Calendar


2017 Calendar

Retreats and Workshops
For Living In Times Like These


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The Theme of Turtle Rock Farm Retreats in 2017 is “…In Times Like These.”

 

As we continue to face the impacts of global warming and climate change and those who deny it exists, we may feel ever more disturbed. Knowing that species are disappearing weekly, that there are places in the world where waters have risen across the land permanently, that some of the refugees seeking safety are now climate refugees, that we have much work to do to reduce the carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, methane and other greenhouse gases, these are Times that challenge us to be the creative, compassionate, courageous human beings we can be. And we find it’s most possible to face these times and our challenges—as well as the joys that life on Earth bring—together, connected with community.
So, we invite you to Turtle Rock Farm in 2017…

…to retreat in the hermitage or farmhouse on the prairie…

…to spend a day with others during one of our day retreats on the prairie or in our place in town in the CommonWealth Urban Farm in Oklahoma City. We will also lead a longer retreat, in March, at St. Francis of the Woods.

 

Plan to join us once a month on retreat, or join us when you can. We’re going to be doing what we can to keep strengthening our inner lives, live our values, build communities of resistance and resilience, age as sages, observe and create beauty, communicate compassion and care, celebrate life on this magnificent planet! We know that standing together is the best way to live In Times Like These.

 

Pat Hoerth and Ann Denney

 


Quick Glance at the 2017 Calendar

 

January 28: Keeping an Interior Life… In Times Like These

 

February 25: Active Hope: Living Our Values… In Times Like These

 

March 16-18: Holding on to Hope: Building Communities of Resistance and Resilience… In Times Like These

 

May 6: Aging (or Saging)… In Times Like These

 

May 12-13: Creating—The Power of Letter Writing…I n Times Like These

 

June 3: Talking with Each Other… In Times Like These

 

June 15: An Evening of Creating—In the Haiku Way of Seeing… In Times Like These

 

June 17: Creating—For the Beauty of the Earth; Living Within… In Times Like These

 


 

Keeping an Interior Life… In Times Like These

28 January

How do we keep our equilibrium in chaotic times?

How do we increase our acts of compassion in turbulent times?

How do we maintain a strong voice, living our values in contentious times?

There’s no concrete formula in dynamic times like these. These times call for a sound, strong grounding interiorly. It is from there that we can respond at any given moment with compassion and justice. So, as this new circle around the sun begins, we will come together, review, practice, grow into the spiritual practices from many traditions that help us connect and stay grounded in the force of goodness and life. Mindfulness, meditation, nature, spiritual support are some of the areas we’ll explore together so that each participant can reflect and come away with a spiritual plan for times like these. Pat Hoerth will lead.

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Turtle Rock Farm in the City
1000 NW 32nd Street, in the CommonWealth Urban Farm community, Oklahoma City.

Retreat fee is $75 and includes lunch

Click the Sign Up Now button below to pay by PayPal, or send a check to Turtle Rock Farm, 5900 CR 90, Red Rock, OK 74651. Include name of retreat, your name address, phone, email address.

 

Active Hope: Living Our Values…
In Times Like These

25 February

When we are overwhelmed by changes in our culture, on the planet, we may feel overwhelmed—or paralyzed! We may think we don’t make a difference; that there is little we can do to create the world we want to live in.

It is in times like these that living our values matter more than ever. Paradox that is, it is true: there is much we can do to contribute to the world we want to live in.

On this retreat, we will learn about Living Systems Theory and how change happens in our living systems. We will explore our values and make decisions about our lives so that we live the values we hold, including concrete things we can do to cut our greenhouse gas footprint. 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, Oklahoma City

Retreat fee is $75 and includes lunch

Click the Sign Up Now button below to pay by PayPal, or send a check to Turtle Rock Farm, 5900 CR 90, Red Rock, OK 74651. Include name of retreat, your name address, phone, email address.

 

Holding on to Hope: Building Communities
of Resilience and Resistance…
In Times Like These

March 16-18

 

A two-day, two-night retreat affords us the opportunity to explore deeply what can be done to cultivate resilience in our inner lives and in our communities. What we learn—including specific strategies—helps us continue the good work of living and working together through challenging times. Mark Davies and Pat Hoerth will lead.

Mark Davies is the Wimberly Professor of Social and Ecological Ethics and Director of the World House Institute for Social and Ecological Responsibility at Oklahoma City University. Mark has published in the areas of Boston personalism, process philosophy and ethics, and ecological ethics. Dr. Davies serves on the United Methodist University Senate. He and his wife Kristin live in Edmond, OK, and they have two daughters.

His love of nature was cultivated in childhood hikes in the Wichita Mountains near Lawton, OK, home and summer visits to the Olympic mountains where grandparents lived in retirement.

 

A retreat leader and spiritual director, Pat Hoerth is co-founder and co-director of Turtle Rock Farm: A Center for Sustainability, Spirituality and Healing and a resident in the CommonWealth Urban Farm community in Oklahoma City. A United Methodist Deaconess, she is co-chair of the Oklahoma United Methodist Environmental Coalition and has served on the leadership team of the National Association of Deaconesses and Home Missioners. She teaches in the United Methodist Women’s Mission u and authored the 2016 Children’s Study on Climate Justice: God’s Extravagant Garden.

Her love of nature was cultivated in childhood on her family farm, on the Oklahoma prairie, which is now called Turtle Rock Farm.

5:30 p.m. March 16 to 4:30 p.m. March 18

St. John’s Lodge, St. Francis of the Woods Retreat Center, Coyle, OK

$280 includes lodging and six meals

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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.

Turtle Rock Farm (One hour north of Edmond, Oklahoma)

Retreat fee is $75 and includes lunch

Click Sign Up Now button below to pay with PayPal, or send a check to Turtle Rock Farm, 5900 CR 90, Red Rock, OK 74651. Include name of retreat, your name address, phone, email address.

Creating—The Power of Letter Writing…
In Times Like These
May 12 (evening), 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. Jane Taylor will lead.

Jane Vincent Taylor has a Master’s in Creative Writing from University of Central Oklahoma, a Master of Library Science and a BA in Women’s Studies from O.U. She lives in Oklahoma City. She is a Virginia Center for Creative Arts Fellow. Journal publications include Red Cedar Review, Nimrod, Whetstone, Enigmatist, Red Plains Review, Calyx, Flyway, Third Wednesday, Rhino, and many others. Jane also teaches writing at Ghost Ranch, Abique, NM. Recent publications and activities are posted at janevincenttaylor.blogspot.com

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.

Retreat fee is $75 and includes lunch Saturday

Use Sign Up Now button below to pay with PayPal, or send a check to Turtle Rock Farm, 5900 CR 90, Red Rock, OK 74651. Include name of retreat, your name address, phone, email address.

 

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.

Retreat fee is $75 and includes lunch

Click Sign Up Now button below to pay by PayPal, or send a check to Turtle Rock Farm, 5900 CR 90, Red Rock, OK 74651. Include name of retreat, your name address, phone, email address.

 

 

Creating—The Haiku Way of Seeing…
In Times Like These
Thursday, June 15

“The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off
a revolution.” —Paul Cezanne

A fun evening doing some haiku mindfulness work and playing a haiku game called Renga, to experiment with seeing with a clear eye, with unclouded vision, with all of our senses. Led by Jeannie Martin.

 

Jeannie Martin, MSW, MTS, E.D., United Methodist Deaconess, has taught haiku in prison, senior centers, nursing homes and community programs as a way to encourage a sense of reverence for all. She has published several books of haiku, which she considers to be “an avenue to seeing and experiencing God’s creation with heightened awareness and meaning.”

7-9:30 p.m.

Turtle Rock Farm in Town
1000 NW 32nd Street, in the CommonWealth Urban Farm community, Oklahoma City.

Fee is $30

Use Sign Up Now button below to pay with PayPal, or send a check to Turtle Rock Farm, 5900 CR 90, Red Rock, OK 74651. Include name of retreat, your name address, phone, email address.

 

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. Jeannie Martin will lead.

Jeannie Martin, MSW, MTS, E.D., United Methodist Deaconess, has taught haiku in prison, senior centers, nursing homes and community programs as a way to encourage a sense of reverence for all. She has published several books of haiku, which she considers to be “an avenue to seeing and experiencing God’s creation with heightened awareness and meaning.”

9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Turtle Rock Farm (one hour north of Edmond, OK)

Retreat fee is $75 and includes lunch

Use Sign Up Now button below to pay by PayPal, or send a check to Turtle Rock Farm, 5900 CR 90, Red Rock, OK 74651. Include name of retreat, your name address, phone, email address.