Yule and Winter Solstice

The Longest Night & Sun’s Return

A Solstice Celebration: Barding, Gift Giving, Holiday Wassail, Seasonal Fun and an Extravagant Yuletide Dinner!
Friday, December 21st - Sunday, December 23rd, 2018

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“Nature looks dead in winter because her life is gathered into her heart. She withers the plant down to the root that she may grow it up again fairer and stronger. She calls her family together within her inmost home to prepare them for being scattered abroad upon the face of the earth.” – Hugh Macmillan

Yultide Candle 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.

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

Stonehenge sunsetActivities 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!

Members $45, Guests $55 
R.S.V.P. if you please. 
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.

Register On-Line

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 Baltimore-Washington Beltways. About 2 hours from State College, Pitt's, Harrisburg and Harrisonburg VA, 3 hours from Philly and Wilmington, about 6 hours from NYC, Columbus and Cinn. OH.

YuleYULE! or, When Rituals Slide Sideways

by Sophia Shultz

“Okay, I thought, little change of plan. The world won’t end.”

Yule, marking the Winter Solstice, the day shorter than allothers, marking the winter turning point! Now the darkness will be diminished, one tiny minute a day, all the way till the Summer Solstice.

Yule! Can you tell I love Yule?

I love Yule because I’m not a fan of winter, and I loathe the long dark nights it brings. (I’m not crazy about snowstorms in February either, but at least the days are longer.)

You can therefore imagine that when I was asked to help plan Yule several years ago, I was thrilled. Winter Solstice celebrations have deep roots, and for me the deeper the roots the better. When I think of Winter Solstice, I think of Newgrange in England, where the rising sun shows through the structure’s single window one day a year—the Winter Solstice, and where the incised spirals covering the walls are thought to have been a symbolic method of bringing back the sun.

Well, I thought, we’ll do Newgrange!

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