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Great Egret in Cypress Tree at Big Pond, Dusk


"We mark this place;
we bless this space,
for all our work to come.
And thank the wisdom of the Universe
for Grace and Peace and Love."

-"Sister of Earth Blessing" 
a song by Earth Mama, Joyce Rouse 


Green Connections
Fourth Annual
Prairie Dinner and Concert

Saturday, September 22

Dinner Alongside Doe Creek

Wonderful Wine by Woods and Waters Winery 

In Concert in the Round-Top Barn

Join us
for another magical evening on the prairie,
under the stars
with great food, great wine, great company,
great music. 
(Farm tour begins at 3 p.m.)

To make your reservation go to:
Prairie Dinner Guests, October 2011

Making Fun of Hot Days



Erica enlists the help of her friend Marvin to build fence for the pigs, who finished
rooting up all the Bermuda grass in the south end of the new orchard and were moved to the north end, where they are enjoying the shade of an apple tree.


Erica finished her internship at the farm. She helped us with everything from gardening, food preservation, caring for the animals to writing a booklet of nature activities for team-building. She was a big help to us, wonderful to work alongside and we wish her well in her continued adventures toward sustainability. 

We're adapting to summer's heat - taking solar showers and giving a couple of showers a day to the alpaca.  

And we're spending more time in the pond. We're especially enjoying it this year because it went dry during last summer's drought. We recently had a lot of fun during a cardboard boat regatta. We also hung a new rope swing.  

Come evening, it's time for animal feeding and quiet conversation on the cabana. 

Eight-year-old Audrey, visiting the farm with her grandmother Diana, loved feeding the animals and spent a hot afternoon inside writing and acting in stories (one, about a horse.)

A Rich Life  

It's these record-breaking hot summers that define us. We could easily despair: It seems true now what we heard as children-that this area will become a desert. The impact of global warming on our home on the prairie is staring us in the face.

But, somehow, our resolve to observe, learn, adapt is deepening. We are grateful that we have invested in solar panels, a high tunnel to grow food in year-round (except, perhaps, July and August), water catchment (still more to do there.) We are glad we use energy-saver appliances, grow some of our own food, compost, hang out our clothes to dry, use gray water. We want to cut down the burning of fossil fuel that puts carbon dioxide in the air and threatens life on the planet. We want to help people learn of our interconnectedness with all life, model living sustainably as best we can, teach others how to make changes and develop community to support each other through these adaptations. It is a life's work.

Pat gathered with 120 other women who are doing the same thing in communities all over the U.S. Every two years, Sisters of Earth gather for a few days to share knowledge, learn from and inspire each other, celebrate the wondrous universe, and network support for our work. We met at the White Violet Center for Eco Justice at St. Mary-of-the-Woods in Indiana. Pat was invited to present the story of Turtle Rock Farm and its mission. And she came back to the farm inspired, encouraged, eager to continue to develop the work here and grateful for the network of dedicated, caring Sisters of the Earth  who are helping people understand the spirituality (that we're all interdependent), the necessity of sustainable living in harmony (it matters what we do) with the planet's systems. (To read about the amazing work of Sisters of the Earth, we recommend Green Sisters. A Spiritual Ecology by Sarah McFarland Taylor.)

Too, we were inspired right here on the farm when our friend Diana brought her 8-year-old granddaughter Audrey for an overnight retreat. Audrey loves animals - especially horses and kittens. But it was a very hot day and after a little while inside the strawbale hermitage where they were staying, Audrey asked one of those door-opening questions: "What did they used to do without tv?" Her grandmother Diana opened the door wide: "Well, they entertained each other."

We had the privilege of being in the audience for one of the plays they wrote that day - about animals. You can see Audrey as a horse in the photo above. In the evening and morning, she helped us feed the animals and spent a long time alone with the rabbits and feeding Johnson grass to the goats. We swam in the pond as well, watching clouds and looking at Cypress tree knees on the islands and swimming away from a splashy sea monster. We are so grateful for women like Diana and children like Audrey. Being comfortable in the natural world bodes well for the future of the natural world, which is also our home.

We look forward to another magical celebration on September 22: the Fourth Annual Green Connections Prairie Dinner alongside Doe Creek and a concert in the round-top barn. Come anytime after 3 p.m., to tour the farm, meet the animals, see the strawbale hermitage, meet each other. At 5:30 we'll have Kamala Gamble's great local food alongside Doe Creek. Around 7, we'll walk over to the round-top for a concert by folk singer/songwriter Ann Zimmerman. This is Ann's first appearance at Turtle Rock Farm. She sings every year on Sunday morning at The Land Institute's Prairie Festival. Once a fellow there, she writes songs about the prairie and human stories. She's delightful, a fine singer and writes great music. We are very excited she will be at the farm for this incredible evening. Make your reservations on our website. This is a fund-raiser for the work of Green Connections.

And we are excited about our offerings this fall. In addition to the retreats and workshops Ann and I lead, three friends will be leading workshops as well. Jeannie Martin will return from Boston to lead the second haiku workshop. Writing haiku - a form of nature poetry - gives us a chance to closely observe the natural world. This workshop last year was sheer joy. We look forward to it again this year (and hear that Jeannie will have new things to share.)

Elizabeth Box Price, our friend and mentor (her seminary class on the new cosmology changed Pat's life and set her on her life's course here at TRF) will lead a workshop on the new cosmology. Elizabeth is a superb teacher of transformational learning. Her deep knowledge of the new cosmology and why we need to understand it is inspiring and we are very grateful she's going to present this workshop here.

Jean Finley came from Virginia last fall on retreat with her husband Bill, who has ties to Oklahoma. When Jean shared her nature journal with us, we asked her if she'd come back this fall and show us how to develop a nature journal practice. We are thrilled she said yes and are very glad to offer this workshop in November. Nature Journaling is another way to get to know nature deeply and appreciate the wonders of our home.

It is a rich time at Turtle Rock Farm. We look forward to welcoming you soon.


In wonder, beauty and peace,

Ann and Pat 

Thank You Volunteers!

Thanks to all who helped raise
the High Tunnel 
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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August 11
Photography Workshop

August 18
Vermi-Composting and Fall Gardening

September 1
Living in the Moment Retreat

September 3-4
Shepherds' Retreat

September 8
Beekeeping Workshop

September 22
Prairie Dinner and Concert

October 6
Earth Plunge for Families

October 13
What is the New Cosmology
and Who Cares?

October 20
The World in a Moment:
Haiku Retreat

October 27
Animals and Sustainability

November 10
Nature Journaling

November 17
Simpler Living

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Turtle Rock Farm Retreat Center is Eco-Certified Platinum




Retreats and Workshops


Meeting Nature Again for the First Time:

Learning to See through Photography       

August 11




 One of the best ways to get to know nature is to spend relaxed time in intimate and careful, detailed 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 photograph 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



 Vermi-Composting & Fall Gardening 


August 18 




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




Living in the Moment Retreat


September 1





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



Shepherds' Retreat

September 3-4



A 24-hour retreat for United Methodist clergy and lay leaders. Following the Spiritual Academy model of morning, evening prayer and eucharist and silence, reflecting on readings and small group sharing, the retreat is a time for spiritual renewal for church leaders. We will begin around 4 p.m. with the Cosmic Walk, followed by eucharist at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 3. For more information or to register, email Rev. Susan Ross at ross-susan@sbcglobal.net or Pat Hoerth at pathoerth@gmail.com   



Beekeeping Workshop


September 8




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




Earth Plunge for Families

October 6




 Bring your family to the country for a night and a day in nature. Give your children (or grandchildren) a chance to take a plunge into nature - see wildlife, stroll in a pasture, discover plant life, kayak, explore along a creek, breathe fresh country air. This retreat offers your children a safe day exploring in nature, which experts say is essential for healthy development. We'll provide some activities for experiencing nature, but there will be family free time as well.   
This retreat is scheduled as an overnight retreat, so that families can watch Earth roll up and the sun go out of view, observe the night sky (it's dark enough here to see jillions of stars) and (depending on the conditions) sit around a bonfire. 


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



What is the New Cosmology?

And Why Should We Care





Cosmology is the way a culture narrates what it knows through story, often presented in a story or stories or origin, or in a story of how things are ordered. Human beings build conceptual frameworks in order to answer questions about the world and their relationship to it which becomes the backdrop of knowing or the collective consciousness of a culture. It is the way a culture frames what it knows about how everything is related. Cosmology has to do with the nature and origin of the whole cosmos. It is a perception, a model, a paradigm, an understanding of how the world and life came to be and the place of human beings within it. It is an image of the relationship of all things that a society fashions for itself.   

The Hebrews understood the sacredness of the universe; but they did so immersed within cosmologies of their day. Our current cosmology is fundamentally different from the cosmology of our early ancestors in Christian faith. What is cosmology? Why is it important? Does it change? How are our lives affected? 





Elizabeth Box Price, Ed.D. is the recipient of a prestigious $10,000 Course Programs Award from the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, Berkeley, California, for her work, "Christian Nurture and the New Cosmology." As faculty in theological education, She also received several grants from the Association of Theological Schools and from the Templeton Foundation to support her engagement in the conversation between science and religion and to explore natural science and ecological education for clergy and persons of faith. She has studied in residence at the Earth Literacy Program of Genesis Farm, Blairstown, New Jersey, and in residence at the Whidbey Institute, Whidbey Island, Washington.      


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



The World in a Moment:

Haiku Retreat

with Jeannie Martin

October 20




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 Memorial day - 
the familiar call low on the horizon 
of an unknown bird 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.
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. 



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



Animals and Sustainability Retreat

October 27



Animals feed us, teach us, entertain us, provide companionship. We are part of their community and they are part of ours. Our connection with them is both spiritual and sustainable. On this retreat we will explore the many aspects of life with animals. Part of the day will be sharing about our experiences and understandings and learning with animals and part of the day will address the practical aspects (care, feeding, shelter, how we all work together in a sustainable system.) Whether you are long-time animal lovers or haven't spent much time thinking about or being with animals, this will be an enlightening and fun day together. The animals in our community include cats, dogs, alpaca, rabbits, chickens, guineas, bees, pygmy goats and several species of wildlife.


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



Nature Journaling


November 10


with Jean Finley 






 Sketching in Nature provides an opportunity to learn more about the natural world through sketching and journaling.  Keeping a nature journal (field sketchbook) can be a spiritual discipline as well as a great way to enjoy being outdoors.  This retreat is designed for the beginning nature journalist, although experienced nature sketchers are welcome. We will look at examples of nature journals, learn about materials and tools, and practice basic observation and drawing skills.  Weather permitting, we will spend time outdoors.   





Jeanne Finley is a writer, artist, Virginia Master Naturalist, and clergy member of the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church.   



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




Simpler Living


November 17







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 



Comments from our wonderful guests...


"What a respite! After selling my home, moving across country, throwing my lot in with another-meeting with many communities-you've given me a home...a place of Sabbath, rest, re-creation, peace. With deep gratitude," -Mary Moloney

"Thank you so much for the wonderful experiences that Audrey and I had at Turtle Rock Farm. We had so much fun creating stories and acting them out and using our creativity in other ways during a cool retreat from the outdoor heat. I don't know if Audrey (8 1/2 years old) preferred swimming in the pond or feeding the animals, but she couldn't get enough of either. I also, of course, especially love the visual feast and hearing the birds; seeing the bunnies. It's a very special thing, to linger in a sacred space, made so by years of loving energies intersecting, and to appreciate that our actions ripple outward. Lovingly," -Diana and Audrey

"What a joy! To exchange a day and night in the city for a rejuvenating night's stay at Turtle Rock. An evening on the front porch of the hermitage called up sights and sounds remembered from years ago: a field of yellow wildflowers that stretched as far as the road; the bellowing of a lone cow somewhere behind the grove of cedars; the constant cadence of locusts finally giving way to the sounds of cardinals and other songbirds; and, the cries of coyotes in the distance just as dusk settled on this gorgeous prairie land. Life is good! Time at Turtle Rock is good! And the Lord is good!" -- Jane and Sam

"Such a restful night and peaceful start for a busy day. Hoping to return soon! Thanks for the gift of this place." -- Ruth and David

"Thanks for inviting me to be a part of your high tunnel workshop. I enjoyed my stay in the straw bale hermitage. Waking to the sound of birdsong was a blessing. May God continue to bless your ministry of Turtle Rock Farm." -- Steve, Ardmore

"What an amazing retreat. With gratitude I thank you for what you have created. What a peaceful and relaxing experience!" -- Bob

"In deep appreciation for the Sacred and Magical Circle of Life that expresses as Turtle Rock Farm and to all those-seen and unseen-that so generously give unconditionally to allow it to be so. There is indeed Great Love here. Namaste." -- Cindy

"I feel so much lighter after my first visit to Turtle Rock Farm. What a little peace, sunshine and nature will do for a weary soul! I was delighted to be TRF's first tipi guest. I'm sure I smiled in my sleep-so content in the shelter, yet still close to nature. Thank you for this beautiful retreat." -- Tricia, Oklahoma City

"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

 GC logo

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, 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