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Raindrops, at Turtle Rock Farm, 29 January 2013


"The more we love the earth, the more deeply we appreciate its wonders and glories, the readier we will be to sacrifice for it. One cares for what one loves, as parental love, among other kinds, illustrates. One does not need majestic mountains to gain this appreciation-a mundane occurrence such as learning that there are over eight hundred species of tarantulas will evoke awe in most of us!


"Climate change will demand much of us. It will demand limits and sacrifices; it will demand that we live differently. Why should we do so? Not out of fear, duty, or necessity, but out of love."


- Sallie McFague
A New Climate for Theology. God, the World, and Global Warming 




These Days of Learning, Exploring,


Red Winter Wheat last winter and this winter, same field. 

Canada Geese standing in shallow water at Big Pond. Armadillo drinking from farmhouse fish pond.
Sparrows and Eastern Bluebirds getting a drink and taking a dip. 

At last, rain! A good rain, on January 29.  

Shepherds' Retreat is always a wonderful experience of solitude and community, a sharing of faith questions (and food) in a warm and welcoming space.

Last year we raised a "high tunnel" (unheated greenhouse) and this winter we've had greens, beets, broccoli, the sweetest carrots. Chicken eggs went into the incubator - and now there are six chicks, eating out of our hands.

Rabbits have burrowed their way out of their village and now mingle with the chickens. Ann taught our new chicken workshop, in which participants built models of the chicken coops they will build.

Pat visited Palestine and met third-generation farmers north of Bethlehem, in the West Bank, at a farm called Tent of Nations. Here, trees are planted with a pick ax.

Farming practices in the West Bank include terracing (from 1,000 years ago), greenhouse production, plasticulture and grafting: oranges and lemons on the same tree.

Pat experienced snow in Bethlehem-the first in six years-and more moderate conditions a few days earlier, at the Sea of Galilee.

January's iconic images: ancient olive grove in Palestine; American Bald Eagle at Turtle Rock Farm.

...to the On-going Impact of Climate Change

News at the end of 2012 confirmed what we have been experiencing: the hottest year in record-keeping history-and Oklahoma, the hottest state in the U.S. We enter our third year of drought. Farm ponds are drying, or dry; the wheat is not growing and can't be grazed by cattle this winter; water has to be hauled to cattle for the second year; winter birds ignored our seed feeders for weeks and crowded around the water bowls, which we had to fill three times a day; we worry about trees.

On January 29, we had a spring-like thunderstorm, including hail-and two and a half inches of rain! The relief was so profound we hadn't realized the drought-tension that had clouded our spirits. There was drizzle after the storm, then another, gentler shower and puddles have stayed for a few days. It wasn't enough to fill ponds or end the drought, but it was so nice to know it can rain again!

Still, we know that we must continue to figure out other ways of growing food on the prairie, as the climate has and is changing. The high tunnel is a success this winter: Ann's growing greens, beets, carrots, broccoli. It's toasty in there even on the whippiest days. We think summer crops will be able to withstand the heat better inside the high tunnel when spring comes and we replace the plastic covering with shade cloth.

January this year was a time of personal retreats for the people who came to rest and replenish their bodies and spirits. Several enjoyed their days on the prairie, walking the pastures, the labyrinth and staying in the warm embrace of the strawbale hermitage. It is always a gift for us to welcome them and support them as they take time away to receive Earth's healing.

The animals have fared well as we moved into a new year, with several projects that reinforced barn security from thirsty predators. Rabbits have burrowed from their village to the bigger area in the barn. Chickens and Guinea Fowl have been pretty good at sharing the space-except when we bring fresh greens; then it's every beak and tooth for itself! Six new chicks have emerged from the incubator (their moms and dad are in the barn.) Ann imprinted with them the first moments of their lives, and now they eat from our hands.

Ann led the first new retreat of the year: Adding Chickens to the Mix. Our experiences with chickens are great fun and have taught us a lot. She shared these learnings with potential chicken-growers, who expect to be keeping a few chickens soon.

Pat joined a group that visited the West Bank in Palestine. Her learnings were deep and wide and included experiences of rapid climate changes as well as meeting the people of Palestine, some of them farmers. The impact of that experience will continue to be felt.

Coming up...

February's retreats include two new ones. On February 16, Ann will share what she's learned about making your own cleaning supplies. During the workshop, participants will concoct some to take home! On February 23, using the book Active Hope as a resource, Pat will lead a retreat that explains how to keep hope and stay committed to sustainability amidst the challenging impacts of environmental distress.

Our core offerings are also scheduled in the coming weeks and the hermitage is available for personal retreats. We are always available to offer ways to connect with the natural world-for groups, school children and individuals. Spiritual direction and therapeutic massage are also available.

We are very excited to be able to offer a new learning. in April, permaculturist Mark Shepard will be here April 5-7 to teach us how to grow food on the prairie using keylining. He will hold a public lecture in Perry Friday, April 5, and then demonstrate on our farm the 6th and 7th, how to mark the contours and build swales, berms and pocket ponds to capture rain water and grow nut and fruit trees and bushes and perennial vegetables. It's called Forestry Ag or Restorative Agriculture. Mark will be in Oklahoma the following week and available for consultation on other farms. We are happy to talk to you about this exciting possibility. Give us a call (Ann's at 580.725.3411; Pat's at 580.917.6011) or email: annbdenney@gmail.com; pathoerth@gmail.com.

In March, we are happy to welcome artist and mindfulness teacher Pat Webb, of the Silence Foundation. She will lead a silence retreat here for the first time. Find more information below.

Two more dates to put on your calendars: 
Saturday, April 20 is Green Connections' third annual Earth Day Festival!
Saturday, October 12 is Green Connections' fifth annual Prairie Dinner and Concert. We'll give more details next newsletter, and keep an eye on our website.

Our thanks to Gerry Bonds, who interviewed us for her radio show "The Living Room." You can hear it on KOSU (91.7 fm) February 6 (6:30 p.m.), 10 (2:30 p.m.) and 12 (8:30 a.m.) Or on a podcast at The Living Room with Gerry Bonds.

We hold fast to the words of Wendell Berry, who we once heard say: "You know what to do. You just have to get up every day and do it." We are grateful to have a place that we can offer the community the chance to come, connect and get to know the natural world; together, learn sustainability and support each other in learning to live so that all on the planet may thrive. We are here, getting up each day, doing what we know to do as best as we are able. We know this can only be done as one living organism, in community. We look forward to being with you, welcoming you here, working together, for life on the planet.

In 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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February 9
Living in the Moment Retreat
(there's still space; call today)

February 16 
Do No Harm - Making your own
Cleaning Supplies Workshop

February 18-19
Shepherds' Retreat

February 23
Active Hope (in times of Chaos) Retreat

March 16
Gardening and/or Vermi-Composting

March 23
Silence Foundation Retreat
with Pat Webb

April 5-7
Keylining Workshop  
with Permaculturist Mark Shepard     

April 13
Beekeeping Workshop

April 13 (also)
Getting to Know Nature
Through Photography Retrat

April 20
Green Connections'

April 27 
Meditation and Labyrinth Retreat
our website: 

Turtle Rock Farm Retreat Center is Eco-Certified Platinum




Retreat and Workshop Schedule





February 9 

Living in the Moment Retreat

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.

There are still spaces; call today: Pat at 580.917.6011 


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


February 16

Do No Harm - Making Your Own

Cleaning Supplies

Using natural ingredients (many that are already in your home,) you can make cleaning products that work, are non-toxic and less expensive. Making your own cleaning supplies gives you the added benefit of knowing what goes into your cleaners and knowing that your home is a safe and healthy environment for your family.


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

February 18-19

Shepherds' Retreat

A 24-hour retreat for United Methodist clergy and lay leaders. Following the Spiritual Academy model of morning, evening prayer, 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.

February 23

Active Hope - Keeping Hope and Living

Sustainably in a Changing World


Using the work of Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone in their book Active Hope, as well as others' writings, we will explore the nature of "active" hope and learn practical tools to help us move forward into the changing world, with meaning and purpose. The process of living in active hope helps us become more resilient and creative as we contribute to a more sustainable society.



To register go to our website  www.turtlerockfarmretreat.com  

March 2

Simpler Living Retreat




It's a continuing 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 deeply satisfying 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; indeed, they are fun. (We love putting clothes on the line!) 


This day 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    

March 16

Gardening and Composting





 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 vermi-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    

March 23

Silence and Our Mother Earth

A Retreat of The Silence Foundation

Join us for silence and stillness at this retreat, centered around our relationship to our precious Mother Earth.  Oklahoma artist and mindfulness teacher Pat Webb will share from Thich Nhat Hanh's book The World We Have, and Pema Chodron's Living Beautifully. We'll take our time to enjoy one another and the lovely surroundings at Turtle Rock Farm.  

Please register early as space is limited. Contact Pat Webb at
(405)209-7117 or silencefoundation@cox.net.

April 5-7

Introduction to Forestry Ag

and Keylining Workshop

with Permaculturist Mark Shepard

Public lecture, in Perry - Friday evening, April 5

Instruction and Demonstrations at Turtle Rock Farm - April 6-7 

For more information, go to our website:

See what else is on our 2013 calendar at



Comments from our wonderful guests...


"We were here a year ago and are so glad we could return. We deeply appreciate the hospitality you offer. We have loved seeing the sunrises, the cattle, the fields and the big skies. Most of all we are grateful for the conversations with you. This year we didn't have the excitement of an earthquake - thankfully, that didn't happen again. We look forward to another visit next fall. Blessings," - Bill and Jeanne Finley, Blacksburg, VA.

"October Sabbath. Thank you hermitage, birds, colors, prairie, wind, labyrinth, caretakers, quiet, smells, food-wholesome...this must be a 'thin place.' Peace, Love, Joy, Beauty," - Mary Lou B.

"The peaceful tranquility soothes and inspires" - M. D.

"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

Front Door Sallie McFague Straw Bale Hermitage 
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 might 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, 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, school, couple or family retreat:
email or phone pathoerth@gmail.com; 580.917.6011
or annbdenney@mail.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