Samhain at Four Quarters

Friday October 29th - Sunday October 31st, 2021

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The Stones stand tall, holding vigil as night falls.
The Ancestors' Crypt is open, lit by candles and steeped in memory.
We stand together, in Circle, and we remember...

It is now the time of Transition; the start of the Dark Time of the year when the veil is thin.
A traditional time of remembering All Those Who Have Gone Before and honoring their lives.

The times have been challenging of late.
Political unrest, health threats, economic woes and many other things too numerous to list have caused us all sorrow.

Join us as we solemnly observe Samhain and find ways to express our sorrow together, while also celebrating Life, Fellowship and Community in turn. By allowing space for Sorrow and Peace, we hope to encourage Healing, Catharsis...and perhaps Hope.

2021 Schedule Highlights

  • As we gather together, we will create an Altar to our Ancestors and ask for their Wisdom during these Challenging Times. 
  • Everyone is welcome to place a picture or token of your beloved departed on the Altar at any time.
  • We will share stories, songs, chants, drum and dance in honor of Those Who Have Gone Before.
  • We will share ways that we process and grow from grief, and then create tools and mementos to aid us in our growth.
  • There will be time for meditation, reflection, and prayer and purification at the Sweat Lodge. 
  • We will Labor together to unveil a Sacred Space on the Land: the Oak Spring (weather permitting).
  • In the last hours of daylight, weFeast together to celebrate Living in the Moment, to appreciate the sacredness of Life.
  • After sunset, we come together to Honor Those Who Have Gone Before, sharing grief and hope in our Sacred Stone Circle.
  • We will Listen to the Wisdom from Beyond the Veil, and Share Fellowship around the Hearth Fire.
  • We will share our love with each other, having learned that a sorrow shared is halved, and love shared is doubled.

2021 Schedule
(as of October 17, 2021)

Download the 2021 Samhain Program (PDF file, 512K)

Friday afternoon
3:00 pm Altars to our Ancestors --- Stone Circle Ancestor Altar
- Join us as we create a collaborative altar to our beloved dead. Everyone is welcome to place a picture or token of your departed on the Altar at any time.

3:00 pm Craftworkings I - Ritual tools for the season --- Coffee Dragons
- Mask Making: Connect to the child spirit within, Fetch or Lower Self, through creativity and play

5:00 pm By the Setting on the Sun, we Remember Them: Silent Meditation --- Stone Circle
- Listen to the Stones who inspire and guide. Light a prayer candle for a Stone or Altar in the Stone Circle.

6:00 pm Complimentary Supper
- By sharing bread together, we sustain the Spirit within. A gift of the Community of Service of Four Quarters.

Friday Evening:
7:30 PM Seeking our Ancestors: Labyrinth Walk
- Asking our Beloved Ancestors and other Guides for advice, healing and blessings
All abilities welcome; shorter routes and seating for those with limited mobility

~ 8:30 pm Social Circle: Singing, Drumming, Storytelling --- Fire Circle

Saturday Daytime:
9am: Continental Breakfast

10:00 am Craftworkings II - Ritual tools for the season --- Coffee Dragons
- Make an Ancestor Tree to remember those important to you.

10:00 am Creating the Oak Spring Altar --- New Camp
- We will Labor together to unveil a Sacred Space on the Land (weather permitting).

11:00 am Workshop: Growing with Grief: Creation from Death -- Coffee Dragons

~ 12:00 pm Sweat Lodge Ceremony --- Sweat Lodge
All are welcome to come pray. Note: All participants will be screened and contact information collected.

2:00 pm Tour of Four Quarters
- Explore places and see what you haven’t seen before!

3pm: Interested in serving the community?
Helpers will be needed to prepare/set up for Feast and Ritual. Stop by the Coffee Dragons to Volunteer!

Saturday Evening:
5:00 pm Feast for the Living --- Dining Pavilion
- Experience Life in the Moment by Sharing Sustenance Together

7:00 pm Ritual: Out of the Darkness of Death, Life Will Continue --- Stone Circle
- Shared Sorrow is Halved; Shared Joy is Doubled

~ 8:00 pm Divination Stations ---  Fire Circle, Stone Circle
- What better time to ask the Deities, Spirits, and Ancestors for Guidance?
Obi, Tarot, Pendulum, Runes. Have a tool you like to use? Bring it!

9:00 pm Hearthfire Circle  --- Fire Circle
- Share companionship and sustenance with each other

Sunday:

9am: Continental Breakfast

11:00 am Giving Thanks to our Ancestors --- Stone Circle
- So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us, as we remember them...

All Day Sweat Lodge Shut-Down - Helping hands always welcome! Sweat Lodge

As always, everything is subject to change, due to the needs of ceremony, the whims of weather, and the antics of mischievous gods. Updates will be posted as they occur.

Register On-Line

Event Cost:
$45 for Members

$55 for Non-Members
The Saturday evening Feast of the Dead is included in your registration.
To Register, visit our Shopping Cart above or call the Office: 814-784-3080

About Lodging at Four Quarters - A limited number of private rooms are available for rent. Rooms have double beds, blankets and pillows. During events rooms must be booked for the duration of the event; you must call the office 814-784-3080 for reservations.

   “Let us make future generations remember us as proud ancestors just as, today, we remember our  forefathers.”

– Roh Moo-hyun

The Labyrinth

To walk our labyrinth is to walk a purposeful path – no obstacles, no puzzles – inward to the center, then outward into the world.

Griffith LabApr2019 6603 1200crop3The Labyrinth, showing the most recent pathway stones.

 

 

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