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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


Growing Winter Microgreens Class  

- Tuesday, October 27th from 5:30 -7:00pm

- Held at Turtle Cafe at 848 East 3rd Ave in Durango

- $33 Suggested Donation

- Taught by Kelly Bradsher and Angelica Martin

- Join us for an empowering class on learning how to grow your own local microgreens this winter!

- Sign up for the class on the Eventbrite website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/growing-microgreens-class-tickets-123770289267


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

         ~ 120 Hour Program                                                  

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

         ~ Suggested Donation: $1111

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

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

        ~ Drop-In's Welcome $33/class and $111 for field trips (Please call or email to reserve your place prior to class)

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.

To view a draft syllabus for the program visit: http://www.turtlelakerefuge.org/retreat

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.