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Questionmark Butterfly in garden at Turtle Rock Farm


"Most people are on the world, not in it - have no conscious sympathy or relationship to anything about them - undiffused, separate, and rigidly alone like marbles of polished stone, touching but separate.

"I used to envy the father of our race, dwelling as he did in contact with the new-made fields and plants of Eden; but I do so no more, because I have discovered that I also live in 'creation's dawn.' The morning stars still sing together, and the world, not yet half made, becomes more beautiful every day."
- John Muir, 

John of the Mountains



It was another fine evening together

The Fourth Annual Green Connections Prairie Dinner  
alongside Doe Creek 
and concert in the round-top barn 

It was a beautiful day as we gathered in the afternoon, toured the straw bale hermitage, met the alpaca, visited in the shade of the Hackberry and strolled up the road to Doe Creek and the array of cheeses and roasted vegetables Chef Barb of Kam's Kookery had set out. Woods and Waters Winery's Shiraz flowed and we settled into the good company and a relaxed evening on the prairie. Barb's supper of all local foods (Gingered Butternut Squash Soup, Cantaloupe with Fresh Basil Salad, No Name Ranch Grilled Sirloin with Chimchurri sauce, Roasted Squash, (please pass me some more) Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Apple Crisp with Caramel and Whipped Cream) was smashing. People are still talking about the food - and the music. Ann Zimmerman, a singer-songwriter from the Kansas prairie, wowed us with her sweet, clear voice and compelling songs. (We could have listened time and time again to her singing "Blue Wild Indigo," about the queen of the prairie flowers that grows here.) The telescope was focused in on a glorious moon after the concert. Already people tell us they'll be here next year. Can't explain how it happens, but somehow, the gathering of people who care about the planet spending time together in nature with local food, local wine and local music is magical.


September Gatherings







The quarterly Shepherds' Retreat is always a wonderful time together in liturgy, silence, sharing. This time, participants also made the contemplative Cosmic Walk and enjoyed a drumming circle.  

Deaconess Pat Goss and her husband Joe visited from Arizona and Joe showed us the stars through his 16-inch telescope.
Little Wyatt came with his mom Andrea for a farm visit. Wyatt loved everything:  digging in the soil, gathering eggs, exploring.

Participants in the most recent Beekeeping Workshop included a father and daughter. They learned how to build hives, care for bees and got a first-hand look inside the bee community. 

Of Beekeeping, Drumming, Walking through the Cosmos

and watching the children gather eggs and explore... 

The Monarch Butterflies (and a Questionmark and a Camberwell Beauty) are flitting about the trees and stopping for a drink in the hummingbird feeders as they migrate north. Hummingbirds have gone south and Red-Winged Blackbirds are arriving in great waves that stretch for miles across the sky above the prairie. Nights have cooled and despite some very hot days in September, it looks like autumn is arriving. The "exceptional drought" lingers, but we have had cloudy days, thunder all around and recently received 3/4-inch of rain. Sunflowers are prolific this year - and the bees love them.

The gatherings, small and large, in September were outstanding. A father and daughter were among participants in the Beekeeping Workshop; a mother and her toddler son came for a morning to explore the farm. Nothing gives us more hope than young people getting to know and enjoy being in the natural world. To see little Wyatt hold a still-warm hen egg and then wander off into the grass to explore on his own (with watchful eyes at a distance) is to know that there will be people growing up who care about our planet home.

And a whole lot of them gathered for the fourth year at the Green Connections Prairie Dinner and Concert. The combination of nature, caring people, local food, local music, a pink sunset and a starry sky is magical. Already, people are telling us they plan to be here next year for the 5th annual evening on the prairie.

The shepherds, who come here quarterly to spend time in silence and community, added a drumming circle (thanks Dave Conrad for bringing the drums and leading us) and the Cosmic Walk to their time together. The Cosmic Walk is a walk through the evolution of the universe as we've come to know it better in these last 50-100 years. It is a contemplative, transformative experience and we are happy to offer it for groups who come to Turtle Rock Farm.

Welcome Michael!

Michael Piantedosi has joined the team here at Turtle Rock Farm. He is a WWOOFer (World Wide Organization of Organic Farms/Willing to Work on an Organic Farm) interning with us in October. Actually, we expect to be learning from Michael. He's a graduate from the University of New Hampshire, a plant biologist with a focus on conservation. His experience working in the natural world is vast. We hope you all get to meet him! Already, he's helping us prepare for pecan harvest, which begins this weekend.
Thank you Oklahoma Chapter of the Sierra Club
We were honored to receive the Earth Care Award from the Oklahoma Chapter of the Sierra Club at their Inaugural Gala the last weekend of September. The Sierra Club has been doing the great work of helping people to explore, enjoy and protect the environment for a long time. We support their work and are humbled to receive this honor from them.

And Now for Autumn's offerings....

We are eager to share the amazing workshops being offered here this fall. In addition to some of our core offerings (Simpler Living on Nov. 17 and Meditation on Dec. 8, during Advent) three friends are coming to lead retreats. Elizabeth Box Price will help us begin to grasp the wondrous creation of the universe and how the story we hold helps shape that understanding and why all this is so important to our lives and the life of the planet. That retreat is Oct. 13. Then Jeannie Martin will return from Boston for the second year to lead the Haiku Retreat. What a fun day we had last year! We are looking forward to being with her again as she leads into noticing and using the nature poem to express the wonder of what we see. That's October 20. Then, on November 10, Jean Finley will be here from Virginia to show even us timid, not-really-artists how to draw what we see in the natural world. Jean shows us that Nature Journaling is not only possible for everyone, but that we all can create fine little books filled with artistic renderings of those things in nature that enchant us. Sign up for all of them!

The land seems to respond to even 3/4-inch of rain. Color is returning to the prairie (ah! Broomweed in bloom.) And looks like there will be a bumper pecan harvest this year-our first pecan harvest in the grove our dad planted in 1995. Let us know if you want to come help! It's a wonderful time to take the time to be in the natural world. We hope to welcome you soon. 

In wonder, beauty and peace,

Ann and Pat 

Thank You Volunteers!

Thanks to David and Ruth Atterberry, who cleaned the barn and made it fit for the finest prairie concert!
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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October 13
What is the New Cosmology
and Who Cares?

October 20
The World in a Moment:
Haiku Retreat

November 10
Nature Journaling

November 17
Simpler Living

December 3-4
Shepherds' Retreat

December 8
Advent Retreat: Meditation

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Turtle Rock Farm Retreat Center is Eco-Certified Platinum




Retreat and Workshop Schedule







What is the New Cosmology?

And Why Should We Care





This retreat is designed to support persons as they seek to relate deeply to the natural world and the cosmos, and to enable persons to recognize the dominant conceptual frameworks in Western Culture that impede a healthy and responsible relationship with the Earth. The dominant origin story for Western Culture understood the sacredness of the universe and the place of human communities in it; but these understandings reflected the cosmologies of the day. Natural and human sciences have changed the way we live and the way we see ourselves in the world. Workshop participants are encouraged to acknowledge the gap in underlying conceptual assumptions, the resulting crisis, and an integrative vision that supports persons as they seek to find conceptual frameworks that engender repair of the world.





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




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 



December 3-4

Shepherds' Retreat

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

December 8

Meditation Retreat

There are many forms of meditation from many traditions. 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. This retreat is for both beginners and those who've been practicing, but want to deepen their practice. If weather permits, we may walk the labyrinth.

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

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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, 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