Stones Rising 2019

Wednesday, August. 28th-Monday, September. 2nd - 2019
Sunday, September 2nd - The Rising!
The Stone Peoples Intensive, Friday Aug. 23 - Tuesday Aug. 27

Service, Ceremony, Celebration - Our 25th 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

A Work of Years... Stone by Stone.

SR18 Griffith 4554 800Four 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 20 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.

We celebrate the seasons of the earth here at Four Quarters; and as summer wanes and harvest begins, our Tribe will gather 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 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.

There is a place for you.

We gather to celebrate a Ceremony of Ceremonies: a six-day matrix of ritual, 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. There will be spaces of work, of rest, of devotion, service, ceremony, and celebration for all. Whether it’s your first time, your third time or your umpteenth time at Stones Rising, there is a place for you. Every year our spirits reach back and propel us forward. 

SR18 Griffith 4570 800There is a place for you in the single ceremony of Stones Rising, and a chance to use your own gifts for the growth of the community, whether your place is with the Warriors, guarding and Preparing spaces for ceremony, or among the Corn Mothers, making the food that Empowers the people for their work on the Land. We recognize the work of the Witness connecting the people inside and outside Four Quarters. We encourage the experience of drumming, dancing, singing, praying, working, in some way Sustaining the Vision of the Stone Circle. Here there is a place for you. Experience the myriad connections that you have with others in your Tribe, others whose work may be very different from your own.

Together we will raise the arbors, we will sing the songs, we will feed the people, we will drum up the sun, we will chant our prayers, we will witness the ceremonies, we will untangle the rigging, we will pour libation, we will dance the way open… and we will, all together, raise the Stones. Once again, the Stones will rise, the Circle will be consecrated anew, and we will join together in celebration of the growing Circle that is Four Quarters.

There is a place for you and yours at Stones Rising. The planning team has prepared a place for you, but only you can make that place your own; step into the Center of the Circle, gather with your Tribe, and join us in this new year of Stones Rising, sharing in the magic of a sacred circle of Standing Stones.

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, accompanied by a variety of
in-depth workshops.

The threads that bind together these ceremonies, the people and the Stones are the Pathways of Sacrifice and Service: the means, great and small, 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 work to create six days of ritual that is inclusive and transforming… where, like the Ceremonial Circle, there is no beginning or ending other than the place in which you stand.

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A Few of the Pathways of Service at Stones Rising

Vesta’s Hearth.  Perhaps the most demanding commitment at Stones Rising, the preparation of The Feast of the Standing Stones.

The Witnesses.  Who stand under the arbors and validate the ceremonial commitment of others, that “it was done in a good way.”

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.

Stone Singers Chorus.  Songs of honor, prayer and ceremony, the ululations of the Women’s and Men’s tribe.

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

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.

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.

Fire Circle Synergy.  Maintaining the Heartbeat of the Tribe through our Service to the Fire Circle, each night through the Eve of The Rising.

Painting the Body Tribal.  Ceremonially painting the bodies of Commitment Makers and those Standing in Witness before and during Sunday’s Rising.

Preparing the Pathway of The Stones.  Those people who accompany the Stone Crews and prepare the way for the Stones with corn meal, dance and drum.

Preparing Fire Circle.  Cleaning, raking, and preparing Fire Circle as an Altar for Trance, Dance and Drum.

Preparing the Altar of Prosperity and Thanksgiving.  Preparing, consecrating and maintaining Ganesh’s Altar of Prosperity in the Merchants Village.

See you in the Stone Circle!

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!


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

Members Only Early Bird, $80 PreReg by June 8.

6 Days arrive Weds or Thurs, Pre-reg by Aug. 17
Members $100, Guests $120, $140 at the Gate.

4 Days arrive Friday or after, Pre-reg by Aug. 17,
Members $85, Guests $105, $125 at the Gate.

Late Registrations, CALL US!
Handicapped, Special Circumstances? CALL US !

Sunday morning’s Loaves of the Corn Mother,
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 register.

You are welcome to arrive before Wednesday and stay later than Monday. Early In and Late Out camping is $5 a night for Members and $10 a night for non-members. Merchant Booths are juried, pre-registered and very limited. Contact us early to merchant. Four Quarters has two hot shower buildings equipped with super low-flow 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!

About Lodging at Four Quarters -
Accommodations in our new dorm building are available. Rooms have double beds, blankets and pillows; Bunks have fitted sheets. During events rooms and bunks are bundled with meal plans and are booked for the duration of the event; you must call the office for reservations.

Meal Plan Information:

Meal Plans with the Starvin’ Artist are Brunch and Dinner.
Dietary options are Omnivore, Vegitarian, and Gluten Free; all you can eat. Please bring your own utensils.

Please note the kitchen is *unable* to accommodate specific dietary restrictions.

  • Dinner Weds - Monday Brunch, 8 meals - 2 feasts,
    $120 pre-reg only, Omni or Herbivore.
  • Dinner Thurs - Monday Brunch, 6 meals - 2 feasts,
    $90 pre-reg only, Omni or Herbivore.
  • Dinner Fri - Monday Brunch, 4 meals - 2 feasts,
    $60 pre-reg only, Omni or Herbivore.
  • Brunch Sat - Monday Brunch, 3 meals - 2 feasts,
    $35 pre-reg only, Omni or Herbivore

If your child is old enough to need his or her own plate, please register them for the meal plan.
If they can share your plate, there is no need to register your child for the meal plan.