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Mission Statement

Our mission is to celebrate the connection between personal health and wild lands.

We are inspired to promote and practice sustainable ways of living honoring wild nature and the evolution of community. Examples of our work include growing, harvesting and preparing local, wild and living food for the community, educating about the great values of the wild edible and medicinal abundance available in our area, providing local microgreens for the public schools, restaurants and stores and educating about organic land stewardship practices through our project Bee Happy Lands.

 Current Events

Wild Food CSA - Begins Friday, June 19th for 11 weeks through August 28th, 2020. 

You are welcome to join this educational and delicious wild food offering! A wild CSA (Community Supported Abundance) is a fantastic opportunity to learn through experience how to embrace the wild foods of our area into your daily practice. Once a week, each Friday anytime after 1:00pm, a wild food goodie bag will be available for you to pick up and enjoy over the week. Inside your bag you will discover all kinds of wild edible greens, flowers, roots, berries, juices, prepared foods, and treats to explore. Each weekly bag comes with a newsletter describing all the wild foods and their uses, recipes and benefits. This wild food CSA encourages you to be an experiential student of the wild. Nature is our greatest teacher of personal well being and can lead us into a deeper connection to health. In addition to the weekly bag of food, there will be four optional wild plant identification and preparation classes through out the 11 weeks. Drop-In participation is welcome. Please let us know if you want a CSA bag Thursday morning prior to pick up on Friday.Suggested Donation for each week CSA goodie bag $44 plus $22 for each of the wild food classes. Pick-up the CSA Bag on Fridays after 1:00pm in town at Turtle Cafe 848 East 3rd Ave. Durango.

Class Schedule: July 3, July 24, August 7th, August 28th from 3pm - 4:30pm. 

Call 970-247-8395 for more information or visit turtlelakerefuge@yahoo.com

Register for the Wild CSA here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wild-food-csa-community-supported-abundance-tickets-109211187602


Wild Plant Permaculture Class (Newly added class) 

~ July 31 - August 2, 2020 

~ Join us in the Durango area for a three day intensive learning about permaculture principals from some of the best permaculturists arounds - the wild plants! All instruction, food and lodging included. 

~ $333 suggested donation

~ To sign up visit eventbrite:  https://www.ehttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/wild-plant-permaculture-class-ii-tickets-112145030806

~ Contact Katrina at 970-247-8395 or turtlelakerefuge@yahoo.com 


Telluride Mushroom Festival - August 13-16

Please visit: https://www.tellurideinstitute.org/schedule-telluride-mushroom-festival/


Wild At Heart Weekend Workshop

. August 15-16, 2020

. Held at the Wild Cooperative in Crawford, CO 

Join us for a weekend exploration of local wild and not-so-wild plants with renown wild-foods advocate, community activist, gardener, and chef Katrina Blair. The weekend will include a plant and mushroom walk to identify our teachers and allies. We will delve into delicious nourishing whole food preparations as well as natural body care products. Learn how to prepare handy survival foods, have fun responsibly managing prolific “weeds” while regenerating yours and the environment’s overall health, create gourmet culinary sensations with simple, quality ingredients while building a relationship with the non human world. 

We are planning on having the entire workshop outdoors, on the outskirts of the pristine West Elk Wilderness Area near Crawford, Colorado.

For more information visit: https://wildcooperative.wordpress.com/2020/02/09/wild-at-heart-with-katrina-blair-august-15-16/

Free Wild Plant HikeAugust 24th, 2020 

Hosted by San Juan Mountain Association

To sign up visit : smja.org


Local Wild Living Soil Program 

September 8th - October 29th, 2020

Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants * Permaculture * Holistic Health

September 8th - October 29th, 2020       

~ Includes Wilderness Overnight Field trips

         ~ 150 Hour Program                                                  

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

         ~ Suggested Donation: $1111

         ~For questions please contact us at turtlelakerefuge@yahoo.com

        ~To register please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/local-wild-living-soil-program-tickets-112374812088

This two-month program is a deep exploration of wild edible and medicinal plants, living food nutrition, permaculture design and holistic health. Please join us for an experiential journey of internal and external health while deepening our relationship to our wild environment and its essential link to our wellbeing. 

We cover practical applications of topics including: harvesting wild foods for our daily diet, creating simple to gourmet living food recipes, making herbal medicines, building solar dehydrators, learning about soil mycology, making cultured and fermented recipes, as well as integrating holistic practices into our daily lives.

Katrina Blair's speaking events, classes and walkabouts will be updated as they are booked.  
Please email us at turtlelakerefuge@yahoo.com 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. 
 Meet some of the wild plants featured in the new book,  The Wild Wisdom of Weeds in an interview with John Kohler www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyDOFpltFVk and receive a packet of seeds of the 13 wild ones when ordering a book.

introduction_video.jpgWild Food Cafe in Durango Colorado - Turtle Lake Refuge - video from Markus Rothcranz














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