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Mission Statement

Our mission is to celebrate the connection between

personal health and wild lands.

 We promote sustainable practices honoring wild wisdom of nature and the health of the community. Examples of our work include growing, harvesting and preparing local, wild and living food through our Turtle Cafe open for lunch every Tuesday and Friday, educating about the great values of the wild edible and medicinal abundance available in our area, providing local microgreens and wild food products for the public schools, restaurants and stores and providing organic land stewardship throughout the Southwest through the project, Bee Happy Lands.

Current Events


Turtle Cafe Lunch Days~ every Tuesday and Friday year round!

Thank you for all the amazing years of support and joy and celebration of local wild and living foods! Thank you for participating in creating health for ourselves, our community and the planet!  Thank you for being alive and connecting to the vital life force of nature's wisdom! Come Celebrate with us!  This is our 22nd Anniversary year! We serve a delicious artistic local, wild and living foods lunch from 11:11am - 2:22pm.  In deep appreciation, the Turtlesturtle_logo_transparent-square-small.png


Live Music at the Turtle Cafe - The Lost Boys playing on April 29 from 11:11am - 2:22pm

~ Join us for this lunch time pre-Celebration for the Dandelion Festival!


Free Wild Plant Hike -  Edible & Medicinal April 30th at 10:00am

~Come learn about the local wild abundance!

~We will carpool to our destination

~Meet at Turtle Cafe in town 848 East 3rd Ave


Dandelion Festival 2022 - May 1st, Sunday from 2pm -9pm at Rotary Park

      ~ Celebrate Spring Beltane, Honey Bees, Organic Parks, Local Food, Dandelion Beer, Dandy Lemonade, Music, May Pole Dance  Thrift Store, Kids Area, Healing Dome & All that is Good! This is the 13th Annual Dandelion Festival!  Come join us in this amazing spring festival honoring the wild abundance!


Wild and Alive Class - May 3rd- 24th

~Tuesday evenings from 5:30- 7:30pm

~Join us for a wild springtime foraging class with wild food recipe tastings.

~Learn how to integrate the local wild abundance into your daily life for greater health and inspiration!

~Suggested Donation $111

~ Drop In participation is welcome at $33/class

~Meet at the Turtle Cafe at 848 East 3rd Ave Durango

~ Each week we will carpool to a different location.

~ For more questions, call 970-247-8395 or email turtlelakerefuge@yahoo.com

~ To sign up please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alive-and-wild-class-tickets-321512361127


Organic Land Stewardship Volunteer Projects

Please join us in harvesting the wild weeds in two of the local Organic Parks of Durango.  It is a great way to help contribute to the organic lands movement, meet new people and learn about the edible and medicinal values of the wild plants. Thank you for joining us when you can!

Needham Park - May 18th, June 15th, July 13th, August 15th (From 9am - 12pm) 

Brookside Park - June 1st, July 6th, August 3rd ( from 9am - 12pm)

Cottonwood Park in Mancos - May 25th, June 8th, June 29th, July 20th, August 10th, August 31st


Spring Plant Walk in Crawford - May 28th 5:30-7:30pm

~ Held at the Wild Cooperative in Crawford, CO near Needle Rock

~ Taught by Katrina Blair

~ Join us for a wild and medicinal plant walk followed by some wild food recipes and beverages.

~ Suggested Donation $33

~ For more information visit : https://wildcooperative.wordpress.com


Wild Foods and Herbs in Paonia  May 29th 10am -2pm

~Join us for a presentation on local wild foods and herbs and a plant walk in the area. We will learn how to identify, harvest and connect with the mountain edible and medicinal plants that are growing all around us while foraging for the wild foods of spring.

~ Taught by Katrina Blair

~Suggested Donation $40

~ Includes class and local wild food lunch

~ Meet at The Hearth 138 Grand Ave, Paonia, CO

~ Register at https://thelearningcouncil.org/upcoming-events/


Wild Plant Retreat -  Edible and Medicinal Plants June 3-5, 2022

What ~ Learn, eat, and cherish the wild foods and medicines of the earth! 

Where ~ Silver Star Hut - La Plata Canyon

How~ Daily plant hikes, Wild food meals, learning, harvesting and connecting with the mountain edible and medicinal plants. In addition, we will honor our Relations of Fire Water Earth Air with movement and breath in the mountain fresh air, playing with the spring flowing waters, dancing and singing by the fire.

Contact Katrina Blair at turtlelakerefuge@yahoo.com  or 970-247-8395 for more information.

Suggested Donation $222 includes meals, lodging, and instruction.

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/previhttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/wild-plant-retreat-tickets-307135389217?utm_source=eventbrite&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=post_publish&utm_content=shortLinkNewEmail


 Wild Heart Women's Gathering June 17-20, 2022

~  Held at Deer Hill Expeditions, Mancos, CO

~Wild Heart Women's Gathering is a call to gather women in the shared rewinding of our true feminine essence. In reconnecting to the earth and sharing our earned and inherited skills, our intention is to further the evolution of our collective feminine wisdom. With dance, yoga, cycles, feasting, song, sensuality and herbal medicine, we send out a primal call to join in this celebration.

~ Katrina Blair will lead a plant hike on Saturday afternoon June, 18th



Good Medicine Confluence July 28-31, 2022

Welcome you areto the 12th Annual Good Medicine Confluence July 28th-31st, 2022 – held again in the spectacular mountains above Durango, Colorado.   

Enjoy over 150 fresh, specialized, personalized, and often unique topics for both advanced practitioners and newcomers to herbalism – covering evolving approaches to: Medicinal Plants & Their Actions • Home Medicine Making & Customized Formulas • Assessment & Treatments • Leading Science & Folk Wisdom • Cannabis • Medicinal & Entheogenic Mushrooms • Mead Making • Clinical Skills & Revered Traditions • Herb Identification & Cultivation • Aromatherapy & Botanical Perfumery • Making Artisanal Products & Launching an Herbal Enterprise • Healthful Foods & Creative Cooking • Women’s Health • Free Clinics & Disaster Medicine • Cultivation & Botanical Art • Plant Mythos & Fairytales • Emotional Healing & Creating Healthier Community • & Much, Much More!



Eagle Colorado Wild Plant and Mushroom Gathering August 6th -6th, 2022


Telluride Mushroom Festival August 17th-21th, 2022    https://www.tellurideinstitute.org/telluride-mushroom-festival/


Local Wild Living Soil Program August 30th - October 6th, 2022

Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants * Permaculture * Holistic Health * Nutrition

~ August 30, 2022 – October 6, 2022                       

~ Includes Wilderness Overnight Fieldtrips 

         ~ 100 Hour Program                                             

          ~ Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 9am-12pm       

          ~ Suggested Donation - $1111

For questions, please contact Katrina at turtlelakerefuge@yahoo.com or call 970-247-8395.

To register:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/local-wild-living-soil-program-tickets-307115018287


Katrina Blair's speaking events, classes and walkabouts will be updated as they are booked.  Please email us at info@turtlelakerefuge.org if you would like her to come to your area for a slide show, a wild food feast, a plant walk or multi-day wild food walkabout. 
Tickets to our upcoming events, when available, can be purchased on our EventBrite: http://turtlelakerefuge.eventbrite.com



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