A Walking Tour
at Four Quarters
The Camp Tour
The Camp Tour Too
The road past the farmhouse
leads through a copse of pines and then opens to our pasture land.
This is a view from the hilltop looking south.
Turning to the East one would
find our Labyrinth, sited on the highest part of the hill, pictured
here in a night time ceremony. The Four Quarters Labyrinth is a classic
seven fold design, 80 feet in diameter with over 1,800 feet of walkway.
Our Members started the project in 2003; and are raising the funds
to outline the walkway in granite curbstones. So far over 200 feet
of curbstones have been installed.
Turning to the North, one would see our Main
Parking area. At our own events, we prefer that all cars park in Main
Parking after offloading their camping gear. But Main Parking is not
just for cars. Here we see it used as the ceremonial site for a traditional
Lakota Sundance ceremony. The elders felt its high, clear location
The upturned earth to the right of the road
marks our buried grid power and DSL conduit. We dislike the idea of
visible power poles in camp, and instead have begun the process of
burying the power and Internet lines into camp. Begun in the spring
of 2008, we hope to have this project completed by spring of 2010.
Turning left from
Main Parking we pass through the camp gates and enter the Camp
proper. "RV Land" borders the edge of the road here;
with spaces for our Members permanent RV camping spots. In keeping
with our anti-car policies, RV Land is located at the very entrance
to Camp. When creating RV Land we went to some effort to provide
a "Green Screen" between each camp site. RV Land is
served by our camp water system and will be the first area served
by our buried grid power and DSL project.
Just past RV Land "Ridge Road"
straightens out and begins its' course into the heart of Camp.
From this view the "High Meadow is just opening up on the
right, and unseen are the high cliffs that border Sidling Creek
to the North.
Just beyond the High
Meadow we arrive at the "Coffee Dragons" and the Upper
Shower building. This is hospitality central at Four Quarters,
and during our own events the Coffee Dragons serves free coffee,
hot chocolate and tea for everyone. The pavilions make for a
shady spot to drink, chat and play.
We are proud of our Upper Shower
House, designed and built with high, open framing and roomy stalls
that include our imported Australian super low flush toilets. The
Aussie's know about saving water, and these dual flush fixtures will
operate on as little as .4 gallons per flush. Very expensive they
were, but worth it.
Much of the detailing
in the Shower House is the product of our woodshop, we hand
built the doors, as an example. And trying to keep a sense of
humor in all things, we have added our signs, and our visitors
have added their comments!
We will be adding washer and dryer service
in the building for the 2009 season.
Just to the other side of The Coffee Dragons
is our little storage shed, the first building placed in camp, way
back when. As we have grown, our kit bag of toys, supplies and decorations
has grown too; and our little shed has been given over to housing
them. We call it the Ceremonial Shed now and it is full of drums,
paint, candles, fabric, sound systems, decorations and every thing
else one could want for making fun on The Land.
And directly across the meadow from the Dragons
is our stage, 24 feet square with 10 feet to the rafters, seen here
draped in black stage cloth in preparation for a night time film projection.
Which brings us to the heart
of Four Quarters, The Stone Circle. Our ongoing project in the building
of Mutual Investment in Spiritual Community; and a physical center
for Earth Spirituality.
We cannot communicate this in pictures, the
Circle has to be experienced for one's self.
But here is a glimpse.
Passing a young
child through "The Mother Stone."
A moment of silence within The Circle.
The North Alter
dressed up for a Thanksgiving Celebration.
Another Stone joins The Circle, Stones Rising
2008. Yes, they are big!
And now on to the rest of the Camp Tour
The Camp Tour