From the 2009 Members Muse,
The Presidents Letter to The Membership

In the past 17 years, a lot has been written about what makes Four Quarters what it is, from many different perspectives and from many different angles. Much has been said about various improvements and enrichments, beginning with running water in the Farmhouse kitchen, and 10 years later a commercial kitchen license in the camp… from portasans to flush toilets and a public water supply permit… Odd, I hadn’t realized how many of those improvements involve plumbing!

It hasn’t all been about plumbing. We’ve grown from one overburdened desktop computer to an office network that many businesses would envy. The Farmhouse itself has seen a fair amount of cosmetic and structural surgery, from having the woodstove and chimney relocated from the east wall to the buildings center (1996), to having its basement excavated and lowered , allowing it to become that enviable office space (1998). Part of the porch was enclosed to expand the kitchen (and its plumbing), and then there’s the addition for the winery (2002), the machine shop (2008), the Loft… the camp kitchen, the Dormitory (2009), the shower buildings (2005-08), the roads, the storage shed, the stage, the fire circle… the scenery is very different now than it was in 1995. One might argue that it hardly seems like the same place!

But truly, how could it be?

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About Four Quarters

Fire copyAir copy    Four Quarters was founded in 1995 to provide safe harbor for the practice of both indigenous and modern Earth Religions, and to help preserve their spiritual roots into the future. The following years have witnessed the organic growth of a truly Progressive Community, one that is firmly rooted in the natural Land of Four Quarters. As we move through our second decade, we have made tremendous progress from our very humble beginnings, with almost 350 Members in support of this Community of Choice. A Community that incorporates progressive ideas of Family, Ecology, Culture and Tribe; bound together by our diverse Earth Based Spirituality.

    Four Quarters is incorporated as a non-profit Church in order to ensure a nature-based sanctuary where one’s spiritual experience can be freely explored and self defined, as well as to ensure that the spiritual and cultural beliefs of our Membership enjoy the full protection of the law. Most importantly, to ensure that an organization of service exists to care for the Land that has been legally transferred to permanent non-profit ownership, and to care for The Circle of Standing Stones. A living promise, held in trust for the future.

    As the Four Quarters Center for Earth Living, we work to develop and share examples of sustainable living practices for the emerging Age of Limits. We actively work to increase the viability of our soils, raise most of the food for our live-in staff and much of the food served in the camp kitchen. We have established a licensed cottage winery, focused on local suppliers and local customers. We incorporate advanced designs in our buildings and energy systems. We practice personal simplicity in our daily lives.

    We are incorporated in the State of Pennsylvania as 501(c)3 Church and 501(d) Community of Service that shares a common treasury, PA EXMP 75-538-546, FED EIN 25-1853964. All donations to Four Quarters are fully tax deductible as allowed by law.
Water copyEarth copy     Four Quarters is a Membership based organization that is operated by our Membership, Volunteer Staff and The Members of the Community of Service. Policy is set by our Board of Directors, advised by our Members Advocates and is recorded in the BoD logbook, freely available for review to all Members.
     Our detailed annual financial statement is mailed to our Members every January and is freely available to the public on our web site. We think financial transparency is important and is how every nonprofit should operate.
    We believe that in order to create a Sanctuary of Earth Religion which supports an alternative vision of Family and Tribe, we must be very, very responsible in interacting with the world at large. And with our Members. We hope you think so too!