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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Retreating to rural Oklahoma for fun and discovery

We're going to Billings, Oklahoma.
Yep, after hearing "In the Living Room" with Gerry Bonds today on KOSU-FM, we're going back to the home town of Henry Bellmon.
His daughters Ann and Pat operate the Turtle Rock Farm, a "Center for Sustainability, Spirituality, Healing," "A Place Apart--To enjoy Nature" on the family farm, to give people a chance to get away  from the city, commune with nature and themselves.
Here's the website: http://www.turtlerockfarmretreat.com/Pages/default.aspx
Check their calendar and photographs. They have all kinds of  possibilities for harried people to unwind, including a varied schedule of day retreats--photography, gardening, beekeeping, and more. The prices are reasonable. You can spend the night and see the stars if you wish. A woman's retreat can involved camping out. Check their calendar.
I'm not surprised that these women have come up with this. As daughters of that maverick Henry Bellmon, what would you expect? It's good for Oklahoma.
Here's their blog address: at http://turtlerockfarm.wordpress.com and they're on Facebook. The Facebook header looks like so much fun. Wow. I'm following them.
The first sentence of the first blog post from 2007 had me:
"There’s something about the prairie across the road."

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