A fresh Spring's offerings of flowers.

Colored ribbons dreaming of flight.

Hands put to the task.

A union of opposites, the May Pole rises.

Dance, dance... Where ever you may be!

Spring's Bubbles and Butterflies!

Spring is with us!

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Our Return to the Land!

A Four Quarters Members and Guests Weekend

Friday April 29th - Sunday, May 1st, 2022

Updated 4/28/2022

MayPoleDanceBalefire burns in our bellies and the Maypole rises to reach new heights while Drummers and Dancers unite as one.
It is time to return to the Land, to dance, to sing, and bless the Land and its People with love of Life and Fertility.

 



Beltaine 2022 Highlights!

-- Friday evening: First Fire Ritual, followed by Drum Circle
-- Saturday morning: First Labyrinth Walk and First Sweat Lodge of the Season
-- Saturday afternoon: Maypole Games, Annual Tea Party, Maypole Dance and Beltaine Ceremony
-- Saturday evening: Beltaine Feast, and Balefire Ceremony
-- Followed by Open Fire Circle
-- Sunday morning: Raising of the Seed Stone by the Children's Stone Crew, and Closing Ritual 

View the embedded image gallery online at:
https://4qf.org/beltaine#sigProIdd5f38c85b3
 
   "Now the green blade riseth, from the buried grain;
    Wheat that in dark earth, many days has lain..."


 
Join us for our annual homecoming as we celebrate the Sweetness of Spring! It’s Beltaine at Four Quarters! As the Land awakens, we return for a weekend of renewal !
  The season of hibernation is at its end, and nature's sprouts and buds inspire joyful fecundity! It is time for playful activity and growth to begin, time to bless the Land and its People with love of life and fertility… to greet friends you haven’t seen all winter long, and welcome new friends first on the Land… to share in communion of this sweet and beautiful space.

  •     On Friday we Gather and share Hospitality to catch up with old friends and meet new, then light the First Fire to kick off the weekend.  
  •     Saturday is filled with activities for adults and children: preparing the Maypole and Wreath, the Annual Tea Party, Main Ritual, and Feast for all. Labyrinth Walks and Sweat Lodge Ceremonies provide opportunities for deep personal reflection. Everyone is needed to lend a hand to Raise the Maypole, Dance, Sing and Celebrate! At sunset we light our Balefire, and celebrate with drumming, dancing, songs, stories, and poems at the Fire Circle.
  •     On Sunday, everyone is needed again to witness as the Kid's Tribe raise the Seed Stone, giving their own blessing to the Circle and the Season. We will pass along the Stones Rising tradition to the Kid’s Tribe, who will work the rollers and ropes to bring the Seed Stone home in our Stone Circle. Followed by Closing Ceremony where we give thanks and remember the times we have had together during the weekend, and shout Merry Meet Again!

    We want to the see the beauty of flowers everywhere we turn! Please pick up a grocery store bouquet or two on your way, and drop them off at the buckets by the Coffee Dragons. 

E Preston at FQF Spring

Online Memberships and Event Registrations

Registration Information: Pre-Registration Deadline is April 15th.
Friday Arrival: Member's Pre Registration: $60; 
Guest Pre-Registration: $80; Gate Registration: $90
Saturday Arrival: Guest Pre-Registration: $70; Gate Registration: $80
Children Under 16 are Loved, Cherished, and Free!

Saturday's Beltaine Feast is free for all attending.
    
Beltaine Meal Plan by the Starvin' Artist Cafe!
3 meals and the feast, Friday Dinner-Sunday Brunch, 
Omnivore and Herbivore options available.
      Pre-Registration required, $45/person.

     Our online registrations are placed through Vanco, our longtime provider of church focused credit card pr
ocessing.  By Electronic Check, Debit or Credit Card: Completely secure and smart phone enabled.
Got Questions? Need help? Prefer Humans?  Call the office to register.    814-784-3080.
Promoting Members RSVP's, Accommodations, Auto, Fire and Tent permits by calling the office at 814-784-3080.

As Always you are welcome to arrive before Friday and stay after Sunday.
     Early-In, Late-Out Camping $10/night for Members, $15/night for guests!

Register On-Line Here
Your questions are welcome!  

McConnel Bel08 P1020614 600 Lodging at Four Quarters - Call the office to inquire.
    Rooms have double beds, blankets and pillows; Bunks have fitted sheets. During events rooms and bunks are bundled with meal plans and are booked for the duration of the event. you must call the office for reservations.


2022 Beltaine Schedule

Friday, April 29

Noon onward Hospitality at the Coffee Dragons.
Self-serve refreshments at our hospitality suite. Meet and greet each other!

6 – 7 PM Meal Plan Dinner

8 PM Opening Circle and First Fire Ceremony
- The Last of the Larder: Offering of Last Season’s Abundance with the Hopeful Anticipation of the Bounty to come
- Cleaning our Houses: Casting off of that which we no longer need
- Setting our intentions: Sowing seeds for things we need to help ourselves, and others

Saturday, April 30
9 – 10 AM Meal Plan Breakfast

10 – 11 AM Self-Guided Labyrinth Walk: Gathering in the May Day Dew
Connecting to the tradition of gathering May Day dew for Magical Glamour
- For those who not inclined to walk the Labyrinth, a cleansing station is available at the Labyrinth entrance.

10 – 11:30 AM Mother and Child Ceremony
Ashley Kremner, in service

Through the afternoon: Maypole Games
Enjoy a game of Bocce, Frisbees, Ring Toss, Cornhole, Bouncy ball, Bubble wands and whatever merriment might occur!

12 – 2 PM Preparing the Maypole Wreath and Ribbons

12 – 2 PM Preparing the Maypole

12 – 2 PM First Sweat Lodge of the Season
Informed consent & COVID safety protocols will apply.

2 – 3:30 PM Celebrating the Flowers of Spring
Make your own floral wreaths and boutonnieres to celebrate spring!
-   Donations to help with the cost of ribbons and flowers are welcome!

2:30 - 3:30 PM: Annual Tea Party
Beth Thomas, In Service

3:30 – 4:30 PM May Pole Dance
Etain, Deek, and Friends In Service

5 – 6 PM Beltane Ceremony
Join us as we Celebrate the Fullness of Spring and receive Gifts from the Mother: Commitments, Fertility, Creativity, Abundance, Energy, Inspiration, Passion, and Peace

6 – 7 PM Beltane Feast – for all attendees

8 PM (sunset) Balefire Sunset Celebration
A bonfire Four Quarters style: Gather to the sound of the Heartbeat drum; the drums of the People answer.
Honor those who serve: Lodge, Kitchen, Community of Service, and Those Who Came Before.
Then, the flames rise high: Fun, Dancing, Fire Spinning and Merriment ensue!

Sunday, May 1
10 – 11am Meal Plan Breakfast

11am – 12pm Blessing the Future: Seed Stone Pull
Everyone is needed again to witness as the Kid’s Tribe raise the Seed Stone

12pm Closing Circle: Giving our Blessings to the World
A time to remember our blessings and hopes for the coming season, and carrying the magic back to the larger world.