the meditation and labyrinth retreat.

The beauty of the prairie has been awe-inspiring for those who visited in March. The sky - clouds by day and the moon and stars by night - has left all of us speechless at moments. No photograph can capture the profound beauty of the prairie's night sky. And, we've enjoyed sharing animal-feeding time, walks, gathering at table.

We also did our part to connect the dots between global warming and our use of fossil fuel. Pat participated in a protest of the Tar Sands Keystone XL Pipeline when President Barack Obama came to Cushing, Oklahoma. Mining Canada's tar sands is destroying the Boreal forest, and burning tar sands fuel releases dramatic and dangerous amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This is an on-going and urgent issue.

We are looking forward to April; we can't even begin to predict April's weather. We've already planted some of the garden (not to worry about the normal April 15 freeze date.) Our friend Susan Ross has joined us to help out with the sudden amount of gardening, and other tasks. We're preparing to put up an unheated greenhouse - a "high tunnel" - so we can grow some food most of the year. With global warming, summer here is too hot for vegetable plants, but the winter is warmer, so many gardeners are putting up shaded structures for the hot weather and covering them with plastic to grow vegetables all winter. Steve Upson, of the Noble Foundation, will be leading the workshop on May 15 to construct the high tunnel. In the meanwhile, our friends at Rowdy Stickhorse Wild Acres have loaned us two pigs to dig up the grass and weeds where the greenhouse will be raised. Check our list below to sign up for the high tunnel construction day. 

We are very excited about the upcoming Green Connections' Earth Day Celebration. The festivities will begin at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 21. The activities are appropriate for all ages. Let us know you're coming so we have enough food for supper (and so we can send you driving directions.) Details are below. We're grateful for friends who will be leading activities, playing music. It will be a chance to enjoy the beauty of the earth, learn more about how to live sustainably and show our gratitude for our beautiful planet home.

For those interested in some hands-on experience in natural building, consider joining us for a day of lime-plastering this Saturday - April 7, beginning at 9 a.m. We have one more coat to apply to the south and west outside walls of the hermitage. Wear long sleeves and pants; we'll provide everything else. It's a great way, literally, to get a feel for building a house by hand. Call us to let us know you're coming: 580.725.3411.

Our third annual Women in the Military Retreat will be May 5. It's a day in the country for the women - a chance to be in nature and spend time together. This year, we are glad to be able to offer a drum circle, led by Dave Conrad (who will also be leading a drum circle at the Earth Day celebration!) 

Check out the calendar below to see what else we're offering in April. And May, and beyond. We hope to see you soon!


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.

If you want to come spend a few hours helping out, let us know.


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April 7
Natural Building: Lime-Plastering the Hermitage

April 14
Meeting Nature Again for the First Time. Learning to See Through Photography

April 21
Earth Day Celebration  
Activities and events  
begin at 1 p.m.

April 28
Simpler Living Retreat

May 5
Military Women Day Apart

May 12
Natural Building: Lime-Plastering
the Hermitage

May 15
High Tunnel Construction Workshop

May 18-19
Women on the Prairie Retreat


Mark Your Calendars:
Green Connections'  
Fourth Annual Prairie Dinner
and Concert

Saturday, September 22

Local Foods dinner by Kamala Gamble

 Concert by Ann Zimmerman


Our 2012 calendar
is on our website:

Turtle Rock Farm Retreat Center is Eco-Certified Platinum




Retreats and Workshops

Natural Building: Lime-plastering the Hermitage

9 a.m. April 7

Join us for a day of lime-plastering the outside walls of the hermitage. We will be applying the final coat to the south and west walls. Wear long sleeves and pants. It's a hands-on opportunity to learn about natural building with our own hands and working in community. We'll furnish gloves and lunch!

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

Monthly Sustainability Book Discussion


10 a.m. April 10   


(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 last two parts of Gaviotas by Alan Weisman. It's a fascinating and inspiring account ofa community on Columbia's savannah and the creative process they experienced finding the most sustainable way to live there. The technologies they invented have increased sustainable living globally.


Let us know you're coming. Call 580.725.3411 or 580.917.6011. 




Meeting Nature Again for the First Time.

Learning to See through Photography

April 14

One of the best ways to get to know nature is to spend relaxed time in intimate and careful observation. One of the best ways to do that is to photograph what we see. This retreat will give participants exercises in both seeing and in learning to photograph what we feel when we see, with the intention that having seen and photographed what we've seen, we will have re-connected more intimately with our natural home.


Bring your own camera.  

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

Shepherds' Retreat

April 23-24


A 24-hour retreat for clergy and lay people serving in ministry and seeking spiritual nourishment. Based on the Academy for Spiritual Formation model of reading, silence, group sharing and morning, evening and eucharistic prayer, the time together begins at 5:30 p.m. on Monday and concludes on Tuesday by 3 p.m. You are welcome to come earlier on Monday.
To register, email Rev. Susan Ross at ross-susan@sbcglobal.net or Pat Hoerth at pathoerth@gmail.com.

Simpler Living

April 28


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


Come to the Prairie: A Get-Away for Military Women

Who've Been Deployed

May 5 






  Connect with Each Other - Enjoy Time in Nature


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



Retreat will include an opportunity to participate in a drum circle facilitated by Dave Conrad - so that all might discover the joy of making music together, our shared rhythms, time to use the drums to speak with each other, and a guided meditation, bringing us all to a better place than where we began. This process will provide plenty of recreational drumming on the provided instruments just for the fun of it and everybody can be a part - no experience necessary!  


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




High Tunnel Construction Workshop


May 15



Steve Upson of the Noble Foundation will lead this workshop on the benefits of high tunnels for growing fruits and vegetables. As our weather is warming we need new ways to grow the food we eat and sell to others. High Tunnels, which are unheated greenhouses, can be covered with shade cloth during the summer and plastic in the winter providing for year-round gardening.   


Steve will show us how to put together a high tunnel and talk about the benefits and challenges of high tunnels. The cost is $25, which includes lunch.  


To register, e-mail annmcferron@hotmail.com as soon as possible. Space is limited to 15 people.   




May 18 & 19 - Women on the Prairie Retreat 





Oklahoma is part of the Great Plains. This retreat will take us back to the prairie's origins, 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 and along the creek, 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 God's good creation. 

Renee Hoover, an award-winning basket weaver, will lead us in making Cherokee double-wall baskets as well as share with us the ways of native people.

This is an overnight retreat, beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday. You are welcome to camp, stay in the tipi or in one of the indoor facilities.

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


Primitive Skills for Beginners


June 1-2




The beginnings of humanity date back thousands of years, and it was the ability to learn and pass down basic survival skills that caused  a blossoming of life, education, and culture. Our society today is one far removed from the earth-based, primitive skills on which our ancestors relied, but even so, they are as much a part of us as the lungs by which we breathe. Through the ancient teachings passed from generation to generation across nearly all continents, we truly came to understand what it is to live with the Earth...before we learned to live in opposition to it. 

Reawaken the simple, natural side of yourself in our Primitive Skills for Beginners class, taught by Steven Wooly. In this class, participants will learn about fire-by-friction, water gathering and purification, shelter building, stalking, trapping, and basic cooking techniques, among others. Skills will be taught through both lecture and hands-on activities, with a focus on the often-spiritual side of primitive survival. By the end of the class, it is our hope that all participants are not only better able to survive in extreme conditions, but also more tuned in to the natural world and the roots of humanity itself. All are welcome, and no physical aptitude is necessary.  

 Note: There will be basic whittling and knife work used throughout the class. Participants will need to bring a sharp, sturdy knife or let us know that they need one so we can bring extras. Again, no prior experience is necessary.


This is an overnight retreat, beginning Friday evening at 6 pm. You are welcome (and encouraged) to bring a tent and camp out on the prairie.


 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...


"The moment that I walked in here it felt warm and safe. I was able to do such needed work in the quiet and safe place. The labyrinth was wonderful. I will never forget this place. For the first time in 40 years, I talked to God, and he spoke to me. Thank you a million times."-- J.

"On a cold and windy winter night in February on the prairie, I nestled secure and warm and slept within the walls of glass, mud, dreams, sweat and energy of the strawbale vision come to life as the Sallie McFague Hermitage-dreaming of what can be and is! Thank you! (Sallie would love it here!) -- Elizabeth

"'Live Simply so others may simply live.' Enough said, I think. Praise be to God for retreats, workshops, time away...encouragement in sustainability. Thanks!"
-- Mary Lou Bender, Caldwell, KS

"It was a pleasure staying out here and reconnecting with the wild. I enjoyed your variety of animals and I am glad the alpacas did not get upset to spit. I will always keep this place in mind for another get-away." -- Amanda

"Thank you for everything. From the moment I arrived here under the star-lit sky, to the moment of my departure, it has been a restorative experience. It was just what I wanted and needed for this Thanksgiving weekend. I especially enjoyed observing the wildlife and absorbing the fabulous sunrises and sunsets. Your care with the many details such as providing a crockpot and stocking teas and honey in the cabinet were much appreciated. I will treasure the guinea fowl feathers and the time spent in the barn with the animals. (I like it that you have so many varied species who all seem to get along so well toether-a nice microcosm of peace on the planet!) My best wishes to you and all of Turtle Rock Farm." -- Janece, Tulsa

"So many wonders of coyotes, hawks, crows, geese, rabbit, full moon, Joe and Maizey, afternoon doze in the straw, Enrique's muy sabrosa comida, caring Vicky for healing massage, morning frosted fields; Pat and David conversations, wondering where peace is created, my insistent mind waning a break! Breathing deeply the contemplated air, and wishing to come back to a place which is another home, here." -- Lawrence Krizan, Houston TX

"We've enjoyed the peace and spaciousness that Turtle Rock Farm offers. Thanks so much for your hospitality. What a blessing it has been to find kindred spirits who care so deeply about God's creation!" -- Bill and Jeanne Finley, Blacksburg, VA

"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, AR.

"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
in support of

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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 and learn to live more sustainably. We welcome the opportunity to bring their programming to Turtle Rock Farm.  


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.

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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.

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5900 CR 90
Red Rock, OK 74651