Yule and Winter Solstice

The Longest Night & the Sun’s Return

A Solstice Celebration: Barding, Gift Giving, Holiday Wassail, Seasonal Fun and an Extravagant Yuletide Dinner!
Friday, December 20th - Sunday, December 22nd, 2019

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“The Winter Solstice is the time of ending and beginning, a powerful time — a time to contemplate your immortality.
A time to forgive, to be forgiven, and to make a fresh start. A time to awaken.” – Frederick Lenz

 

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The Wheel has turned; Harvest has ended and frost covers the land. The days are short, the nights long and cold. We yearn for the long, warm days of summer, for the green grass and the scent of flowers on the breeze; we yearn for the sun’s return…

Prepare with us for the Long Night; Celebrate with us the rebirth of the Sun; Share with us the works of your Hands, Heart and Spirit. 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. Come and celebrate the return of the Light in the heart of Darkness.

For many, many years we have scheduled Yule here at Four Quarters well in advance of the actual celestial solstice, sometimes as much as two weeks in advance. But once again, this year is different. The actual Winter Solstice will fall at 11:19 PM Satruday Night the 22nd of December. For the second time in many years, and the second year in a row, Yule will fall on the Solstice. It is interstingly, also the first night of Chanukah.

Join us for a time of reflection to draw tight around a blazing fire, snug and warm as the woods and fields lie sleeping. Meat and drink from the Land, stories told in a whisper, and a midnight hay ride to discover just how many stars float above us.

Activities from Previous Years Include:

•    Blessings of the Hearth: The Cup of Welcome!
•    Opening Ceremony: The Long Dark Begins
•    Solstice Bardic Circle: Songs, Stories & Prose
•    Sharing during the Long Dark: “Talk, Listen, Teach, Learn”
•    Blessing the Land on the Shortest Day
•    The Feast
•    Main Ceremony: Seeking the Light
•    The Gift Exchange: What is the meaning of Giving?
•    Songs for the Season!
•    Thanks and Farewells!

Attendees are encouraged (but not required) to bring a small wrapped gift (~$10) to share in the Gift-Giving exchange—Regifting is welcome!

We are seeking volunteers to help in a variety of roles, big and small; if you have ever been interested in helping out, this would be a good way to try it out! Call the office or contact Carrie Krystek at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Members $45, Guests $55  Register On-Line
or call the office at 814-784-3080
The Saturday evening Feast of the Light, is included in your registration.  

A call or email is required for Bunk or Private Room acomodations, as they are limited. $10 per night for bunks, $70 for a private room for the weekend. Feel free to call ahead with questions,  814-784-3080.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Children under 16 are loved, cherished and free.

The Weather? Sometimes cold, sometimes not. Dress warmly, our Yule Ceremonies are often outside if the weather cooperates. Check back here a few days before for the final schedule and location!

The Gift Exchange is easy. Just bring a small wrapped gift for your fellow Tribemates. It can be something you made, something you buy, or something you would like to pass along. (suggested price range: ~$10 or less...the intent is more important than the item!)

We will have ample heated sleepover space for all, allocated on first come-first serve. Please, do RSVP or register online if you will be staying over. Just bring your bedding, your warm clothing, something for the little donation box if you can spare it, but mostly let your heart come to Four Quarters for Yule.

We are closer than you think, 100 miles and less than 2 hours from the Baltimore-Washington Beltways. About 2 hours from State College, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Harrisonburg VA, 3 hours from Philadelphia and Wilmington, about 6 hours from NYC, Columbus and Cinncinatti, OH.