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Mission Statement

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

We manifest this goal through promoting and practicing sustainable practices. 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 abundance available in our area, providing local microgreens for the public schools, restaurants and stores, biking or driving on alternative fuel when possible, utilizing solar dehydrators, bicycle powered blender and wheatgrass juicer and educating about organic land stewardship practices.

 Current Events


Alive and Wild Class 2020

Please join us for this delicious class on the art of local wild living foods preparation. Our purpose for this hands-on learning event is to nourish our minds, bodies, and souls with the highest quality meals through a fun and sustainable approach. We will explore wild food recipes that are tasty and health regenerating to ourselves, our community and the earth. Wild food preparation is a survival art that creates life quality through the pleasure of our senses.

~ January 8th - January 29th, 2020

~ Wednesdays Evenings

~ 5:00pm - 7:30pm

~ Held at the Turtle Café at 848 East 3rd Ave in Durango.

~ Suggested donation $111 for all four classes

~ Contact us at turtlelakerefuge@yahoo.com or call 970-247-8395 to sign up at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alive-and-wild-class-tickets-86680376339


Green Man Gathering 2020

~ Saturday, April 4th, 2020

~ Contact Tyler VanGemert at 970-247-1233 for more details 


Dandelion Festival 2020

~ Friday, May 1st - Wild Dinner and  Key Note Speaker

~ Saturday, May 2nd - Festival in the Park from 1pm -9pm

~ Rotary Park, Durango, CO


Local Wild Living Soil Program 2020

September 8th - October 29th, 2020

Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants * Permaculture * Holistic Health

September 8th - October 29th, 2020       

~ Includes Wilderness Overnight Fieldtrips

         ~ 150 Hour Program                                                  

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

         ~ Suggested Donation: $1111

        Contact Katrina Blair at 970-317-0988 or visit turtlelakerefuge.org

This two-month program is a deep exploration of wild edible and medicinal plants, living food nutrition, permaculture design and holistic health – an experiential journey of internal and external health.

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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