The News from Four Quarters

 NewsLogoBuilding, planting and planning. Sharing ceremony and good, home raised food.
Oddities in the weather and how the orchard did.
Observations on the Global Crisis.
Earth Spirit and Earth Living.
These are all parts of the News from Four Quarters.    Enjoy.  

July 24, 2020

Ivy Sturm, in Service

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Many of Ivy Sturm's friends know of her two hip operations performed this last winter, and of the slow recovery Ivy has experienced from the second operation. Since January of this year Ivy has been in serious decline, stubbornly attempting to manage her duties in the office, even as we moved her into the main floor of the Farmhouse to make her care easier for all of us
     
     Ivy first came to Four Quarters for Stones Rising of 1996, and has attended every Stones since. Back in those days we were all much younger, and we cooked out of an US Army GP Medium tent over Benzomatic gasoline burners... Ivy rolled up her sleeves and dove right in. After the Starvin' Artist Kitchen was built Ivy took on all of our baking at events, and pioneered our gluten free fare. She also played an over size role in ceremony and could always be relied on to fill in for that "extra" part. Ivy was instrumental in planning the very first WickerMan event thirteen years ago, maintained the mailing list and organized "Bread and Circus" as her eatable Art contribution.
     About six years ago Ivy petitioned for her Novitiate as a Member of the Community of Service, and was accepted. She closed out her personal affairs in Wilkes-barre and moved to Four Quarters to live under vows of poverty and service. From that time until just recently Ivy has managed our office, database and accounting systems; and greeted thousands of visitors. She served for a number of years as a Members Advocate and since 2018 as a fully seated Member of our Board of Directors.

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July 9, 2020

At Drum ’N’ Splash 2020

DS20 Bachteler MikeFireSpin 800Mike McConnel lights up the Meadow with dazzling fire spinning.

Drum and Splash was fun …. and weird … but mostly fun. It was particularly amazing seeing everyone this year. Covid has certainly changed my perspective on seeing and hanging out with chosen family and friends. These moments are just extra sweet because they are so rare. Seeing friends, hanging out with chosen family, sharing space and experiences was something I used to take for granted. Now, there are no guarantees when the next time will be. I can’t believe I’m saying this and double true if you know me … I miss people. I miss hugs. I can’t believe I just owned that … lol. It was so weird feeling like that and then feeling this little edge of fear creeping in … c o v i d. I refuse to capitalize the “c” anymore, I am not giving it any more power.

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June 10, 2020

Summer Solstice Service

SolsticeReEmergence 1200The Stone Circle is here, waiting for you.

When we closed the camp in March, we began planning to re-open the 2020 Season at Four Quarters at Summer Solstice. As things turned out, we re-emerged from the sacrifices of the winter at Beltaine!

Please join us for our celebration of the Summer Solstice at an informal Members and Guests Weekend on June 19-21 and help us welcome the Summer. We will have our first Sweat Lodge, Ceremonies to celebrate the Summer Solstice in the Stone Circle and the Labyrinth, Greeting the First Summer Sunrise, and maybe some surprises. Help us wake up the Mountain! Summer is a comin’ in and winter’s gone away. May Summer Solstice Sunrise greet you on the lush green of the Mountain

For more Information, pelase see the Summer Solstice Service Event page
or call 814-784-3080 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

June 1, 2020

Moon Service - Opening the Drum Circle

DnS14 JJL 9605 1200We are dancing in the Circle, Dancing to the Center. - Drum 'N' Splash 2014

Join us for the opening of the Drum Circle at our June 6th Moon Service to the Land. The drum circle will be weeded and cleaned, and made ready for Drum N Splash and the coming season. Good, dedicated, motivated tribe welcomed for the clearing. Then our first Fire, Drumming and Fire Spinning to welcome the season. Anyone hanging out this weekend is welcome to join.

Since our beginning there has been a Fire Circle at Four Quarters. Once again as we celebrate the season and prepare for Drum and Splash, we continue to dedicate ourselves to holding the Sacred Space within the Fire Circle as we focus on those who will continue to hold Sacred Space for the next 20 years and, in turn, cultivate the generations of Drummers and Dancers yet to come.

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May 22, 2020

Beltaine Emergence

McConnell BeltaineMoonMay20 5199 1200Socially distant ritual on a brisk spring day.

by Carrie Krystek.

The May 9 Beltaine Emergence Moon Service was a very special time for me. 

Like many of you, I have been finding the entire coronavirus situation to be very mentally and emotionally draining over these last few months. The care and concern I feel for those with the virus, the healthcare workers helping them, those affected by the economic closures, along with concerns for my own personal health and safety has been overwhelming at times. With the wide variety of information out there, it has also been difficult to know how to interact with the world in a manner that keeps me and others safe.

After a long and cold winter, it has been frustrating to observe the advent of Spring from a distance. After so many weeks of curtailed action, I was ready to spend some time in the sun. When Pennsylvania announced that campgrounds could now open, it was exciting to determine how Four Quarters could open up so that people could enjoy Nature in a safe manner.

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April 27, 2020

A Beltaine Emergence Moon Service

AppleThe Green Shoots of Spring... Emerging.

"It is the beginning of our Emergence.
A first step along the long road before us.
"

 
These last months of Pandemic have been a hard road
for so many: our Caregivers, those directly affected by the disease, the many who have lost income and work, and all of us facing the enormity of the changes this virus brings. We have weathered the first of this storm, knowing that there are more trials yet to come. But there is good news.

    As a Church Four Quarters has been exempt from all restrictions, but as good citizens we chose to strictly adhere to civil guidance and closed Four Quarters in early March. On April 27th, Pennsylvania's Governor Tom Wolfe of has begun the slow process of lifting restrictions, and because of the fundamental safety of the out-of-doors, has first reopened campgrounds across the state. Four Quarters is now re-opened for visits and ceremony!

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April 14, 2020

ALL DEATHS MATTER

by Anonymous

AllDeaths image 1200Contemplating our mortal connectiveness. ““What makes their stories worth the telling?”

“What makes their stories worth the telling?
Why should you care to read about
the pitiful passing of these individuals who
lived on the extreme margin of society?”

 
This is the story of three dead men.
It is not a tale of how platitudes of Light & Love brought them peace of mind, nor is it an attempt to rehabilitate the memory of their lives. You will not find that they died quietly in bed surrounded by their loving families. And no death bed confessions of hope and redemption are relayed to you the reader, as there are none. What makes their stories worth the telling? Why should you care to read about the pitiful passing of these individuals who lived on the extreme margin of society? This is also the story of a sort of activism, an effort made in good faith to help the struggling meet their end or at least to make the way less difficult. A service to others that asks more from you than a few bucks or a canned food donation. There are no membership fees, no training modules to attend, and no one to guide you along this particular road. It is the taking of charitable license upon oneself to act compassionately.

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