The Ridge Road now turns sharply to the right and begins a slow downhill grade towards the river. Up ahead we can see the Kitchen Pavilion, used for meals, workshops and as covered space for meetings.
Just across the road is The Starvin' Artist Kitchen, which began life as a used Army tent back in 1995. We cut in the foundations for the building in 1998, and it has been growing ever since. The Starvin' Artist is where we prepare our intimate Saturday Moon Service dinners, as well as meal plans for hundreds at our events. We have served up to 800 at one meal from The Starvin' Artist.
Starvin' Artist is often used for winter time Moon Services, weddings
and get togethers. Below left is a wee hours picture of "The
Loaves of The Corn Mothers," an offering of love and service
as bread is made to serve 300 people during Stones Rising.
We are now reaching the end
of what we refer to as the "Public Camp," that part that
is available to outside groups for their events. Beyond is our "Members
Camp," where Four Quarters Members have their seasonal campsites.
Right on the river bank is The Fairy Cairn. Spontaneously created over the years by our members and visitors; and filled with bright shiny baubles to catch the eye.
And just beyond, The Sweat Lodge area. Our lodge is kept with traditional native protocols; and is in use at most of our events. Check the calendar too, because the Lodge Staff does offer Lodge intensives through the year.
Up on the hill side you will
notice tent platforms built by our Members in the Members Camp. And
walking further we can see Members campsites peeking out through the
forest. Although the Members Camp is reserved for Members campsites,
non-members are always welcome for a visit. All of our Members began
as visitors walking through The Members Camp.
The Hemlock Hole. Of the six swimming holes along the river, we think this is the finest.
Winter or summer finds people
drawn to the water and beauty of this very special place. Formed by
the waters of Sidling Creek, one of the cleanest streams in Pennsylvania;
we have kept it as wild and natural as possible.
A morning mist, or evening walk;
the river is solace itself.