Please join us on April 20th, 2018 at the Cleveland County Art's Council as we welcome renowned poet Mary Ellen Lough to Cleveland County. 


This event is free of charge, but donations are needed and appreciated!

These events are only possible through the collaboration of many community partners - individuals and organizations together, and every contribution counts!

Contributions of $100 - $200:  include an invitation to a special Thursday night (April 20th) event with Jon Turk + naming honors on a local tree planting

Contributions of $200.00+: include all the above +  a copy of Jon Turk's most recent book - Crocodiles and Ice

All donations are tax-deductible.  Donations by check can be mailed to MHA, PO Box 623, Shelby, NC 28151.  Checks should be written to Mental Health America of the South Mountains with "Healing with Nature" noted on the check. 


Praise for Jon Turk's Speaking from jonturk.net:

Jim Harrison: Grace A. Tanner Center for Human Values Southern Utah University
 "I have always believed that the aim of life is not only to experience all you can, but to become the type of person who inspires others to experience all they can. If I am right, then you can take pride in being a five star success. Your presentation is one of the very best that I have heard at our school in the past twenty years."
Dr. Natalie Dawson:  Wilderness Institute, University of Montana
"Jon’s energetic storytelling captures the audience, bringing them along on a wild ride through landscapes that many of us can only imagine. Everyone walks away from his stories with more insight into the world we all live in, the people we interact with, and the unseen gifts that we are given in challenging moments throughout our lives. I was honored to have Jon as a speaker in our lecture series. He inspired my students to go out there into the wild world, find their own stories, and create their own adventures."
Cilla Ann Moseley:  Swan Ecosystem Center
"All I have received are rave reviews of your talk at the event and everyone loved the workshop that attended."
Sean Morley:  Golden Gate Sea Kayak Symposium
"Your presentation was one of the best, most entertaining and inspiring presentations I have ever seen. Your standing ovation was well deserved."
Comment Sheet: Canoecopia
"The whole weekend was worth this one talk - thanks much!  Nice to have the balance between magic and logic at Canoecopia."

For more reviews and to learn more about Jon Turk, visit his website at: http://www.jonturk.net/