By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
Located in north central Oklahoma, Turtle Rock Farm is a Center for Sustainability, Spirituality and Healing. In February it will offer a variety of retreats to the pubic.
“A Turtle Rock Farm Retreat is a gift we want to share,” said TRF spiritual director Pat Hoerth. “While it is still a working centennial family farm, it is also a wonderful refuge, with pastures and creeks to hike and explore, wildlife to observe, and ponds that contribute to the beauty of this place.”
Hoerth runs the facility along with her sister and co-founder Ann Denney.
“Time spent here has always been healing and revitalizing for us and we are happy to offer retreats and classes in this setting – for individuals, families and groups,” Hoerth added.
On Wednesday, February 20, Turtle Rock Farm will host an event called “Mindfulness—Living in the Moment.”
“The Mindfulness Retreat either introduces, or is a refresher, for participants to the practices that help us live in the moment,” Hoerth said. “I find that in these anxious times, we have a tendency to be thinking and worrying about the future and we miss our life in the moment.
“Being mindful, living in the moment, brings appreciation and gratitude for our life together on this wondrous planet,” she added.
Using mindfulness practices as well as other spiritual teachings and meditations, Hoerth will lead participants toward a more integrated daily life. A life in which Hoerth says, “we are more authentically present to our truest selves, each other, the natural world and the Source of Life.”
On Wednesday, February 27, the “Creating Earth Mandalas—Inner and Outer Landscapes” retreat will be held. The silence and dormancy of the prairie in winter will be the setting for this retreat. Participants learn to create mandalas that show what might be occurring in their own personal landscape.
“I’m very excited about the new retreat we’re offering in February. Our friend Beverly Evans, who is a therapist, and an artist who has worked for a long time in the practice of making mandalas,” Hoerth said. “During this retreat she will lead us into our connection with Earth, by making mandalas inspired by nature. By learning this creative and meditative practice, we can spend a few minutes or a few hours going into our deeper selves.
“We will be using pencils, markers and pastels,” Hoerth said. “Bring your own sketchbook, whatever size is appealing to you. Other supplies will be provided. No drawing experience is needed.”
Next, Hoerth will lead a Meditation Retreat on Saturday, March 5.
“Meditation is one of the oldest spiritual practices and one of the most important as we work together to create the kind of world we want to live in,” Hoerth said. “There are many forms of meditation from many traditions.”
Participants will have the opportunity to learn and practice several kinds of meditation, including centering prayer, breath prayer, guided meditations, and walking meditation. This retreat is for beginners and for those who want to deepen their practice.
“It’s a chance to start or re-commit to a meditation practice in the new year, and perhaps start one in your community,” she added.
These three retreats will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A fee of $75 for each event includes lunch.
“A ‘retreat’ at Turtle Rock Farm is a chance to get away into the quiet and beauty of the prairie.” Hoerth noted. “It can be a time when you listen to music, read, visit, play musical instruments, do art, bask in silence, get a therapeutic massage, explore nature, walk the labyrinth, feed an alpaca, gather eggs…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,” she said.
To register, visit the website, or mail a check to TRF, 5900 CR 90, Red Rock, OK, 74651. Include name, email address, phone number and the name of desired retreat.