Stones Rising XXVII: 2021

Wednesday, September 1st - Monday, September 6th - 2021
Sunday, September 5th - The Rising!

The Circle of Standing Stones

is the beating heart of Four Quarters.

Join Us in the Great Work

Gather, Labor Together, Build a Circle for Yourselves and those not yet Born.

We raise Stones the old way

...the hard way, with ropes, rollers, and people. A Work of years, Stone by Stone.

We build it together as a Community

growing the Stone Circle and our Interfaith Sanctuary

We celebrate a Ceremony of Ceremonies

a multi-day matrix of ceremony, service, and celebration of the Divine, the Land, and the People

Share in the magic of the Standing Stones

Six days of transformative Ceremonies and Pathways of Service.

The Stone Circle is here for All

We welcome new ones to the community through the Mother Stone.

There is a place for you at Stones Rising

Only you can make that place your own; Step up and Serve.

The Pathways of Service

By giving Service to the Stones, you become an integral part of the ceremonial whole

A deep wellspring of commitment

to the Land and People, a diverse community of Spirit

The Stones are Calling You...

Join us at Stones Rising and Raise Stones!

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  A Weekend of Community...
                             Sharing Ceremony, Work, Intention and Purpose.

Daily Meditative Rituals, Evening Ceremonies, Sweat Lodge, Fire Circle...and Working with the Stones!

Friday Evening Special Ceremonial: Etana Egun - A Candle for Our Ancestors

with Senior Santera Fanny Trump - Ochun Kayode

Sunday is The Rising: if you can only make it for that one day to Raise A Stone and Share Our Feast, please... join us!

All hands needed! Stones Rising runs from Wednesday through Monday.

We will be packing into these days all of the preparatory work usually performed the preceding week.

There will be lots to do to prepare the Stones, the foundations, our equipment---and ourselves---for The Rising and The Feast of the Standing Stones on Sunday.

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 A Work of Years... Stone by Stone.

Four Quarters is an Interfaith Sanctuary: a place of Safety of Spirit, allowing all who attend the opportunity to Seek, Evolve and Grow as they would wish. The heart of our Sanctuary is the Circle of Standing Stones, begun over 25 years ago when a single Stone was raised to inspire those that would come after: Follow in our Footsteps, Gather, Labor Together, Build a Circle for Yourselves and those not yet Born. For while the Stone Circle has many different meanings to each of us, we might all agree that it is the Heart of our Sanctuary…and it is good that we build it together as Community.

Stones Rising is a six-day intentional community, where all actions are done with the purpose of furthering the growth of the Stone Circle, the Interfaith Sanctuary Church, and the Greater Tribe. It is a deep wellspring of our commitment to the Land, our Church and our Tribe. From Wednesday evening to Monday noon we recognize that Service is Sacred, and we celebrate the service of our Tribemates. For it is by working with others on behalf of the community that the Stones are Raised

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Walking in Balance: Elemental Equilibrium

A Celebration of Hope and Renewal

For many of us, 2021 has been a difficult year. The times of strife, change, and great imbalance continue. Uncertainty and fear prevents us from working toward our Hopes; we continue to struggle between keeping apart in order to protect ourselves and others, and needing the normalcy of Life. We need to find the Balance in Life.

We seek Balance between the need for Community and Celebration with the need for Safety and Care. We can only Walk in Balance when we have a clear Mind; are surrounded by joyful Relationships; have a healthy Body without fears of illness and debilitation; and have a sound connection to the Spiritual world.

It is difficult to Walk in Balance in the world we currently live in. This is why we need to do this Work...Work of the Hands, Heart, and Spirit, with a Community in support. The world is in great need of Restoration of Balance and Harmony and we must first start with Ourselves...

Come and Join with us as we Purify and Transform ourselves to become Renewed and find a new Balance. We will seek the guidance and blessings from the Ancestors, Spirits and Deities. We will come together as Community, celebrating Life while in the fresh air and spacious great outdoors; replenishing our Bodies, Minds, and Spirit while helping our friends and family do the same. We will strive together to continue our Great Work of the Circle of Standing Stones, adding to the sentinels that watch over us, timelessly guarding and guiding us, while representing an infinite number of things to all who encounter them.

Join us at Stones Rising: a six-day ceremonial working to restore Balance and Harmony in the world, and to facilitate Healing among all of us. We will continue the work of our Ancestors for the Children Yet Unborn by coming together to share our triumphs and tribulations, knowing that happiness shared is doubled, sadness shared is halved.

Each day we will labor together to prepare the Stones and Circle for the Rising; each evening we will focus our intentions for the work ahead and will focus on the inward work of preparing ourselves for the spiritual journey of life.

  • Our Journey begins Wednesday as we prepare the Stone Circle and Sacred Sites for the Rising to come. The evening ceremony will be on Focusing our Intent and preparing ourselves to be open to the experiences of the Journey.
  • On Thursday we continue the Work of the Stones that was started by the Community of Service before we even arrived on the Land. In the evening, we will Focus the Mind, cleansing and purifying, attuning with the Element of Air. We seek to quiet the mind and turn the focus inward; to let go of that which does not serve us and keeps us from finding Balance.
  • On Friday we finalize the preparations for the Journey of the Stones and the Rising to come.In the evening, we will Focus on Relationships, cleansing and purifying, attuning with the Element of Fire. We transform those connections which no longer serve us to rekindle Relationships that do. We then discover that our Balance has always been supported with the help of others; we have never been alone.
  • Special Ceremonial: Etana Egun - a Candle for Our Ancestors with Senior Santera Fanny Trump - Ochun Kayode. Bring pictures and memories of your own honored Dead, and speak their names in The Stone Circle.
  • On Saturday, if the spirits allow, we will strive together as a community to move a new Stone to its place of preparation. In the evening, we will Focus on our Bodies, cleansing and purifying, attuning with the Element of Water. We seek to purify our sacred vessel, our body; once cleansed we are Refreshed and can seek out Inspiration for our Spirit upon the Land.
  • On Sunday another Stone will join the Circle, and continue its work of Protection and Guidance for all of us now, and into the future. We will work together for our common purpose, while achieving our personal intents. By working with the actual Earth Primeval, we connect our Spirit to all things, past and present. The Stones inspire us to do their work; we honor them not by consecrating the Stones, but by Consecrating our Relationship with the Stones. Stones are, Stones were, Stones will Always Be.
  • On Monday we will spend time in fellowship with each other, and reflect on what we have found on this Journey before saying “Farewell” to the Stones and each other.

Stones Rising is a participatory ceremonial event; all attendees are requested to offer their Service throughout the event. Many opportunities are available: helping the Stone People prepare the Stones; tending the Sacred Sites, Altars and inspirational places on the Land; assisting in the kitchen; helping with ceremonial preparations, and many more. We welcome people to be part of ceremonial teams; if you feel called to lend a hand, please ask how! We also encourage everyone to check in with each other to see if help is needed; it is in this way community grows. We hope to see everyone together in Ceremony and Service...

Planning sessions for each day's work will be held after Meal Plan brunch and Dinner.
Please join us and discover the Sacred Celebration that is Service to the Community.


Registrations

Registration Information 
Membership Privileges Apply. Children under 16 are loved, cherished and FREE.

Members Only: Early Bird by June 5: $80

6 Days/Arrive Weds-Thurs: 
- Members $100; Guests $120: Pre-Registration by August 14
- $140 at the Gate.

4 Days/Arrive Friday or after: 
Members $85; Guests $105: Pre-Registration by August 14
$125 at the Gate.

Sunday morning’s Loaves of the Corn Mother and Sunday afternoon’s Feast of the Standing Stones are included in your registration.

                   Credit Card Registrations on-line at Stones Rising Registration.
                   Or call the office at 814-784-3080 with your questions or to RSVP / register.
                   Late Registrations, CALL US!     Handicapped, Special Circumstances? CALL US!

Meal Plans
Meal Plans are provided by the Starvin’ Artist: Brunch and Dinner, Omni or Herbivore/Vegetarian, all you can eat.
Available by Pre-Registration only.

Dinner Wed - Monday Brunch -  8 meals & 2 feasts: $120 PreReg only
Dinner Thurs - Monday Brunch - 6 meals & 2 feasts: $90 PreReg only
Dinner Fri - Monday Brunch -      4 meals & 2 feasts: $60 PreReg only
Brunch Sat - Monday Brunch -    3 meals & 2 feasts: $45 PreReg only

You are welcome to arrive before Wednesday and stay later than Monday.
Early In and Late Out camping is $10 a night for Members and $15 a night for non-members.

In-Camp Car Camping Permits are $15 each.
In-Camp Car Parking Passes are $25 and very limited. Unlimited free Main Parking.
Handicapped? Please contact us for your free In-Camp parking pass.

Lodging at Four Quarters -  Call the office to inquire. 
Rooms have double-beds, blankets and pillows; Bunks have fitted sheets. 
Must call the Office to reserve. 814-784-3080.

 


 Building the North Copse

    At Stones Rising 2021 we will continue the construction of the North Copse section of the Stone Circle, which begin at Stones Rising 2019. 

    Our Pennsylvania quarry came through for us and provided enough of the very special stone required to begin construction of the North Copse. And what is the North Copse you ask? With The Great North Stone as its northernmost minor axis, the Copse is a 45'x30' ellipse set with the stones almost touching. Intended to create a Sanctuary within a Sanctuary, very much in keeping with the "Fore Courts" associated with British neolithic long barrows.

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In order to follow the very tight curves of such a small ellipse, we need stones no wider than 4 feet, and hopefully in the 12 foot range in height, and all of the same beige colored sandstone of The Great North Stone. Such stones are not easy to find, even when the good folks at the quarry are setting their blasting charges just for us. 
     In a bit of luck, in 2018 we found a wonderful slab that had a natural bedding plane running lengthwise with the rock. In the spring of 2019, the quarry staff set upon that slab with wedges and gently coaxed the flaw into a full split, creating two mirror image book-matched slabs of stone, whose faces are actually the interior surfaces of the previous whole slab. And as luck would have it the irregular outlines of the two slabs almost perfectly match the shoulders of the Great North Stone.
   We cut two other slabs that flanked these book-matched stones, their final trim and dressing done during Stones Rising 2019...which added to the very challenging task ahead. The space within the copse is very tight, and our intention was to set these stones no more than a hands-width apart. Careful planning was called for, the rigging complicated, and we needed everyone in boots and gloves... no bystanders allowed!...to perform the delicate work.

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We think the results of our efforts came out very well... actually quite spectacular. We expect to continue the work on the pearl of the string of the North Copse at Stones Rising 2021...will you bring us your sweat, good hands and hearts, and your witness? Join us!


 An Invitation to our Big Dub FamilyLilDub

You've seen the Stone Circle and you've danced with the Standing Stones. Four Quarters wants you to be a part of building the Circle too!

     We raise the Stones Sunday, September 5th; Labor Day Weekend. We make Ceremony, raise the Stones and share a great Feast together, prepared by The Starvin' Artist Kitchen.

      Please feel welcome on the Land as we raise up Stones! Traditionally we don't charge for Sunday arrivals; but we do ask for a telephone RSVP and whatever donation you care to give, so that we can plan for the Feast.

     Please let us know if you plan to attend; contact the Office at 814-784-3080 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Service, Ceremony, Celebration - Our 27th Year of Raising Stones!
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Accompanied by witnesses, the Tribe leans into the ropes to  bring a new Stone into the Stone Circle. Stones Rising 2018.

“If you go to work on your goals,your goals will go to work on you.
                     If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you.
                                    Whatever good things we build end up building us..”
– Jim Rohn


Stones Rising is a Ceremonial Intensive.

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We celebrate the seasons of the earth here at Four Quarters; and as summer wanes and harvest begins, our Tribe gathers together to Raise new Standing Stones, gathering in the achievements and abundance of the year. Stones Rising is ancient tradition made new. It echoes the burial grounds, cairns, and megaliths that were built millennia ago by our ancestors; the act of building and growing the Circle is our Gift, Hope and Promise to Ourselves, to our Ancestors, and to the Generations yet to come.. 

 Stones Rising is a Ceremonial Intensive that brings together ritualists representing the world’s Earth Religious traditions including: Wicca, Santeria, Druidism, Shamanism and Trance, Tibetan Buddhism, Ceremonial Magic, Voodoun, The Black Madonna, The NeoPagan Revival and the world’s indigenous peoples. The ceremonials begin Wednesday afternoon and continue to build through Sunday’s Rising of the Standing Stones.

We gather to celebrate a Ceremony of Ceremonies: a multi-day matrix of ceremony, service, and celebration of the Divine, the Land, and the People. Each ritual is a step along the way, and together all of them create a single ceremonial act of commitment to the Vision that is the Stone Circle on the Land of Four Quarters. All actions of work, devotion, service, ceremony, and celebration---and rest---are sacred. 

There is a place for you.

There is a place for you and yours at Stones Rising. Feel free to offer to help out in any activity, or to ask if other help is needed. Only you can make that place your own; join us in this new year of Stones Rising, sharing in the magic of the Standing Stones.The threads that connect the ceremonies, people and Stones are the Pathways of Service: the means through which any person at Stones Rising is able to personally make a ceremonial commitment, see it fulfilled and become an integral part of the ceremonial whole. Together, these Ceremonials and Pathways create six days of ritual that is transforming.

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A Few Pathways of Service 

The Stone Crews.  Those who work the ropes and rollers, Community Teamwork to bring the Stones into Circle.

The Stone People.  Who take on the dangerous work of rigging and positioning the Stones for their Rising.

Vesta’s Hearth.  Perhaps the most demanding commitment at Stones Rising, helping the kitchen crew with daily meals and to prepare The Feast of the Standing Stones.

Stagecraft Magic.  Working with Ceremonial Planners to 'set the stage' for their rituals, utilizing the 5 Magical Tools: Tulle, binder clips, duct tape, tealights, patience and persistence. Volunteers always welcomed; just talk to the Ceremonial or Event Planners during the morning planning session.

Ceremonial Teams.  Have an interest in being part of a ritual? Helpers are always needed; just talk to the Ceremonial or Event Planners during the morning planning sessions.

Fire Circle Synergy.  Maintaining the Heartbeat of the Tribe through our Service to the Fire Circle, each night through the Eve of The Rising. Cleaning, raking, and preparing Fire Circle as an Altar for Trance, Dance and Drum.

Tending the Altars and Sacred Sites.  Feel called to neaten up an Altar on the Land? Your help would be welcomed;  just talk to the Event Planners during the morning planning sessions.

Preparing the Loaves of the Corn Mother.  Preparing and baking the hundreds of loaves of bread needed to share before Sunday’s Rising of the Standing Stones.

SR18 Griffith 4577 800The Sweat Lodge.  Chop wood, carry water, haul stones, tend the sacred fires in a place of prayer and purification.

Ceremonial & Spirit Drums.  Through rhythm, song and chant, honoring the Stones, People, Land and Spirits.

Preparing and Serving Sacral Food and Drink.  The sacred and symbolic foods that will be served to the Stone Crews, Commitment Makers and Witnesses during the Ceremony of Commitments and The Rising.


See you in the Stone Circle!


 
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The Stone Circle is the Heart of Four Quarters.


It is a work of years, and each year we gather at Stones Rising to celebrate and continue that work.

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Though it is a group experience, Stones Rising moves every person in a different way. For some it is the opportunity to unplug: to serenely walk the Labyrinth; to contemplate the misty mountains in the early morning; or immerse themselves in the magic of the creek. For others it is the expectation of meeting new people—people who will go from being strangers to family in only a few short days. But for all of us Stones Rising is the opportunity to do something that matters—something that will last far longer than any of us will. It is the opportunity to continue the creation of sacred space as we raise megaliths with our brothers and sisters.

The Circle's story is not just about the Stones: it is overlaid with personal histories, with hundreds of stories and memories and milestones. You will often see people laying their hands on the Stones. They might tell you that this is the first Stone they helped raise, or how it was raised in the rain, or how the rope broke. They might tell you about how this Stone took all day to pull, prompting you to remark, “It's so small compared to the others!” The other person will smile and say that the Stones have minds of their own. They might tell you of the year that their baby was passed through the Mother Stone during the Baby Blessing, and of the people who were there who no longer come to the Farm. And with each year, the Circle's history grows richer.

Dreema in the Stone CircleNo membership binds us; no specific faith binds us. What binds us is a belief in the value of this world, this life, and the humanity we all share. Can you help raise Stones if you're not a Four Quarters member? Yes! Can you help raise Stones if your path is spiritual path is solitary and unique? Yes!

What if you're new and have never set foot on the Land before? Can you help raise Stones? YES!

We raise Stones the old way, the hard way, with heavy ropes, rollers made from tree trunks, and people. It could be done so much more easily, with so much less sweat and strain, if we would just use heavy construction equipment. But what would be the point? Machines are not important: it is the hands and feet and hearts of the people who move and raise the Stones that is important.

An infamous Long Stone PullUsing heavy equipment to move and raise Stones would make the whole process faster, too. We could have had the Circle finished years ago and would probably be building a dolman somewhere by now. But this is not our goal, to have an Instant Stone Circle. When we raise Stones together, one or two at a time, we have the opportunity to take a moment and think about the sanctuary we are creating. In the interval between one Stones Rising and the next, we have time to appreciate that what we are doing is holy work. It is the work of creating connections between all of us regardless of how different our spiritual paths may be.

We are not here to recreate Stonehenge or Avebury. We are here to create thisCircle, here in this place. We are here together on this sacred land to join hands, to join earth with sky—to raise Stones.

... And we'll all stand together and we'll Raise another Stone,
                                                                                    To the Seventh Generation and the Children Yet Unknown! ...

Registrations

Registration Information 
Membership Privileges Apply. Children under 16 are loved, cherished and FREE.

Members Only: Early Bird by June 5: $80

6 Days/Arrive Weds-Thurs: 
- Members $100; Guests $120: Pre-Registration by August 14
- $140 at the Gate.

4 Days/Arrive Friday or after: 
Members $85; Guests $105: Pre-Registration by August 14
$125 at the Gate.

Sunday morning’s Loaves of the Corn Mother and Sunday afternoon’s Feast of the Standing Stones are included in your registration.

                   Credit Card Registrations on-line at Stones Rising Registration.
                   Or call the office at 814-784-3080 with your questions or to RSVP / register.
                   Late Registrations, CALL US!     Handicapped, Special Circumstances? CALL US!

Meal Plans
Meal Plans are provided by the Starvin’ Artist: Brunch and Dinner, Omni or Herbivore/Vegetarian, all you can eat.
Available by Pre-Registration only.

Dinner Wed - Monday Brunch -  8 meals & 2 feasts: $120 PreReg only
Dinner Thurs - Monday Brunch - 6 meals & 2 feasts: $90 PreReg only
Dinner Fri - Monday Brunch -      4 meals & 2 feasts: $60 PreReg only
Brunch Sat - Monday Brunch -    3 meals & 2 feasts: $45 PreReg only

You are welcome to arrive before Wednesday and stay later than Monday.
Early In and Late Out camping is $10 a night for Members and $15 a night for non-members.

In-Camp Car Camping Permits are $15 each.
In-Camp Car Parking Passes are $25 and very limited. Unlimited free Main Parking.
Handicapped? Please contact us for your free In-Camp parking pass.

Lodging at Four Quarters -  Call the office to inquire. 
Rooms have double-beds, blankets and pillows; Bunks have fitted sheets. 
Must call the Office to reserve. 814-784-3080.

Merchant Booths are juried, pre-registered and very limited. Contact us early to merchant.

Four Quarters has two hot shower buildings equipped with super lowflow dual-flush toilets, state of the art on demand heaters for our low-flow showers, and drinking water spigots throughout the camp. Four Quarters is Green!

               Credit Card Registrations on-line at Stones Rising Registration.
               Or call the office at 814-784-3080 with your questions or to RSVP / register.

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