4 April 2021

Four Quarters Open House Weekend
Memorial Day, Friday May 28 – Monday May 31, 2021

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Draft Schedule:
Work projects start at 9am each day. Feel free to join the work parties if you arrive later!

7:30pm: Misa Service, Loft

5pm: Church Supper - Open to everyone, donations welcomed
7pm: Moon Service: Memorial Day Observance. Carrie, Kurt, and others In Service.
~ 8pm: Sweat Lodge Ceremony follows Service

5pm: Church Picnic - Everyone Welcome!
Menu: hot dogs/burgers, grilled veggies, baked beans, coleslaw, iced tea. Please bring chilled fruits, melons, etc. to share!

From our Drum Circle to the Bunkhouse, the Dining Pavilion and Shower Houses, from landscaping and clearing in New Camp to general beautification, all have been taken on by Members and guests willing to roll up their sleeves and drip a little sweat, a source of fine memories for many of us. Our old-timers will remember when we brought water into camp in trailers – and always more work on the roads. How things have changed!

In 2019, Members and guests leaned in for an epic build as part of the season-long construction of Rainbow Bridge. It was a long time coming and it was truly magnificent to see the span take shape.

In addition to the year-round labor of the Community of Service, much of this work is done by volunteers, who show up, gear up, and get it done. If you have never worked with a crew before, you will be amazed at the relationships that are formed, and how you come to genuinely know another person in real depth. It is, in fact, a form of spiritual practice.

For the Open House Weekend we keep the schedule loose so people can lend a hand where they feel they best fit. We share much at these weekends, we open our campsites, impromptu potluck meals (dependent on COVID-19 status - use good judgement!), fellowship by our campfires and at the Coffee Dragons. The Sweat Lodge Crew will be hosting Sweat Lodge Ceremony, and possibly offering Lodge Teachings this weekend. And given that Memorial Day is a three-day weekend, we’ll be offering a hot-dog and coleslaw picnic on Sunday, so even if you don’t join-in on the work crews, all are welcome. Perpetual morning coffee is a given, and kids’ hot chocolate too, if we can figure out how to keep them from stealing all the cream!

If you are interested in this event, just call or email the office - 814-784-3080 • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know you'll be joining us. You might want work clothes, boots, and work gloves can be a very helpful. There are no charges other than grounds fees for those who are overnight camping, but we do welcome donations.

Past Member and Work Weekends

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Work Weekends at Four Quarters

 Memorial Day Weekend, Friday May 27 – Monday, May 30, 2016


    Our work weekends have been a real success and in the case of the new Dorm and Pavilion, absolutely essential to their construction. These projects could never have been completed without our Work Weekend Volunteers. If you have never worked with a crew before, you will be amazed at the human relationships that are formed, and how you come to know another person with genuine and real depth. It is in fact a form of spiritual practice. We keep the work schedule loose, so people can lend a hand where they feel they are a best fit, and that has worked well. We share our meals together, as a gift of The Starvin’ Artist, and we share much else besides.

    It all happens because of volunteers, so pick up a hammer, spatula or garden rake and join in. All skill levels are welcome and there is much to do. Tidy up the Drum Cicle, groom the woodlands, gandy dance 30 feet in the air on the roof rafters. Continue building the Labyrinth. Bring work gloves and boots. Any tools you think usefull. We supply a simple lunch and dinner for the work crews; courtesy of 'The Starvin Artist Cafe.'

    For information on our work weekend email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Members (and Guests!) Work Weekend 2016
Memorial Day, Friday May 27 – Monday, May 30

     Our Drum Circle is a popular place and a source of fine memories for many of us. In fact, the present Drum Circle is the product of a significant Members Fundraiser that took place almost 10 years ago and resulted in the present (mostly) level circle and arbors. In 2015, a number of Members took it upon themselves to organize a second fundraising effort benefiting the Drum Circle, which has been even more successful!
    This will be our working focus for the Memorial Day Members Weekend: landscaping, terracing and drainage for the Drum Circle and the adjacent areas. We will be laying in stockpiles of soil, gravel, drainage pipe and landscaping block, and in the days before, live-in staff will be doing the rough preparatory work. During the weekend, many hands will make light work of the actual wall building, grading and planting. We will be laying in landscaped terraces around the circle to expand seating and control drainage, with a particular focus on the firewood storage area. We will also be doing the same for the area in front of the Coffee Dragon.

     The Members Weekend is also the launch for our first Four Quarters Lecture, with Moon Service and a hot-dog and cole-slaw picnic. Given that Memorial Day is a three-day weekend, the lecture and picnic will likely be on Sunday, so stay tuned as particulars develop. There will be a few members workshops and perpetual morning coffee is a given, and kids’ hot chocolate too, if we can figure out how to keep them from stealing all the cream!

    We do hope you will join us in this Members initiative to improve our Drum Circle.

Construction Projects and Work Weekends

by Orren Whiddon
reprinted from the 2010 Wheel of The Year Calendar

    Editor's Note: This article was published in 2010 as an update to the Membership on our work weekends for that coming year, and gives a good feel our project list and the volunteer hands that make it all happen.
    We work together as a crew, with meals provided by and shared at the Farmhouse. Often a bit of a party after the sun goes down. If you would like to help, we would appreciate it. Check the schedule for latest info on the current years Work Weekends, and feel free to call the office with your questions.

The last of our hand milled trim
goes up in the Loft

If you look back to last year's Calendar you will see the long list of projects that we planned for the 2009 season, and we are tickled that so much has been achieved. With the Loft close to completion, and the shell of the new in-camp Dormitory up, we are now well on our way towards providing covered roof and heated space accommodation at Four Quarters. In fact so much has happened that a full length article with pictures seems in order. So...

We are very pleased that The Starvin’ Artist Kitchen has received its permanent “Eating and Drinking” licence from the PA Dept of Health! We are now fully approved with the kitchen, just as we became fully approved by the DEP for our central water system in 2008. It has been a long road since we began feeding people out of an old Army tent back in 1996! Much thanks to the volunteer kitchen staff who have maintained the high standards that this permit requires, and the support of Eric Stevens, our Bedford County Sanitarian.

And we have completed the two hot shower stalls in the Upper Shower House just in time for the SpiralHeart Reclaiming Summer Camp. The Oohh’s and Ahh’s from the shower house are most gratifying! We hope within a few years to add two more shower stalls and washer and dryer to the Upper Shower House. A little bit more each year and we get where we are goin’.


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