Service, Ceremony, Celebration
through Monday Sept 6th, 2010
Sept 5th, The Rising
The Stone Peoples Intensive
Friday August 27th - Tues August 31st
2010-Blessings of the Harvest
A work of years, Stone by Stone.
Built by our Tribe, Generation after Generation.
As we build the Stone Circle, the Stone Circle builds our Tribe.
We have grown together, learned together, and laid the foundation
for our future.
We speak often in the metaphors of the planter: Seed
Stones, planting our hopes and dreams, and a Circle that Grows.
2010 will expand that metaphor as a focus for the entire complex;
we planted the seeds at Beltaine, and we have tended them with care
as the rains have fallen, and the hearth fires crackled, by our celebration,
by our service to the Land and to one another and by the ceremony
we have made across the Land and amongst the Stones. As the wheel
turns, and the autumn winds blow, we will set our hands to a great
task: to harvest all that we have sown, to raise the first Stones
of the second half of the inner ring, to store up those blessings
for the winter, and the Generations ahead. Blessings of the Land and
Each ceremony during Stones Rising 2010 will focus
on one part of the work of the Harvest. We will gather in the raw
energy, focusing on the work ahead. Next we will refine it, threshing
away the chaff, and milling it, so it is prepared for the individuals
and small groups of the tribe to shape it and prepare it as they see
fit. We come together to share our individual works as we, together,
raise the new Stones in the Circle. After the Stones are raised we
join together to celebrate, offer thanks, and formally seal our work,
blessing our 'fields' in preparation for the coming winter and the
next growing season. Finally we sow a winter crop together, as we
take our leave, to share the blessings we have received. The Blessings
of the Harvest.
This is our Work. We labor together
with a common goal and purpose. We are building our home, Stone by
Stones Rising 2010 is a six-day challenge of the mind,
body, and spirit, as the Tribe comes together once again for its greatest
purpose: to Raise the Stones that stand as symbols of our legacy,
Past, Present, and Future.
The Western Gate stands tall, and a new challenge is
set before the Tribe as we lay our foundations into the second half
of the Circle.
And we'll all stand together, and we'll Raise another
to the Seventh Generation, and the Children Yet Unknown!
Help create the event! Join the SR
Event Planning thread on our forum; people who gather together
to envision, design and create the event and its major ceremonials.
If you are not yet a forum member please do consider becoming involved.
The Rising: The Heart of Stones!
While Stones Rising is a complex ceremonial matrix
in which each ceremony builds on the previous one, it is the rites
of Sunday that form the core of our work during the event. They are
the climax of all that has come before, and lead into the denouement
and bittersweet tears of Monday's Closing.
Saturday evening explores
many aspects of ceremonial preparation for the Rising to come.
We start with a ceremonial Altar Walk, a procession that will visit
the Seven Shrines of Stillness. Celebrants will receive a token of
their journey at each Shrine, coming finally to the seventh Shrine
at the Fire Circle.
Drumming, dancing, song, and other offerings will provide an energetic
focus for various forms of divination. The Warriors will stand in
service to the Tribe and the Land, guarding us throughout the night
as we all prepare for the morning's work. The Corn Mothers and Fathers
will be busy in the kitchen, baking the bread that we will share to
begin the day.
We are all invited to do whatever we need in order to find the inspiration
that the Divine offers to us in this time. Once dawn comes on Sunday,
and the sun creeps over the mountains to the east, the Day of the
Rising begins. The Land has been blessed by the attention and care
of the Vigil-keepers, and the Stone Circle is ready to receive the
The Ceremony of Commitments
the early morning, we will come to the Painters of the Body Tribal,
that we may be marked with the symbols of our work, our hopes, our
prayers, our lives. When the Church Bell rings, all gather in the
Green across from the Stone Circle, and prepare for the Ceremony of
Commitments. In this ritual, we take up the ribbons of Service and
solemnly, joyfully process into the Stone Circle in preparation for
the Great Work to come.
the People will complete the Western Gate. It will take heroic efforts,
attention, and intention of the entire People to accomplish this Work.
The focus, will, and strength of every member of the Tribes of Four
Quarters will be required. The Sacral Foods will sustain our strength,
as it is no understatement to say that we will need absolutely every
person to participate, every person to bring his or her best self
to the process, every person to offer what they have to give to the
process. Whether you're on the ropes, witnessing, carrying water,
or engaging in any one of the many ways to serve during the Rising,
your work and attention are important and necessary.
One of our
most beloved rites at Four Quarters happens immediately after the
Rising. The People will move across the Circle from the West, where
the Stones have gone up, to the East Gate, where the Mother Stone
stands prepared to welcome the newest members of our community. Since
the Mother Stone was Raised, she has been the center of a ritual that
began as a spontaneous expression by parents, of their sense of Tribe
and family at Four Quarters.
If you have
an infant or small child who has yet to be welcomed into the People,
please sign up on the list at the Coffee Dragons, and bring your child
to the Baby Blessing. In this ceremony, an adult, usually the child's
mother, stands behind the Mother Stone and passes the child through
the Hole in the Stone, where another adult, usually the child's father,
receives the child. Then the child is lifted up and the community
is told his or her name. The community responds with welcome and acclamation.
While many Four Quarters members write their own private baby blessings,
and invite family and friends to share in those ceremonies, it is
the Baby Blessing at Stones that is the first formal welcoming for
most of our wee ones.
Giveaway and Libation
Giveaway and Libation express, as does the Baby Blessing, our gratitude
for all we have been given, and our commitment to continue to work
for the benefit of all. During the Giveaway, every celebrant is given
an item with which to mark Stones Rising of that year.
Also during the Giveaway, many of us who have
not yet made our donation pledges for the year make those pledges
and give to the fundraising program of Four Quarters. This is the
time for us to honor all that we have been given by our experiences
at Four Quarters: of People, Land, Stones, Magic, and the ever-present
Divine. We give as we have received, in joy and gratitude.
is another concrete expression of this giving and receiving, reminding
us that what we have, we have because others have gone before us,
and what we do, we do for all those who come after.
of loving members of the Tribe, who labor away from the community
so that we can celebrate the bounty of the Land with each other. Where
we all come together and eat as One Tribe.
As life is
balance, just as there is time for action, there is a time for rest.
Eat, rest, spend time with loved ones. This is the time to recover
from the labors of the early part of the day and prepare for the focused
magical work of the Consecration.
As the Circle
grows, so the Family. As we have welcomed new children into the Life
of the People, so we welcome the new Stones into the Life of the Land.
We are halfway to our destination, and at a critical point in the
life of Four Quarters as People, Institution, and hope for the future.
We come together in the Stone Circle to honor what has been done in
the earlier parts of the day, and to connect with the Stones that
have been Raised and the Stones yet to come.
Stones Rising An Introduction
by Orren Whiddon,
Even now in our tenth year (2004) it is difficult
for me to get my arms around Stones Rising, and with this introduction
I can only hope to lift the curtain a little bit for others. Because
Stones is not a festival as that concept is commonly understood. We
do not offer to entertain you and we offer no message that can be
expressed in words.
For Stones Rising is a communitys exploration
of itself and the individual's expression of their own Spiritual sensibilities. You should
be here for your own experience of ceremony in the first person, and
to share the meaning that you find within your own heart with those
around you. For there is great meaning here on the Land, in Ceremony;
working with the Stones, the People and with Spirit.
We offer a tool kit of Ceremony, Set and Setting,
from which you can weave your own experience within the context of
a functioning Ceremonial Community. And that community of shared experience
is a continuum; living, breathing, changing with the years, as we
all grow and change in our experience of the Standing Stones and of
each other. For no Stones Rising is like the one that came before,
and I dare say they will never repeat themselves. There is no beginning
and certainly no end to the process, no beginning or end to the Ceremonial
Circle. No single Rising can transmit all that is to be learned, as
each year becomes an indivisible part of what came before and what
will come after. Stones Rising is a community of shared intent and
commitment, struggle and achievement that goes far beyond any one
person or time.
It is true that some of us have been privileged
to be present when the first Stone was raised, and for some this will
be a first time under the Witness Arbors. But it is our hope that
no matter when you joined us, you will find that you too stand in
the Center of the Circle.
We are honored to stand here with you.
For our Members
this process can begin with The Stone Peoples Intensive beginning
the weekend preceding Stones Rising, an Act of Service preparing the
Stone Circle and the Land for the People to come.
For those who
have the resources to arrive by Wednesday, we offer two days and nights
of preparatory ceremonials and many "Pathways of Service";
ceremonial commitments that you can make and keep in your own Service
to the Circle.
Our major ceremonials
begin Friday evening at The Labrynth with "The Dionysian Mysteries"
and the torchlight procession of the first Stone into the Stone Circle.
They continue through Saturday with the "Long Pull" as the
second stone makes its journey up our mountain and into Circle, a
stone dedicated to our Land. Sunday Morning begins with "The
Feast of the Corn Mother" and "The Ceremony of Commitments"
honoring the Pathways of Service made and fullfilled over the previous
four days. Then, "The Rising" as the third stone is brought
into Circle and all three are raised to join the Standing Stones.
Followed by our GiveAways and then "The Feast of the Standing
Stones" and rest.
who can only arrive Friday afternoon or later, we hope to provide
a full and rich experience during their three day weekend on the Land.
A time when you can discover your place in Circle and make your own
Commitment of Service.
Staff of The Starvin' Artist Cafe make a very special Commitment of
Service as their own part of this very special Stones Rising. Beginning
with The Stones Peoples Intensive continuing with hundreds of Meal
Plan meals throughout Stones Rising, they offer their own work, sweat
and love in feeding the people. Sunday's "Feast of the Corn Mother"
and "The Feast of the Standing Stones" will be prepared
and presented to Stones Rising attendees as their gift.
began fourteen* years ago, and our early years were a struggle. In
fact, we survived those hard times because of the gifts that were
freely given by those whose lives we touched, often the very food
we ate and clothing we wore. Since that time we have grown. Thirty-seven*
Stones stand in the hilltop sunlight and much of the Land is now owned
by the Sanctuary, in permanent trust made possible by more gifts,
freely given. The past few years have been very good to Four Quarters,
but we never forget what it was like to live in want.
It is a time
of thanksgiving for what we have been given. But Stones Rising remains
for us a giveaway. A giveaway for those whose lives have been touched
by these troubling times, and our best wish to offer solace in these
times of travail. Because we remember.
(*As of this year)
For more information about Stones Rising, please review the detailed
information contained in the linked pages to your right. Or feel free
to call our offices.
We invite you to join us as family, taking part in this real community,
Making ceremony together as only the people can.
These are the gifts of
Sacrifice, Ceremony and Celebration;
and they await you, as Blessings of this Land
upon You and Your House... Stones Rising
Registrations for Stones Rising 2010
for Stones Rising
with our OnLine shop
or by calling our offices at 814-784-3075
Membership Privileges Apply
Children under 16 are loved, cherished and free.
Only Early Bird, $80 Pre-reg by June 20
Days arrive Weds or Thurs
Pre-reg by Aug 22, Members $100, Guests $120; or $140 at the
Days arrive Friday or after
Pre-reg by Aug 22, Members $85, Guests $105; or $125 at the
Registrations, CALL US!
SUNDAY morning's Loaves of the Corn Mother,
SUNDAY afternoon's Feast of the Standing Stones
are included in your registration.
Meal Plans with the Starvin Artist
are Brunch and Dinner.
Please bring your own utensils.
Weds - Monday Brunch, 8 meals-2 feasts
$72 pre-reg only, Omni or Herbivore
Thurs - Monday Brunch, 6 meals-2 feasts
$56 pre-reg only, Omni or Herbivore
Fri - Monday Brunch, 4 meals-2 feasts
$39 pre-reg only, Omni or Herbivore
Sat - Monday Brunch, 3 meals-2 feasts
$30.50 pre-reg only, Omni or Herbivore
You are welcome to arrive before
and stay later than Monday.
Early In and Late Out camping is $5 a night for Members.
and $10 a night for non-members.
We have two hot shower buildings,
both equipped with flush toilets; located in our North Crook
and High Meadow camping areas.
Our showers use state of the art
"on demand" water heaters and low-flow heads;
our toilets are imported super low-flow dual-flush units.
Booths are juried, pre-registered and very limited.
Contact us early to merchant.
Campfire Permits and In-Camp Car Camping Permits
are $15 each.
In-Camp Parking passes are $25 and very limited.
Handicapped, please contact us for your free
In-Camp parking pass.
And do visit the The Four Quarters Forum
for ongoing discussion of the Ceremonials
for this years Stones Rising.
Thankfully Remembering the
Sponsoring Organizations of past Stones Risings.
Assembly of the Sacred Wheel
Polished Mature Wicca, Mid-Atlantic.
New Orleans American Voodoun Tradition. Thomas, West Virginia.
Foxwood Temple of The Old Religion
The Monks of The Gomang Monestary
The Association of Pagan Education and Practice
Modern NeoPagan Practice, Toledo, Ohio
ArcheDream Ritual Theater
The Washington DC Radical Fairies
Mirthful irreverence within Circle, Washington DC
The Spiral Ceremonial Intensive
Eclectic NeoPagan, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
The Paint Creek Singers
Traditional Prayer Ceremonies and Drum, Michigan.
Earth Religion Center
InterFaith EarthReligion, Norfolk, Virginia
KOHI, The Children of Fire
Eclectic Sweat Lodge Ceremonials, Frederick, Maryland
Southern Italian Traditional Ceremonies; Roma, Italy
Eloy Hernandez Otura Nico and Ile Orunla
Traditional Santeria and Ifa; Washington, DC.
Creed Grove ADF,
Eldest Grove of ADF Druidry; Cleveland, Ohio
The Members of the church of
Four Quarters InterFaith Sanctuary of Earth Religion