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.  

January 22, 2023

Food and Community at Four Quarters
By Orren P. Whiddon

Griffith SM16 2190 1200cropMeal queue for Saturday Night Feast. Samhain 2016.

Since we humans first huddled around the fire to share its warmth, we have shared food. As an act of love, or of bonding within our shared culture. As recognition of connection, or as a means to build connection between people.
   Food is central at Four Quarters. We garden and buy beef and pork from our neighbor up the road. Potatoes and turnips too. We have easily prepared 10,000 Moon Service meals right in the Farm House kitchen, and there is no way to count the ten's of thousands of meals that have been prepared and served in camp.
 
   We sacralize our food with prayer and intention, we make ceremony with it... The Loaves of fresh baked bread served in community as the first act of each year's Stones Rising. The silent "Dumb Supper" that has marked many a Samhain dinner. Or the simple act of saying of grace around the meal that marks the close of a working day.
 
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January 23, 2023

2023 Schedule-at-a-Glance is now Available!
By Kurt Griffith

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In advance of the Wheel of the Year, The 2023 Schedule At A Glance is now available! Members, friends, guests and interested parties can download a printable PDF of the year's schedule here. We have just about all of our events listed, our regular Spiritual Events, Moon Services, Festivals, and Member Events through the end of the year. So start marking your calendars, putting in for those vacation days, and saving up that lunch money to get away!
 
We’re also working hard to get the 2023 Wheel of the Year out the door!
It's that time of year again, we're spinning the squirrel wheels to turn around the 2023 Wheel of the Year! We're updating the Web Site Event Pages, and scrabbling to prep the Wheel to go to press... Real Soon Now!
 
Do you want your own copy of the the 2023 Wheel of the Year sent to you, absolutely FREE? Visit our Publications Page
 
 

 

November 18, 2022

Full Moon & Winter Solstice Service
By Carrie Krystek & Kurt Griffith

North Copse in WinterJoin us on a Four Quarters' Winter's Day...North Copse in Winter.

 
Home for the Holidays
 

Please come home for the holidays as we celebrate the return of the Light with a light-hearted celebration of this joyous season! Celebrate with us the Rebirth of the Sun; Exchange with us Gifts of Love and Laughter, and Remember with us that the Wheel does turn, and soon the Sun’s light will once again warm our faces.

You can look forward to a birthday celebration for the new-born Sun, a groaning board feast, sugar cookies to decorate, and a hand crafted gift for everyone! Reunion with friends and family, ceremony and celebration. Blessed Solstice Greetings to One and All! 

Schedule of Activities
12pm    Festively Gather Together with Cookies, Punch, Cider, and Fun  --  Office
1pm      Cookie Decorating Activity  --  Office
3pm      Bardic Singalong Wassail  --  (Outside or Loft)
5pm      Blessings from the Gifting Tree  --  Office
6pm      Groaning Board Feast  --  Farmhouse Kitchen
7:30      Ritual: Facing the Cold and Dark, we Choose Light  --  Stone Circle
(Please plan to dress warmly for this outdoor ritual)

Note: subject to change due to weather etc. Check back on Dec. 9 to confirm the schedule.

Groaning Board Feast menu!
Spiral cut ham
Vegetarian roast
Roasted Root Vegetables
Blue Lake Green Beans
Dinner Rolls
Garden Salad

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November 7, 2022

Samhain 2022
By Orren Whiddon

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Samhain 2022: A Photo Essay

          This year's Samhain was remarkable in many ways. Attendees experienced three major ceremonies on Friday evening, Saturday  afternoon, and Saturday evening, in addition to a focused Feast of The Dead. The season's last Sweat Lodge Ceremony was held, a workshop discussion focused on our Ancestors had lively conversation, and kids of all ages enjoyed the Pinata, Pumpkin Carving, and Crafted Flying Skeletons!
 
          For the first time ever we included all four meals as part of the registration, without a separate charge for a meal plan. As hoped this had a strong impact on our community and presages developments for Church events in the 2023 season.
             But what was truly memorable was the profound beauty of our new architectural landscape lighting and how it enhances the ceremonial experiences. This photo essay has over twenty-five gorgeous photos, please take your time and linger.
              With much thanks to Michel Lehmueller and Mike McConnell on the technical side and Pamela Alexander, Kailin Miller, Carrie Krystek, Mary Murphy, Beth Thomas, and Kurt Griffith
on the planning and ceremonial side.

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October 13, 2022

Grid Power Project
By Orren Whiddon

1MapThe Grid Power Project of 2022.
4,500 feet of buried 3" High Voltage conduit, six transformers running at 15,000 volts, 1,800  Amps of power.
Yellow line marks the route. This became a monsterr project, begun in late Winter/early Spring of 2022.

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LightStone

September 16, 2022

A Stones Rising 2022 Photo Essay
by Pam Alexander
Photos by Pam, Kurt, Mike and Ashley

Stones Rising is at the core of everything we do here at Four Quarters. As we gather together to raise the Stones that make up the Stone Circle, we share in purpose, ceremony, and celebration.

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September 15, 2022

Stones Rising 2022 - Raising A Stone
Mini-Documentary By Kurt Griffith

Stones Rising 2022 - Raising a Stone Mini-Documentary.

Part of the ceremonial activities at Stones Rising, is the annual adding of monumental stones to the Sacred Circle of Standing Stones we have been building since 1995 here at Four Quarters Interfaith. It is a determined work of years, executed by a dedicated community of Spirit. Stone by Stone.

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