April - May 2017

Found Robin Nest  
Turtle Rock Farm in Town, CommonWealth Urban Farm

Small Bodies

It is almost summer. In the pond
the pickerel leap,
and the delicate teal have brought forth
their many charming young,
and the turtle is ravenous.
It is hard sometimes, oh Lord,
to be faithful.
I am more boldly made
than the little ducks, paddling and laughing.
But not so bold
as the turtle
with his greasy mouth.
I know you know everything--
I rely on this.
Still, there are so many small bodies in the world,
for which I am afraid.
--Mary Oliver
Red Bird 


"In These Times" is indeed an appropriate theme for this year.

So far, we have come together to consider how to live our values in these times...


How to build communities of resilience, resistance and hope in these times... 



We've met in the larger community, at the Oklahoma Conference of Church's Evening of Listening, training people how to talk about climate change and with The Human Community Network, exploring ecological innovations in these times.

During an intensive weekend course in Creation Spirituality at Turtle Rock Farm, Pat led adventurous Phillips Theological Seminary students through an immersion in nature.




Saturday, April 22, 10:30-11:30: Family Nature Walk at Myriad Gardens, Oklahoma City
For the second year, Pat will lead this family nature exploration outside at Myriad Gardens. Children will learn how to pay attention with all their senses and how to notice nature's beautiful and amazing life. Parents will learn how to engage their children in future nature adventures. Participants of all ages will gather seeds to make seed necklaces. To register, click here for the Myriad Gardens' registration site.

Tuesday, April 25, 7 p.m.: Film Showing of "Tomorrow,"
Oklahoma City University's Walker Center, Room 151

Turtle Rock Farm, Green Connections and Transition OKC are sponsoring the showing of this wonderful documentary that showcases amazing alternative and creative ways of viewing agriculture, economics, energy and education. It offers constructive solutions to act on a local level to make a difference on a global level. A panel discussion will follow. Come be inspired for In Times Like These! Walker Center is at 26th and Florida Ave., Oklahoma City. There is no fee; donations are welcome. Let us know you're going here.

Saturday, April 29, 1-4 p.m.: People's Climate March OKC, from Harkins Plaza, Bricktown, to a Native American Water Ceremony at the Oklahoma River
Turtle Rock Farm and Green Connections are among many Oklahoma groups sponsoring Oklahoma City's People's Climate March. Other marches are being held around the nation, to declare that climate change is real, humans are responsible and that human must take steps to stop global warming.
Prior to the march, there will be a children's environmental education activity area, music and speeches by inspiring Oklahoma environmentalists.
We will march together to the Oklahoma River where Native Americans will lead us in a water ceremony.

Tell us you're going here.


Aging (or Saging)... In Times Like These
May 6
Here, we are--many of us--baby boomers, "aging!" We are among those who are healthier in our later years, and living longer. We are nowhere finished living, contributing. There's more, much more. And what does that look like? Here, we are plowing new ground. In his book From Aging to Saging, Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi explains "spiritual eldering," a new model of late-life developing called "saging," that enables older people to become spiritually radiant, physically vital and socially responsible "elders of the tribe." And, ironically, paradoxically, we are reaching this evolutionary development just in the knick of time!
On this retreat, we will explore spiritual eldering and the methods and techniques that allow us to develop into sages. Pat Hoerth will lead.
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Turtle Rock Farm

To register, click on our website calendar or, by Paypal, here.

Creating: The Power of Letter Writing... 
In Times Like These 
May 12 (evening) and May 13 (all day)  
A Writing Retreat for Women. This retreat will create a space for women to express themselves through the artful practice of letter writing - open letters, private letters, letter poems, postcards from the center of our real lives. Women who need a day to re-energize can join us in deep listening and creativity through one of human culture's most beautiful literary forms. We will help each other keep our voices strong and our hearts open. Oklahoma poet Jane Taylor will lead.
6-8 p.m. Friday, May 12 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 13
We will gather Friday evening for a potluck meal and introductory session, and gather Saturday for a full day.
Turtle Rock Farm in Town
1000 NW 32nd Street, in the CommonWealth Urban Farm community, Oklahoma City.

To register, click on our website calendar, or, by Paypal, here.

Talking with Each Other... In Times Like These 
June 3
During this time of cultural polarization and hate talk, some are stumped about how to talk to each other. We'll spend a day exploring the work of three great teachers and three great processes: Margaret Wheatley and the World Café, Parker Palmer and Circles of Trust and George Lakoff's work on communicating our values. Join us as we work together to learn methods that help us live compassionately and build community in these times. Pat Hoerth will lead.
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Turtle Rock Farm in Town
1000 NW 32nd Street, in the CommonWealth Urban Farm community, Oklahoma City.

To register, click on our website calendar , or, by Paypal, here.

Creating In Times Like These: 
For the Beauty of the Earth-Living Within
June 17
Wildflowers on the side of a road; the crescent moon; a single Autumn leaf. How do we engage more fully in the beauty of the natural world that is all around us? Beauty that delights and makes us come alive; beauty that creates wonder and a deep sense of belonging? In this retreat we will learn together about the relationship of beauty to spirituality and wellness, and how beauty calls us to care for the earth.
We will use simple activities including guided visualization, journaling, a directed nature walk and selection of photos and objects of nature that speak to us. There will also be time alone and with the group to explore these possibilities. Each participant will receive a journal and the book, Clear Water by the retreat leader as gifts for further exploration. Haiku poet and teacher Jeannie Martin will lead.
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Turtle Rock Farm  

To register, click on our website calendar, or, by Paypal, here.



Turtle Rock Farm:
A Center for Sustainability, Spirituality and Healing

On the Prairie, north central Oklahoma 
In Town, at CommonWealth Urban Farms, Oklahoma City

our website: 

To schedule a retreat
or a stay in the Straw Bale Hermitage
contact us:
Farm Phone: 580.725.3411 
In Town Phone: 580.917.6011  
By email: pathoerth@gmail.com