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Evening Clouds at Turtle Rock Farm 
On one of the May 2013 Tornado-Outbreak Days in Oklahoma

  

 

We think of nature
as something separate
from us.
But we are part of the natural order.
We are of one piece.
On the morning after a second day
of tornadoes in Oklahoma;
the morning after what may be
the greatest destruction to humans
caused by a tornado,
it may seem
like nature against humans.
But that is not the case.
As part of one thing,
the powerful, twisty wind part
affects the fragile human part-
yes, most definitely;
our hearts break for the people of Moore
this morning-
and yes,
the human part
affects the air,
the water,
the soil,
all.
This single living organism
is dynamic,
always changing,
always being impacted
by all its parts.
Whether we wake each day
to the violence of humans
or the violence of tornadoes,
the beauties of the skies
or the beauties of human goodness and love,
we are on our way
to knowing
that we are
one
living

organism.

21 May 2013 

 

 

 

 
What a Memorable Spring! 


Cardinal in a newly-leafed Hackberry tree, and Hummingbirds return from a winter in Mexico.



Xeriscape rose bush abloom, greens and herbs thriving under shade cloth in the high tunnel, and a nest of guinea eggs, where a Guinea hen sits.


It's bee swarming season. Ann has captured three swarms and brought them to new hives.


Young chickens are moved into their transitional quarters in the barn. Young beets and turnips from the farmer's market.

Spring storms have brought timely and not-too-heavy, not-too-strong winds and only small hailstones to us here in north central Oklahoma, while our neighbors to the south have experienced devastating tornadoes. The land is so green and lush, we are reveling in the healthy growth, especially after a long drought. Time will tell if the drought has ended, but cooler spring temperatures and a series of one-inch, gentle rains are filling ponds and greening the prairie grass on our forestry ag project.

 
Water gushing into the pond, now almost full.

 
Grass greening in the swales; water being distributed from pocket ponds to swales, for slow soaking into the prairie. 
 
   
 
 May Guests Enjoyed the Greening 

 



The Seven Generations Sunday School Class at Mayflower Congregational Church came for the day, along with their children, to explore the prairie and learn about sustainability. They toured the high tunnel garden, met chickens and red wiggler worms; walked silently on the prairie and gathered round a buffalo wallow.





Our friend, Debra, who lives on a farm too, brought her children and grands to our farm during their annual "Farm Camp"--just because we have alpaca and goats and a house made of mud and some of those straw bales (also good for climbing!)
 

  
 
New Learnings  

 

  
  








The new garden plat at the pond house - with new plantings for wildlife.


One of the helpful philosophies we've taken on as we learn how to live more sustainably, is to consider everything we do an experiment. As climate and growing conditions change and we try to learn the most sustainable ways to respond, we take from tried-and-true experience, then stay open to new ways to apply that experience and adaptations when that experience doesn't seem to apply anymore.

Gardening year-round in the high tunnel is a success so far. We enjoyed greens and root vegetables all winter and this spring, Ann has made a head-start on summer's garden. Using a lasagna-garden method, Pat has been preparing a plot that was once bermuda grass, for the last 18 months. The grass is (mostly) gone (without the use of chemicals) and the once-clay soil is much looser and many earthworms have made it home. The first tomato plants went in the new garden in May.

Meanwhile, new flocks of guineas and chickens have grown up, including one flock of chickens that turned out to be one hen and five very aggressive roosters. We moved the single hen in with the free-ranging flock at the barn at the farmhouse and they discovered the new garden plot and pecked the tomato plants to death. That's when we decided: all vegetables at the pond house gardens; all chickens at the farm house.

Pat's new garden plot is now becoming a wildlife habitat and the tender plants at Ann's are safer. In the meantime, one of our dogs -- Joe -- couldn't resist chasing the fourth hen, who tended to graze by herself. She survived and he seems to have learned not to do that.

This spring, we have taken the permaculture mottos to heart: "It's all an experiment." And: "Every problem is a solution." We like our latest adjustments.

Too, we are advocates of the philosophy that if we are going to eat meat, we need to eat meat that has been raised in a healthy environment and treated humanely. Not only should we know where our food comes from, if it's meat, we ought to be able to kill it. The gang of five aggressive roosters gave us that opportunity. Friends from Transition OKC, who offer Resilience Teams to help people learn skills for sustainable living, came to show us and help us butcher the roosters. Ann and Frank were able to do the killing; Pat isn't quite there yet, but was able to douse, pluck and dress the chickens.  The first roasted bird was delicious! And we don't have to carry a broom with us every time we go outside, anymore!





Chicken butchering day at Turtle Rock Farm, with the helpful assistance and instruction of Doug Hill, Don and Vicki Rose.

  
 
Intern Visits! Yay!!!   

 

  
  



















Hannah helped us put the shade cloth on the high tunnel greenhouse, garden, work with the bees, cook.. She added art to the landscape at Turtle Rock Farm, and, a photographer, enjoyed a Sunday at the Tall Grass Prairie Preserve, where we had the chance to see many bison -- up close.














Hannah Armstrong is a college senior from Louisiana. After studying art and religion, she is taking a gap year to decide if she wants to change her focus to sustainable design and agriculture. A WWOOFER, she is working on organic farms from Oklahoma to the West Coast and spent the first two weeks of this journey at Turtle Rock Farm. She is a wise and gifted woman, eager to contribute and learn. We actually learned from her, which is so often the case. We wish she could have been with us much longer, and wish her well on her journey.

We hope to hear from her again, as we often do hear again from those who intern here. Erica Moore, who was with us last summer, is now returning with her brother for a weekend each month to volunteer -- and rejuvenate out here under the big sky. We are thrilled that Erica, a University of Central Oklahoma graduate, now working in an institution where she is a recreation director, is helping residents garden in raised beds she built!

She and Taylor spent a weekend weeding the blackberry bed, laying cardboard and straw in the high tunnel, planting in the wildlife habitat and mowing. We enjoyed their company evenings on the front porch watching the clouds.  
 
Interns are a delightful part of the Turtle Rock Farm community -- and bring much hope for the planet as they commit to a lifetime of sustainable practice. 
 

 
Taylor and Erica
  

 

Summer Beckons

The growing season will keep us busy in June. We are grateful to begin the month with muddy ground and cooler temperatures. We hope the gardens continue to produce and that extreme heat is another month away. In the pecan grove, Ann and Frank are grafting Paper Shell Pecans with native pecans. And Pat will be leading spiritual formation classes at the United Methodist Women's "Mission u" in Winchester, Virginia, and Portland, Oregon.

Retreatants have scheduled days for personal retreats this month and Ann will teach the Raising Chicken Workshop June 15. The Albright UMW comes for their annual day retreat the last Saturday of the month. Our calendar of offerings for the summer and the details are below, and on our website.

We hope you get to take in the lush, green beauty that is the Oklahoma prairie this year. Our labyrinth paths are filled with lovely prairie flowers; the coyotes and little frogs serenade as evenings falls, and the sky is filled with layers and layers of stars.

Join us.


In Beauty and Peace,
Ann and Pat 


Thank You Volunteers!



Thanks once again to David and Ruth Atterberry, who helped us get ready for Earth Day. And for Vicki Goforth, who helped us before, after and during the celebration! 
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.


MARK YOUR

CALENDARS:

GREEN CONNECTIONS'

FIFTH ANNUAL PRAIRIE

DINNER AND CONCERT

IS OCTOBER 12!

Barbara Mock of Kam's

Kookery
is our local foods

chef!

Ann Zimmerman is

performing!

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A QUICK LOOK AT TRF

EVENTS COMING SOON
 
 

 
June 15

Raising Chickens


July 13 

Earth Dinner: Cooking

to Save the Planet



July 27 

Talking and Listening

to Each Other: Non-Violent

Communication


August 3

Simpler Living


August 17

Gardening

and Vermi-Composting



August 24

Active Hope


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Young Earth Day guest with hen egg. 





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Retreat and Workshop Schedule

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

  

June 15 
Raising Chickens




Would you like to have your own fresh eggs? Raising a few chickens can be a fun, rewarding experience. Come learn about the different kinds of chicken coops, raising chickens from eggs or getting them from the store, what chickens need to survive, predator problems and more. (And we'll introduce you to our flocks!)

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

July 13
 
Earth Dinner: Cooking to Save the Planet 
 


Decisions we make about food not only impact our health, but also the health of the planet. On this retreat participants will learn how food impacts global warming, why it matters what we eat and what we can do about it: where to get food, what kind of food to get and how to cook it. We'll learn about cooking local fresh food using methods that are simple and that create flavorful meals. Half the day will be spent in the kitchen! The retreat ends with a supper we prepare together, and a reminder of the joy of eating together.   

  

  

July 27

Talking and Listening to Each Other:  

Non-Violent Communication 




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


August 1 
Simpler Living



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 fullfiling.

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.

August 15
Gardening and Vermi-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 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.

August 24 
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.

  
Comments from our wonderful guests...

  
  



"Thank you so much or making me feel like family during my 2-week WWOOFing stay! I'm so glad I got to know you and learn from all the great projects y'all have going. I've met some incredible people and activists while here, which is a huge inspiration."
- Hannah

"Quiet, restful, beautiful sunset...I could go on and on. thank you for sharing this wonderful retreat with us! The beekeeping seminar was fun and educational too. Wish we could have stayed longer. Good friends, good food, good fellowship-what more could one ask for? Can't wait to come back!" -Nancy and Steve

"Awoke to a thin covering of snow and brisk cold north wind-the changing of the seasons. Thank you. Thank you for this place of respite, renewal, encouragement!." -M.L. B

"First glimmers of light
The hoot of an owl
The words of my teacher
This house made of earth
Many things made by loving hands
I am encouraged
To put my hands to work
And to know the work as good,
As enough for today.
Small steps are still steps.

Hearing the owl in this moment-
Is a step, a connection.
Morning arrives and I am awake
The farm offers its gift
And I am here
To receive it
With a grateful hear." - Pat W.

"Thank you for this in-between time, time to sink into solitude -- accentuated by the drumbeats/heartbeats of our friends from the north who are here to practice saying no to violating the earth. I will leave with their music, and the soul-full music of this place, in my spirit..." Susan

"I like feeding the alpaca and playing in the sand." -- Cohen, age 6

"Thank you very much for showing us the farm and taking us on a hike. I really appreciate it." -- Eden, age 9

"This was a great place to stay. I'd give it a 10 out of 10. I learned a lot while having fun. Best Mor-Mor Camp ever!" -- Colton, age 11

"Thank you for giving us your time and energy. You have made an investment in us! We certainly did "praise God under the open skies" in the labyrinth, the fields, the creeks, in our unstructured play and with each other. Hallelujah!" -- Gala, age 67 (aka "Moder")

"Thank you for this in-between time, time to sink into grieving and solitude-accented by the drum beats/heart beats of our friends from the north who are here to practice saying no to violating the earth. I will leave with their music, and the soul-full music of this place, in my spirit..." Susan


"First glimmers of light.
The hoot of an owl.
The words of my teacher.
This house made of earth.
Many things made by loving hands.
I am encouraged
To put my hands to work
And to know the work as good,
As enough for today.
Small steps are still steps.
Hearing an owl in this moment,
Is a step, a connection.
Morning arrives and I am awake.
The farm offers its gift
And I am here
To receive it
With a grateful heart.

All blessings on your good life and work at Turtle Rock! " -- Pat Webb

"Awoke to a thin covering of snow and brisk cold north wind--the changing of the seasons. Thank you, thank you for this place of respite, renewal, encouragement!"
-- M.L. B.

"Unplugged. I wasn't sure I could do it but I did. Enjoyed reading and working my puzzle. Maizey's visits were a welcome surprise. The labyrinth was awesome! I'll be back soon. Shalom." - Sharon

"Thank you to all who have made this hermitage special. My soul has been refreshed on this prairie retreat. I have made new friends and hope to return someday. God bless everyone!" - Chelsea

"This is such a lovely place. It met my need to find silence and solitude. May God richly bless this place and you who give of yourselves to provide it for others. It is a wonderful gift!" - Beth

"Thank you for lessons in 'Active Hope:' moving from business-as-usual to unraveling to Great Turning; beyond hope to active hope. Yes - good lessons to learn and digest! Thank you hermitage with sunset, dusk, dark, moon-shine, moon-set to first light; sun rise to full light again. Thank you for the cycles of renewal. Peace." - Mary Lou

"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

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"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.
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...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
 
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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: 

Donate 

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

Gifts

C
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
580.725.3411
annbdenney@gmail.com 
pathoerth@gmail.com
www.turtlerockfarmretreat.com
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