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The Ground Shots Podcast

Sep 14, 2018

Episode four of the Ground Shots Podcast.


Interview with Sky Turtle, gardener and artist currently based in Nevada City, California.


Bio from the Plants and Healers International website, an organization that Turtle co-leads trips with, and serves as a board member:

“T.T. Turtlington is a gardener, artist and teacher.  He lived for seven years at Earthaven EcoVillage in Black Mountain, North Carolina studying permaculture, community design and sustainable technologies.  In 2003 he graduated from the Goethean Studies program at the Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, California.  Following that he lived in Asheville, North Carolina developing urban agriculture and community gardens with The Bountiful Cities Project.  A fascination of spiritual pilgrimages led him to walk the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain as well as a 300-mile trek from Mendocino to Lake Tahoe as an homage to Frank Cook, John Olmsted and the plant communities of Northern California.  His interest in philosophy, math and architecture inspires him to create art that reflects the harmonic nature of creation.  He teaches nationally, and occasionally internationally, classes and courses on sacred geometry, mead-making, gardening with the moon’s cycles, and botanical illustration.”



We talk about: 


Turtle’s experience walking across California From Lake Tahoe in the High Sierras to Jug Handle State Park in Mendocino, CA.

The history of the Green Path: TransCalifornia Trail and who else has walked it and why.

The influence of the late Frank Cook, enthnobotanist and friend of Turtle’s on his choices to walk, ferment, see plants in a different way and more.

The need for a place for the ‘hobo', ‘pilgrim’ or ‘traveler in-between’ in our society.

Comparing the Camino de Santiago in Spain (of which we have both walked, and Turtle twice) to other acts of pilgrimage.

How walking changes our perspective of the land.





Plants and Healers International:

The Pilgrim’s Way: Turtle’s website on his walks:

Turtle’s School: The Mathemagical School of Art, Design, and Natural Phenomena.



Gardening with the Moon:




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