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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


CO Dragon Film Fest - Denver

Creative Conversations - Wild Foods -

Friday, February 21, 2020

Join us for our 2020 Creative Conversations at Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue and learn about foraging for wild plants in this one hour presentation with wild food samples!

Best Tasting Wild Foods of Colorado
Katrina Blair will introduce you to some of her favorite foods and medicines found in the backcountry of Colorado. You will learn how to identify the wild plants and utilize them in some basic recipes. When we open the door to learning about the local abundance found right outside in our backyards, we often experience a new type of wealth in terms of personal health and a deeper connection to our home.


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


Green Man Gathering 2020

~ Saturday, June 20th, 2020

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


Wild Plant Permaculture 

~ July 10 -12, 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.eventbrite.com/e/wild-plant-permaculture-class-tickets-19149512708

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


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 Field trips

         ~ 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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