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.  

Sept 17, 2023

Ceremony at Stones Rising 2023
By Orren P. Whiddon
Photos by Mike McConnell, Etain Preston, Kurt Griffith

WedsDinWednesday evening was our first shared meal in the pavilion as the early birds assemble.
Sharing our meals, with everyone eating together, was a new and wonderful addition to this years Stones Rising.

     Time moves so quickly. Just two weeks ago we were in the grips of severe drought and what seemed to be a perpetual heat wave. We gathered together and a new stone was raised in circle. Then, finally, the rains came. The river rose and there was a new scent in the air. A first night of chill breeze and the leaves began to turn. And fall.
     We have so many pictures of this years Rising, which was itself very picture worthy. The addition of architectural grade lighting in the natural landscape has made possible new ceremonial approaches that are deeply beautiful and moving. Including all food as part of our registration, and sharing that food together, made for a deepening connection and community of purpose among all of us.

     And so I will let the pictures of this years ceremony speak for themselves, with just a little comment. In a week or two I will add a photo essay on our preparations, and then the actual Rising of the Stone. I hope you enjoy!

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June 14, 2023

New Stones for Four Quarters
By Orren P. Whiddon
Photos by Mike McConnell

2015   Lifting the Great North Stone from its truck

      I wanted to write a short note on what we have been working on this season, other than finishing touches to the new electrical system, expanding the showers, and the never ending grooming of our woodlands.
     You may remember that 2015 was a big year for us. That was when we took the momentous decision to purchase the adjoining 110 acre farm that we now know as New Camp and Fairview Station. That vertigo inducing $500,000 purchase is now just $50,000 owed with the bank, and all of the work in scrub clearance, drainage and the building of Rainbow Bridge are now memories.
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July 3, 2023

The New Stones Have Arrived
By Orren P. Whiddon
Photos by Mike McConnell, Pam Alexander, Tom BlackHawk

WebTrucksA deep contrabass rumble echos through the hills as the big boys shoulder their loads.

     The Friday before Drum and Splash arrived misty and cool; with the promise of something big in the air as three tractor trailer flatbeds rumbled up our hilltop, carrying the next few years of stones for the circle.
     The crane from Digging and Rigging arrived at 7 in the morning, and at 7:30 fresh coffee with hot sausage biscuits were served from the Farmhouse kitchen.
      Then the fun began.

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May 15, 2023

Beltaine 2023... A Photo Essay
By Orren P. Whiddon
Photos by Mike McConnell, Walter Bachteler and Kurt Griffith

Web1MaryPreparing for Fire Ceremony Friday Evening

  Spring Comes to The Land!  The warm blood rises,  the twig bears new leaf, The Lass and The Lad notice they are not alone, the babe in arms chortles in glee as the oldsters nod together in agreement. Spring Comes to The Land!

    A fresh crop of young people with 29 in attendance under 16 years, from young teens to the newly borne. Children running under foot everywhere, keeping a jump or two ahead of their 'rents.
    $750 worth of cut flowers, plus what attendees kindly brought. So many we had to buy from two local florists. Flowers on The Maypole, flowery wreaths on our heads, flowers on the dining tables and covering the Altars in The Stone Circle.
    Perfect, crystalline blue sky weather, warm at night, green bursting everywhere.
    And our new lighting breathing magic into the night-time of The Stone Circle. The grown-ups gasped, the children squealed as the forest lit up during our Saturday night ceremonies.

    Please follow us along as we present this photo essay of Beltaine 2023... at Four Quarters.

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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

2023CalendarAtGlance 1200 Notice

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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